A blog post in which Lucy downs three daiquiris at Bermuda Bob’s Rum Shack in Norwich.
I’ve been meaning to visit this joint for a while.
Having stumbled across the hole-in-the-wall bar on the way home from Norwich a few months back, I marvelled at its beauty.
Nestled between a barbers’ and a nail bar, Bermuda Bob’s Rum Shack is pretty innocuous from the street – apart from the tiki head on the door.
Once across the threshold, you walk down a short, dark alley. Be sure to admire the ace-looking monkeys on the wall as you go. When you reach the end there is a second door.
And when you open it, you’re greeted by the face of Alan Partridge.
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As your eyes adjust to the low lighting, you notice that the wallpaper behind Alan’s face is beautiful. In an art-deco style, it has tropical birds dotted all over it.
As you turn left and enter the downstairs bar, your eyes will be drawn to the lemurs and hibiscus flowers covering the walls and the leaf canopy over head, while Tiffany-style parrot lampshades watch the scene from above the bar.
When we entered the DJs were playing a good mix of retro classics too, with Ray Charles singing over the sound system. I’m not sure what it’s like on other nights, but I loved it just for that.
A taste of the Caribbean
Now I’ll be honest, part of the reason I like Bermuda Bob’s is because it reminds me of a place I visited in Havana a few years back. The bar is stocked with all kinds of interesting rums, while the small, but perfectly formed cocktail menu has enough to tempt most palates.
I opted for a classic daiquiri to transport me back to the Cuba. Perfectly chilled and with just enough sweetness to take the edge off the tart lime flavours, it was so good, I ended up having three over the course of the evening.
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The bar staff were fantastic, providing advice and suggestions on the rums available too. The Chap had a delicious, rich, caramel dark rum called Diplomatico, which we both highly recommend. It blows my usual 7-year-old Havana Club out of the water.
For the designated drivers, Bermuda Bob’s has a selection of non-alcoholic beverages too. One of our friends opted for a virgin piña colada and was most taken with it.
Being totally honest, Bermuda Bob’s is the kind of bar I’ve been looking for in Norwich for a while. With good music, lots of atmosphere and great drinks, I’ll be heading back there soon!