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We’re loving the outdoor eating and drinking that’s going on in Liverpool ahead of indoor restaurant and bar openings on May 17, but you can’t always rely on guaranteed cocktails in the sunshine.
So, just in case it pours down again just when you’re planning your outdoor day or night out, here are 13 al fresco places where you shouldn’t need to pack a massive brolly or wellies …
For the full meat-lovers’ Rodizio experience, without any danger of getting rained off mid-steak, Viva Brazil on Castle Street has a new marquee outdoor seating area. It’s totally transparent too so you can still watch the world go by while you eat and drink. Bookings via the website.
Birdies at Cains Brewery Village is a great place for street food and cocktails and if you get one of its private movie cabanas you’ll have a screening too. There’s a line-up of films already available to book until June including classics and favourites for kids.
The courtyard at the Bridewell’s lovely when it’s sunny, but even if it’s not they have an inside outside part as well. It’s walk-ins so get the beers in, grab some bench seating and you’ll find a canopy cover, heating and blankets to keep you dry and warm.
For American hotdogs, beers and tunes, Salt Dog’s on Seel Street has it all and the good news is it’s mostly covered with pitched roofs. All the booths are covered and heated so if you can get one you can party and stay toasty whatever the weather.
Outdoor seating with a clear roof to keep off the hail is the stuff of al fresco dining dreams and if you love steak then even better because Churrasco Steakhouse on Aigburth Road’s got plenty of both. Just by the entrance to Lark Lane, it’s fully heated too.
Along Lark Lane, Love & Rockets is making the absolute most of its new outdoor seating area whatever the weather. It’s got a full menu of food and drinks on, so fabulous pizzas, nachos and burgers, and the bench seating tables down the side are all covered.
Nothing can dampen the atmosphere at Liverpool’s biggest Irish bar in Cains Brewery Village. They’ve got the craic covered, come rain or shine, plus there’s live music in the courtyard and live sport on the big screen. There’s even a new Guinness hut for six mates to share.
Even though it’s mostly gorgeously sunny, it’s been known to rain sometimes in Italy so the guys at family-run Il Forno on Duke Street are well prepared. You can get their authentic modern and classic dishes under a big marquee including fantastic (and huge) sharing Italian Sunday roasts.
Dockleaf Bar, at Cains Brewery Village, is a suntrap when it’s nice but it doesn’t let a bit of rain ruin things because it’s got a sheltered rooftop terrace so the beers and delicious food can keep on coming right through the day. No bookings needed, it’s walk-ins only.
Some days, nothing should interrupt the spritzes, even a downpour – at East River on Allerton Road they’re keeping them coming, along with great food in their secret garden. It’s open for walk-ins as well as bookings and there’s lots of cover and blankets if it gets chilly.
The team behind The Botanical Garden obviously knew what the great British weather was going to be like because they made sure their new Sub Rosa bar on Kings Dock street had plenty of lovely little covered places to hide while you enjoy tacos, beers, gins and cocktails.
Disco cauli and falafel in your own little heated booth? Sounds like a winner. Quayside spots at Maray in the Albert Dock are one of the nicest places to eat outside anyway, but being able to stay dry and warm under the colonnades is a bonus. Book ahead online.
If it’s great coffee in the daytime you’re after, this place in the basement of The Wedding House in the Baltic is a little find worth remembering because its lovely courtyard garden is heated and covered. It does a fabulous full English brekkie with veggie and vegan options too.
California-dreamin’ just became a reality in the city, with this brand-new West Coast-inspired garden bar. A laid-back, go with the flow venue, it’s open every day for cocktails, beers, tacos, tortillas and feelgood vibes. Now that’s just the place for those wanting to chill, and definitely worth a look-see this weekend. It’s open 12 noon – 11pm.
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