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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Voted Most Wild and Crazy Bar in Sydney (by me)

The Norfolk
Bloody Mary anyone?
305 Cleveland St.
Surry Hills, Sydney

Have I covered enough bars yet from my Sydney trip? Nope! We found our way to the suburb of Surry Hills. We've been hearing a lot about the party scene in that area, so why not check it out on a Saturday afternoon? We had good intentions at the start of our day, I promise. We went to an outdoor market that offered mostly garbage, and it inspired us to find an afternoon cocktail. 

When we found The Norfolk, it was full of life. It was only mid-afternoon, and already stag parties were clearly intoxicated, judging by the golf ball they tossed into my beer (oh, I learned that that's Australian for "CHUG IT!!!!!"). I did as the locals do, and chugged my beer like I was back at a Long Island college bar (cough, Mulcahy’s, cough). 
We made some small talk with the drunken locals, and witnessed the various exotic potions that got them to their current state of mind. After a few drinks we needed something to eat, and we spotted tacos on the menu. We got 8 tacos from the selection of pork, beef, fish, chicken, lamb, and veg. They were perfect, and it got us back in the right state of mind to finish out our night. 
The Norfolk got busier as the day turned to night. Eventually we quit while we were ahead and left for our hotel. On our walk home, we crashed a stage performance of Peter Pan and rolled around on the streets laughing, but that’s another story. 
I get why Norfolk is so popular. It’s the most fun we’ve had in Sydney so far. With chalkboard walls filled with reasons to make drinking fun (i.e. Bloody Mary Bar!) I can see why this place is wild even during a Saturday afternoon. 
Australian mixology at its finest

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