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Six of Suffolk's quirkiest cocktail bars you need to visit, located in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and Felixstowe




As restrictions on mask wearing and social distancing have lifted, there's no better time to catch up with your pals and go 'out out' for a few drinks.

But, after so much time away from normality, the choice of which cocktail bar to visit can be a daunting one.

That's where we come in. Here's our list of 6 quirky Suffolk cocktail bars that you can't miss:

The Northgate, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Google Maps. (49740376)
The Northgate, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Google Maps. (49740376)

The Northgate - Bury St Edmunds

Serving quality food, wine and cocktails, The Northgate is the perfect setting for a few classy drinks.

With an impressive list of 15 original cocktails and three non-alcoholic cocktail options, there is a flavour for everyone.

Try the "coastally inspired" Suffolk 75, made with Adnams copper house, quince, elderflower, lemon and sparkling wine, or perhaps you'll be tempted by the Cold-Fashioned, made with cold brew coffee, bourbon, sugar, cacao and vanilla.

Baskerville's (formerly Moriarty's) - Bury St Edmunds

Bury St Edmund's first and only vegan coffee shop has a hidden underground cocktail bar that is perfect for a night out with a bit of a difference.

Baskerville's serves "tipsy tea" craft cocktails in quirky teapots from its 1920s speakeasy style cocktail bar.

An extensive menu of wild and wonderful flavours is sure to keep you and your friends going late into the night in this comfortable, quaint venue.

Cafe Bencotto - Felixstowe

Cafe Bencotto. Picture: Google Maps. (49740420)
Cafe Bencotto. Picture: Google Maps. (49740420)

Pasta and pizza restaurant Cafe Bencotto offers delicious meals and quirky Mediterranean cocktails to those on evenings out in Felixstowe.

Offering glasses or jugs of Clara, a Spanish style shandy made of Birra Moretti and Sanpellegrino lemon, as well as Sangria and Peach Sangria, Bencotto transports you to a European holiday destination without the need to travel.

The Crown - Woodbridge

Popular Woodbirdge restaurant, The Crown, has an extensive, high quality food menu, but could also be a great option for a few drinks.

Offering an 'After Work Drinks' menu from 5pm to 7pm, five drinks including Aperol Spritz and Pimms and Lemonade, are available for just £5 each.

The aesthetic decor makes The Crown a great destination for post-lockdown reunions.

The Bloom Lounge - Ipswich

Bloom Lounge. Picture: Google Maps. (49740508)
Bloom Lounge. Picture: Google Maps. (49740508)

Offering "innovative cocktails" as well as trendy brunch and dinner with lots of vegan options, you can have a drink or two in style in this pretty pastel themed restaurant.

Equipped with flower walls and velvet seating, Bloom Lounge is an extremely 'Instagrammable' location, and the food and drink come prepared for a girls night with plenty of opportunities.

Wright's - Bury St Edmunds

Wright's. Picture: Google Maps. (49740551)
Wright's. Picture: Google Maps. (49740551)

Wright's is a quirky sandwich bar with a twist. Not only do they offer a variety of tasty brunches and dinners but they also have over ten craft cocktails, all served from 11am.

From the Wright's Espresso Martini to the St Edmunds Sling, their creative menu is sure to provide the perfect tipples for any cocktail night.

So, which quirky cocktail bar will you be taking your friends to this Friday?

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