These are the hidden treasures of Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle
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Voted the coolest place to live in the UK, we look at the creative businesses that make up the Baltic Triangle.
The Baltic has never been so busy nor popular as 2019 brings about even more renovations, regenerations and concept stores to the Jamaica Street area. Once full of industrial type warehouses and workshops, the Baltic has flourished thanks to creative, artistic entrepreneurs who saw potential in the derelict spaces which are now full of live, every day (and night) of the week.
The best thing about the Baltic is its ability to constantly evolve. Alongside the bars and club nights that draw crowds from around the UK, there’s an incredible community of independent businesses that offer everything from website design to ice-cream sundaes, puncture repairs and revamping your Adidas Samba. Don’t believe us, read on!
These are the hidden treasures of the Baltic Triangle….
Did you know a bunch of highly trained magicians call Jamaica St their home? As a city that calls premium brand footwear, limited edition Adidas Originals and many a pair of 110’s it’s every day shoe of choice, it takes some serious skill and patience to bring them back to life. All in a days work for Grael who breathe new life into your most coveted footwear.
Mixing up a love of cycling and great coffee, Ryde Liverpool is a truly unique space. Located at Cain’s Brewery Village this cafe and bike shop offers great food, drinks, bike workshops, tyres, servicing cycling accessories and a warm welcome. The perfect place to stop in for a cuppa on your next cycle route.
The Yellow Submarine
The swinging sixties are alive and well in the Baltic. Take a load off at the Yellow Sub Beatles Bar at Cain’s Brewery Village and check out the Beatles themed cocktails, 60’s playlist and retro vibes. Oh also, did we mention this amazing bar is actually a yellow submarine? All the selfies!
There ain’t no party like a Bongo’s party and when he’s not busy inventing stuff, giving away mobility scooters or kicking the arse out of striped t-shirts and chino’s, you’ll find Jonny Bongo down at his Bungalow at Cain’s Brewery Village. Sipping on Bucky, spinning all the best tunes and basically tearing it up on the patio.
The Baltic welcomed its first retail concept store earlier this month and in spectacular fashion too. SEVENSTORE, Norfolk St launched on LightNight with crowds browsing the current collection of hand-picked brands while none other than Graeme Park took to the decks.
Midnight Delivery, Baltic Market
If we were forced to choose a fave food vendor at Baltic Market, it would have to be Midnight Delivery. Lining up some of the most indulgent, sweet, sticky dessert combo’s ever, no trip to the Baltic would be complete without a Kinderella Sundae. Double chocolate & vanilla ice cream, kinder bueno, kinder chocolate & kinder cornetto – get in our belly.
The Botanical Garden
This New Bird Street oasis is a must visit during the summer months. Sat out under the stars with your mates, soaking up the atmosphere and all the gin, live music, amazing pizza, DJ’s and all round good times. Even the weather can’t put the mockers on a visit to Botanical Garden thanks to the greenhouse.
It’s said: “If Narnia was down a flight of stairs in Liverpool, it would be Hobo Kiosk!” The Baltic’s go-to bohemian micropub offers a quirky venue in which to enjoy a pint, engage in some interesting conversation and take in an intimate gig or two. Full of curiosities and a top drinks list, stop by and see it for yourself.
The Baltic Triangle is home to so many impressive works of street art, it seems there’s a new piece to snap every week. From the Liver Bird Wings to Stephen Hawkins, the evolution of man, the Centurion standing tall on the plinth or the highly Instragram-mable Jurgen Klopp, Zig & Zag and the hilarious antics that took over New Bird St Skate park (bye Netflix!), look up and all around on your next visit.
Summer Menu at Constellations Garden
Available from Wednesday to Sunday, Constellations new summer menu features a handful of tasty dishes to enjoy in the garden throughout the summer months. We’re talking smoked jumbo hot dogs loaded with caramelised onions, diced pickles and house sauce, plus falafel shish wraps, halloumi burgers and delicious sides. Summer on a bun!
Love Lane Brewery, Bar & Kitchen
A more recent addition to the Baltic Triangle area, Love Lane Brewery has completely transformed a former rubber factory to throw open the doors on three bars, a kitchen, tasting room and event space. Love Lane Brewery is a modern, sophisticated venue with a real casual feel to it. Creating its own pale ale, lager and with an IPA series on the way soon, stop by for a pint and discover a new fave.
Did you know the Baltic is home to Elevator Studios? Having hosted some of the biggest names in the industry, the state of the art facilities at Elevator Studios offers recording studios, rehearsal space, a range of PA’s, drum kits and amps, all within its massive 90,000 sq ft Baltic Triangle base.
Apocalypse Cow at Birdies Bar
If you like your Baltic day or night out with a generous side of succulent meat, get to Birdies Bar and chow down on a burger from Apocalypse Cow. Get yourself a pint or a big ass gin balloon, grab a seat in the sun, soak up the live music and atmosphere and get your chops around a hand-pressed, sweet smoked bbq meats, spring rolls and loaded fries.
Tusk Baltic, Liverpool’s first carbon free venue
Putting environmentally friendly good times at the forefront of its service, Tusk Baltic is the city’s first carbon free venue. Converting a former warehouse, the Tusk team have created a warm (we love that wood burning fire) friendly, accessible venue with a mouth-watering menu, fab for vegans and they serve Oasentrunk Gin which helps to care for African Elephants.
The Baltic Lake
Everyone knows Punch Tarmey’s Irish Bar for its live entertainment, sport, fab menu and good craic, but did you know this Cain’s Brewery pub also harbours a deep secret? During its renovation phase, pub bosses dared to delve into the brick vaulted cellar spaces below where, down a shaft there’s a lake! You can see it for yourself en route to the bar toilets, just don’t forget to look down at what lies beneath. Spooky.
The Baltic Triangle is known for being a creative melting pot with a whole host of versatile spaces for the city’s movers and shakers to make waves in their chosen industries. Northern Lights has transformed an old warehouse at Cain’s and is now the home of artist studios, galleries, shop units, mezzanine studios, a café and much more. Another absolute gem hidden in plain sight at the Baltic.
SKAUS at Camp & Furnace
Having recently returned to their Baltic roots, SKAUS has partnered up with Camp & Furnace to provide a truly special food and drink offering. SKAUS KAFE is open from Monday to Saturday 9am-6pm and serves up breakfast/brunch until midday. You can also tuck in to some brand new seasonal small plates until 6pm or check out the brand new Sunday roast, all with a side of scouse hospitality.
Coffee at Siren
Open 7 days a week, Siren at 54 St James Street is a beautiful, light filled venue which serves up fabulous coffee, cocktails and small plates. With an outdoor and terrace, Siren is the perfect place to grab a quiet coffee, entertain a client, enjoy post-work dinks or even a fab date night. We’re loving the Weeknight Wine & Dine deal!
Punk Afternoon Tea at Baltic Social
Afternoon Tea in Liverpool doesn’t get much more delicious than this. Famous for turning a traditional dining experience on its head, Baltic Social runs regular Punk Afternoon tea events and with three tiers of delicious mini sweet and savoury treats plus cocktails in tea pots, its no surprise these sell out on the regular.
The Tank Room Pints
Converting a former store house, The Tank Room pub threw open its doors back in 2017 and offered the Baltic Triangle the freshest pint around. The tank beer is imported fresh from a brewery in Czech Republic and comes in to contact with air for the first time when it’s pulled from the pump in to a chilled stein. There’s also wine and spirits on the menu alongside live music and sport on too.
If there’s one club night at the Baltic you have to experience, it’s Sonic Yootha at 24 Kitchen Street. This monthly gathering is a ‘new wave, old rave, disco, electro, rock, pop and soul social for homos, heteros, drag shows and don’t knows’ and we can’t find the words to describe just how utterly amazing the tunes and atmosphere are. Get down early, get a coveted Sonic Yootha badge and wear it with freaking pride.