11 Outdoor Spaces For Eats and Drinks In Liverpool
Tis the season. No, not that one – the summer season, beer garden season, rooftop bar season!
Finding outdoor spaces for drinking and eating can be difficult in a city, but not in Liverpool, we’ve got the low down on the best places for an outdoor eat or drink this summer.
We’ve heard of a beer garden, but a burger garden? Now that’s a whole new ball game. Free State Kitchen, tucked away on Maryland Street, just off Hope Street, serves up some of the best quality burgers in town. From your classy cut to something down right dirty, FSK has it all, as well as a mouth watering selection of beers and ales. Pick your bun, your bev and settle in to the suntrap of a garden.
Situated right outside Ghetto Golf, on the increasingly popular Cain’s Brewery site we have this humble outdoor bar. This suntrap offers some of the most refreshing and quirky cocktails in the city, as well as amazing BBQ food from Apocalypse Cow. And, if the British weather decides to do its usual thing, Birdie’s Bar offers shelter from the changing weather with a roof, heaters and blankets on offer. Perfect for early doors, or a more relaxed drink with live acoustic music on weekend evenings.
On the more glamorous side of things, and side of town, we have the balcony bar at OH ME OH MY. The decking style balcony is glorious, overlooking the Albert Dock, the Strand and the Liver Building. It’s quite a sight to behold, so you’ll need to sit down…and relax with a drink…maybe even a nibble. This is a special one, perfect for an occasion or just to treat yourself. Check out the view before you go here, but trust us, no matter how good to photo, justice isn’t done until you see it in person.
Whacky beers, a rooftop hideaway and pizza by the slice, that’s what Crazy Pedrp is bringing to the game this summer. The new resident of Parr Street has made an impact in a very short time, becoming a favourite for locals and students alike who are drawn to it’s graffiti style design and tantalising pizza menu. The rooftop is the perfect hideaway for drinkers, pizza lovers and sun searchers, with the venue being open until 4am, meaning that you can continue the party even when the sun has gone to bed.
Beer gardens in the city centre are a rare thing, so the folks at Kaz Gardens turned the whole place into one big beer garden to make up for it. The drinks are affordable and the cliental sways towards the quirky side, making you feel like you’re in the 70s when the summer hits. This is a local favourite for when the sun comes out, so it gets rammed to the rafters very quickly, so as soon as you see the sun peak around the corner, get down to make sure you get a seat at the table.
Another rooftop bar and another hideaway, HUS has been quietly going about making itself one of the must visit venues in the city centre. We’ve heard a lot about its unique, yellow basement room, but this summer is seeing a lot of emphasis put on the rooftop bar that is hosting a party, cinema screenings and just your usual days and nights out. Check out tickets for the various events being put on by the bar on their social media and website now.
Rivalling Kaz Gardens for the quirkiest outdoor bar in the city we have the Botanical Gardens. This trendy gin bar slots in perfectly to The Baltic Triangle with it’s rustic, warehouse theme accompanied by drinks of a weird and wonderful variety, including some spectacular gin cocktails, of course. Other drinks are on offer, as well as Cuban street food and blankets for when the nights draw in.
This one is a deep cut for sure. In the suburbs, or small towns and villages around the city, Ye Olde Crack might not be such a gem, but that all changes when you get into the city. Amongst trendy bar after gastro pub, we crave a good quality, old-fashioned alehouse that has a beer garden and friendly staff that live and breathe the pub. A traditional pub that has remained unchanged for years attracts many tourists who want to drink at the same watering hole as John Lennon, back when he studied at Liverpool Arts College.
Another small space that fills up as soon as the sun comes out is the front of Lark Lanes pizzeria and bar, Love & Rockets. Lark Lane is a favourite for summertime as the strip feels like something taken from a European market town, as well as being right on Sefton Park where festivals take over all summer. Outdoor spaces are hard to come by in the city, and with the smell of fresh pizza churning out the door, it’s no wonder that L&R have made the most of their humble garden.
The Hamptons really did arrive in Liverpool when The Clubhouse opened in Chavasse Park a couple of years ago, bringing with us one of the classiest and most stunning venues to the city. The outside area is huge and filled with the delicious smell of the rotisserie foods being cooked. Whether it’s a prosecco in the sunshine, some real ale with your Sunday lunch or cocktails on the beautiful terrace over looking Liverpool ONE, The Clubhouse has you covered.
This might seem blindingly obvious, but for that reason, we can’t ignore it. Bars such as Soho and Modo to name just a few, surround the biggest beer garden in the city centre, Concert Square. Other than the fact that crowds flock here for an outdoor drink, we just had to include this in the list for the upcoming World Cup. McCooley’s will be showing the games and the square will pack out for the match, as it does every time that there is a big game on. We’re sure you already knew, but we didn’t want to assume…
Take your pick, or go through them one at a time, whatever way you do it, these are must-visit places this summer with quick bites, restaurants and cocktail bars to choose from.