Liverpool is my home city, and it’s one of the greatest cities on the planet if I do say so myself! Liverpool has a HUGE amount to offer, so I’m here to list off a few amazing places that you can head to, that are just a little bit off the beaten path! I’ve got you covered for cafes, bars and record stores! I know this city like the back of my hand, and I’m excited to share some of my favourite, hidden gems.
The spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own. If you want to tick all of these places off, I recommend you spend a few days in Liverpool as there’s just so much to see and do. If you’re looking for a place to stay, Hotels.com can help you to find some hotels in Liverpool.
Let’s jump in!
Thoughtfully isn’t just the one cafe located on Cleveland Square, just outside of Liverpool one. Thoughtfully is a family owned collective that boasts an Agency and a coffee Kiosk too! They tie together perfect minimalist design, great food and even better coffee. The cafe is light and airy, with huge windows, comfy seats and an abundance of greenery.
You can pick up a tote created by their design agency too if you fancy!
Furnival’s Well is another gem tucked just outside of Liverpool One. It’s a landmark of the Ropewalks area and been through quite the transformation- from Victorian Police Station to amazing cocktail bar, with a few other shortlived bars and breweries along the way.
You’ll find yourself drinking in old cells that Charles Dickens once frequented as he completed research for his next novel. The team behind Furnival’s Well offer a unique drinking experience you won’t find anywhere else, plus you can pretend you’ve been arrested in Victorian Liverpool. Always fun.
Above you’ll see one of the best cocktails I’ve ever had. The Stanley Dock is named after one of Liverpool’s busiest, it’s whiskey infused with tobacco and plantain- two of the dock’s most plentiful exports.
JACARANDA PHASE ONE
Despite the name, Jacaranda Phase One is actually the second Jacaranda in the city, this new addition is just around the corner from the first, right next to Kazimier Gardens. This incarnation is a record store combined with a gig venue, mashed up with both a bar and cafe.
Treat yourself to vinyl releases old and new, cocktails based on the music Liverpool has birthed, and sit in a shed whilst you listen to vinyl of your choosing. Plus this place gave out free coffee and sandwiches on Record Store Day, it’s so great.
Tucked away down an alley off of Hardman Street, Wild Loaf is a bakery that’s built itself a cult following for it’s amazing sourdough, huge toasties and out of this world doughnuts.
For £2.50 you can indulge in banging doughnuts ranging from rhubarb and custard filled, to honeycomb and vegan lemon. If you want sourdough, make sure to get down early as they’re likely to sell out!
Brass Monkey is a rather unassuming bar on School Lane, with a sign outside that often goes viral for its witty quotes. The bar’s known for its eclectic decor, lush cocktails, and for a couple of tables that boast swings for seating.
Some have described it as an Instagrammer’s playground for the statues adorning the walls, Moroccan tiles and an umbrella ceiling in the back room.
Goodness Gracious, Oh Me Oh My’s roof garden, has been one of my favourite spots in the city since it first opened its doors.
High above Water Street, you’ll find a secret nook that offers unparalleled views of the Three Graces. Grab a drink of your choice and nestle up between cushions and blankets as you look over ships in the River Mersey, people watch on the Strand and get a close-up view of the Liver Building.
Bonus facts: the clock faces on the Liver Building are bigger than those on Big Ben, and the two birds on top are rumoured to be looking out to sea for the sailors, and inland to make sure the pubs are open.
Goodness Gracious’ opening hours are weather dependent, so keep an eye on their social media.
Motel is Liverpool’s self-proclaimed ‘Best Late Night Bar’, though I find it’s the best place to enjoy a quiet drink in the afternoon.
The bar is covered in neon lights and movie posters and exclusive plays indie and rock music, though the other day they just played Vampire Weekend’s new album in full. Definitely can’t complain about that.
Play some arcade games, try out some of their bespoke cocktails and have a banging evening.
BERRY AND RYE
Berry and Rye might be Liverpool’s most hidden secret. Behind an inconspicuous front on Berry Street, you’ll find a US prohibition-era bar, down to the 2×4’s covering the windows.
Sit down in small, candle-lit nooks, flick through pages of old books, and enjoy a range of gin and whiskey-based cocktails whilst listening to the music of the roaring ’20s. It’s truly one of the best bars in the city, the country and the world, probably. The cocktails exist on a plane of their own, and the vibe is as authentic as it can be. Plus, it’s a whole lot of fun to knock on a door and not be entirely sure if you’re in the right place. I’ve been here a few times and I *still* struggle to find it. No other bar is quite as hidden.
The selection of whiskey and gin is incredible, if you’re a whiskey nerd like me, you’ll have an amazing time. If you have time for one bar in Liverpool, please let it be Berry and Rye.
This post was written in collaboration with hotels.com
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