Nightlife in Liverpool

Liverpool is a city that is very proud of its nightlife, both due to the variety and quality on offer. From superclubs to pubs with dogs, a thriving gay quarter to comedy venues on the waterfront, dance warehouses to concept bars; Liverpool at night, has many faces. We’ve divided some of our top tips into the city’s various districts, although everything is so close together that you can easily explore the whole city.

Seel Street

Seel Street and the area around it have undergone a major transformation in the past decade or so, to the point that it is now a go-to for nightlife. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find it here. Glamour and Latin dancers in a former Polish church: Alma de Cuba. Hawaiian-themed cocktail bar: Aloha. Traditional pub with top-notch food: The Monro. Hot dogs, steins and a bar with a secret code: Salt Dog Slims. This is without even mentioning Santa Chupitos, Almost Famous or Empire. And of course, if you’re staying out until the bitter end, The Peacock and Heebie Jeebies are always good for a dance.

Hardman Street

Some of the best traditional pubs in the city are dotted around Hardman Street or one of its myriad off-shoots. The Pilgrim and Ye Cracke, the latter a favourite of John Lennon when he was an art school student, are two excellent atmospheric pubs in the shadow of Liverpool Cathedral. Further down, opposite the bombed-out church, sits The Roscoe Head – a real ale specialist pub which is one of only seven pubs in the country to appear in every edition of the Good Beer Guide. The Cambridge, on the University of Liverpool campus, is the watering hole for various academics, students and thinking drinkers. And last but certainly not least, there’s The Philharmonic Dining Rooms – a cracking pub in a grade-II listed building with famously ornate toilets.

LGBT

Liverpool’s LGBT nightlife is centred around Dale Street, Cumberland Street and Eberle Street – all of which surround Stanley Street, the de facto heart of the city’s gay quarter. There are plenty of great places to dance until sunrise, including G-Bar, Pink, Heaven, Navy Bar and Superstar Boudoir. If you want something a bit quieter, pubs in the area include The Poste House (with its upstairs disco), The Curzon and the iconic Lisbon.

Mathew Street

There’s only one place to start when discussing the world-famous Mathew Street…and that is, of course, The Cavern Club, where The Beatles honed their skills while playing nearly 300 shows in the early sixties. The club sees live music seven days a week from 2pm onwards, with the Saturday night Beatles tribute a particularly popular highlight. With bars such as Rubber Soul, Lennon’s Bar and of course the Hard Days Night Hotel, the spirit of the band infuses the rest of the street, which is one of the busiest and most vibrant for nightlife.

Concert Square

Concert Square and the area around it is one of the liveliest spots in the city, seven nights a week. It’s home to some of the city’s biggest bars and clubs, from national names such as Walkabout and Revolution to The Krazyhouse, a Liverpool institution. Through the week, it’s particularly popular with students and large parties.

Baltic Triangle

Ten years ago, the Baltic Triangle area was predominantly warehouses, many of which were disused. Since then, it has gradually been given a new lease of life as the centre of the city’s creative and digital sector. As a natural result, the area’s nightlife has grown too. Camp and Furnace is the obvious place to start. The truly unique space houses everything from a bar packed with international beers to Eurovision parties, Scandinavian festivals, Biennial installations and weekly food slams. It’s perfectly complemented just around the corner by the Baltic Social, recently opened on the ground floor of Elevator Studios and offering a more intimate setting than its neighbour.

As well as these bars, the area has quickly been recognised by the city’s club promoters, taking advantage of the warehouse spaces to stage some of Liverpool’s hottest club nights at venues such as HAUS and Kitchen Street pop-up.

For up to date information on what is going on in the city take a look here http://www.anightinliverpool.com/

Accommodation in Liverpool

From big-name brands to quirky independents, posh hostels to luxury hotels, city-centre boltholes to country mansions, Liverpool city region has it all when it comes to places to stay. Whether you choose a hotel, B&B, serviced apartment or hostel, you’ll be sure of a warm welcome. The city is compact with no need to travel far out of town for good value accommodation. Use the links below for enquiring about your Liverpool Stag or Hen accommodation.

http://www.iknow-uk.com/england/north-west/merseyside/liverpool/stag-hen-parties/
http://www.visitliverpool.com/accommodation

Landmarks

THE CAVERN CLUB

Over 50 years since the Beatles first took to its stage, and with almost 300 of their performances under its belt, the world famous Cavern Club still holds its own as one of Liverpool’s best music venues, with great live music and fantastic atmosphere that only the best of British can bring.

Today’s Cavern is a thriving live music destination and one of Liverpool’s top tourist attractions. The three venues – the Cavern Club, Cavern Live Lounge and the Cavern Pub – showcase not only the incredible legacy of The Beatles, but also new up and coming bands and established artists.

Discover for yourself the evocative spirit of this legendary venue and experience the unique and powerful Cavern sound performed live on stage every afternoon till late in the evening.

ECHO ARENA

The Echo arena’s is Liverpool’s biggest music venue and competes on the World Stage for many events. With over 10,500 seats and a playlist that’s included The Killers, Kasabian and Rihanna, not to mention the EMA’s and MOBO’s. Check out the website to see What’s on during your visit.

LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC HALL

Maybe not an obvious mention when we’re talking about the ‘World Capital City of Pop’ (it’s true, the guys at Guinness World Records said so), but the hall has some pretty impressive architecture and is considered up there with the best arts and entertainments venues in the country.  Founded in 1840 by a group of Liverpool music-lovers, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic is one the world’s oldest concert societies and throughout its history, has been at the heart of Liverpool’s cultural life. With links to the Liverpool Irish and Comedy Festivals, and a year-long programme taking in everything from classical, rock and pop to the best in comedy offerings, we can see why.

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

THE GRAND NATIONAL (early April)

April sees the arrival of perhaps the most iconic and challenging event in the racing calendar…. The John Smith’s Grand National, when Aintree Racecourse opens its gates and welcomes the crowds with a storming show of music before race-goers take to the stands in all their finery for Ladies Day.  Then it’s time for the main event when 40 horses and their riders take on the ultimate in steeplechasing, with 4 miles, 30 fences and horse racing’s most unforgiving course ahead of them.

LIVERPOOL FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL

Liverpool’s top eateries and bars throw their doors wide open in September when 40,000 hungry visitors flock to the heart of the city to soak up the vibrant atmosphere (plus a glass or two of the champagne bar’s finest) and enjoy a feast of epic proportions at one of the UK’s biggest food and drink events.

INTERNATIONAL BEATLEWEEK

Think Liverpool, think the Beatles.  And the country’s top party capital pays tribute to its most famous foursome in true style with a week-long celebration of parties, live gigs, concerts, exhibitions and the legendary ‘all-nighter’, as some of the city’s coolest venues welcome performers and fans from around the world.

Notable dates for the calendar

SPORT:
April – The Grand National
June – Liverpool International Tennis Festival
Aug – British Triathlon Championships
Dec/Jan – Liverpool International Horse Show

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT:

April/Sept – Liverpool Food and Drink Festival
May –
Liverpool Sound City
July – Liverpool International Music Festival (formerly Mathew Street Festival)
July/Aug – Liverpool Pride Festival
Aug – International Beatleweek
Aug – Creamfields
Sept – Liverpool Comedy Festival

Sport

Football:

Let’s face it, there’s probably not much we need to tell you about the city’s two top teams, so we’ll just give you the lowdown on their forthcoming matches instead… Lining up a morning with Hover Force before going to the match is a great idea for a Liverpool Stag Party.

Golf:

England’s Golf Coast, comprising no fewer than three Royal Links Courses, arguably takes centre stage as one of the finest golfing spots in the world.

Royal Birkdale:

Royal Liverpool, Hoylake:

Travel

By Road:

Average car journeys:
London –3 hrs 50mins
Manchester – 50mins
Birmingham – 1hr 50mins
Leeds – 1hr 25mins
Newcastle – 3hrs 8mins
Edinburgh – 4hrs 17mins
Cardiff – 3hrs 35mins

By Rail:

Virgin Trains run roughly every hour from London (Euston) to Liverpool’s Lime Street Station, with an average journey time of just over 2 hours, while Liverpool South Parkway Station is close to the airport and runs frequent services into the city centre. The region is easy to explore by train, with Merseyrail services running through Lime Street Underground, Liverpool Central and Liverpool South Parkway.

By Air:

John Lennon Airport offers direct connections across the UK (London to Liverpool in less than an hour) and is a 20 minute drive from the city, with taxis, buses and a shuttle bus service available for transfers.

Getting around:

Local public transport is operated by Merseytravel, with bus, rail and ferry services offering flexible transport across Liverpool and Merseyside.

Travel by bus:

The bus network has two main terminals in the city centre, Liverpool ONE and Queen Square.

Ferry cross the Mersey:

Mersey Ferries run a service between Seacombe and Pier Head, leaving every 20 minutes or so during peak times, with a mere 10 minute journey across the water

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