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Liverpool is a city in Merseyside, England, within the historic county boundaries of Lancashire, famed for its football teams, music (including The Beatles), vibrant nightlife and its links with the arts and culture. Historically the city served as one of the leading ports linking Europe to the Americas, expanding to become England's second most populated city by the census of 1861, before slowly declining after 1921 as levels of transatlantic shipping dropped. Before airline travel, many Europeans migrating to the New World passed through the city, particularly the Italians and Irish; to this day the city enjoys a large Irish community, with impressive cathedrals for both Anglican and Roman Catholic faiths. In the 18th and early 19th century the port also acted as a gateway for the slave trade, with echoes of this period still evident in places around the city (Penny Lane is named after a slave ship owner, for example). Recent years have seen a comprehensive regeneration of the city centre, creating an influx of new shops and boutiques and a large performance arena near the waterfront, resulting in an upturn in population figures. (less...) (more...)
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A great thing about Liverpool is the architecture. For so long it was neglected and run down, but these days most of the city centre is quite splendid.
The harbour of Liverpool has played a very important role in modern history of the city. The wharf area drained by the Mersey River gives to the city an air of antiquity, which is quite strange and interesting because of the contrast between modern buildings and conventional buildings. The Pier Head has been considered as world heritage by UNESCO
- Royal Liver Building (on the riverside). Iconic symbol of Liverpool waterfront - this 1911 skyscraper still dominates the distinctive Liverpool skyline . This is the home of the legendary Liver Birds that sit atop the building looking out across to the Wirral. The river-facing face of the clock is six feet larger in diameter than that of the clock tower at Westminster.
- Fab4D Cinema, Pier Head. The Beatles Story's Fab4D experience is an innovative and exciting experience for all the family.
- Canada Boulevard, The Pierhead. Runs the entire length of the Three Graces frontage and consists of a boulevard of maple trees with plaques laid into the pavement listing the Canadian ships lost during the Second World war.
- Albert Dock (on the riverside). This is one of the more sophisticated places in Liverpool and is situated in the largest collection of Grade I listed buildings in the UK. Old warehouses have been converted into shops, apartments, restaurants, pubs, hotels, galleries and museums. For fans of the old This Morning show with Richard and Judy, this is also where the 3D island weather map was situated in the centre of the dock on the water. Free.
- Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AQ (on the Liverpool waterfront), ☎ +44 151 478 4499. 10am-5pm daily. Dedicated to the maritime history of the city, complete with galleries on customs and excise and emigration to the New World. There are also a number of vessels to see, such as the Mersey river tug Brocklebank and the river cargo carrier Wyncham. A museum permanent gallery is devoted to the Titanic, Lusitania and Forgotten Empress. free.
- International Slavery Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool (Within the Merseyside Maritime Museum), ☎ +44 151 478 4499. 10AM-5PM. "Our aim is to address ignorance and misunderstanding by looking at the deep and permanent impact of slavery and the slave trade on Africa, South America, the USA, the Caribbean and Western Europe. Thus we will increase our understanding of the world around us." Dr David Fleming OBE, director, National Museums Liverpool Free.
- Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock. A fine modern art gallery. A definite visit for arty folk. The Turner Art Prize was hosted here from Oct. 19, 2007 to Jan. 13, 2008. This was the first time the award was held outside of London. Free (charge for some exhibitions)..
- The Beatles Story, Albert Dock. The Beatles originated in Liverpool. The Beatles Story is the only museum in the world that is entirely Beatles-themed, with exhibitions such as their instruments and other artifacts. Other attractions based on The Beatles include their homes, Penny Lane, commemorative statues, Strawberry Fields, and more. £12.25 (adult).
- St. George's Hall, Lime Street (near railway station). A mammoth of a Greco-Roman-style building which was built by wealthy merchants for the people of the city. It is arguably the finest neo-classical building in Western Europe, and has recently been thoroughly restored for Capital of Culture Year. Inside it has one of the best church organs in Europe. On the outside it has a selection of classical murals which were thought quite shocking in their day (due to the shameful female nudity). Free.
- World Museum Liverpool (near St. George's Hall). This is a fine building and well worth a visit. It contains an excellent collection of British rocketry exhibits, as well as the best Egyptological collection outside London. Free.
- Liverpool Central Library (near St. George's Hall). This is another fine building, boasting a beautiful circular reading room. Free.
- Walker Art Gallery (near St George's Hall), ☎ +44 8798724. Daily 10AM-5PM. Currently displaying Ben Johnson's Liverpool Cityscape 2008 and the World Panorama Series. Free.
- Liverpool Town Hall. Built in 1754, the Official Residence of Liverpool's Lord Mayor is an elegant stone building, having two fronts; one towards Castle Street, the other towards the area formed by the New Exchange Buildings. Each front consists of an elegant range of Corinthian columns, supporting a pediment, and are themselves supported by a rustic base. Between the capitals are heads, and emblems of commerce in basso-relievo; and on the pediment of the grand front is a noble piece of sculpture representing Commerce committing her treasures to the race of Neptune.
- Victoria Gallery & Museum (near the Catholic Cathedral). Tue-Sat 10AM-5PM. The University of Liverpool's museum comprising their art collection and artefacts housed in an amazing Gothic building which coined the term 'red brick university'.
- Williamson's Tunnels. Heritage Centre T-Su. In the early 1800s, a Liverpool tobacco merchant, Joseph Williamson, funded the construction of an enormous labyrinth of tunnels under the Edge Hill area of Liverpool. To this day, nobody knows his reasons for doing so though many guess it as an act of philanthropy, using his wealth to provide jobs and training for thousands of Liverpool workers. There is also a Williamson's Tunnels Heritage Centre.
- The Bluecoat (School Lane), ☎ +44 7025324, e-mail: email@example.com. Daily 10AM-6PM. The Bluecoat is the oldest Grade 1 listed building in Liverpool’s city centre (dating back to 1717). Following a £14.5m redevelopment, it re-opened in March 2008, as a major landmark on the UK map of contemporary culture. With a new wing of galleries and a state-of-the-art Performance Space, the Bluecoat showcases talent across all creative disciplines including visual art, music, literature, dance and live art, and nurtures new talent by providing studio spaces for artists within a unique creative community. Free.
- Our Lady and St. Nicholas church (just off the riverside). This is the city's parish church and home to the third Liver Bird (there are in fact three of them, not two).
- Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King (Paddy's Wigwam), Cathedral House, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5TQ, ☎ 0151 709 9222. Catholic. Affectionately known by the locals as Paddy's Wigwam or "the Pope's launching pad". Visit on a sunny day as the stained glass ceiling looks fantastic! Free.
- Liverpool Cathedral (Anglican Cathedral), St James Mount, Liverpool L1 7AZ, ☎ 0151 709 6271. It may not look like a wigwam, but is so imposing that the architect of Lord Derby's tomb claimed that no self-respecting church mouse would live there. As a result, he incorporated a mouse into the design of the tomb - it's just under Lord Derby's pillow. Liverpool Cathedral is one of the finest examples in the world of Gothic revival architecture. On a clear day, the tower affords breathtaking views over Liverpool, Merseyside and beyond. Free.
- Princes Road Synagogue (Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation). This is an impressive combination of Gothic and Moorish architecture by the Audsley brothers. The colourful interior has to be seen to be believed. Tours can be arranged through their web site.
- Static Gallery, 23 Roscoe Lane, L1 9JD, ☎ +44 151 707 8090.
- Wolstenholme Creative Space, 11 Wolstenholme Square, L14JJ (between Duke Street, Slater Street, Hannover Street & Seel Street. Look for the balls.). Wolstenholme is an artist run gallery and studio space situated within a beautiful listed ex textile factory in the heart of Liverpool city centre. Info can be found on the website, via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or just by dropping by, you may be fortunate enough to stumble upon some impromptu happening.
- Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool L3 4BB, ☎ +44 151 702 7400.
- Speke Hall (near John Lennon Airport). This is a half-timbered Tudor house set on large grounds. It has parts dating back to the 1530s.
- Croxteth Hall and Country Park. This is one of Liverpool's most important heritage sites, one of "the finest working country estates in the North West" and was the winner of the European Capital of Culture 2008. The park is at the heart of what was once a great country estate stretching hundreds of square miles and was the ancestral home of the Molyneux family, the Earls of Sefton. After the death of the last Earl it was given to the City of Liverpool. The estate has four main attractions - The Historic Hall, Croxteth Home Farm, the Victorian Walled Garden and a 500 acre country park including the new Croxteth Local Nature Reserve. A new addition to what's on offer at Croxteth is the West Derby Courthouse. Dating from the reign of Elizabeth I, this is one of the oldest public buildings in Liverpool.
- Sudley House, Mossley Hill Road, Aigburth. Free. An art gallery which contains the collection of George Holt in its original setting. It includes work by Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds, Edwin Landseer and J. M. W. Turner.
- Wavertree Botanic Gardens.
Comedy nights are featured on Friday and Saturday at Baby Blue, a nice club on the exclusive Albert Dock, which is known as a celebrity hotspot. Check online  for more info and tickets.
Also for laughs, try Rawhide at the Royal Court Theater which showcases some of the best in regional and national comedy talent.
Every June or July there is a fortnight long *Liverpool Comedy Festival which takes place in venues across the city. One event not to be missed is the now legendary Drink up Stand up pub crawls which includes four pubs, four comedians, one compere (host) and a megaphone!
On the first Tuesday of the month the Fab Café on Hope Street hosts a comedy night with two or three local comics plus a compere.
Express Comedy, . Based in Birkenhead across the river Mersey, Express Comedy has a stand-up comedy night called Laughter at the Lauries.
For those in a hurry there are a number of operators offering guided tours, either using their own transportation or offering their services as "hop-on, hop-off Guides" on your coach or offering guided walks. The best way of getting an overview of the city, is by taking the City Explorer open-top bus  run by Maghull Coaches. With 12 stops you can hop on and off all day. Qualified local guides provide the commentary and can answer your questions about the city. For Beatles fans, there is the Magical Mystery Tour which will take you around the places associated with the Beatles both in the city centre and in the suburbs. For a more tailored tour, there's Liverpool Entente Cordiale Tours. Their Liverpool tour guides can plan a walk for you or hop on your coach and guide you around the city. They offer tours in English or French. The Beatles Fab Four Taxi Tour offer unique personal tours that take you back in time to the childhood homes of the Fab Four
Liverpool is a city with great cultural heritage and was awarded the title of European Capital of Culture 2008, with the famous Pier Head Waterfront being a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2004. Liverpool is home to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and is also renowned for nurturing the talents of a wide range of musicians and band such as The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Echo and the Bunnymen, Elvis Costello, and many more. The city possesses the largest national museum collection outside of London and has a fascinating and turbulent history as a great world maritime centre. Liverpool is home to Europe's oldest Chinatown. The famous Grand National Horse Race takes place in the outskirts of the city (Aintree). It is also home to two very successful English Premier League football clubs, Liverpool and Everton.
- Liverpool FC. Liverpool are one of the most successful clubs in the history of English football, and are one of the most famous clubs in the world, Liverpool have won a British record five European Cups. Their fans are famous the world over for the unique atmosphere they create at Anfield and the singing of 'You'll Never Walk Alone' on matchdays. They have a very heated rivalry with Manchester United FC, considered by most football fans to be the biggest rivalry in all of England; a rivalry which stems from the traditional city rivalry between Manchester and Liverpool since the Industrial Revolution, and further fuelled by the fact that both clubs are the most successful English clubs in European and domestic competition. Matches between the two sides are always very charged affairs which attract sell-out crowds. Crowd violence is rare though, as there is always a strong police presence at big matches to keep things in order.
- Everton FC. The self-styled 'Peoples Club' of Liverpool, Everton is one of the oldest football clubs in England and are one of the most successful clubs in England. Fans of Everton are known as "Toffees". They play at Goodison Park, one of the oldest football grounds in England, it is known for its excellent atmosphere. The stadium can be reached via soccerbuses from Sandhills Station or a taxi, normally costing £6 from Lime Street station. Tickets are available from the Fan Centre behind the Park End of the stadium or online at www.evertonfc.com. Club Merchandise is available from the Everton One Megastore opposite the Park End of the ground, or Everton Two in the Liverpool One Complex. The Winslow Hotel on Goodison Road, opposite the Main Stand at Goodison, is the closest public house. Food is available on the concourses, along with beer in the form of club sponsors Chang. For those on a restricted wallet plus with a sweeter tooth, there is a tea and cake sale held before every match in the hall of St Luke's Church, located on the corner of Goodison Road and Gwladys Street.
- Mathew Street Festival. The Mathew Street festival is a large and world famous music festival celebrated in Liverpool during the August Bank Holiday weekend. Over half a million people attend the event which hosts the largest outdoor Music festival in Europe.
- Liverpool Empire Theatre. The Empire plays host to a wide range of shows, including many UK tours of large-scale musicals. the Unity theatre produces a diverse range of work. There's also the Neptune and Royal Court theaters. Check out Lipa (www.lipa.ac.uk) for performance information, their student shows are always well worth seeing.
- The Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Hall. One of the world's great orchestras and one well worth listening to. Go for a pre-concert drink in the philharmonic pub over the road then sit back and let the music carry you away.
- The Bluecoat School, school, ☎ +44 7025324, e-mail: email@example.com. The Bluecoat School is a world-famous prestige school in Liverpool dating back to the 18th century (making it one of the oldest arts schools in Europe), the Bluecoat offers tuition in fine art, music and literature.
- The Mersey Ferry, ☎ Head Office +44 151 639 0609. Immortalized by the hit song Ferry Cross the Mersey by Gerry & the Pacemakers, the Mersey ferries offer a fun day out and a great way to see Liverpool from afar.
- Western Approaches. A museum in the once top-secret nerve centre of World War Two Britain.
This command centre based in Liverpool's city centre is underground and was the key communication point to Britain's gallant fleet of Royal Navy warships based in the Atlantic ocean.
- Spaceport Liverpool. Interactive science museum aimed at kids and young adults but with enough to keep adults entertained too. Located across the River Mersey in the Seacombe ferry terminal, most visitors incorporate a mersey ferry tour into their itinerary.
- Shiverpool. This offers three different tours around Liverpool. The Hope Street shivers is based around the Cathedrals, Auld city shivers starting from the slaughterhouse pub on Fenwick Street and Shiver me Timbers based around the Albert Docks. all fun but wrap up warm. Prior booking required.
- . Northern Ferrari Hire offers a selection of supercars for self drive hire in liverpool.
- The Beatles Fab Four Taxi Tour, ☎ +44 151 601 2111.  offer unique personal tours that take you back in time to the childhood homes of the Fab Four
There are various pubs serving food across the city centre and its suburbs. The two main areas are the City Centre and Lark Lane about three miles from the city centre in Aigburth. There are various restaurants on Allerton Road (near Liverpool South Parkway) as well. Expect to spend around £10-£15 for a meal for two. Check with your hotel first if they allow food delivery. There is also quite a number of places to eat in Liverpool One.
- MelloMello, 40-42 Slater Street (Entrance is on Parr St). Offers a full menu of breakfast, lunch & mains daily from 10am-8pm. Fiercely independent, eco and ethically aware cafe. Features all organic, local beer, cider, wines, spirits, teas, and coffee. Their entire menu is vegetarian with vegan options. They serve vegan & gluten free cakes on rotation, and specialise in organic & international alcoholic beverages. Healthy vegetarian menu and specials daily.
- Lucha Libre, 96 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ, ☎ +44 151 329 0200.
- Marco Pierre White, 10 Chapel St (Commercial District), ☎ +44 151 559 0555, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Choose from daily lunch, A La Carte or Table D'Hote menu.
- The Living Room, 15 Victoria St, ☎ +44 870 442 2535.
- Blakes (Hard Days Night Hotel), Central Buildings, 41 North John Street, Liverpool, L2 6RR, ☎ +44 151 243 2121, e-mail: email@example.com.
- La Viña, North House, 17 North John St, ☎ +44 151 255 1401.
- Quynny's Quisine, 45 Bold Street, ☎ +44 151 708 7757, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Caribbean food. Easy to miss as the entrance is a yellow door with stairs leading down. Well kept secret.
- Kimo's, 46 Mount Pleasant, ☎ +44 151 707 8288. everyday 10h-23h. Look for the entrance opposite the NCP Car Park on Mount Pleasant for one of Liverpool's favorite student eateries. It has a fine selection of western foods (a superb Club Sandwich) and Arabic foods (cous cous and kebabs). There is also a smaller branch nearby the University of Liverpool. £5 to £10..
- The Tea House, 69 Bold St and 62 Mount Pleasant, ☎ +44 151 707 2088, e-mail: email@example.com. This modern Hong Kong-style tea house is a great place to visit for some cheap and tasty Chinese meals, snacks and drinks.
- Piccolino's, 16 Cook St, ☎ +44 151 236 2555. Good Italian food and wines. All served in a friendly warm restaurant. Try to get one of the plush red booths. Booking recommended. Mains £8-15.
- Thomas Rigby's, 23-25 Dale Street, ☎ +44 151 236 3269. One of the finest pubs in the city offering a selection of local and world beers plus a fantastic food menu. The "proper chips" offered with the battered fish are to die for!
- U-N-I, Renshaw Street. Indian restaurant. Delicious Indian food all served to you in your own private booth with a curtain, to get the waiters attention press the button in your booth.
- Upstairs Restaurant Bar, School Lane, ☎ +44 151 702 7783. Sunday and Monday (11.30AM - 6.00PM); Tuesday until Saturday (Lunch: 11.30PM - 3.00PM; Afternoon tea: 3.00PM - 5.30PM; Dinner: 6.00PM - 11.00PM). Offering seasonal food and a great wine list in a creative setting. Also offers a special children's menu (under 12s).
- Espresso, School Lane. 8.00AM - 6.00PM daily (later when there is an event on). Offering illy coffee, Jing leaf teas, Monbana hot chocolate and a range of soft drinks together with a selection of sandwiches, salads, homemade cakes and biscuits that are freshly made on the premises and able to be eaten on site or taken away. Also available, is a fine selection of alcoholic beverages ranging from locally produced bottled lager to delightful wines by the glass or by the bottle.
- Quick Chef, 49 Hardman Street, ☎ +44 151 708 8525.
Chinatown and East Village
Chinatown is Berry Street, Duke Street, Roscoe Lane and Seel Street.
- Il Forno, 132 Duke St, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 5AG, ☎ 0151 709 4002.
- Sapporo, 134 Duke Street, East Village, Liverpool, ☎ 0151 709 4002.
- Savina Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, 138 Duke Street, Liverpool, L1 5AG,, ☎ +44 151 708 9095, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Monro, 92-94 Duke Street, ☎ +44 151 707 9933. Popular gastro-pub serving good British food from rabbit and boar right through to the local delicacy, scouse. All washed down with a pint of ale.
- Zelig's of Little Italy, 6 Thomas Steers Way, ☎ +44 151 709 7097.
- Yee Rah, Liverpool ONE, 14 Paradise Street, Liverpool, L1 8JF, ☎ +44 151 709 7897.
- Wagamama, Liverpool ONE, 14 Paradise Street, Liverpool, L1 8JF, ☎ +44 151 707 2762.
- Red Hot World Buffet, 14 Paradise Street, Leisure Terrace, Liverpool ONE, Liverpool, L1 4JF.
- Dinomat, Liverpool ONE, 14 Paradise Street, Liverpool, L1 8JF, ☎ +44 151 703 9084.
- Chaophraya (Palm Sugar), Liverpool ONE, 5/6 Kenyon Steps, Liverpool, L1 3DF, ☎ +44 151 707 6323.
- Barburitto, Liverpool ONE, 14 Paradise Street, Liverpool, L1 8JF, ☎ +44 151 708 5085.
- Pesto, Liverpool ONE, 14 Paradise Street, Liverpool, L1 8JF, ☎ +44 151 708 6353.
- Cafe Rouge, Liverpool ONE, 14 Paradise Street, Liverpool, L1 8JF, ☎ +44 151 709 8657.
- Zizzi, Liverpool ONE, 14 Paradise Street, Liverpool, L1 8JF, ☎ +44 151 707 8115.
- Las Iguanas, Liverpool ONE, 14 Paradise Street, Liverpool, L1 8JF, ☎ +44 151 709 4030.
- Jamie's Italian Kitchen, 45 Paradise Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 3DN, ☎ +44 151 559 9830. Mon-Sat 12pm-11pm; Sun 12pm-10:30pm.
Pier Head and Albert Dock
- Blue Bar & Grill, 17 Edward Pavilion, Albert Dock, L3 4AE, ☎ 0151 702 5831, fax: 0151 709 1768.
- Gusto, ☎ 151 708 6969.
- Miller & Carter, Atlantic Pavilion and Anchor Hall, Atlantic Dock, Liverpool L3 4AF, ☎ 0151 707 7877.
- PanAm Bar and Restaurant, 22 Britannia Pavilion, The Albert Dock; Liverpool, L3 4AD, ☎ 151 702 5831.
- The Pump House, Hartley's Quay.
- Circo Bar & 1770 at Circo, Britannia Pavilion, ☎ (0)843 504 3874.
- Matou Pan Asian Restaurant, Pier Head.
- Panoramic, 34th Floor, West Tower, Brook Street, ☎ +44 151 236 5534.
Lark Lane is about 2.5 miles to the south of the city centre and is one of the better places to eat out. The road, which connects Aigburth Road with Sefton Park, is home to many unique restaurants, cafés and other shops. Most pubs and bars serve real ales. Some choice picks include:
- Green Days Cafe, 13 Lark Ln, ☎ +44 151 728 8259. Bills itself as The first choice cafe for veggies. The only non veggie item in the menu of their wonderful dishes and snacks is tuna. It's a great place to catch lunch in a friendly atmosphere for veggies and non-veggies alike.
- The Albert Hotel- a listed Victorian pub serving "pub grub" at reasonable prices.
- Keiths Wine Bar known by locals just as Keiths plays an eclectic mix of music and a chilled atmosphere - Keiths is family friendly, serves a great range of food (at budget prices - about £4-£7 for a main) and instantly welcoming.
- The Moon & Pea, 64 Lark Ln, Liverpool, Merseyside L17 8UU, ☎ 0151 727 3403.
- Maranto's, 57-63 Lark La, Liverpool L17 8UP, ☎ 0151 727 7200.
- Esteban, 40 Lark Ln, Liverpool L17 8UU, ☎ 0151 727 6056.
There's a good selection of pubs, clubs and bars to suit a variety of music and atmospheric tastes. Friday and especially Saturday nights are the busiest nights, although a few bars are busy with students throughout the week. The areas around Mathew Street and Concert Square with nearby Wood Street are the main two nocturnal focal points. There is a good mix of locals and students. It is best to dress smart for the majority of bars and clubs (such as "Society" and "Garlands"). Notable exceptions are places like Le Bateau, the Krazy house, the Caledonia and other places of a similar alternative style. Like any major UK city, it is pretty safe out at night. The local police have had a heavy presence on a Friday and Saturday night to combat any problems and are largely succeeding. It is pretty busy getting out of the city centre at the end of a weekend (especially at the start of university term time - Sep/Oct). There are plenty of black hackney cabs which congregate at various taxi ranks. The Merseyrail system works until about midnight, whilst there are a series of dedicated night buses which run from the main bus stations, usually for a flat fare. All modes of transport tend to become very busy from around midnight.
Liverpool is home to the Cains brewery which produces a large selection of cask beers.
- Dr. Duncan's, St John's Lane – This is the premier pub for the local Cains brewery. It has a fine reputation and consequently is full of middle-aged professional drinkers. The pub has the full range of Cains beers, including Dr. Duncan's IPA (which is harder to find among the Cains pubs). Rudimentary bar menu, but good busy atmosphere on the weekend.
- The Dispensary, Intersection of Renshaw and Leece Streets – Another of the local Cains brewery houses. Charming Victorian bar area. Usually has two rotating guest beers, plus a large selection of bottled beers and ciders.
- The Globe, 17 Cases Street (Tucked away, adjacent to Clayton Square shopping centre, opposite the Ranelagh Street entrance of Central Station). – A small, often cramped. This is a traditional Liverpool pub, with no-nonsense barmaids. Usually busy after 5PM and during the weekend, acting as a refuge for husbands abandoned by, or having escaped from, their shopping-mad spouses. Always a good variety of guests.
- The Brewery Tap, Stanhope Street is attached to the Cains brewery and serves a large variety of ales, plus traditional pub fayre.
- The Richard John Blacker (JD Wetherspoons), Charlotte Row, Unit 1/3, 53 Great Charlotte St, Liverpool, L1 1HU, ☎ +44 151 709 4802.
- The Crown, 43 Lime St. Next to the station. Most likely the first pub you will see upon arriving in Liverpool.
- The Pilgrim, Pilgrim Street – Located off Hardman Street, this pub serves the best breakfast in town, £4 for a king size feast. You also get to share the pub with stag parties and students wondering what happened the night before! Cracking jukebox as well. A classic!
- The Canarvon Castle, 5 Tarleton St. Established for about 200 years, this small and homely pub was named after Lord Carnarvon. Packed full of collectors items - model cars, lorries, handcuffs and truncheons - it attracts a complete mixture of clientele. Serving quality real ales, the pub is also popular for its range of hot snacks including the well-loved Carnarvon toasties.
- Pig & Whistle, 12 Covent Garden. This pub has recently undergone a 'refurbishment' and been transformed into a rather fake looking pub.
- Peter Kavanagh's, 2-6 Egerton St. An unusual and old-world hideaway can be found just outside the city centre. Built 150 years ago, the walls are adorned with art deco murals painted in 1929 and the snugs are themed with various artefacts such as musical instruments and chamber pots. The friendly atmosphere makes this a favourite with artists, locals, travellers and musicians. George Melly, a famous jazz player is known to frequent this pub when visiting the city. If you're in for a tradional English breakfast, this pub serves great black pudding and all the fixings from noon to 4PM.
- Poste House, 23 Cumberland St. Most nights has a gay friendly bar serving cheap cocktails upstairs from the main pub.
- The Brookhouse Smithdown Rd. This was one of liverpools finist pubs back in the day and was a hangout of Liverpool bands of the late 80s such as the La's. It's now most popular with students and is famous for its Liverpool Games when Dom Dottin and Mr. Constable lead the Liverpool chants and become the vocal cords of this old pub.
- The Old Post Office, School Lane. Friendly pub famous for its steak and mixed grill meals. Great for watching sports as there are three TVs including one big screen.
- The Vines, Lime Street – A stylish club.
- GBar, Eberle Street – Popular gay-friendly club with two floors. Upstairs, 'The Church' offers funky house music from legendary DJ John Cotton. Lady Sian plays campy classics in the 'Love Lounge'. Downstairs 'The Bass-ment' pumps out quality vocal house music. Open Thur.-Mon. Costs between £5-£7 for non-members.
- Doctor Duncan's, St. Johns Lane – Large, friendly pub serving the locally brewed Cains beers.
Chinatown and East Village
Chinatown is Berry Street, Duke Street, Roscoe Lane and Seel Street.
Voted by the good people at Google as "The Fourth Hippest Street in the UK". The latest (and coolest) addition to Liverpool's nightlife scene, Seel Street has rapidly become the destination for locals, students and visitors to the City alike.
Find us on Seel Street:
- Heebiejeebies. Heebiejeebies – A large, lively, destination venue with live music and open air courtyard. Open until 4am at weekends. (Photo ID required for entry)
- Heebies Basement. Heebies Basement - A late night bar-come-club playing a broad spectrum of electronic music, Hip Hop and indie all spun together by some of the City's finest DJs... With no drink more than £2.50.... Something for everyone! Open until 5am Friday - Saturday and 4am Tuesday - Thursday. (Photo ID required for entry)
- The Peacock. The Peacock – A cool, urban boozer, with a wide drink selection and experienced staff, treating patrons to a free BBQ every Friday at 6pm. The Peacock also boasts an intimate club room upstairs with the best electronic beats in town Thursday - Saturday, the perfect compliment to the eclectic tunes downstairs until 2am Sunday - Thursday (3am Friday & Saturday)
- Aloha, Colquitt Street. Aloha is Liverpool’s one and only '‘Tiki’ bar, hidden away on Colquitt Street. You can expect to drink beautiful exotic cocktails served in vessels such as pineapples and volcanoes by friendly bartenders clad in Hawaiian shirts; to listen to reggae and rock & roll in equal measure; and to partake in the occasional limbo and conga whilst enjoying the best atmosphere in the city. Open at 8 till late 7 nights a week. (open 9pm Sunday)
Concert Square, Fleet Street, Wood Street, Duke Street
Concert Square is situated behind Bold Street, where you'll find a range of the trendier bars. Most bars are open until 2AM Mon.-Sat. They include Lloyd's, Walkabout, Modo and a minute away near Slater Street is Baa-Bar. This district usually has the youngest crowd drinking here.
- Baa Bar, Fleet Street - The City’s leading shooter bar. This is the place to go if you like £1 shots great music and a great atmosphere. Baa Bar Fleet Street has been rocking concert square for over 20 years, with the biggest DJ’s in Liverpool week in, week out. It’s extensive 32 strong shooter menu, iconic lightwalls and newly refurbished upstairs terrace makes it stand out from the crowed, in an area were competition is fierce.
- O'Neills, Wood Street – Part of the O'Neills chain but don't let that put you off. Its managed by two real Irish men who know what a real Irish bar means. Good beer, food and good music is always on hand here. You also might bump into a few Liverpool FC players drinking in the corner.
- The Krazy House, Wood Street – The club provides three floors. K1 with rock and metal, K2 with indie and K3 with Punk/R&B/Dance, all combined with constant cheap drinks. It attracts a crowd of skate punks, students and metal heads. You'll hear R&B and dance music on Thursday, punk and new wave on Friday and new metal on Saturday night.
- Le Bateau, Duke Street – The home of Liverpool's premier alternative club night, Liquidation every Saturday, which is also the city's longest running weekly club night spread across two floors. Plus Adult Books on Tuesdays, Shoot The Messenger on Wednesdays, Indication on Fridays. Cheap drinks every night, plus a Royal Rumble pinball table. Very friendly and popular with a mix of locals and students all year round.
- The Swan Inn, Wood St – Liverpool's only rocker/ metalhead pub, it actually has quite an eclectic mix of customers during the week, ranging from construction workers to businessmen, all side by side sharing pints. In the evenings and weekends, this gives way to the alternative/ rocker scene. Pub quiz every Thursday evening and a legendary jukebox. This pub is consistently regarded highly by the local CAMRA group, due to its dedication to quality and variety of ale.
Mathew Street, Temple Court and North John Street
An older crowd will drink in this district.
- The Cavern Club, 10 Mathew Street, Liverpool, L2 6RE, ☎ +44 151 236 1965.
- The Cavern Pub, 5 Mathew Street, Liverpool, L2 6RE, ☎ +44 151 236 4041.
- The Grapes, 25 Mathew St, Liverpool, L2 6RE, ☎ +44 151 255 1525. The Beatles' favorite pub. They would drink here before and after their many gigs at the Cavern Club, and there is a corner of the pub dedicated to them. It even has a photo of them sitting down in seats that are still there today.
- Flanagan's Apple, 18 Mathew St, Liverpool, ☎ +44 151 227 3345.
- The Welkin (JD Wetherspoons), 7 Whitechapel, Liverpool, L1 6DS, ☎ +44 151 243 1080.
- Hogshead, 18-22 North John St, Liverpool, L2 9RL, ☎ +44 151 236 8760.
- The Slug and Lettuce, Watson Prickard Building, North John Street, Liverpool, L2 4SH, ☎ +44 151 236 8820, e-mail: email@example.com.
Dale Street, Moorfields and Tithebarn Street
Sometimes considered the commercial district, this will be populated by office workers during the week.
- The Ship and Mitre, 138 Dale Street. – Consistently voted one of the top cask ale pubs in Liverpool by the Merseyside branch of CAMRA. This pub plays host to a wide, and frequently changing, variety of guest ales. It also has a large selection of bottled foreign beers (though this selection pales slightly in comparison to that of other pubs in the area). Hot and cold food is served in the afternoons and evenings.
- Rigby's, Dale Street – This cask ale pub dates back to Lord Nelson and has recently been refurbished by the Isle of Mann Okell's Brewery (it being their first UK mainland pub). Good atmosphere. Busy on weekend nights and also does meals in the bar.
- The Railway Hotel, 18 Tithebarn St. Over a hundred years old, this old Victorian pub has several original features, many of which would interest the historian as much as the beer lover. The tall ornate ceilings, wood panelling and traditional bar create an inviting and impressive atmosphere. Surrounded by stained glass windows, the lounge, snug and dining areas are well decorated. An open fireplace and displays of old prints add to the comfortable ambience.
- Ma Boyles Oyster bar, 2 Tower Gardens. weekdays only. Secluded pub in the business area of the city. Set below street level, the high ceilings and terracotta walls create a relaxing ambience with a separate dining area and a cosy drinking den. The much-acclaimed menu includes dishes such as hot lamb and mint sauce pitas, and of course the local delicacy of Scouse and red cabbage.
- The Lion Tavern, 67 Moorfields, Liverpool, Merseyside, L2 2BP, ☎ +44 151 236 1734. Excellent pub, particularly for cheeses!
- Newz Bar, 18 Water St, Liverpool, L2, ☎ +44 151 236 2025.
- First National Wine Bar, 2-8 James Street, Liverpool, L2 7PQ, ☎ +44 151 236 6194.
- Queens Goose, Derby Square, Liverpool, ☎ +44 151 231 6841.
Pier Head and Albert Dock
A favourite district for tourists.
- Babycream, Unit 4M Atlantic Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AE, ☎ +44 151 707 3928.
- Circo, Britannia Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AD, ☎ +44 151 709 0470. Bar, cafe and steakhouse
- The Baltic Fleet, ☎ +44 151 709 3116. 33 Wapping. Just over the road from the Albert Dock, this unique pub is a great place to escape from the glossy and expensive bars on the Albert Dock. Serving good food and real ale at great prices and with a friendly atmosphere. The basement houses Wapping Beers, a small brewery. Take the opportunity to taste one of their own beers as fresh as it comes.
- Raven (Irish American Grill and Beer Hall), Britannia Pavilion, Albert Dock, L3 4AD, ☎ +44 151 709 7097.
- Vinea (Wine Club).
Universities of Liverpool and John Moores students from the student residential areas descend here during term time.
- Korova, 32 Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BX, ☎ +44 151 709 7097, fax: +44 151 708 8751. Mon.-Sat. 11AM-late; Sun. 11AM-12:30AM. Part bar, part club, split between two floors. Upstairs there is the lush front area replete with orange leather booths and over-table televisions which usually stream the live action from downstairs. At the back is the kitchen, which during the day serves a range of freshly cooked meals. Downstairs the intimate gig venue has hosted some of the biggest names in music, as-well as being an important venue for local musicians. Korova also has free Wi-fi.
- The Caledonia, Catharine Street, Liverpool, L8 7NH, ☎ +44 151 709 5909. Underground, alternative music venue in a pub. DJs and live bands throughout the week. First Friday of every month is the infamous "It's Not Bangin", with classic dub reggae, soul and disco playing. Well worth a visit..
- The Philharmonic – Located on the corner of Hope Street and Hardman Street, this Tetley heritage pub is opposite the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Formerly a gentleman's club, there are two small, snug rooms and a larger dining room to the back with leather sofas and an open fire. The gentlemen's toilets are grade 1 listed and ladies may ask permission to view them at the bar. Excellent food served both from the bar and in the dining rooms upstairs. Usual cask beers include Timothy Taylor's Landlord, Caledonian Deuchars IPA and Tetley's.
- The Cambridge – Located at the corner of Cambridge Street and Mulberry Street. This pub is at the heart of the University of Liverpool and has a great atmosphere. It is very popular with students and lecturers alike. However its repertoire of cask is somewhat limited.
- The Augustus John, Peach St. This is an obligatory hang out for Liverpool's students. Like most student pubs, the bar area gets packed during September and October.
- Roscoe Head, 26 Roscoe Street.
- Fly in the Loaf, Hardman Street, Today it arguably serves the finest quality and variety of cask ales in the city centre. The Fly in the Loaf has a good mix of students and local regulars. It includes bar meals and wide-screen televisions for football and is one of the few Liverpool pubs that regularly show rugby league.
- Ye Cracke, 13 Rice St. – This pub was a favourite haunt of John Lennon's uncle. Can get quite dodgy at night.
- The Blue Angel (The Raz), 106-108 Seel Street, Liverpool, L1 4BL, ☎ +44 151 709 1535. Popular with students especially student doctors.
Although the main shopping street in Liverpool is dominated by the same chain stores you'll find in any other large U.K. city, Liverpool has many distinctive shops of its own including:
- Grand Central. An alternative shopping centre which is definitely worth a look. The 40 small shops inside sell goods ranging from alternative clothing to used furniture.
- Liverpool One, Liverpool One, Paradise Street. Landmark development opened in 2008, redefining the city with three levels of shopping and entertainment and even a park. Offers a mixture of familiar highstreet chains and fashionable boutique stores
- MetQuarter. This recently built shopping centre focuses on designer-label fashion and has more than 40 stores.
- The Bluecoat. Located in the heart of Liverpool's shopping district, the Bluecoat houses a number of specialist independent retailers offering an eclectic range of products. Stocking the best in contemporary craft, design, fashion and homewares, the shops at the Bluecoat should be your first destination in the city for the unique and the unusual: Display Centre, Drum, Landbaby, Purlesque, Robert Porter.
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