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Liverpool’s always been a gorgeous place to enjoy sitting out on a sunny day but now with the new virus restrictions, outdoor space also gives you more options for safe distancing.
Whether you want a view of the river, to be in the heart of the city centre, the Georgian Quarter or in the Baltic Triangle, we’re spoilt for choice so it seems like the perfect time to rediscover Liverpool.
And now, thanks to the Liverpool Without Walls project, Bold Street and Castle Street can add to that list, with new pedestrianisation and restaurant tables where cars used to be!
Here are some of the best places to get outdoors with a drink in your hand …
All set for the weekend @theAlbertDock ??☀️
— The Guide Liverpool (@TheGuideLpool) July 10, 2020
There aren’t too many places in the whole country more beautiful than the Albert Dock, especially on a nice day, and there’s now such a great mix of independent restaurants making the most of the quayside location. Long-standing favourites like Gusto and Peaberry have put measures in place to reopen safely, and some have new additions which make them even better than before lockdown. Indie Mexican taqueria Madre has added 48 seats outdoors in Anchor Courtyard, and Maray has purpose-built wooden pods so diners have the option to sit by the water.
If you’re looking for a cool casual place for a drink, or one of the best (and best value) pizzas in the city from Nightcrawler Pizza, then The Merchant is always a good bet. Now it’s reopened, with strict guidelines on numbers, get out into the garden for an Aperol Spritz or take advantage of the gin deal.
Next to Ghetto Golf in the Baltic Triangle, Birdies Bar is back open after having a tropical makeover with 16 new wooden beach-style cabanas, each with a retractable roof system, to keep everyone dry even when it’s rainy. Booking is now essential and there’s also a new app so customers can order food and drink to their tables.
FSK just off Hope Street in the Georgian Quarter has some of the very best burgers you’ll find anywhere in Liverpool as well as a pretty amazing buffalo chicken mac ‘n’ cheese. And those who know get to eat them outside in their lovely beer garden, tucked away at the back of the restaurant. Walk-ins are welcome for the garden, but it’s best to pre-book online for tables of six maximum if you want to be sure.
Whenever the sun shines, one of the busiest and best places to head is up to Falkner Street, aka the Toxteth Riveria. Now The Quarter is open again, it’s outside tables are like gold dust because they’re first come, first served, but they’re always worth the wait whether you fancy breakfast, lunch or dinner with a view of Liverpool Cathedral. Its corner neighbour Papillon is well worth a visit too.
If you’re going to Liverpool ONE for a shopping trip, or if you just happen to be nearby, then you won’t have to look too far to find lots of restaurant favourites like TGIFridays, Nando’s, Smoke & Dough, Lunya, Browns, Cosy Club, Turtle Bay, Yard & Coop, Yee Rah and Yo! which are all reopen with new safety measures in place. Seating, especially outside, will be limited so booking is definitely recommended.
No list of places to eat outdoors would be complete without mentioning The Club House which is another must-go especially when the weather’s hot. The Hamptons-inspired bar and restaurant has some of the most sought-after outside tables in the city centre, as well as those fantastic hanging kebabs and cocktails.
Dockleaf describes itself as ‘an urban local’ and that sums up the relaxed, approachable feel of the place. Head upwards from the ground floor, with its original brewery pipework, and you’ll find a first-floor roof terrace – and they’ve come up with their own Dockleaf 10 Commandments to help keep staff and customers virus safe. You can make indoor table reservations via email for food but no outdoor spaces can be reserved so you’ll have to take your chances.
We've been to check out the beautiful @BombedOutChurch Garden Bar. ☀️Serving socially distanced drinks all weekend ?
— The Guide Liverpool (@TheGuideLpool) July 11, 2020
The Bombed Out Church, St Luke’s, is one of the city centre’s best-known landmarks and now it’s reopened with its own Garden Bar. Laid out in the gardens around the church, it serves drinks and wood-fired Turncoat Pizza at socially-distanced tables. Customers just order and pay on a smartphone by scanning a QR code which shows what’s on the menu.
— The Guide Liverpool (@TheGuideLpool) July 11, 2020
It’s quieter in the Business District at the moment, but that’s good news for the chances of grabbing an outside table on Exchange Flags. El Gato Negro reopened on July 8, with its award-winning tapas and long lunch 3 for £15 deal, and Fazenda will be reopening soon. This weekend is also the final Open Air Foodie Pop-up on the Flags, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12-7pm.
For cocktails and DJs with an incredible view, Liberte on the Strand takes some beating. There’s plenty of spaced-out tables and an amazing backdrop of the Three Graces from the rooftop bar. It’s tables only, no walk-ups, so you’ll need to get online and get booking in advance if you want to grab one.
PINS is a boutique bowling alley on Duke Street, but that’s not all it has to offer. Although the bowling might be on hold at the moment because of the restrictions, it also has lots of table games – pool, table tennis and shuffleboard – and you can get outside and enjoy food and drink on The Roof. To help manage demand, you can’t book for The Roof, it’s first come first served, so get down early or just play a few games while you wait.
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