15 Best Bars in Liverpool (Cool Places to Drink)

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Liverpool is one of my favorite cities in England for nightlife. There are many things to do here at night, but one of my favorites has to be checking out the bar scene. From rooftop views to quirky cocktail menus, the best bars in Liverpool all serve up something different, and each makes for a great night out in Liverpool.

You’ll find that the city center is the main hub for the most popular bars in Liverpool. However, you can venture further afield to find neighboring boroughs and still find a buzzy time!

I lived in Liverpool for several years, and my family still lives there now. I regularly visit the city with friends too, enjoying the best coffee shops and cafes in the day, and gathering a list of fun bars in Liverpool by night. There’s always a place to try each time I visit.

Best Bars in Liverpool

I visit Liverpool at least once a month nowadays, though I spent plenty of time testing out bars in the city in my university days (for research purposes, of course). You’ll find that there’s a bar for you no matter what time of night it is, your taste in music, or your favorite cocktail flavor.

I’ve compiled this list based on the bar’s atmosphere, location, and standout features. Here are my top picks for the best bars in Liverpool:

1. Berry & Rye
(Best Bar in Liverpool Overall)

Professional bar equipment, shaker, glass and tongs arranged on the bar counter.

Berry & Rye is one of the best cocktail bars in Liverpool. Cozy, ambient, and decorated with a charming speakeasy-esque aesthetic, this bar should be your go-to for specialty cocktails and great service.

Knowledgeable mixologists are on hand to mix up a cocktail of your preference, or you can opt for one of their menu items. My best friend swears by their Rum Old Fashioned and says it’s the best she’s ever had! Note that this bar is more about live music than pumping super-loud tunes, but it has a lovely atmosphere and serves excellent drinks.

Berry & Rye Information

Address: 48 Berry St, Liverpool L1 4JQ
Phone: No contact number – message them on Facebook here
Operating Hours: 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Mon-Thu, 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Fri, 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Sat, 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Sun
Must-Try Items: Rum Old Fashioned, Negroni, Spicy Margarita
Average Cost: $14-$17 per cocktail
Website: https://berryandrye.uk

2. Carpathia Bar & Restaurant
(Best for Rooftop Views)

A woman wearing a summer hat and having a cocktail on a rooftop bar with a view of the city lights.

Carpathia, a rooftop bar and restaurant in the heart of Liverpool City Center, is the place to wine, dine, and take in views of the city. Just a short walk away from the waterfront, this unique restaurant and bar has a professional mixologist serving tasty cocktails and a refined food menu.

This rooftop haunt is situated within 30 James Street Hotel, and from the terrace, you can look out to see Albert Dock, The Strand, and the Three Graces from a different perspective. This spot is among the best rooftop bars in Liverpool and is particularly pretty during the summer months when you can enjoy warmer evenings on the outdoor patio.

SEE ALSO: 15 Best Restaurants in Liverpool (Top Places to Eat)

Carpathia Bar & Restaurant Information

Address: 30 James St, Liverpool L2 7PQ
Phone: +441512369659
Operating Hours: Open 24 hours Mon-Sun
Must-Try Items: Risotto al fungi, salted caramel baked Alaska, Raspberry Fields cocktail
Average Cost: $10-$11 per cocktail, $11-$12 per starter, $17-$25 per main
Website: https://30jamesstreethotel.com/dining

3. Heebie Jeebies (Best for Late-Night Dancing)

A group of young adults dancing on the dance floor.

Heebie Jeebies is one of the most well-known and loved clubs in Liverpool. Since 1997, partygoers have rocked up to this Liverpudlian rite of passage and danced til the early hours.

Split across three floors, you’ll find loud indie tunes and cheap drinks to keep the night going. The bar/nightclub doubles up as a music venue, with a busy schedule of live music and DJ nights. Be sure to plan ahead to confirm whether or not you’ll need tickets!

Heebie Jeebies Information

Address: 80-82 Seel St, Liverpool L1 4BH
Phone: +441513192068
Operating Hours: 5p.m.-3 p.m. Mon-Wed, 5p.m.-4a.m. Thu, 3p.m.-4a.m. Fri, 1p.m.-4a.m. Sat, 3p.m.-3a.m. Sun
Must-Try Items: 2-4-12 cocktails (£12 = $15), Aperol Spritz, Baby Guinness
Average Cost: $10 for cocktails, $4 for shots, $10 for spritz’s
Website: https://www.heebiejeebiesliverpool.com

4. Panoramic 34 (Best for Drinks with a View)

On the table, there are three glasses of wine, a plate of bread, and a plate with a napkin.

Panoramic 34 is the highest fine-dining restaurant in the city, but it’s also home to one of the best bars in Liverpool with a view. Their gorgeous, exclusive-feeling cocktail lounge boasts beautiful views from floor-to-ceiling windows, 300 feet above sea level.

Their fine-dining restaurant serves an array of stunningly presented traditional and international dishes, all of which feature locally sourced ingredients. This is a more indulgent option, and the price tag reflects it. It is, however, one of the most romantic bars in Liverpool and well worth every penny. It’s no wonder it’s a popular proposal spot!

Panoramic 34 Information

Address: West Tower, Brook St, Liverpool L3 9PJ
Phone: +441512365534
Operating Hours: Closed Mon, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Tue-Sun
Must-Try Items: Tasting Menu, Luxury Afternoon Tea, Cola Martini
Average Cost: $15 per cocktail, $16 for champagne cocktails, $190 for tasting menu with accompanying wine
Website: https://www.panoramic34.com

5. The Cavern Pub (Best for Live Music)

On the stage, there are drums and a stand mike, as well as a stage light.

Live music bars in Liverpool don’t come much better than The Cavern Pub. Here, you’ll find free, live music shows every weekday evening and all day on weekends, in an iconic location decorated with vintage music memorabilia. It’s one of the best pubs in Liverpool for sure.

The lively atmosphere and rotating selection of beers add to the allure of The Cavern Pub. Be sure to check out their history wall, where you can see the names of famous bands and artists, such as The Beatles, who’ve played at the adjacent Cavern Club over the years. You’ll also find a selection of comforting light bites to keep you fuelled up for a day of singing and dancing.

The Cavern Pub Information

Address: 5 Mathew St, Liverpool L2 6RE
Phone: +441512364041
Operating Hours: 12 p.m.-12 a.m. Mon, Thu & Sun, 12 p.m.-11 p.m. Tue & Wed, 12 p.m.-2 a.m. Fri & Sat
Must-Try Items: Craft beers, fish & chips, Scouse
Average Cost: $5 per beer, $10-$14 per main dish
Website: https://www.cavernclub.com/venue/cavern-pub

SEE ALSO: Weekend Break in Liverpool: The Perfect 2-Day Itinerary

6. Bunch Wine Bar (Best for Wine)

A man carrying a bottle of wine in front of a wine cabinet.

If you’re looking for classy bars in Liverpool, Bunch Wine Bar should be your first port of call. This small, welcoming wine bar specializes in natural wines, with the owners taking inspiration from their favorite bars across Europe.

Enjoy glasses of wine sourced from destinations around the globe, and try an accompanying snack plate, right in the heart of Liverpool City Center. The best part about Bunch is that their wines are available to take away. Pick up a bottle in-store or order your favorites online.

Bunch Wine Bar Information

Address: 50 Berry St, Liverpool L1 4JQ
Phone: Contact them via Instagram here
Operating Hours: 3 p.m.-12 a.m. Mon, closed Tue & Wed, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Thu, 3 p.m.-12 p.m. Fri & Sat, 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Sun
Must-Try Items: Orange wine, snack plates, baked goods
Average Cost: $15-$42 per bottle of wine
Website: https://www.bunchwinebar.co.uk

7. Ex-Directory (Best Speakeasy)

Blurred Defocused View of Barman Preparing Drinks at Speakeasy

I may be biased – I used to work for the owners of this bar – but Ex-Directory is my favorite speakeasy in Liverpool by far. From the outside, you’ll see a traditional British phonebox, but can you work out how to get in…?

Once inside, (if you figure it out), you’ll be treated to an array of creative cocktails in a brightly lit yet intimate setting. The team here rustles up an ever-changing menu of inventive cocktails that change with the seasons; with specialty creations for holidays throughout the year. Be sure to book ahead, this is a popular spot that gets filled up on weekends well in advance!

Ex-Directory Information

Address: 8 Vernon St, Liverpool L2 2AY
Phone: +441512274747
Operating Hours: 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Thu, 5 p.m.-3 a.m. Fri, 12 p.m.-3 a.m. Sat, 12 p.m.-1 a.m. Sun
Must-Try Items: The menu is under wraps – you’ll have to visit to try it!
Average Cost: $15-$20 per cocktail
Website: No website – visit their Instagram here

8. The Dead Crafty Beer Company
(Best for Craft Beer)

Photograph of People Doing a Cheers with Their Beers.

At this unique beer hall, the best place for craft beer in Liverpool, you’ll find an array of beers from across the country on tap. You can also try an array of bottled craft beers, all in a rustic, no-frills setting with some great ambient music.

Funky glasses enhance your drinking experience, while knowledgeable staff can help you pick out a beer to best suit your tastes. The outdoor seating area is the place to be in summer and offers a lovely, chilled vibe great for catching some rays. They have a good selection of vegan, gluten-free, and non-alcoholic beers too.

The Dead Crafty Beer Company Information

Address: 92 Dale St, Liverpool L2 5TF
Phone: +447977228918
Operating Hours: 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Mon-Thu, 12 p.m.-12 a.m. Fri & Sat, 12 p.m.-11 p.m. Sun
Must-Try Items: Stiegl-Hell, Drekker: Slang Du Jour Wildberry Cinnamon Roll, Samuel Smith’s Organic Cherry Fruit Beer
Average Cost: $6-$18 per beer
Website: https://www.deadcraftybeercompany.com

9. Hop/Scotch Whisky Bar
(Best Whiskey Bar in Liverpool)

Glass of Whisky on dark background.

Opening in 2019, Hop/Scotch Whisky bar is nestled away in a basement just 15-minutes’ walk away from Liverpool Lime Street Station. This is THE place for whiskey lovers – here, you’ll find independently bottled whiskeys that you can’t find anywhere else in Liverpool.

The friendly, attentive staff are on hand to ‘whisk’ up some classic and modern whiskey-based cocktails. You’ll find a selection of beers and rums for those who aren’t whiskey fans. Hop/Scotch also hosts a range of ticketed whiskey-tasting events, offering the chance to learn more about the distilled liquor and how it’s made.

Hop/Scotch Whisky Bar Information

Address: Constance St, Liverpool L3 8HB
Phone: No phone number – contact the bar via Instagram here
Operating Hours: 4 pm-11 pm Mon, closed Tue & Wed, 4 pm-12 am Thu, 4 pm-1 am Fri, 3 pm-1 am Sat, 3pm-12pm Sun
Must-Try Items: Independent whiskey, rums, Lambic beers
Average Cost: approx $10 per glass of whiskey, rum & beers – ask on arrival
Website: https://www.hopscotchliverpool.com

10. Motel Bar (Best for Trendy Vibes)

A bartender prepares a cocktail at the bar counter.

Motel Bar is a down-to-earth, vibey hangout with an eclectic crowd and music. As the home of Dive Bar Karaoke, it’s a place to let loose and enjoy nice drinks while dancing, listening to DJs… and some questionable singing from punters (no judgment here).

Expect neon decor, and discounted drinks at happy hour (every single night!). Things get a little raucous on weekends – so don’t visit unless you’re up for a party! If you want to visit one of the more boisterous yet trendy bars in Liverpool, Motel Bar should be on your itinerary.

Motel Bar Information

Address: 5-7 Fleet St, Liverpool L1 4AR
Phone: No contact number – message them on Instagram here
Operating Hours: 7 p.m.-3 a.m. Sun-Thu, 5 p.m.-4 a.m. Fri, 12 p.m.-4 a.m. Sat
Must-Try Items: Beetlebum cocktail, Watermelon Sugar cocktail, Blueberry Iced Tea cocktail
Average Cost: $10 per cocktail, $7 for craft beer cans, 2 for $16 for shooters
Website: https://motel-bar.com

11. PINS Social Club (Best for Immersive Fun)

Group of friends having drinks at-bat together. Young people at a nightclub enjoying cocktails.

Located in central Liverpool on the popular Duke Street, Pins Social Club is the place to be for all-night-long fun. The lively bar comes to life with dancers and immersive games such as bowling, rooftop beer pong, and shuffleboard.

Sip cocktails and dance the evening away as you listen to live bands or watch live parade performances. They also offer a selection of filling party-style dishes. This is a large, buzzy venue that gets super packed, particularly on weekends. Your fellow partiers add to the atmosphere though, so get involved and let go of any inhibitions at this fun bar in Liverpool!

PINS Social Club Information

Address: 45 – 61 Duke St, Liverpool L1 5AP
Phone: +441513700000
Operating Hours: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Sun-Thu, 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Fri & Sat
Must-Try Items: Feastin’ menu, shuffleboard, ping pong
Average Cost: $12 per cocktail, $6-$11 for small plates, $10-$20 per activity
Website: https://www.pinssocialclub.co.uk

12. Alcotraz Liverpool: Cell Block Three-Six
(Best for Something Different)

A  happy man and a woman wearing a prison uniform inside the prison bars while drinking a cocktail drink.

While I haven’t visited the Liverpool location of this popular cocktail experience yet, I have had the chance to visit the Manchester equivalent in my hometown. It’s a bar that offers a unique, immersive experience from behind bars, inspired by San Francisco’s Alcatraz prison.

Upon entering this theatrical cocktail bar, you’ll don orange prison wear as you become an inmate and smuggle in your own contraband (alcohol). Inside, a fellow long-serving inmate will make you bespoke cocktails with your alcohol of choice while you sit and await service in your cell.

Alcotraz Liverpool: Cell Block Three-Six Information

Address: 36 Seel St, Liverpool L1 4BE
Phone: +442031090488
Operating Hours: Closed Mon, 7:05–8:50  p.m. Tue & Wed, 7:05–11:15  p.m. Thu, 4:40–11:15  p.m. Fri, 12–11:15  p.m. Sat, 2:15–6:25 p.m. Sun
Must-Try Items: Cocktails are based on your choice of contraband
Average Cost: $54 per person for a 1 hour 45-minute experience with 4 cocktails
Website: https://www.alcotraz.co.uk/locations/liverpool

13. The Florist Bar & Restaurant (Best for Couples)

Romantic Dinner Pink Decor Table with pink flowers at Restaurant

The pretty, botanical decor and floor-to-ceiling indoor trees in The Florist set a gorgeous natural tone by day. By night, the atmosphere is intimate and romantic – perfect for sharing some inventive cocktails with your beau in a friendly environment.

The Florist doesn’t just serve cocktails; it has a full food menu with delicious options such as small plate sharers and hearty main courses. Couples wanting a picturesque date night, this one’s for you.

SEE ALSO: 15 Fun Things To Do in Liverpool for Couples

The Florist Bar & Restaurant Information

Address: 24 Hardman St, Liverpool L1 9AX
Phone: +441512944695
Operating Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun-Thu, 10 a.m.-12 a.m. Fri & Sat
Must-Try Items: Chicken satay, raspberry & apple blossom fizz, guava & passionfruit margarita
Average Cost: $10-$12 per cocktail, $9-$12 per small plate, $18.50-$25 for mains
Website: https://theflorist.uk.com/locations/liverpool

14. Kazimier Garden (Best for Outdoor Drinking)

Group of young cheerful people having fun drinking beer outdoors.

This split-level venue on Liverpool’s popular Seel Street is small but mighty and is packed with character. In the summer months, this pleasant partially covered outdoor bar should be your go-to spot for evening drinks.

With chic features such as disco balls, garlands of lights, and plenty of greenery, the space has an arty feel and chilled vibe. The venue hosts an eclectic mix of live bands and club nights throughout the year, so be sure to check out their program of events before your visit.

Kazimier Garden Information

Address: 32 Seel St, Liverpool L1 4BE
Phone: No contact number – message them on Facebook here
Operating Hours: 4 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Mon-Thu, 2 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Fri, 12 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Sat & Sun
Must-Try Items: House beers, spirits & cocktails
Average Cost: $5-$12 for drinks
Website: https://www.facebook.com/KazimierGarden/?locale=en_GB

15. The Alchemist Liverpool (Best for a Popular Hotspot)

Four Mojito cocktails topped with berries, limes, and mint leaves, as well as nitrogen.

One of the most popular bars in Liverpool, The Alchemist is actually a chain bar with locations across the UK. Here, you’ll find an array of innovative cocktails inspired by science, plus a food menu with modern twists on classic dishes.

You’ll want to have your camera at the ready when your cocktails arrive at the table. The drinks here often include an element of theatre, with the likes of smoke-inducing dry ice, color-changing creations, and unique glassware. The venue also has cocktail masterclasses available, should you want to learn how to make them yourself.

The Alchemist Liverpool Information

Address: 5 Brunswick St, Liverpool L2 0UU
Phone: +441512364774
Operating Hours: 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Mon-Wed, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Thu, 11 a.m.- 2 a.m. Fri, 10 a.m.- 2 a.m. Sat, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun
Must-Try Items: Color Changing One (cocktail), French Kiss (cocktail), Alchemy Sharer
Average Cost: $12-$16 per cocktail, $6-$8 for nibbles, $18-$25 for main dishes
Website: https://thealchemist.uk.com/venues/liverpool-brunswick-street

Best Drink Tours in Liverpool

Scotch whisky, tasting glasses with variety of single malts or blended whiskey spirits on distillery tour in Scotland

A guided tour or pre-planned activity is a great way to explore some of the best Liverpool bars, particularly if you’re short on time. Here are some I’d highly recommend:

Alcotraz Prison Cocktail Experience in Liverpool

This immersive, theatrical cocktail bar will see you dress up as an inmate and smuggle in your own contraband (alcohol) to this quirky Alcatraz-themed prison bar, where you’ll be rustled up bespoke cocktails by a fellow long-serving inmate. It’s certainly a different way to enjoy a drink!

Click here to try out this experience.

Brewery Bus Tour, 5 Breweries, 12 Beers, 1 Pizza, 1 Bus

If you love beer, this tour is for you. Head out on a unique brewery bus tour with like-minded travelers, where you’ll sample some of the finest local beers. Your knowledgeable guide takes you to some hidden gem breweries, with tasting sessions offering samples of 8 to 12 beers. Enjoy some tasty food and learn more about beer and craft beer bars in Liverpool.

Find out more and book this tour here.

FunnyBoyz Liverpool – Drag Shows, Tributes, Brunches & Bar Crawls

FunnyBoyz Liverpool offers a little something for everyone. Whether you want to lip sync battle, get involved in a bottomless brunch, or head out on a bar crawl, they have an activity for every type of pleasure-seeker. No matter what experience you opt for, you’ll feel like a celebrity with your attentive drag queen hosts!

Choose your activity and book your tickets here.

Liverpool Bars: FAQs

Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about the best bars in Liverpool, England:

What are the best bars in Liverpool?

This article contains a list of some of the best bars in Liverpool, at least in my personal opinion. My favorite has to be Berry & Rye, or the cocktail lounge at Panoramic 34 for its incredible views across the city and beyond.

Do you tip in Liverpool?

Tipping isn’t customary in the UK. If you believe the service has been particularly good, you can tip 10%-15% of your total bill.

What neighborhood has the best bars in Liverpool?

Liverpool City Center has the highest concentration of bars in the city, as it’s the most popular area for visitors and locals. You’ll find that most boroughs in Liverpool have bars though.

Does Liverpool have good craft beer?

Yes, Liverpool has a lot of establishments that sell excellent quality craft beers. The UK has had a surge in craft beer venues popping up over the last few years, and Liverpool is no different.

How much is an average beer in Liverpool?

A beer can cost anywhere between $3.50 and $7 depending on the type of bar you’re visiting. A pub will have cheaper beer available, whereas an upscale bar will charge more.

Does Liverpool have good nightlife?

Yes, the nightlife in Liverpool is one of the best in the UK. There are bars and clubs to suit all tastes, from bottomless brunches to late-night partying.

What’s the best wine bar in Liverpool?

My favorite wine bar in Liverpool is Bunch Wine Bar. They have a great selection of ever-changing wines, knowledgeable staff, and tasty snack plates.

What is the most exclusive bar in Liverpool?

There aren’t any bars I’d necessarily classify as ‘exclusive’ in Liverpool. You could consider more upmarket bars such as Panoramic 34 and Ex-Directory to be ‘exclusive’ due to their size.

What is the main bar street in Liverpool?

Castle Street, Hanover Street, and Seel Street are some of the main bar streets in Liverpool. You can also find bars and clubs on Victoria Street in the Cavern Quarter.

What is Liverpool’s most famous pub?

The Cavern Pub is likely considered the most famous pub in Manchester. It’s where the Beatles played hundreds of times on their rise to fame. It’s also one of my go-to places to drink in Liverpool.

Where do celebrities drink in Liverpool?

There isn’t one particular bar that celebs drink in in Liverpool. You could spot a celebrity anywhere in truth! However, footballers have been known to eat and drink in San Carlo.

Where do footballers go clubbing in Liverpool?

Footballers were known to frequent a club called Kingdom in Liverpool, though it has now closed down indefinitely. At present, there aren’t any clubs known for hosting footballers. They’re likely to go further afield to Manchester.

In Conclusion

Whether you’re ready to party into the early hours at Heebie Jeebies or enjoy refined cocktails with a view at Panoramic 34, Liverpool’s lively nightlife scene is just waiting to be discovered.

Pack some aspirin, and be sure to drink plenty of water before you head to sleep. There’s so much to see in Liverpool that you won’t want a hangover to stop you from exploring the city!

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Ella Dunham

Born and living in England, Ella is an expert on UK destinations and has spent many a weekend hopping over the pond to discover more of Europe. She has been named as one of the ‘30 Under 30’ in the travel industry in 2023, and has also won awards for completing over 250 travel training certifications.

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