Where to Drink in Liverpool

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Berry and Rye

There’s no signage for Berry and Rye, just a slightly battered, nondescript black door that wouldn’t catch the eye if it weren’t for the snaking queue awaiting entry outside. This is arguably Liverpool’s best bar, a speakeasy-style haunt where jazz and blues notes filter through a warm, candlelit gloom. Prohibition is taken seriously – menus, packed with gin and whiskey concoctions, arrive hidden away in bibles, there’s a resident pianist on hand and the cocktails arrive suitable strong, with a complexity not matched anywhere else in the city.

Address

48 Berry Street, L1 4JQ

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El Bandito

Tucked beneath its polished older sibling Santa Chupitos, this pint-sized subterranean bolthole is the late-night stop-off for Ropewalks prowlers in search of a nightcap. The basement tequileria offers a high-ABV introduction to the spirits of Mexico, its steep steps leading from the street into a rough-hewn hideout. There’s a menu, but we’d recommend ordering at the discretion of the bartender, who will concoct a tequila-spiked drink that sings with the punchy flavours of Mexico’s botanical larder.

Address

41b Slater Street, L1 4BX

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Goodness Gracious Rooftop Bar

For a liver bird’s view of the famous three graces, head up to Oh Me Oh My’s waterfront rooftop garden and clink fancy glasses overlooking the Mersey. Located high above The Strand in the elegant West Africa House, the classy Goodness Gracious bar offers one of Liverpool’s finest views. Cocktails are floral-touched and free-flowing.

Address

West Africa House, 25 Water Street, L2 ORG

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Peter Kavanagh’s

We could offer a whole list of Liverpool pubs to visit – down-and-dirty The Grapes of Mathew Street, the less salubrious, fairy-light-strewn establishment of the same name on Rodney Street, the grandiose Philharmonic Dining Rooms – but if we had to pick a favourite, it would be Peter Kavanagh’s. Perched on the far extremes of the city centre, its interiors are idiosyncratic, having been fitted in 1929 and now preserved for posterity. The bar sits between enclosed drinking rooms adorned with panelled walls and painted murals depicting Dickensian scenes. Above, the ceiling sways with hung curios of eras past, while carpets are eclectic and furniture eccentric. It’s a little bit mad, but perfect for a stimulating pint, if you don’t mind sipping your IPA below a rusting diver’s helmet, that is.

Address

2-6 Egerton Street, L8 7LY

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Berry and Rye

There’s no signage for Berry and Rye, just a slightly battered, nondescript black door that wouldn’t catch the eye if it weren’t for the snaking queue awaiting entry outside. This is arguably Liverpool’s best bar, a speakeasy-style haunt where jazz and blues notes filter through a warm, candlelit gloom. Prohibition is taken seriously – menus, packed with gin and whiskey concoctions, arrive hidden away in bibles, there’s a resident pianist on hand and the cocktails arrive suitable strong, with a complexity not matched anywhere else in the city.

Address

48 Berry Street, L1 4JQ

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El Bandito

Tucked beneath its polished older sibling Santa Chupitos, this pint-sized subterranean bolthole is the late-night stop-off for Ropewalks prowlers in search of a nightcap. The basement tequileria offers a high-ABV introduction to the spirits of Mexico, its steep steps leading from the street into a rough-hewn hideout. There’s a menu, but we’d recommend ordering at the discretion of the bartender, who will concoct a tequila-spiked drink that sings with the punchy flavours of Mexico’s botanical larder.

Address

41b Slater Street, L1 4BX

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Goodness Gracious Rooftop Bar

For a liver bird’s view of the famous three graces, head up to Oh Me Oh My’s waterfront rooftop garden and clink fancy glasses overlooking the Mersey. Located high above The Strand in the elegant West Africa House, the classy Goodness Gracious bar offers one of Liverpool’s finest views. Cocktails are floral-touched and free-flowing.

Address

West Africa House, 25 Water Street, L2 ORG

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Peter Kavanagh’s

We could offer a whole list of Liverpool pubs to visit – down-and-dirty The Grapes of Mathew Street, the less salubrious, fairy-light-strewn establishment of the same name on Rodney Street, the grandiose Philharmonic Dining Rooms – but if we had to pick a favourite, it would be Peter Kavanagh’s. Perched on the far extremes of the city centre, its interiors are idiosyncratic, having been fitted in 1929 and now preserved for posterity. The bar sits between enclosed drinking rooms adorned with panelled walls and painted murals depicting Dickensian scenes. Above, the ceiling sways with hung curios of eras past, while carpets are eclectic and furniture eccentric. It’s a little bit mad, but perfect for a stimulating pint, if you don’t mind sipping your IPA below a rusting diver’s helmet, that is.

Address

2-6 Egerton Street, L8 7LY