12 Liverpool Bars & Restaurants that opened in 2018

2018 brought world class pizza, tapas, pastries and lots and lots of gin to Liverpool.

The quality of Liverpool bars and restaurants just continues to get better with the city’s growing reputation attracting not only imaginative entrepreneurs but also national chains wanting a slice of the action. From blossoming independent and family run businesses, to a surge in brilliant waterfront eateries and the most stylish bars to pop a cork or two, we’ve compiled a list for you to check out this Winter.

Here’s 12 new Liverpool bars and restaurants that opened in 2018….

1 – Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza

We’ve been waiting for a Rudy’s for ages, and this Castle Street pizzeria and bar was SO worth the wait! National chain Rudy’s was voted the best pizza restaurant in the UK, and now they’re brining fresh, authentic Naples style pizza to the Scouse masses. We love the industrial decor and back bar as much as the menu! Menus and more here. 

2 – Dash Liverpool Restaurant & Bar

Dash Restaurant & Bar opened in Autumn 2018, breathing not only new life, but pure, unadulterated decadence into the former Living Room and Sugar Hut venue on Victoria Street. The restaurant menu features Pan Asian influenced dishes and small plates, while the bar will serve spirits and beers alongside Dash’s signature New York-themed cocktail list. Find out more here. 

3 – Liverpool Gin Distillery

Following a £1m renovation, The Liverpool Gin Distillery brought 5 floors of all things gin to Castle Street in November 2018.  The distillery offers three gin experiences involving distillery tours, gin tasting and gin making, alongside two bars where visitors can relax, eat and drink. This is a Liverpool bar like no other. Find out more here. 

4 – The Old Bank

The former First National threw open its beautifully restored James St doors in February as The Old Bank. Built in 1920 the bar now offers a varied gastropub food menu, an island style main bar, two floors of booths and all the sporting action on TV’s around the venue. More info here. 

5 – Rocket & Ruby

There’s a whole host of 5 star reviews for newly opened Rocket & Ruby, Castle Street since it welcomed us into its bright, vibrant kitchen and bar space in November. The perfect place to grab brunch, sandwiches, small plates, drinks and more, book a New Year table and sample the brekkie, gluten and dairy free options available too. Menus and more here. 

More: Did you get all the way through the Liverpool Food Bucket List 2018? 

6 – Thaikhun Street Bar

It’s all about Thai Street Food at Liverpool ONE’s latest bar and Thaikhun. From the creators of neighbouring restaurant Chayophraya, Thaikhun Street Bar offers serve a menu of upmarket cocktails using select Thai spirits, Singha draught beers, frozen cocktails, as well as a non-alcoholic menu and ice-cream smoothies. Foodies will love the traditional Thai bar snacks and bowls, including pad Thai and chicken satay skewers. More info here. 

7 – Punch Tarmey’s

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The Cain’s Brewery Village has a HUGE new Irish bar in the form of Punch Tarmey’s which welcomed us all with a pint and a song in August 2018. The spacious Liverpool bar is perfect for groups, there’s live music on, the food is ace and the toilets are spotless. We like it so much, we even kicked off our Christmas do there! Fab staff go all out to make sure you have a memorable experience. Find out more here. 

8 – Lock & Key Hotel

The final phase of the three part Lock & Key venture, the hotel, was completed in December 2018 and it knocked our socks off. Lock & Key Bar & Kitchen serves up amazing cocktails, gins, Neapolitan pizzas and mouth-watering brunch dishes and now the brand new 14 bedroom boutique hotel, with its impeccable attention to detail, is without doubt the icing on the cake. Get booking in 2019 and find out more here. 

9 – Aether

From the creators of The Alchemist, Chavasse Park boasts a brand new, intimate cocktail bar in the shape of Aether. Based on the elements, this little oasis in the heart of the city offers live music, beautiful, stylish décor, attentive, knowledgeable staff and phenomenal cocktails. This is the perfect place for date night. and one of our favourite Liverpool bars. Find out more here. 

10 – Peaberry Coffee House & Kitchen

Offering a warm welcome, delicious, freshly brewed coffee and locally sourced ingredients for its brunch and light bites menu, Peaberry Coffee House & Kitchen opened at Royal Albert Dock in September. We love the chunky butties and the Brazilian coffee beans that give us our morning boost. Eat in or take away, check it out here.

11 – Lunyalita

You can dine Spanish style all year round now as Lunyalita raised a toast to summer when it opened in July and brought authentic, seriously delicious tapas, wines and lots of gin to the Royal Albert Dock. Just look at that sharing platter! Lunyalita also stocks Mediterranean inspired crockery and imported ingredients that you can take home to recreate your favourite dishes! Serrano ham anyone? More info here. 

12 – Rough Hand Made

You know those days when you just need a pastry in your life…then head to Rough Hand Made at the Albert Dock. This independent, boutique bakery hand makes every pastry, bread, bun and cake for maximum taste and has become an instant hit on the waterfront since opening in June. All prepared, baked and served in house, grab a seat and treat yourself to a first class snack and stunning views. More info here. 


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