So guys, I did it! Bar my Dissertation, the university year is over. I submitted my last essay and sat my last (hopefully) exam! It’s debatable how well it went but in the words of my friend Ashley ‘submit it, forget it‘. I’ll deal with the marks when I get them and hopefully I’ll have done better than I expected. With the exam over my course mates and I decided there was only one way to celebrate- cocktails! Which got me thinking about my favourite places to drink in Liverpool. Now I’ll point out I am not big on nights out. I can’t dance and I’m not into club music so I mostly find the whole thing really awkward unless I’ve had one too many and then call me Beyoncé on that dance floor- in my head at least! In reality I probably look more like Chloe from Geordie Shore… So I want to quickly point out that this list features places that I think are either good for afternoon drinks or relaxing in their beer gardens on a warm day. With that clarified, and in no particular order, let’s get started:
1) Roxy Ball Room
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This is still relatively new to Liverpool and I was introduced to it by my friend when we first visited on her birthday. Situated in Liverpool One next door to Wahaca (an awesome Mexican street food restaurant), Roxy Ball Room resides on the top floor. Accessible by stairs and lifts, the entrance is covered in cool, bright graffiti. Inside there’s a bar and kitchen serving all sorts of treats and ping pong, beer pong and pool tables for hire. Outside is a terrace with picnic benches that looks out over Bluecoats and Liverpool One. The staff are friendly and make the best cocktails ever. We tend to get the staff specials, priced at £5 they’re super tasty and super strong. Or maybe I’m just a lightweight, either way they do the trick. The one pictured above left was a Gin, elderflower and cucumber mix that tasted heavenly.
2) Kazimier Gardens
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I have an annoyingly bad habit of getting tipsy/drunk and not taking photos the way normal people do so I have no modern pictures of the Kazimier gardens by day. The lights at night are beautiful though and this is one of the few places I occupy of a night time. Day time drinks here though are just as good, especially when the sun is shining and the place has a real boho, festival feel. Their choice of craft beers is amazing and they often host gigs for local bands. There is a good range of food choices, even for non-carnivores like me! Prepare to battle it out for the table that’s styled like a boat, it’s the most coveted seat. To my friends at least!
3) Lady of Mann
Image via The Good Pub Guide
Sometimes when you meet your friends from work, or in my case when you want to distract yourself from uni work, all you want is good beer/wine and someplace nice to chat. I love music but sometimes I just like getting tipsy and having drunken conversations and gossip with my nearest and dearest. That’s where the Lady of Mann comes in. Situated on Dale Street it’s a nice retreat from the bustling city centre. I visit here all the time with my friend Jojo and its just one of those places where ‘I’m only getting one drink’ becomes drunkenly stumbling out at last orders.
4) Tavern On The Green
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Tavern sits on Chavasse Park, L1 and is another place I tend to visit with work friends due to how close it is to our work. The discount for working within Liverpool One is an added bonus! I love Tavern because most of its playlists are pretty much straight copies of the ITunes playlists I coveted as an angsty little 17 year old. They have an amazing selection of cocktails, beer and wine and their quiz nights of a Tuesday are always fun. They have plenty of indoor and outdoor seating but prepare to battle it out for a picnic bench when the sun and crowds are out!
5) Heebie Jeebies
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Heebies is probably known by almost everyone in Liverpool, especially the students mid week! I’ve been coming to Heebies ever since my youthful 18 year old days and all through my university life its always been a staple night out venue. Its music of choice is that of bands rather than club hits and for me that is always a massive plus. It offers DJ nights and gigs, its popularity is highlighted by the queues to get in of a weekend but once you’re in it’s worth it. Despite being known for its night life and funky decor, Heebies is also a really good venue for daytime drinks. Especially when the sun is out and you can bask in its outdoor courtyard. It has recently been renovated (the courtyard) and I’ve not actually visited since then but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before I do. Drinks are all priced fairly and when they do their pub quiz they even offer vegetarian hot dogs! What’s not to love?!
I realised as I was typing this that there is sooooooo many more places I could add but I’m wary of how long this post already is. Places like Shipping Forecast, Santa Chupitos and Hope & Anchor all deserve a shout out too. I feel like I’ll also be chastised for not adding places like the Botanical Gin Gardens and Oh Me Oh My but truth is I haven’t actually visited them yet! Although they are on my to do list I promise! As always I’d love to hear what you think, where are your favourite places to day time drink in Liverpool? Think I’ve missed any out? Just drop me a comment down below 🙂
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