Streetlife: Your guide to Seel Street
Streetlife: Seel Street
Liverpool has changed much in the last 15 years. Now, almost every street in the city centre is teeming with great bars, shops and places to eat. So much so it’s difficult to keep track of what is going on where. In this regular feature THE GUIDE focuses in on a street in our great city and tells you a little about where to go, hidden gems to look out for and some history.
This time, we look at SEEL STREET.
Seel Street is a long, straight road running parallel to Bold Street connecting Berry Street and Hanover Street. It’s known for its lively nightlife where the rock and indie crowds who frequent places like The Zanzibar mix with hip hoppers going into The Brooklyn Mixer as well as everyone else looking for free entry, drinks and a dance going into Heebie Jeebies, La’Go and Aloha (just off Seel Street, on Colquitt Street). The street is home to two historic buildings in the form of what was The Liverpool Institution and the former St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church. The Royal Institution was set up in 1815 in order to promote literature, science and the arts while the bar Alma De Cuba now resides in St Peter’s which became the centre for Liverpool’s 1970s Polish community and is therefore sometimes known as ‘The Polish Church’.
For a bev.
For a classy night out in grand surroundings you can’t better Alma De Cuba. The former church boasts a fantastic cocktail menu and on Sunday you can enjoy a roast dinner accompanied by a live gospel choir. For somewhere all together more ‘studenty’, there’s the infamous Blue Angel, also known as The Razz. We challenge you to find a cheaper place for a night out in Liverpool. The Razz is the place to go for inexpensive (but potent) cocktails, cheesy music and late night dancing.
A bite to eat.
Slim’s Pork Chop Express is one of a slew of industrial chic eateries to open up in Liverpool in the last couple of years. The sister restaurant to the bar next door Salt Dog Slims, this special little place has a scrumptious menu of small plates and is perfect for a casual get-together with mates. Blind Tiger is a recent addition to Seel Street and very welcome it is. Situated underneath the ever-popular La’Go, this Asian-style speakeasy is something different but hopefully the city’s culinary connoisseurs will take to the stylish eating and drinking den. A top tip for a cheap bite to eat is The Peacock which serves beautiful (and sizeable) £5 pizzas which can be enjoyed in their outdoor seating area on sunnier days.
A very popular spot these days but nonetheless hidden to the uninitiated, Kazimier Garden is a fantastic al fresco watering hole with considered design, a great selection of beers and seasonal barbequed food. Look out for it on the left-hand side as you walk down to Hanover Street before the turn off for David Lewis Street – behind a hotchpotch of plywood, easy to miss!