Best Of Norwich Nightlife
When you’re planning a big night out, the chances are you’ll be thinking of heading down to London, or maybe over to Cambridge. Manchester, maybe, if you’re in for the long haul. But why deal with all the extra travelling and expense when everything you could possibly need is on your doorstep? Fair enough, we might be a small city, but still, Norwich’s nightlife packs a punch! Norwich has something for everyone, from trendy gastro pubs to bass thumping clubs and sophisticated cocktail bars, so if you’re looking for a venue for your next big night out, we’ve got you covered! Read on below for our top picks of the best of Norwich nightlife. Don’t forget to designate your driver!
The Warwick Street Social, Warwick Street, NR2
Situated in the heart of the Golden Triangle, The Warwick Street Social, formerly known as The Mad Moose, has gone through something of a transformation since it was relaunched. A former student boozer, the establishment now boasts an award-winning food menu and sophisticated drinks offering. The Warwick Street Social is perfect if you’re looking to wine and dine in a relaxed and chic atmosphere.
The Mischief, 8 Fye Bridge Street, NR3
A Norwich institution, The Mischief is a traditional 18th-century pub with wooden floors, three pool tables and a football table. Massively popular with Norwich’s students, the pub offers a wide range of drinks deals as well as a varied and reasonably priced food menu. A great place to go if you’re looking for a lively and economical night on the town.
The Bell Hotel, 5 Orford Hill, NR1
Recently refurbished, The Bell Hotel is always packed to the rafters, despite all the extra added space! One of Norwich’s four Wetherspoons pubs, The Bell Hotel is perfectly placed slap bang in the middle of Norwich city centre, perfect for a post-shopping trip drink that inevitably turns into a night out! Cheap drinks and food are always a winner, and Spoons never fails to deliver on a good time.
Birdcage, 23 Pottergate, NR2
The Birdcage is situated in the Norwich Lanes right opposite Norwich’s famous chip shop Grosvenor. Quirky and different, the pub has a resident cat, Maraud, and regularly hosts a bevvy of fun and interesting events, including life drawing, ethical fabric workshops and open mic nights. If you’re not the kind of person to run with the crowd, this might be the place for you.
The Playhouse, 42 – 58 St Georges Street, NR3
With one of the best beer gardens in Norwich, The Playhouse Bar is the go-to for many on a warm summer evening. Attached to The Playhouse Theatre and right next to the river and Norwich University of the Arts, the bar naturally attracts a creative and interesting crowd and always has a relaxed, chilled out vibe. The stand out feature – Ceilingopolis, a gigantic upsidedown cardboard city on the ceiling. It’s certainly something to behold, especially after a few drinks!
Gonzo’s, 68 London Street, NR2
It’s not often that a bar will get the title of the best chicken wings in Norwich. Sure, it’s a title that we’ve given them, but you’d be hard pushed to find someone that disagrees! Gonzos is another bar that has gone through a huge transformation. Their menu is outrageously good, and they’re known for partying hard at the weekend. Their regular comedy night is hosted by well-known Norwich comedian Nelson Gombakomba and they also run an alternative drag night called Fever. For good food and a wild party, Gonzo’s is the one.
North, 7-9 Fye Bridge Street, NR3
With a massive courtyard, North is another summer favourite with a hell of a lot to offer all year round. With a vibrant food menu and drinks menu that includes 14 cocktails and mocktails, North is a laid back place to meet with friends and enjoy a relaxed night out. Conveniently located in the, you guessed it, North of the city, North is a popular Friday night post-work drinks spot, so you can be sure to meet an interesting bunch every time you visit!
Be At One, 23 Bank Plain, NR2
Despite being a chain bar, Be At One really is the perfect place for a classy night of cocktails and conversation. With the perfect mood lighting, conversationally appropriate music levels and a myriad of comfortable seating, Be At One also offers happy hour every night which should protect the pennies somewhat when you dive into their huge, 100 cocktail menu. They also offer classes in mixology, so if you love cocktails so much that you want to make them with style, give them a visit.
Mr Postles’ Apothecary, 2 Upper King Street, NR3
Touted as an establishment belonging to a whimsical alchemist concocting potions and elixirs, Mr Postle’s is a quirky and different take on your typical cocktail bar. Don’t worry, the theme is kept light, with touches of the 1820s lending to its charming atmosphere! The bar is known for hosting live music every night as well as their extensive and unique cocktail menu and is a favourite among those who like a little bit of magic in their nights out.
Frank’s Bar, 19 Bedford Street, NR2
Frank’s Bar is a tiny little establishment that packs a big punch. It has something of a Mediterranean feel, with bright decor, cool music and a wonderfully creative food and drinks menu, including their famous espresso martini. Frank’s is perfect for an intimate date or for a quiet but very well fed night with friends. They celebrated 10 years of business in 2018, so here’s to 10 more!
Fluke, 57 Prince of Wales Road, NR1
They dub themselves Norwich’s number one party club and, considering how insanely busy it gets every weekend, it’s hard to argue with them. Fluke even offers a reward card to their most loyal of customers earning 50% off drinks all night. With free entry every night, massive tunes, great drinks deals and a perfect central location, most nights out will end up at Fluke!
Mantra, 50 Prince of Wales Road, NR1
Mantra used to be called Tau before, allegedly, a Las Vegas club sued them for rights over their name. We’re not sure if that actually happened, or if its a Norwich urban legend, but the name change doesn’t seem to have hurt them as Mantra is one of Norwich’s most popular clubs. They regularly host meet & greet events with reality TV celebrities, so if you’re looking to rub shoulders with the latest Love Island contestants, you might wanna check this place out!
The Loft, 78-80 Rose Lane, NR1
Norwich’s premier LGBTQIA venue, The Loft is almost a Norwich landmark. The winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race partied there after her Norwich show, and the club is a firm favourite with most Norwich locals, no matter what their sexuality. With karaoke downstairs and an aeroplane themed club upstairs, The Loft is open until 6 AM at the weekends which truly makes it one of Norwich’s greatest destinations.