10 Liverpool bars you still might not have discovered
3 years ago
We all see and know about the big flashy bars in town, but what about the ones hidden away from the main streets offering something a little more intimate and different?
Take your pick of ten Liverpool bars that you still might not have discovered.
Buyers Club, Hardman St
Located in the site of the old Flying Picket pub, the Buyer’s Club is a smart but laid back bar, an ideal place to meet up with friends at the top end of town. The range of wine is very impressive and they have 8 beer lines, one kept on rotation with some great guest beers popping up. In the bar itself there are delicious nibbles, including freshly made focaccia baked in-house every day, perfect for soaking up that olive oil and balsamic vinegar. What gives Buyers the edge is the beer garden out front in the courtyard, the ideal way to while away a few idle hours of a carefree evening or afternoon.
Constellations, Baltic Triangle
The Constellations Garden, renowned as a creative inclusive space, is another bar with a notable outside drinking area. In fact, it has one of the largest outdoor bars in the city. The garden is blooming with plants and flowers and foliage, with regular and trusted DJs providing the tunes. Pre-bookable pods contain up to six people, and food and drinks are ordered via an app and delivered straight to your table.
Phase One, Seel Street
A music venue and event space in normal times, the bar facility at Phase One has been expanded to compensate to the lack of entertainment onstage. Open Wednesday to Sunday you can enjoy relaxed and safe outdoor socially distanced drinking in the newly spruced up Courtyard with nachos, tacos or corn ribs over the weekends.
The Dead Crafty Beer Company, Dale Street
Not far from the more well known Ship and Mitre, this beer shop has been quietly carving out a niche for itself by offering a exciting selections of IPAs and craft beers for the discerning drinker. Offering 20 taps each week, recent faves include the bonkersly named Oh No It’s Moon Unit and Luponic Distortion. And you can take your pooch with you if you have one, as it’s a dog friendly bar.
Hobo Kiosk, Baltic Triangle
Hobo Kiosk, a social hub of a pub in the Baltic Triangle, is becoming well known as a place to enjoy good and improving conversation, about the world and around Liverpool’s past and present. They offer delicious gins and local, new and interesting beers from around the North West to taste and savour as you listen and talk. Papa Legbas Blues, a popular new addition to Hobo Kiosk, is a tribute to legendary blues guitarist Robert Johnson. But watch out – at 6.2%, it’s pretty strong stuff.
Black Lodge Brewery, Baltic
This microbrewery has a spacious inside and outside with long wooden benches and tables. Food is served until 9pm, with grub and cans available to take away plus there is beer home delivery too. Black Lodge is a real hub of activity and community spirit, with merchandise sold and proudly worn, and activities like the Mikkeller Running Club based there. The Club offers a warm welcome to men and women who both run and enjoy beer.
Find out more about the Running Club here
Love Lane Brewery, Bar and Kitchen, Baltic
The familiar white logo of Love Lane is the hall mark of contemporary, quality Liverpool-made beer including Higson’s, and The Ginsmiths of Liverpool gins. This working brewery and distillery is located in the heart of the Baltic Triangle, and serves up quality pub grub, fish and chips, chicken wings, curry and pizza, that sticks to your ribs. Plus there are desserts too. Walk-ins are welcome, but booking is advisable.
The Oracle Bar, Duke St
The Oracle is a total one off, in Liverpool or anywhere in the UK. It is the only 1800’s-style cocktail bar and speakeasy on the mainland with close-up magicians sitting at tables wowing customers with card tricks and other mysterious wonders. The Oracle very quickly upon opening became the place to go in the city for a different kind of night out. An ideal part of the new trend for staycations, if you pay a visit to The Oracle it’s akin to being in another historical realm. Press the mysterious buzzer and a new magical world awaits. First come first served at the moment, no pre-bookings.
Papillon, Hope St
This gastro pub is a foodie heaven, but with mains kept to a very manageable £10-£12 mark. The delicious roast dinners on Sundays are a big draw, understandably. Tasteful yet intriguing art hangs on the walls and leafy indoor plants warm the atmosphere. There’s an excellent wine list, cocktails and beer too plus good range of soft and hot drinks
Dockleaf, Cains Brewery Village
The Dockleaf has a long history seeped into Liverpool’s very roots. The space Dockleaf now fills was previously Cain’s Brewery Tap pub, and a brewery which made so many beers in days gone by, from Walkers to Higsons and Boddingtons to the Dusanj brothers. When Dockleaf took over the rooms, they acknowledged the building’s ancestry by repairing and refurbishing two large canning tables from back in the day, both which now sit in the pub itself. Dockleaf serve honest good hearty and locally produced food. And they have a cocktail menu which changes with the seasons, quality wines and a selection of bottled and draft world beers.