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
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
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
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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