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To celebrate National Beer Day and English Wine Week, we thought we’d put together a little run down of all the best spots in Norwich to grab a drink. Maybe you’re looking for a cosy space for a date? Somewhere with a great atmosphere for a catch up with friends? Or perhaps a nice spot to have a few drinks with the guys and gals from the office (remember, only up to six people for now.)
Whatever you’re after, with Norwich’s abundance of bars and pubs (we wouldn’t be surprised if there was one for every street in the city) – there’s something to suit every need!
1. Gyre & Gimble, Charing Cross
A cocktail bar that serves its own homemade gin, Gyre & Gimble is the ideal place for lovers of the drink. Plus, with one of the largest range of spirits in the city, you’ll easily find something for even the fussiest of drinkers!
2. The Playhouse Bar, St Georges Street
One of the most popular haunts in Norwich, The Playhouse Bar is known for its great drinks, lovely outdoor seating and welcoming atmosphere. Serving real ales from local breweries, and with a speak-easy snug, art exhibitions and contemporary music, it’s a guaranteed great night out.
3. The Wildman, Bedford Street
Close to the Cathedral and the Norwich Market, The Wildman is a perfectly placed watering hole for explorers of the city. With carefully crafted cocktails, coffees, and soul music in the evenings, you could almost spend a whole day here drinking, snacking and relaxing.
4. Mysagarden, Castle Gardens
In Castle Gardens from 17th June – 5th September, Mysagarden is the place to be for summer drinking. With increased capacity, more food and a stage for live music and DJ sets – it’s time to enjoy those festival vibes over a nice cold brew (there’s plenty of choice from its 18-tap bar!)
5. Gonzos Tea Room, London Street
Coffee, cocktails, and burgers. Is there a better combination? You could easily miss the doorway to Gonzos Tea Room when walking past on London Street, but once you’ve tried its delights for yourself, you won’t make that mistake again!
6. The Cosy Club, London Street
With a bar and restaurant in a restored old bank, The Cosy Club’s setting really does make for a special evening. Take in the original glass domed ceiling while sipping on a cocktail. And maybe if you head downstairs you’ll see the old vault doors.
7. The Ribs of Beef, Wensum Street
For a more relaxed drinking experience, get yourself a table at this friendly riverside pub. With up to 9 real ales and craft beers on cask, plus frequently changing guest ales, you’ll easily find something to wet your whistle at The Ribs of Beef.
8. Sir Toby’s Beers, Norwich Market
For an intimate experience, stop off at Sir Toby’s Beers stall at Norwich Market. Home to over 100 different beers, why not treat yourself to one?
9. Franks Bar, Bedford Street
Franks Bar is great for visiting any time of the day or week. They serve up breakfasts, brunches, coffee and cake during the day, as well as food and drink in the evening.
10. The Wallow, Exchange Street
Our top pick for the best ambient music (we’re talking absolute classics such as the Spice Girls and TLC), The Wallow is also a haven for wine lovers. With over 50 wines from a variety of countries and regions, there’s something for everyone.
11. The Ivy, London Street
This is the place to go to treat yourself to delicious food as well as amazing cocktails. This summer, The Ivy is celebrating a ‘Summer of Love’ with a schedule of entertainment to enjoy, and a new range of cocktails inspired by the fun-loving 1960s.
12. At home!
Sometimes all you want is a chill night in with that special someone. Or an intimate dinner party with friends. Whatever the reason, there’s plenty of Norfolk-made alcohol that’s perfect to order in and enjoy at home.