On Sunday the 13th of May, it’s World Cocktail Day (excellent). So – where will you be going? Read our list (in no particular order) of 8 of Norwich’s finest places to honour this very special day...
(Title image: Bowling House)
Based in what was formerly the UK’s first public subscription library, this is one of the most unique settings around for relaxed cockails (and a fabulous dinner too). The beautiful ‘Library’ also offers two-for-one cocktails every day from 5.30pm – 7pm.
42 King Street
42 King Street is a cocktail and tapas bar, located in one of the oldest parts of the city. This intimate bar is a great place to catch up with friends over some small plates and some great drinks – continental style. During your visit look out for Lemon Curd Martinis (!!!), Lime and Raspberry Whiskey Sour, and a ‘freakin’ awesome’ Passion Fruit Bellini.
The Ten Bells
The Ten Bells is a pub that’s been open since the 1700’s, and is situated on leafy St Benedict's Street in the Norwich Lanes. Not only does it do great – and unusual - cocktails in it’s cool and relaxed bar, but it’s also the only pub in Norwich with its own gin distillery (hello). Home of the award-winning Bullards Norwich Gin, this is one absolutely not to miss if you’re a gin fan (and you can book a gin tasting too!)
At the other end of St Benedicts is Hawthorn. This bar has recently expanded downstairs from it’s popular (and always busy!) bar on the upper floor of the corner of the street adjoining St Gregory’s Alley. It’s ambient and laid back, serving in-house creations at your table upstairs, and draft beer, wines by the glass and classic cocktails at the bar downstairs. OFM ‘Best Places to Drink’ runner up 2017.
The Rooftop Garden
Proud owner of one of the best views in the city, the terrace at the Rooftop Garden is afforded stunning panoramic views of the city’s skyline, and a really impressive place to enjoy a cocktail or four. The Rooftop Garden also has special events organised throughout the year – we’re particularly looking forward to the Sex and the City party in June!
Cocktails AND bowling. Yes sir. You heard that right.
Bowling House is a contemporary bar purpose built around 5 bowling lanes, with nods to the Big Lebowski all around (film fans). You can bowl, drink cocktails and snack off their exciting menu. Try their White Russian – which is sweet, smooth and classic as it should be – or you could make a party of it and share a Shooting Star: an enormous passion fruit cocktail for sharing, which comes with an entire bottle of prosecco…
Chamber’s Cocktail Bar
Following in the footsteps of the Craft Cocktail movement sweeping across Europe, the Chambers Cocktail Company was established by Matthew Saunders, who has spent 9 years in the business creating bespoke cocktails, training bartenders and opening and running bars. Now, Matthew and his team have come to Norwich to establish this high-end, welcoming bar. If you’re looking for cocktails to impress - whether it’s mid-week after work or if you’re celebrating something special - try this. Located close to Norwich’s historic Tombland.
Because it’s not all about the alcoholic cocktails. Kofra – an independent coffee company based in Norwich doing amazing things with the drink you think you know – do a cold coffee like you’ve never known it before. After trying coffee and tonic in New York, Kofra owner and founder Jose De Leon Guzman brought the idea back to Norwich and has perfected the drink to his own precise recipe. Aromatic and refreshing with a hint of orange, next time you’re in need of a pep up give this a go.
(Although that said, Kofra have just launched their awesome Coldbrew Negroni AA, if you did fancy something a bit stronger...)
Looking to stay the night?
Check out VisitNorwich's accommodation page for ideas on where to stay. Plus, if your sticking around in the morning, Cote Brasserie do cocktails for breakfast...
COMING TO VISIT?
Greater Anglia has Advance fares from £10 one way between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. Trains run every 30 minutes. Greater Anglia also serves Colchester, Ipswich and Diss on the Norwich line. Direct trains also run from Cambridge.
East Midlands Trains runs services from Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham. Flights into Norwich served from Edinburgh, Manchester, Exeter, Aberdeen and Amsterdam, and seasonally from Guernsey and Jersey.
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