The perfect Sunday Brissie experience is at the Normanby Hotel. Situated just outside the CBD on Brisbane’s northside, and renowned for its laidback vibe, every local has enjoyed an iconic Sunday Session here singing along to old favourites with the legendary Tuffy. With multiple happy hours boasting cheap as chips Coronas and basic spirits, this is the best spot in town to sit back and watch the sun go down on another week.

Attracting punters young and old (though the majority tend to be 18 to 20-something), The Normanby never disappoints. With a relaxed dresscode (you’re quite welcome here in Havaianas) expect to see students, backpackers, tourists and locals a-plenty.

This historic and iconic building is a place to see in itself (built in 1872, the building is heritage listed.) With multiple levels and bars, there is something for everyone. Upstairs is where you’ll find the dancefloor with a DJ mixing beats you can bust your best moves to. And with a bar right in the middle, you can set up camp here if this is your scene. The beer garden is always bustling with energy, and you’re sure to make a new friend or two. The favourite spot to hangout though is by far the lower level, with tables and chairs so you can chill out with mates and really unwind. Come dusk it sure packs a punch here, and you’re sure to have a great time listening to the music and watching sporting event coverage on the big screen. They aren’t known here for mixing great cocktails, but the friendly bartenders will give you anything you ask for. Just be warned, with such cheap drinks on offer expect to wait for service during happy hours!

Visit The Norms – as it has fondly been nicknamed by locals – on a long weekend, and the car park is transformed into something closely resembling a huge house party, filled with hundreds of young and excitable revellers. With a couple of makeshift bars set up, on these weekends you’ll be lucky to set foot inside the hotel itself!

Boasting an undercover outdoor function area upstairs, The Normanby is a great place to host a chilled out affair, where you’ll even have access to your own private bar. Both inside and out, this place is quintessentially old school, maintaining the great pub vibe it became famous for. It’s been renovated, but hasn’t lost its charm. The traditional pub grub food is still some of the best in town – it’s a must to try one of their legendary steaks. Rich in history and good times, and with an unpretentious atmosphere, what’s not to love about The Normanby Hotel?

By yanam49

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