We all know that Liverpool is famed for its bars, clubs and nightlife, but I am here to let you in on a little secret — there are some hidden gems in Liverpool that you may not even know about. There are bars hidden behind curtains, clubs that look like store rooms from the outside and places that may be so new that they haven’t reached your ears yet — these are the ones that you do not want to miss.
And so we present to you The 11 Hidden Gems of Liverpool!
Berry and Rye
The speakeasy vibe of this room is the very definition of cool — with its brick walls and hanging lanterns, you feel as though you’ve just stepped into the middle of the Roaring 20s.
Berry and Rye is hidden away on Berry Street, although there is no sign above the door and no indication that it even exists. For most, they’d have to be taken there by someone who already knows where it is — and that is the beauty of it. But once you’re in, you’re in. As you peel back the velvet curtain, you’re exposed to a scene from an extremely cool film set in a bluesy dungeon in the heart of New Orleans. Every time I go I think “We’re definitely not in Kansas any more.”
As you sit down at one of the wooden tables lit only by candle light, the waitress will come over with a glass of iced water and a napkin (you can take this as a warning to the strong drinks). The menu will then be brought over but unlike any menu you’ve seen, as it is in the centre fold of an old leather bound book. Here you’ll see a selection of Gin, Rum, Whiskey and Vodka cocktails amongst others, with a selection of real ales as well. There are amazingly thought out and well prepared cocktails that Berry and Rye offer so if you’re not tempted to go just for the Americana atmosphere, go for the wonderful cocktails and the outstanding service.
Remember to take a watch, as you could easily lose five days while in there.
Another modern day speakeasy, 81Ltd is invite only and found above Salt Dog Slims which is another fantastic bar where you can enjoy a stein and a brine, and may we strongly suggest a brine if you were to go up to 81Ltd afterwards, just to save you from being half cut after one drink.
You have to have a code to get in because without doing so, there is no getting in the electronic door. We know it all sounds a bit scary, but once you’re walking down the mirrored corridor you see why it’s all worth it. Once at the bar, you’re overwhelmed by the huge selection of beers and spirits and spoilt for choice by the delicious cocktails on offer. The booths add to the secretive, excluded vibe of the bar and the atmosphere is extremely chilled.
A second venue is now open since May 2014 called 83Ltd, situated above it’s counterparts 81Ltd, and follows the New York speakeasy vibe. With the exclusive venue only allowing a maximum of 40 people, the guests use the room to create their own intimate events — with options of hiring a bartender, a DJ and more.
Both 81Ltd and 83Ltd offer a cool, unique vibe and are perfect for personal events or just a laid back night of excellent drinking. Contact Gwen with enquiries for private hire.
The White House was decorated with one of Banksy’s well known graffiti art pieces, but it is now newly refurbished as Yardbird and has graffiti-art window displays and very interesting decor. Yardbird specialises in fried chicken, doughnuts and cocktails in a secretive venue. Who wouldn’t love that?
Their sister brand Motel is also extremely popular with its excellent cocktails, friendly staff, jukebox and roustabout vibe. Motel and Yardbird are both fantastic little hideaway spots to chill in a great atmosphere.
Nick Baskerville and Becky Pope are the talented pair who have combined their talents into creating a space in the Baltic Triangle — to be specifically used to host art and music events with excellent acoustics.
The ‘secret garden’ vibe to the space is perfect to sit in the sun with a drink and let your thoughts run wild. And as creatives gather to create, and business workers develop ideas in the blank canvas of space, the Baltic’s creative spirit overflows.
Bookings have already been made including Sound City Digital and we are promised festival-like events throughout the summer. Constellations has also collaborated with a number of venues in Liverpool, including Baltic Social, 24 Kitchen Street and Camp & Furnace, which will host a variety of music and entertainment events.
The Kazimier Gardens is a refurbished car pack next to Liverpool Academy of Arts but now there is a Mexican style entrance, lanterns, tables, a bandstand, a roof terrace and of course a bar.
The entertainment in the gardens is jam packed, with live bands, acoustic sessions, DJs and art installations. The Kazimier is the place to be when it comes to seeing new local artists do there thing. The indie vibe attracts many students and is therefore ideal to sit and goss. We love the Kazimier Gardens.
24 Kitchen Street
This is Claudia Pink’s (Of Claudia Pink’s on Bold Street fame) new incredible club — a converted Victorian building that collides live music, LIPA students’ performances and a beautiful art gallery presented by the Liverpool Arts Collective in the Baltic Triangle. She also owns a popular handmade jewellery shop on Bold Street — this lady certainly does have an eye for gaps in the market.
The Attic Bar
We all know and love The Attic bar on Parr Street, with it’s live music and American studios vibe — but they have recently built a terrace garden! The perfect place for warm evening!
To get to the garden you have to walk down some metal steps (be careful in your heels if it’s been raining, girls!) but once you’re sat outside you have a lovely view of Liverpool’s most popular streets for bars, an excellent place to people watch if you’re nosy like me! One definitely not to be missed this summer!
Launched in August 2016, Cargo is a brand new high end bar, deli and restaurant on the ground floor of Alexandra Tower in Liverpool City Centre. With beautifully cooked Mediterranean food and fantastic hospitality, we are sure Cargo is going to be extremely successful as it is in keeping with the history of Princess Dock.
Liverpool is set to see its first premium late night bar, a dazzling new cocktail bar and night club AND it’s fantasy themed! Need I say more? Launches on 1st August on the edge of Liverpool One.
Relaxed summer reggae vibes with the best street food out there provided by the Trenchtown Truck company, Jayne Casey’s joint has upped its game down in the Baltic. Open daily for food from August, we know where we’ll be lunching in the week.
Yet another hidden bar around Seel Street, keep your ears out for a date for this one.