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15 things to put a smile on your face for Blue Monday in Liverpool

1 month ago

By Chris Grundy

15 things to put a smile on your face for Blue Monday in Liverpool
Blue Monday in Liverpool

As Blue Monday looms on the horizon, Liverpool is ready to defy the gloom and inject some much-needed positivity into the start of the week. Don’t let the “saddest day of the year” get you down – instead, embrace the vibrant offerings the city has in store.

Yellow Monday rebrands Blue Monday in Liverpool today as part of an initiative set up by Liverpool BID Company. Traditionally the most depressing day of the year, free activities and offers have been donated by city centre businesses to bring joy at the start of the week. 

But don’t worry if you have missed out on some of the free Yellow Monday events – there’s still plenty to do around the city that’s sure to put a smile on your face.

Here’s 15 things to do for Blue Monday in Liverpool to brighten up your day.

Bean Coffee

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Liverpool BID Company partnered with Bean Coffee, and they have 100 free coffees to giveaway at their three locations, Chapel Street, St Pauls Square, and Princes Dock.

More info here.


Monday Motivation Wellness Hour with Mercure

Mercure Hotel. Credit: Liverpool BID
Mercure Hotel. Credit: Liverpool BID

Mercure Atlantic Tower Liverpool will be going the extra mile for guests and workers within Liverpool’s Commercial Business District.

Mercure will be launching their own ‘wellness hour’ on #YellowMonday for those guests who want to run or take a brisk walk!

Guests and the business community, each week, can explore their fantastic waterfront on foot from 5:30pm with the Mercure team. Join them at the front of the hotel from 5.15pm.

Email scott.montgomery@accor.com if you want to take part!


Listen to a Yellow Monday Office Playlist

Yellow Monday Playlist. Credit: Liverpool BID
Yellow Monday Playlist. Credit: Liverpool BID

Make this ‘Blue Monday’ a brighter day in your office with Liverpool BID Company’s Yellow Monday playlist! It’s packed full of joyful (and not too cheesy!) songs to lift your spirits on the ‘dullest day of the year’.

Listen on Spotify HERE.


Practical Mindfulness in the Workplace tips

Yellow Monday Liverpool. Credit: Liverpool BID
Yellow Monday Liverpool. Credit: Liverpool BID
  • Take a few mindful pauses during your workday, perhaps just after you get off the phone or when arrive somewhere in the car. You could try a “5 Breath Holiday”, where you take a mindful pause for five relaxed breaths.
  • When facing a challenging moment, notice the physical sensation of your emotions. Notice any tendency to react sharply to uncomfortable emotions and try to slow down or “breathe into” difficult sensations. This can help us to “respond”, instead of “react” to challenging experiences.
  • When we avoid work tasks, there’s often an emotional charge to that avoidance. Bringing awareness, acceptance, and friendliness towards what we’re experiencing can help us to move past emotionally charged avoidance and engage more fully with the task.
  • Being fully present with work or conversations can be difficult. The mind wanders and can get easily distracted. In mindfulness, we practice noticing what’s happening in our mind, without judgement. When you get distracted, try just noticing it, without judgement. Then bring your attention back to the task. Sometimes it might not feel so simple, which usually means there’s something in our emotional or physical experience asking for attention.
  • Be honest if you don’t understand something. Ask for help if you need it. Allow yourself to make mistakes.

Indulge in Dry January at Liverpool’s Waterfront

Credit: Royal Albert Dock

With Dry January in full swing, take a look at some of the best Waterfront spots to enjoy a mocktail or alcohol free beer for those either meeting up with friends, enjoying date night or simply trying to shake the January blues.

Maray 

For those looking for something slightly different this Dry January, Maray’s dockside venue is offering diners the opportunity to enjoy a delicious pairing dinner with Lucky Saint, the official beer of Dry January. For £45pp, savour five delicious drinks featuring Lucky Saint and a lip-smacking four-course menu from the Maray team on January 25th. 

Titanic Hotel Liverpool

Pull up a seat at Titanic Hotel’s stylish Rum Bar and sip on an expertly prepared mocktail made by some of the city’s finest mixologists. Choose from a dedicated alcohol-free cocktail menu, including a Rhubarb and Ginger Bramble with Pearsons Rhubarb and Ginger Gin 0%, lemon juice, gomme and strawberry syrup. 

Revolucion de Cuba

Say goodbye to Liverpool and hello to Havana with a trip to Revolucion de Cuba. Featuring topical flavours, choose from a selection of mocktails to tantalise those tastebuds including a virgin pornstar martini, pineapple daiquiri and a mojito that are all made with alcohol-free spirit, Caleno. 

The One O’Clock Gun

Combining all that’s best about old-fashioned hospitality with an extensive drinks menu, The One O’Clock Gun is the destination for relaxed drinks with friends. From non-alcohol beers including Guinness 0% and Heineken 0% to mouthwatering mocktails featuring its tropical take on an alcohol-free martini aptly named The Gun Martini, there’s something for everyone. 

Rosa’s Thai 

Take Dry January to new heights with a trip to Rosa’s Thai at Royal Albert Dock and experience a world-famous bubble tea. Quench your thirst with five different flavours to choose from – keep it classic with a traditional Thai Tea with Tapioca pearls or get a true taste of Thailand with Pinky Milk – a sweet drink similar to strawberry milk.

The Long Shot

Located at Royal Albert Dock, The Long Shot is the ultimate contemporary sports bar, boasting 11 x 4K screens to capture all the action. Having curated a world-class drink offering, those taking part in Dry January have their pick of the menu, with the team being able to transform the majority of cocktails into non-alcoholic versions – just ask!

Miller and Carter

Indulge in a trip to Miller and Carter this January with a crafted mocktaildesigned and prepared by its team of mixologists. From the Strawberry Twist combining cranberry, apple juice and strawberry syrup, to a Passion Fruit Cooler blending tropical fruits and strawberry with lemonade

More info here.


JD Gyms Liverpool

Credit: JD Gym
Credit: JD Gym

Get your first month for £5 at the newly refurbished JD Gyms Liverpool City Centre! This offer is valid until the end of January.

JD Gyms will also provide a Free Personal Training Session worth £35 for every BID member who joins to kick start their fitness journey!

Join for £5 here.


Take advantage of fantastic January food deals!

January deals in Liverpool 2024
January deals in Liverpool 2024

Liverpool is bursting with brilliant deals this January making it the best month to get out and eat, drink and play.

Alright, so most of us are a bit skint and January pay day can’t come quick enough, but you don’t have to be minted to afford to have fun this month as there’s some boss January deals in Liverpool this year.

Take a look at our 51 Mega January Deals HERE!


Golf Fang

Golf Fang
Golf Fang

For today only, Golf Fang is offering an exclusive pick-me-up for Blue Monday – with free walk-in golf, plus karaoke at Big Fang Karaoke to combat the sadness on the bluest day of the year. So grab your mates or a date – it’s time to putt away that January slump!

Located at Cains Brewery, Stanhope St, Liverpool, L8 5XJ, Golf Fang and Big Fang Karaoke are open Till Late every day of the week.

Find out more here.


Happiness! at the Museum of Liverpool

Located on Liverpool’s Waterfront, Museum of Liverpool teaches us about all things SCOUSE! 

Make sure you check out Wondrous Place – you can even get up close with costumes worn by Jodie Comer in Killing Eve – or if you think you’re the next Cilla / Paul McCartney, get in the Karaoke Booth and belt out a classic or two.

But if you really fancy a laugh – grab a ticket for Happiness! the Ken Dodd exhibition!

Find out more here.


Take a walk around Sefton Park

Sefton Park Palm House

Experience a picturesque and tranquil urban oasis, with beautiful landscapes, you have to check out the Fairy Glenn. It’s a perfect escape from the city’s hustle and bustle.


Explore the World Museum 

World Museums Liverpool attractions
NML World Museum image -(c) Pete Carr

Embark on an awe-inspiring journey through history, culture, and the natural world all under one roof. Walk with Dinosaurs, take a trip 20,000 leagues under the sea at the aquarium, discover the ancient secrets of Egypt, or rocket into space at the planetarium. 

More info here.


Browse Red Brick Market 

Red Brick Market
Credit: Red Brick Market

A little retail therapy might be just what you need. Explore the vibrant and eclectic Red Brick Market in Liverpool, where local independent traders offer an array of unique treasures. It’s a one-of-a-kind shopping experience.

More info here.


Get pictures of the street art in the Baltic Triangle

Picture credit: baltictriangle.co.uk

Get your steps in and check out the brilliant pieces of street art all along Jamaica Street, with local artists such as Sean Webber and Paul Curtis… If you haven’t had a pic with the Liver Bird wings, where have you been? 


Everton Brow

Liverpool Skyline. Credit: Liverpool City Council
Liverpool Skyline. Credit: Liverpool City Council

Visit Everton Brow to behold a breathtaking panoramic view of the city’s skyline. It is one of the highest points in the city, and is a great place to take some pics to share with your mates… it’s a free way to see the city in all it’s glory, and is certain to put a smile on your face.


Hot Water Comedy Club

Hot Water Comedy

There’s plenty of free gigs happening at Hot Water Comedy club and one of them is an open mic tonight! – check out their website for more!


Blue Monday in Liverpool didn’t have to be a dull one at all! For all the latest news in the city click here.

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