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Norman Bar, Leeds

You do have to be in the know to find Normans Bar as there never has been a sign up over the door in the last ten years! Spread over 2 floors, with a popy-arty front glass design Normans is a fantastic party place!!!

Take your time at Norman Bar as you'll need it to take in the eclectic design. There's a bit of everything and it's surprising how well it all goes together despite the different inspirations. On the walls there are thin slabs of black stone and sauna style wooden slats. Even the toilets are a must-see. They're lined with white mosaic tiles but everything here is tinged with blue thanks to surreal monochrome lights.

The menu is almost as eclectic as the decor. Pan-Asian dim sum steal the scene but a couple of burgers have made their way on to the list as well. Starting with dim sum (£2 to £3.25) those looking for a more western flavour Norman Bar offers a club sandwich (£7), a burger (£7) and a breakfast selection (£3 to £6).

They serve a handful of cocktails (all £6) and you won't find any classics only their own kooky concoctions. Try the Oriental Sweet Tart (gin, lychee and pear liqueurs, lemon and orgeat) or the Zoolander (Kahlua, chocolate and orange liqueurs and a double shot of espresso)

The crowd is a real mix and during the day you'll meet people in their forties as well as the twenty-somethings.  At night the situation changes slightly as the thirty-somethings increase and there are more party outfits to be seen.

Norman is a must-see. If you're in Leeds for just the night this is the place to visit. You'll never forget its edginess and off the wall decor. The fact that the drinks and food are impressive is just the cherry on top.

Address: 36 Call Lane, LEEDS, LS1 6DT


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