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Guide to Cocktail Bars in Bury St Edmunds

Classic, long, short or sparkling: however you like your cocktails, Bury St Edmunds has a bar that’s perfect for you.

Whether you’re partial to a Buck’s Fizz for brunch, a bellini for lunch or a negroni at nightfall, you’re spoilt for choice in Bury St Edmunds. Here’s our guide to cocktail bars in town. 

Sumptuous hotel bars

Walk around the Abbey Gardens on Angel Hill to Northgate Street and you will find The Northgate, a glamorous boutique hotel with a fresh metropolitan feel. 

Formerly known as Ounce House, this Victorian hotel has been extensively renovated with an immaculate finish. Cocktails can be enjoyed in the bar and lounge area, in the excellent restaurant or outside on the large south facing terrace. If the air is cool, stay warm beneath the heated parasols. 

The Northgate boasts an inviting cocktail list, created with handpicked spirits, freshly squeezed juices and homemade syrups. We recommend the Walled Garden Punch, made with Aperol, Kamm & Sons, Crème de Peche, Cherry Marnier, Sauvignon Blanc, pomegranate and basil soda and herbs, or the Foraged Martini, made with St George Terroir gin, Lillet Blanc, Mastika and Douglas fir pine. 

Mastering the art of cocktails

You can  learn how to make cocktails at The LP, where Cocktail Shaker Nights are regular events. A trained mixologist will teach you how to make your favourite cocktails over a 2-course meal before you hit the dance floor in the nightclub. If you just want to relax in the laidback music-themed bar, you’ll find a mouth-watering choice of cocktails to choose from here too, as well as a wood-fired pizza oven, to help you soak up the alcohol. We liked the Lavender Martini, made with gin shaken with fresh lemon juice, egg white and lavender gomme syrup, and the Mai Tai (LP Formula): a mix of rum, Amaretto and Triple Sec, shaken with fresh lime, Orgeat syrup and pineapple juice.

If you love gin, you’ll also want to check out The Stillery, which makes its very own incredible Stillery London Dry Gin. Enjoy a range of cocktails and G & Ts in this hip ‘speakeasy’ style cocktail bar with table service. As well as the house gin, we recommend the Slingsby Rhubarb Gin with Mediterranean tonic and the Garden Tiger gin with Indian tonic. 

Café bars and late-night venues

If you’re serious about your cocktails – and the quality of the ingredients and the expertise of your bartender – make sure you schedule a drink or two at Guat’s Up. As well as serving and selling superb Butterworth and Son coffee, this Guatemalan themed coffee shop and bar serves a small selection of meticulously created cocktails, mixed from carefully chosen ingredients. The Espresso Martini, made with a double espresso, Stolichnaya vodka, Kahlua and sugar, is unbeatable. 

You’ll find a huge range of cocktails at the So Bar, where the daily happy hour lasts from 6pm until 9pm. Tucked away in Langton Place, this modern café bar is a great spot for a mojito, made with Bacardi Braveheart, Oro Or Blanea, mint, lime, sugar syrup and optional fruit purees. Head over to Karooze Café Bar after if you want to dance and drink cocktails late into the night. 

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