Six of the best places to have a cocktail in Norwich

Cocktails at 42 King Street.

Cocktails at 42 King Street.


Norwich’s cocktail scene has grown drastically over the last few years. Here are some of the best places serving cocktails in the city.

Lust and Liquor bar and restaurant, St Benedicts Street, Norwich.  Picture: ANTONY KELLYLust and Liquor bar and restaurant, St Benedicts Street, Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

•Lust and Liquor, 2-4 St Benedicts Street

The illuminated sign over the entrance to Lust and Liquor proclaims it to be “Cocktail Heaven”, a claim that is supported by the St Benedicts Street venue’s impressive menu. The classic American drinks, all inspired by the owner’s travels across the Americas, are prepared in front of customers with a touch of the theatrical and have been described as “delicious and strong”, by one reviewer TripAdvisor. Drinks to try include the new recipe ‘Yellowbird Daiquiri’.

•42 King Street

42 King Street. Picture: Denise Bradley42 King Street. Picture: Denise Bradley

Serving cocktails and world tapas, 42 King Street is an intimate eatery that holds only six tables. On top of the attentive treatment, the bar boasts a range of “extraordinary drinks” including a ‘Norfolk cider sour’ and the ‘Popcorn Playa’ a cocktail complete with salted popcorn syrup – does it get any better than that?

•Frank’s Bar, 19 Bedford Street

Tucked away in the Norwich Lanes, Frank’s café-bar is a cosy retreat that will both delight and surprise visitors due to its eclectic décor and unusual menu. The bar itself is quaint-looking and manages to exude the laid-back feeling of being in your own home. Stop by and order yourself a tall glass of ‘Don’t Worry Bee Happy’, an intriguing cocktail that combines Old Krupnik honey, Japanese royal honey liqueur, lemon juice and ginger bitters.

•Gonzo’s Tea Room, 68 London Street

Quirky and alive are just two of the many words that can be used to describe Gonzo’s. The former home of Kartel turned tearoom/bar serves tea and cake to its customers throughout the day and brings out the stronger tipples in the evening. Every drink is made with flair and staff are happy to create any cocktail your heart should desire. With a happy hour in the early evening making drinks great value for money, this venue crammed full of nostalgic memorabilia is a must-visit.

•Mr Postles’ Apothecary, 2 Upper King Street

If you’re looking for an evening of enchantment, look no further than Mr Postles’ Apothecary on Upper King Street. Serving what they describe as an extensive range of “magical potions and eccentric elixirs”, concoctions that will leave you feeling mystical include the ‘Cherry Bakewell’ and the ‘Meringue Martini’.

•Platform Twelve, 12 St Benedicts Street

This friendly piano bar on St Benedicts Street is a great evening. With a wide range of cocktails on offer, including classics such as Carrie Bradshaw’s drink of choice (a cosmopolitan) and more unusual mixes such as a ‘Honey Fair Collins’ made with Quinoa vodka, there really is something for everyone.

•What’s your favourite bar for a cocktail in Norwich? Leave your recommendations below.

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  • I think the addition of a cocktail bar which asked me if I wanted lime cordial in my margarita is probably a bit of a fail in this lame little puff piece. I won't name it but let's just say the addition of meringue doesn't make up for ripping out a drink's guts and and tarting it up like a cheap beauty pageant. Save it for Benidorm. Props to King St, Gonzos and Frank's - always. Simple drinks made with talent.

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    Emily Clarke

    Tuesday, March 1, 2016

  • Another annoyance to accompany Resident Smith's observation, is when a bartender puts together the drink in the (boston) shaker, fills up the glass to the top and then... grrr.... then... grrr... proceeds to throw the rest of the drink away... Get another glass, don't throw the drink I paid for away!

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    Tuesday, March 1, 2016

  • Lust and Liquor are made with love, Gonzos are made with passion - both exceptional jaunts for fresh delicious cocktails.

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    Zena Leech-Calton

    Tuesday, March 1, 2016

  • Is this really worthy of a news article -another free promotion - come on Archant! Yet another 'work experience' news article!

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    Tuesday, March 1, 2016

  • Some excellent and constructive feedback there. Well done you.

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    Thom Hollyer

    Monday, February 29, 2016

  • At probably £10 a drink I think most people will leave these 'Cocktail Bars' to the young and foolish. Give me a Real Ale away from the noise and hype anyday!

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    Monday, February 29, 2016

  • What I hate to see from bad cocktail places [no I wont name them here] is when you order one, they put all the lovely booze in the glass, then WHOOOSHHHHH in goes half a pint and 2p worth of fizzy mixer that cascades over the top of the glass taking with it £3.00 worth of precious booze into the drip tray. Then in goes half a pound of ice that pushes the other £2.00 worth out. You are then expected to pay £7 for a glass of ice and mixer. I have on occasion just thought to stick a straw in their drip tray and drink that when they aren't looking. KEEP THE BOOZE IN THE GLASS!

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    Resident Smith

    Monday, February 29, 2016

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