There’s no better feeling on a hot summer’s day than gathering your mates and hitting your local beer garden. But with so much choice in Liverpool, it’s difficult to know where to go when the sun is cracking the flags. We’ve rounded up Liverpool’s best watering holes that offer outside seating – so all that’s left to do is to grab your mates, get your order in and enjoy!
A modern rooftop cocktail bar with incredible views of Liverpool’s famous waterfront, Liberté is the place to be if you want to dress up and get some Insta-worthy photos. The venue gets its name from its New York-influence – the name meaning ‘freedom’ – because the Statue of Liberty is the first landmark you see when taking the Liverpool to New York cruise. With a huge selection of high-end cocktails, gins, mixers and more, you’ll be spoilt for choice, and gin lovers can enjoy the exclusive Gin Club every Thursday from 4pm – where 4 gin tasters are just £20!
Open from 12pm every day.
2. Kazimier Garden
Kazimier Garden is one of Liverpool’s best-kept secrets nestled in the heart of the cultural Ropewalks area of Liverpool city centre. A hidden treasure, this cosy outdoor space is a gorgeous spot for a drink – even in the cooler months! Adorned with upcycled materials, Kazimier Garden is a haven of nature in the bustling city, holding regular events including vintage fairs and Mardi Gras-style parties! Expect their events calendar to fill up during the summer months – don’t miss out.
Open from 1pm every day.
3. Concert Square
Well-known and well-loved, Concert Square is one of the most popular areas for outdoor drinks when the sun appears. With a choice of several of the city’s best bars and clubs, this area is the epicentre of Liverpool nightlife. Highlights include McCooley’s, the Irish-themed sports and live music bar with a delicious menu and Soho, a cocktail bar complete with a Shisha garden boasting 28 flavours from just £8. Neighbouring Modo is also an excellent spot for people-watching and soaking up the sun – with 2-4-1 cocktails and a 100-strong seating area.
Opening times vary.
4. OH ME OH MY
OH ME OH MY is a stunning teahouse situated just a stone’s throw from the Royal Liver Building. Offering stunning views of the iconic Three Graces, the beautiful rooftop bar, named Goodness Gracious, is the jewel in their crown – this is open from 12pm daily from March-October, depending on the weather. If you don’t fancy alcohol, check out their selection of hot drinks, delicious desserts and decadent afternoon tea.
Open from 11am-4pm, Monday-Friday.
5. The Botanical Garden
Gin lovers, rejoice! If you fancy perusing a menu full of gin cocktails, make The Botanical Garden top of your list. With a chilled-out vibe in Liverpool’s Baltic district, this sun-trap is dedicated to gin, but offers a range of other drinks including some great beers. Mexican food vendor Ta’aimya is based here too, so when you get a bit peckish you won’t lose your spot in the sun. Our top tip is to get here early, as it gets very busy during hot weather – SPF recommended!
Open 12pm-11pm, Monday-Sunday.
6. Castle Street
An area rather than a venue, Castle Street is simply too good to not mention. Situated in the heart of Liverpool’s business district, there are a huge range of bars and restaurants offering outdoor seating. Surrounded by Georgian architecture, this area is full of character and life, boasting some fantastic eateries and places to grab a drink in the sun. Viva Brazil offers a range of delicious Brazillian BBQ meats, while Santa Maluco is the place to go for pizza, with an all-you-can-eat deal as well as Happy Hour – hello £5 cocktails! Gino D’Acampo fans can head to his Italian restaurant at the top of Castle Street, too – but make sure you book ahead.
Opening times vary.
7. Ye Cracke
Fancy something a little more cultural? Head to Ye Cracke (pronounced ‘The Crack’) on Rice Street, a traditional pub with a leafy beer garden and a gorgeous view of the Anglican Cathedral. In fact, this pub was visited by John Lennon, who would bring his first wife for a drink when they were at art school. One of the city’s oldest pubs, Ye Cracke is well worth a visit for a quiet pint or two on a sunny day.
Open from 12pm weekdays and 1pm weekends.
Author: Mark Boyle
Date: July 5, 2019