- where / Auckland
- what / Venue
- likes / Roots, Reggae, Ragga, Jazz, House, Hip Hop, Funk, Dub, Dancehall
Khuja Lounge, located at the top of Auckland's Queen St, has been the hub of fresh emerging musical talent since 1997. Voted first runner-up in Metro magazine's Readers Poll Best Auckland Bars (2003) Khuja is known as the home of 100% Aotearoa Soul.
"Khuja" means "melting pot" in Arabic and stepping inside the Moroccan-themed interior one is immediately transported to an international meeting place. "Lounge" is the vibe, with comfortable couches, candlelight and welcoming staff the atmosphere is warm and relaxed.
Many of New Zealand's new wave of soul, jazz and hip-hop performers have enjoyed residencies at Khuja on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Bands such as one million dollars, the Hot Grits, Verse II and Brisa Louca and solo performers like Murk 108 (a.k.a. Imon Star from Rhombus), Brother J and Nat Rose have all received their start at the venue. Internationally recognised DJ's including Manuel Bundy, Cian and the Submariner are current residents on Saturday and Friday nights respectively.
Khuja Lounge, situated on the top floor of the historic art deco Westpac Bank building, corner of K Rd and Queen St, enjoys beautiful sunsets and views across the city. If you wish to enjoy the best of NZ live music and DJs, or have a quiet conversation and sip sensational cocktails, come up to Khuja, one of Auckland's most popular entertainment venues.