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Guide to Cocktail Bars

Whether you're a traditionalist whose drink is a classic Margarita or Martini or you have fancier tastes and enjoy a Daquiri, Mimosa or Manhattan, these Cocktail serving establishments are sure to wet your whistle!

1. The Crown at Woodbridge

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Situated in the riverside town of Woodbridge, The Crown is a stylish hotel with a funky bar, enjoyed by staying guests and those looking for an evening of cocktails. If you want to make a night of it, it's advisable to book a table (you could also enjoy a meal in the award-winning a la carte restaurant), the cocktail menu is extensive so you may have to pace yourself! 

Fizz cocktails include Bellini, Mimosa, Kir Royale and Champagne cocktails with classics including Cosmopolitan, Manhattan, Singapore Sling and Daquiri. If you want to try something a little bit unusual, try a Bramble (Fisher Gin, Chambord, Fresh Lemon Juice, Framboise Syrup, Ice Cap), Sidecar (Charles Huvet VSOP, Cointreau, Fresh Lemon Juice, Angostura Bitters), Chocolate Orange Martini (Golovkine Vodka, Grand Marnier, Chocolate Liqueur, Chocolate Syrup) or Lynchburg Lemonade (Jack Daniel’s, Southern Comfort, Fresh Lemon &Lime Juice, Sugar Syrup, Lemonade, Ice Cap). 

2.  The Brudenell, Aldeburgh

FD - The Brudenell - Gin

At The Brudenell Hotel in Aldeburgh, you can watch the sunset over the sea as you sip cocktails in the hotel's bar. The Seafood & Grill Restaurant is a good place to start your evening, tuck into locally caught fish and shellfish or opt for something from the grill, before ordering a few rounds of cocktails. 

Classics include Manhattan, Bellini, Kir Royale and Martini, with more unusual beverages including Gimlet (Fishers Gin, lime juice, sugar), Hendricks Cooler (Hendricks, lemon juice, lime juice, sugar) and English Garden (Fishers Gin, apple juice, St Germain, lime juice). 

3. Cafe Bencotto, Felixstowe

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A trendy bar and restaurant in Felixstowe, Cafe Bencotto serves a great selection of Meditteranean inspired dishes including pizzas, pastas and tapas. To follow your meal, or if you would prefer to go straight to the drinks, check out the cocktail menu or newly introduced gin menu!

Cocktails to choose from include Mimosa, Bellini, Rose-ecco, Prosecco Royale, Prosecco Pomander and Limoncello Raspberry Cooler. The Gin Menu is impressive too, with Gin Mare, Williams Chase Pink Grapefruit, Pinkster Gin, Tarquin's Cornish Gin, Brooklyn Gin and Little Bird Gin.

4. The Alex Cafe Bar, Felixstowe

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With an enviable seafront location overlooking Felixstowe's South Promenade, The Alex Cafe Bar's patio is the perfect spot to try a cocktail or two. The quirky menu includes single drinks along with pitchers of Pimms and Sangria.

The cocktails on offer include Raspberry Gin Rickey (a large slug of Gin, fresh lime juice & raspberries, sweetened & topped up with soda), Espresso Martini (Plenty of Vodka & Tia Maria, a shot of Espresso, sweetened & shaken over ice) and Elderflower Spritz (Vodka, Elderflower Liquor & White Wine, finished with fresh mint & soda).

5. Salthouse Eaterie, Ipswich

FD - Salthouse Eaterie - Drinks

It doesn't get much cooler than the Salthouse Eaterie at the Salthouse Harbour Hotel Ipswich. Located on Ipswich's historic waterfront, you can watch the boats bob on the marina as the sunsets on the River Orwell whilst you enjoy a meal in the stylish Eaterie before moving into the bar for cocktails. 

Choose from Vodka Martini, Aperol Spritz, Bloody Mary, Mojito, Old Fashioned, Cosmopolitan, Espresso Martini and Amaretto Whisky Sour. The compliment the cocktails there's also an extensive range of spirits including Cognac, Liqueur, Whisky, Bourbon and Single Malts. 

6. The Swan Southwold

FD - The Swan - Still Room

Guests and non-residents can enjoy world-class food and award winning beer, wine and spirits, at Southwold's iconic Swan Hotel.

The hotel's restaurant, The Still Room serves an impressive drinks menu from it's stunning copper bar, and whilst there are no cocktails as such, the Adnams owned hotel boasts a wide selection of beers, wines, fizz and spirits including Copperhouse Gin, Copperhouse Pink, Rising Sun Gin, Orange and Buckthorn Gin and Longshore Vodka to name but a few.


The Swan Hotel

The Swan Hotel

Guests and non-residents can enjoy world-class food and award winning beer, wine and spirits, with Rory Whelan as Head Chef serving dishes championing local produce, with coastal charm. 

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