This city has no shortage of bars, a massive understatement to say the least, but what really grabs while out on the town in Liverpool is the absolute variety on offer. Speakeasies, cocktail bars, historic boozers where The Beatles made their name and all the rest can be found in and around the centre, all coming together to make Liverpool one of the most exhilarating nights out in Europe.
The city’s premier tequila bar has over 30 flavours of the stuff waiting behind the bar, from acceptable ones like apple, banana and passionfruit all the way to questionable ideas like chilli or baked bean, all of which are just £1 a shot. Bar CaVa also hosts some of the coolest DJs in the city, and has a variety of other drinks to go along with the mass of tequila. Don’t expect luxury, but do expect a whole load of fun.
Where Maguire’s once sat now sits Outpost, a mecca of craft beer, creative cocktails and fantastic pizza. There isn’t much to be said that does it justice in truth, as Outpost is one of the most complete modern venues in this most complete of cities. The beer selection is comprehensive and the pizzas are to die for, although please don’t take that literally. Some quite beautiful staff as well.
We spent many a night here during our university days, sitting in the little cubby holes in the basement ploughing our way through £1 bottles of Carlsberg and singing ‘Chocolate Salty Balls’ whenever karaoke came to town, but those times have changed. The Jacaranda is an integral part of Beatles history in Liverpool, the first home of the Fab 4 and one of the most vibrant venues in town since opening its doors in 1958. Upstairs is now home to a record store, keeping that musical tradition alive.
Not your average cocktail bar, although we aren’t sure if there is such a thing as an average cocktail bar. MOJO is one of the coolest spots in the city, a stylish centre of alcohol that takes its mixology almost as seriously as it does its commitment to quality service. Rock and roll is the theme and rum is the dominant drink of choice, all served in a space that could have been plucked out of post-Prohibition USA. An absolute must, for sure.
That’s it, now we’re talking. One of the most aesthetically engaging bars in the world, Smuggler’s Cove is a veritable treasure trove of bits and bobs from around the world, the perfect place in which to drink rums you’ve never heard of and drinks you’ve never dreamt of. This is Guinness World Record sort of stuff, complete with nightly live music and some seriously good pub food. Brilliant, beautifully brilliant.