Sydney, New South Wales

The ultimate hipster hangout, The Norfolk Hotel has all of the style and none of the attitude. While there is room for every type of local or cocktail connoisseur, this is still a place where the cool kids reign supreme. They come for the retro menu that features tacos, pork belly rolls, hotdog sliders and prawns ordered by the pint. It's old-school American injected with and new-school dining trends. The cocktails are fun and interesting, and best of all, you can order them by the jug for just $30. Come in the early afternoon to snag an enviable seat in the courtyard under the magical palm tree and fairy lights.

305 Cleveland Street
Surry Hills
Tel: +61 2 9699 3177
American, Modern Australian
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
$$$$ = Mains under $20
$$$$ = Mains $20 - $30
$$$$ = Mains $30 - $40
$$$$ = Mains over $40
Fully Licensed (no BYO)
The Norfolk Hotel doesn't appear to have a lot going for it. For one, Cleveland Street isn't exactly a sought after location. And for two, the pub's exterior makes one assume that there could be nothing more than a drab old pub inside. And their website doesn't help, either. But, if you block out the traffic screeching by outside and ignore the pub's exterior, The Norfolk might just surprise you.

The hotel's interior is bipartite. The front area reminds me of my local country pub back with magazine covers of topless girls scattered around the pub's walls. Sporting paraphernalia features too, just like back home, with black and white footy photos and Australian flags hanging from the ceiling.

Walking out the back, The Norfolk changes its stripes. Pretty lights hidden in the trees create a magical and mystical atmosphere in the backyard beer garden while a more formal dining room, with mellow, seductive music, exists just inside. The almost-solemn mood that exists in the front bar transforms into an upbeat, hip haven, perfect for those Surry Hills' trendsetters.

The menu travels across the globe with Spanish, Mexican, American and Aussie pub grub. The chilli fries with chilli mince, Jalapenos and nacho cheese are the perfect beer food and mains like Asian salmon salad, please the calorie-counting crowd. While not as cheap as your local Thai takeaway, The Norfolk does offer some wallet pleasing deals like $3 tacos on Tuesdays.
Anna Lisle
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Bar / Wine Bar
Function for 50-100
Late Night Dining
Live Music / Entertainment
Outdoor Dining
Pets Allowed
Pub Dining
Something Different
Suitable for Groups of 10
This restaurant does not have any awards.
305 Cleveland Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
On Cleveland Street. A 15 minute walk from Central Station or 5 minute cab ride.
There are no recommendations for this restaurant.
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