Of all the situations you are likely to have to prepare for, The Norfolk has all but one covered – that quiet intimate cocktail bar to seal the deal on a second date. For all the others, The Norfolk is your best go-to. And if you need to tick off the latter, head across the road to Gardel’s and this section of Surry Hills is your one stop shop.
A transformed old man boozer (at the hands of the eminently successful Jamie Wirth and James Miller) in a similar vein to The Flinders, The Norfolk sports updated décor, new menus and influx of good looking, fun-loving people on both sides of the bar.
There is nothing that particularly stands out as a ‘wow’ factor at The Norfolk, and that’s how it should be. It’s a good local to grab a beer, grab some well-priced Mexican fare or soak up the sun in the beer garden. If you have to pick something to rave about, the JD and Coke slushy machine would have to rate a mention.
Tasty soft-shell tacos are better quality than they deserve to be for the price, while great burgers and the cheeky ‘gourmet’ hot dogs seal the deal in the meal stakes. The snacking style menu acts as a quick energy burst for a big night on the schooners.
It wouldn’t be a Sydney pub without the beckoning of the Golden Pharoah tempting you to feed it your parking meter change. But the pokies are somewhat separated, and so too are the old locals clinging to the good old days and wondering where all these cool kids came from. And anyway, they lend a certain charm that makes this a great pub, no matter the occasion.