EDITOR’S PICKS: 10 things to do this weekend in Liverpool

By Jay Hynd

How will we ever top last weekend in Liverpool?

To me it felt like one of the biggest celebrations the city had ever seen, the fact that factor 30 and strong Ray Ban’s were needed all weekend definitely helped, but it really was one of the best Bank Holiday’s I have ever witnessed in Liverpool, once again putting us on the map for all the right reasons. Well done to everyone who made it such a success. You can watch our highlights here.

Don’t be thinking the fun stops there because we have an entire summer of huge events ahead of us, and before that another weekend packed full of action. A few suggestions for this weekend below.

For Breakfast…

The Alchemist – Saved By The Brunch

You can’t help singing the Saved By The Bell theme tune when you read that can you? This Sunday the crazy gang at The Alchemist are putting on the perfect 90’s party, starting at 10am. You get to choose three cocktails and a brunch item, which you’ll enjoy whilst listening to the perfect mix of 90’s anthems.

Visit The Alchemist website here and book your places now.

For Lunch…

Maggie Fu, Smithdown Road

For me anywhere that serves up proper tasty Sui Mai’s is an instant hit, Maggie Fu does just that, and more. The new Chinese on Smithdown Road (just opposite The Tavern) has the perfect menu and laid back atmosphere for any lover of Asian cuisine. Three flavours of buns to choose from, a great range of appetisers, and all your favourite meat and noodle dishes too. Add to that a nice cold pint of Asahi and superb service with a smile, and I think we’ve got a hit.

Give them a LIKE on Facebook here.

For Dinner…

Lunya, Liverpool ONE

Lunya has settled in perfectly to its new home on the corner of Hanover Street and College Lane. Liverpool’s own Catalan deli, bar & restaurant opened in 2010 facing stiff competition from many Spanish themed restaurants in the city. In my opinion the food at Lunya beats all of its rivals hands down, portion sizes are generous, service is swift and the food is always on point. Who needs that last minute trip to Barcelona when you can taste it right on your doorstep?!

Visit the Lunya website to book your table and check out the full menu here.

For a Boogie…

Gatecrasher Classical Live, Liverpool Empire, Saturday

All of your favourite dance tunes are brought to life by a full working orchestra on Saturday night as Gatecrasher Classical Live takes over Liverpool Empire. Maxi Jazz from Faithless, Marcella Woods and more will provide the vocals, Gatecreasher’s 40-piece orchestra will provide the tunes and all you have to do is provide the amazing dance moves.

Get more info and book your tickets here.

For a Drink…

Tavern on the Green, Liverpool ONE

For me, this is one of the most under rated bars in the city. It’s tiny compared to the surrounding venues, but that’s what makes it so special. Best of all it has the perfect outside terrace for weekends like this. Plenty of cocktails and real ales to choose from, the perfect music playlist in the background and all the people watching you could ever wish for.

Follow what the team are up to by giving them a LIKE on Facebook here.

For Gin & Jazz…

Lock & Key, Duke Street

Sundays are defo shaping up to be the best day of the week for a few drinks in town. It’s easier to get the bar, the atmosphere is more chilled and you don’t miss Britain’s Got Talent on the telly! Lock & Key on Duke Street have been hosting their regular Gin & Jazz Sunday parties for a few months now and they are going down a storm. Musician Matt Henry takes to the stage and the exquisite selection of JJ Whitley gins and Franklin & Sons tonic take to the pallet.

More info on Lock & Key via their website here.

For a Party, Baltic style…

The Baltic Weekender

Our beloved Baltic Triangle has fast become our favourite festival hotspot with events like Positive Vibration, Threshold, Sound City and Classics Fest all enjoying its venues and spaces. This weekend it’s all about the dance tunes as the Baltic Weekender returns with some of the biggest DJ’s and producers for the EDM scene including No Fain’ and Mike Skinner. A three day party taking over Constellations, Brick Street, District and 24 Kitchen Street.

Get more info and book your tickets here.

For a Day Out…

Southport Food & Drink Festival, Victoria Park

This weekend will see thousands flock to Victoria Park in Southport for what’s set to be the biggest and tastiest Southport Food & Drink Festival ever. Three days of foodie fun with lots for the kids too. While you’re there go and take in the Southport sights afterwards. That beach is surely one of our best.

Give the festival a LIKE on Facebook and get more info here.

For a Sunday Roast with a difference…

The Floating Grace, Albert Dock

How about enjoying a tasty Sunday Roast whilst setting sail on the high seas? Ok so maybe not the high seas, but you will get a full tour of our impressive docklands from Captain Peter Kenny whilst sailing on Liverpool’s only floating restaurant. They also do afternoon tea, live music and you can even book the boat for your own private party, with a difference. Watch me chat on board with the Captain above.

Book your place now by heading the website here.

For an amazing atmosphere…

The Cavern

Last week we ran around the City Centre with a huge LFC banner, getting pictures with people holding it in iconic places. We even managed to get Joe Anderson in on it, he wasn’t happy being a blue! One place we went was The Cavern. We’ve all been there many times, but have you ever stopped and actually taken it all in? It makes you feel so proud to be from here; voices from all over the planet, people ticking the experience off their bucket list in front of your own eyes, and an amazing atmosphere day and night. We even saw a lady from Canada calling her family back home just to say she was stood in there. It’s a place we take for granted here in the city, it has been on our doorstep for 61 years after all. Next time you are in town call in, enjoy the music, take in the atmosphere and feel proud to be a Scouser.

Get more info and see what’s on here.

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Happy weekend Liverpool.

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