11 of the best cocktail bars in Norwich
PUBLISHED: 16:51 06 February 2017 | UPDATED: 17:13 06 February 2017
If you are looking for a way to celebrate with friends, why not head to one of these fabulous bars in Norwich for some cocktails and good conversation?
Located in the heart of the city but tucked away from the hustle and bustle is 42 King Street, the tapas and cocktail bar with a cool, laid back atmosphere.
There are lots of inventive cocktails to sample year round with specials changing often; you can sip your drink in the artistically decorated surroundings as you while an evening away with friends.
Warwick Street Social, 2 Warwick Street
Stylish bar Warwick Street Social on Warwick Street is dedicated to Norwich’s social needs from breakfast to late night cocktails. Laudable, minimalistic design coupled with perfect colour combinations make this your new favourite spot to catch up with friends.
Try an apple and blackberry mojito with lime, blackberries and apples mixed with rum, blackberry liqueur, mint and topped with soda. The bar menu features lots of shareable foods, adding to the ‘social’ appeal.
Frank’s Bar, 19 Bedford Street
It’s got to be mulled wine if you visit the trendy, Mediterranean style Frank’s Bar located on Bedford Street. With lots of tempting food on offer with an emphasis on supporting local producers, high quality ingredients also go into the cocktails.
Why not order an Elderflower Collins made with gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup and elderflower liqueur? For a taste of the pudding favourite go for an Apple Crumble & Custard made with Zubrowka vodka, Galliano and apple juice. And with plenty of film screenings and live music events throughout the season, you will be entertained too!
North, 7-9 Fye Bridge Street
Sister bar to Frank’s is North on Fye Bridge Street, serving fabulous drinks on the cocktail menu, and frequent live music events, you are sure to have a great night whichever sibling you choose.
The Bicycle Shop, St Benedicts Street
Bohemian décor, candles, cosy corners. What better setting to sip a cocktail than The Bicycle Shop on St Benedicts Street?
Platform Twelve, 12 St Benedicts Street
Exuding all the sophistication of a Parisian bar, Platform Twelve – also on St Benedicts Street – is a piano bar that hosts musicians and special events alongside great coffee and cake and of course, cocktails!
Mr Postles’ Apothecary, 2 Upper King Street
Head to the lively 1820’s themed Mr Postles’ Apothecary on Upper King Street for live music throughout the week to tap your foot to while enjoying cocktails with your friends.
Why not try a bubbly Elderflower Kir made by mixing elderflower liqueur with prosecco? Or a twist on bedtime milk with a Chocolate & Vanilla Russian made with vodka, chocolate and lots of sweet marshmallows.
Gonzo’s Tea Room, 68 London Street
Relaxed bar in the day serving tasty food, turned dance club at night, Gonzo’s Tea Room on London Street is good for cocktails all day long. Escape to the sanctuary of this colourful and eclectically decorated bar and enjoy good music and great cocktails with the dedicated cocktail menu offering some inventive mixes.
Try a Pumpkin Frapp made with pumpkin spice Bailey’s, vodka, milk and espresso; a gin and tonic with Hendricks gin, cucumber, rose water and topped with tonic; or why not enjoy a Rum New Fashioned made with pineapple rum, ginger and Peychauds bitters?
The Birdcage, 23 Pottergate
The Birdcage, located in the artsy Norwich Lanes is a welcoming bar with fascinating miscellany dotted about culminating in a cosy and homely bar with live music and great events alongside delicious drinks.
Hide away in The Birdcage and sip on a cocktail while enjoying a poetry performance, open mic night or post-work tipple.
The Playhouse Bar, 42-58 St Georges Street
Head to The Playhouse or more specifically, The Playhouse Bar, on St Georges Street tucked away next to the River Wensum which serves theatre goers and cocktail lovers alike delicious drinks in the cosy bar.
Whether you fancy a pre- or post-theatre tipple or just want a place to relax with friends, there will be gin and tonics with elderflower cordial, prosecco, screwdrivers, martinis and anything else you can dream up.
Lust and Liquor, 2-4 St Benedicts Street
Located in the arty district in Norwich at the top of St Benedicts Street is Lust and Liquor, which is inspired by the owner’s love for North and South America with lots to choose from including authentic American BBQ or Mexican-inspired tacos and burritos. Along with great food, there are inventive cocktails inspired by cities from around the USA and beyond.
The Sloe Gin Fizz at Lust and Liquor is the perfect way to unwind after work with friends. Made with Haymans sloe gin, Cointreau, bitters, lemon and whites this cocktail finishes with a warming spice flavour that’s bound to leave you feeling cosy. Happy hour, with 2-4-1 cocktails is every day from 5pm – 7pm.