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Bars in Liverpool If it’s a great night on the town you’re after then you’ve come to the right place, because Liverpool is packed to bursting with some of best bars in the North West.

Most bars are situated in the city centre, where you’ll find a huge spectrum of venues from trendy wine bars and celebrity haunts, to traditional and Beatles-themed pubs.

To catch a glimpse of a top footballer or maybe a soap star then head to The Living Room [map], probably the most talked about bar in Liverpool. A flight of steps leads to a delightful bar area featuring leather booths and snug seats surrounding a large white piano, which is regularly used by visiting pianists.

Baa Bar [map] is perhaps Liverpool’s most famous bar and has become an institution of the British bar scene since chain bars have been opened up across the country. The music is old school on weekday evenings and at weekends, while during the day you’ll hear soul and jazz, which help to give the place a real café bar feel.

Another place to do a bit of celeb spotting is The Square [map] on Queens Square, which appeals to a younger clientele including a number of Premiership footballers. The ground floor features a revolving cube made of small TV screens while the upper floor is more relaxed with plenty of seating. There is a resident DJ playing a collection of 70s, 80s and 90s music at weekends.

With its frequent dance events and funky atmosphere, Streets Wine Bar [map] on Hardman Street is also popular with Liverpudlian TV stars and the pre-clubbing crowd.

For the more traditional English pub scene try The Grapes Hotel [map] on Mathew Street, which is a former haunt of the Fab Four who played at the nearby Cavern Club. In acknowledgment of this little bit of history, a corner of the pub still retains the original wallpaper and furnishings, while the general ambience is friendly and cosy.

If you want to relive a bit of Beatlemania why not head to Lennon’s Bar [map], which is also on Mathew Street, it plays plenty of 60s tunes to put you in the mood for partying.

For those who don’t fancy going on to a club but still want to dance the night away into the early hours, The Old Monk [map] is a good venue. Located opposite the Hanover Hotel, the bar attracts people of all ages with varying music tastes, as young and old are happy to drink and dance side by side.

If you’re after a bar with a difference then head to Carnarvon Castle [map] on Turleton Street, which has been around for more than 200 years. Named after Lord Carnarvon, who was responsible for opening Tutankhamen’s tomb, the homely pub is full of collector’s items such as model cars, lorries, handcuffs and truncheons, and attracts a mixture of clientele from shoppers to lawyers.

Since it was renovated the Albert Dock has also become a haven for people seeking a fashionable night out. Among the highlights are the Blue Bar [map], which offers an a la carte restaurant as well as a chic bar area that is popular with celebrities, and Est Est Est [map], which is a trendy restaurant and bar rolled into one.

Probably the most popular bar along the docks is Baby Cream [map], a high-tech re-incarnation of Cream, the nightclub that put Liverpool on the nightlife map. This restaurant, bar and club occupies the old Beige Bar building and is packed with unique high-concept computer-age spaces.

In the downstairs bar of Baby Cream you can check into your personal Bedouin tent with its Video-CD console for compiling your own music. And there is also the Virtual World Bar featuring window-like television screens that change your setting from bright sunset to underwater ocean scenes. And if you're of the right gender you could also pay a visit the ladies-only Girl’s Powder Room – a hideaway designed for pampering and gossip – where you’ll find ceilings made of padded black satin and the girls sitting in clear Perspex chairs.

So whatever kind of night out you’re planning, you’ll probably be able to find a venue to suit in Liverpool, because we’re not kidding when we say the bars featured here are just the tip of the iceberg.

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