EDITOR’S PICKS: 10 things you can do this weekend in Liverpool
By Jay Hynd
You’d think Bank Holiday weekend had come early with the amount of stuff happening this weekend in Liverpool, whether you are after a decent brekkie, a little bevie or a burst of culture, there really is something for everyone.
Gusto Liverpool, Albert Dock
Ok so, officially, it’s called brunch at Gusto on the Albert Dock, but either way your weekend mornings won’t get any better than this. All your usual delicious breakfast choices cooked perfectly and served up in one of the city’s best loved and swankiest venues, right on the waterfront.
Visit Gusto’s website for the full menu and bookings here.
The Chancery, Paradise Street
Based in the former red bricked Chancery House (which was built as a Seaman’s Building in 1899) The Chancery opened it’s doors 18 months ago. Everything on the menu is locally sourced, including a lot of the extensive range of wines on offer. Liverpool classics like Scouse, as well as a huge range of burgers and sandwiches for lunch and even a very popular Vegan Linguine. There’s breakfast and A La Carte dinner too, plus a Sunday Roast with all the trimmings. Get booking!
Visit the chancery’s website here for more.
Cucina Di Vincenzo’s, Woolton Road
I can’t believe I’d never tried Vincenzo’s on Woolton Road! I didn’t know what to expect when I went with the family a few weeks ago and what I was greeted with was a real authentic taste of Italy, in the heart of one of the city’s leafiest suburbs. The menu is filled with Italian classics and the atmosphere and decor is as warm and comforting as the regions the food takes inspiration from. Family run, independent and well worth a visit. My tip – Lobster Ravioli – superb!
Visit the website here and get yourself booked in asap.
For a night lit up with culture…
Never experienced LightNight? Now is your chance! Liverpool is literally lit up with cultural offerings everyone can get involved in. You really do have to experience it to believe it, over 100 events across 100 venues, for one night only. The idea is you get to as many as possible, enjoying the hustle and bustle of the journeys between as you go. It is perfect for all the family and will give kids of all ages memories that will last forever and a taste of some of the amazing things on offer in our city. Seriously, get involved, and see our city like you’ve never seen it before.
Visit the LightNight website and check out the full schedule of events here.
For Bites & Bubbles…
Pizza & Prosecco Festival, Hinterlands
These parties have been going off around the country for the past 12 months and I have no doubt that once the Scouse Birds get their nails on what’s on offer, the real party will begin. There are over 20 different types of fizz available and pizza toppings and flavours of all varieties. With your ticket you get an Aperol Spritz, Prosecco Bible and of course a nice cheesy slice of pizza to line your stomach. Two sittings available, early and late and some tickets still available.
Visit the website to book yours here, and save me a slice!
For the Royal Wedding…
Whether you are in the “it’s all a load of b*llocks” camp or not, you can’t ignore the fact that Saturday is a bit of a hefty day, although it seems at the moment the majority of talk is about the Bride’s dad rather than the actual Bride & Groom (expect to see him on a reality TV show near you soon). Of course Liverpool is getting in on the Royal Wedding action too with afternoon tea parties leading the way at venues like Hilton Liverpool, Pioneer in Crosby and Hard Days Night Hotel.
Check out our full guide to all of the Liverpool Royal Wedding action here.
For a real Music Marathon…
Rock N’ Roll Marathon Liverpool, Albert Dock and beyond
I take my hat off to anyone who can walk a marathon, let alone run one, but this marathon is different, and if I was to ever attempt a 26 miler (which trust me, will never ever happen) then it would be the Liverpool Rock N’ Roll Marathon. The idea is you take in the glorious sights of our city with an incredible soundtrack of live music throughout the course. The 5k event takes place from 9.30am on Saturday and then on Sunday the half and full marathon’s begin at 9 and 10am, respectively. Then upon completing your the run you’ll be greeted by performances from Space, Connie Lush and more on the Main Stage. Good luck to all involved!
Visit the website here for the full schedules, maps and more here.
For a Love Story…
Double Fantasy John & Yoko, Museum of Liverpool
No, I’m not talking about the latest rom-com at the Showcase Cinema, this is a true love story, brought to life and told beautifully at the Museum of Liverpool. Double Fantasy, John & Yoko takes you on a chronological journey through the relationship of two of the world’s best loved cultural icons. I didn’t know what to expect when I got there, but I left full of admiration for the pair, and I never realised just how influential Yoko was on John’s life and work, and vice versa. Whether you are a Lennon/Beatles fan or just love a good story, I promise you won’t leave disappointed and best of all, it’s free.
Visit the Museum of Liverpool website for opening times & more here.
For a Pint…
Peter Kavanagh’s, Egerton Street
This pub isn’t a pub to visit for just a throwaway pint or two, this pub deserves much more than that. Yes the ale is good, but it’s the history, the charming atmosphere and the trip back in time that makes it so special. Built in 1854, Peter Kavanagh’s on Egerton Street could be the most unique of all of Liverpool’s public houses. It is certainly one filled with character (and that’s not just Land Lady Rita or the eccentric regulars I’m talking about). The regular Thursday late-night quiz has become a firm favourite and people come from afar in the hope to end up on the naughty step, hecklers encouraged. Tuesday is open mic and Saturday nights are filled with live music. If you are lucky you could even find Quentin Tarantino at the bar.
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For a Party…
Risque @ Hus, Tithebarn Street
There’s a new night on the block and it will whisk you right back to when vibes where positive, music was funky and hair was huge. Celebrating all that’s good about disco, Risque is the latest regular event from the team at Hus on Tithebarn Street. The best in funky house and disco all night long. Don’t miss it.
Visit the Hus Facebook page for more info here.
It seems like there’s more going on in our city than ever before and we haven’t even touched the surface with Spring and Summer yet. Next weekend is set to be one of the biggest Bank Holidays the city has ever seen with the Tall Ship Regatta sailing in, the Bordeaux Wine Festival, Classics Fest taking over the Baltic and apparently there’s a rather large football match being played too. Check out where you can watch that one here.
Keep it with The Guide Liverpool for regular updates on what’s going on, of course, full coverage of all the action as it happens.