“ Address: 98 Old Station House, Cromer NR27 9EB / Norfolk „
With my boyfriend living not far from Cromer and us having friends there, we recently found ourselves on a night out in No. 98. No. 98 is a cocktail bar which is very upmarket for a small seaside town like Cromer. Our friends especially were quite surprised when it opened as it is completely different to the other pubs available to go to.
No. 98 is situated a minute walk away from the train station so if you are coming from elsewhere, it is extremely easy to get to. However, the last train heading back to Norwich is at about midnight so if you are planning on making a night of it, you should have somewhere to stay. Luckily, we weren't planning on staying out late and headed home on the 10:30 train which was perfectly timed and I liked not having to walk far after having a few drinks.
The price of cocktails start at £3.90 which I thought was extremely reasonable. I have paid a lot more here in Nottingham so it was nice to have a break from paying city prices. The menu of drinks available is quite extensive and a lot better than I had been expecting it to be. In regards to normal cocktails, there are 52 available which range from a Sex on the Beach (my drink of choice) to a Bus Tray Dave which I had never heard of before. A lot of the cocktails on offer were new to me so it was nice to try something different! As well as normal cocktails, you can also have Frozen Cocktails (£4.50) and shots which start at £2.50.
The drinks were gorgeous. Although I did stick mostly to my usual cocktail, I did try a few others and while they weren't what I would normally pick, they were still nice. The problem here is that if you aren't a regular cocktail drinker, there may be too much choice as many of us didn't even know where to start when it came to deciding what to order. It was quite fun deciding a way to even think about ordering. Some of us picked a random number, some used numbers that meant something to them and others just picked with their eyes closed and pointing to a drink!
No. 98 has two floors. The downstairs is a very comfortable lounge with leather sofas and big tables for groups of people and this is where we sat. At the back of the lounge is an outdoor smoking area which is partially covered in case it rains. Also downstairs are the toilets which were large and extremely clean which was a very good thing in my eyes. Upstairs becomes a club with a large dance floor although my boyfriend and I had left before it was time to head up there. My friend Kirsty tells me though that the dance floor is pretty big and can hold a fair amount of people and she has never been squashed by too many people. I can't wait to go again to try this part out though.
Overall, No. 98 was a great experience and a really nice place to go drinking. It makes a change from the other pubs that we normally go to and it was also a lot more fun. There was a range of ages in the bar while we were there so it isn't all 18 year olds. Our group ranged from 23 to nearly 45ish so it would be a good choice for nearly everyone. I would happily go here again and I'm actually really looking forward to getting to go again now.