Working in the travel industry, I have an opportunity and obligation to see the world. Though most of my travels last only a day or two at a time, I manage to swig an espresso (or three) and get on with the party. Follow me as I shamelessly devour the foods of the land, (over)indulge in the local beer and wine, and discover new cities with old friends.
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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
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).
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.
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.