Liverpool has a relatively small city centre which makes for an ideal night out with clubs and bars on every corner. There are a few areas to target primarily, from Concert Square’s in-your-face-beats to Seel Street’s laid-back indie vibe, there’s truly something for everyone.
The Baltic Triangle
A haven for ravers, The Baltic Triangle is filled with warehouse spaces that have been given a new lease of life by creative minds and promoters. There's the Camp and Furnace, which hosts everything from Bingo to open mic nights. Plus smaller spaces like 24 Kitchen Street and Constellations, all offering the best names in electronic music.
Concert Square is the hub of Liverpool’s nightlife and is the place to hear the latest chart/r&b/hip hop music. An acquired taste, Concert Square is always a hive of activity on a Saturday night with revellers from all over the UK descending on the bars and clubs sprawling from the outdoor courtyard that is the square’s centre-point.
There is also a three floored club, Krazyhouse, which is set in a former factory that has a unique music policy for each floor.
Next to Concert Square is the city's hip Ropewalks district which boasts plenty of cracking bars to get stuck into. The Peacock, Salt Dog Slims, Santa Chupitos, La'gos and Red Door are just some of the watering holes we'd personally recommend. You can also catch student nights and gigs in the Arts Club.
Approach with caution at weekends, this is stag and hen party central, so unless feather boas and inflated drink prices are your thing, steer well clear. It’s definitely worth a visit to the Cavern Club, the a recreation of the club The Beatles originally made their name as in the afternoons they often have cover artists playing some of the fab four’s biggest hits. Perfect for that authentic Liverpool feel.
These past few years has seen an explosion just to the north of the city centre in the docklands area, where old warehouses have been transformed into music venues. Although slightly thin on the ground for pubs and pre-dinks destinations, venues such as Invisible Wind Factory, North Shore Troubador and Meraki are now home to some of the best clubnights and live gigs in the city.
Liverpool’s LGBT+ scene isn’t on the same scale as Manchester’s, but it more than holds its own as a growing piece of Liverpool’s nightlife jigsaw. Set on the fringes of the business district, this small collection of bars and clubs hosted the cities first ever pride festival this summer. The gay quarter is located on Stanley Street; particular highlights are Garlands, Pink and GBar.
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If indie, rock or alternative is more your thing, there are many unsigned band nights, often free entry, on Seel Street. Heebie Jeebies have bands on in the outdoor courtyard and in the basement, the Arts Club often hosts some of the UK’s biggest signed acts and Zanzibar, too, is a hotbed of Liverpool’s brightest young bands.
The Academies are renowned around the country for hosting diverse acts, and the Liverpool venue is no different. Years & Years, Public Enemy and The Wailers are all making their way to one of the most popular spaces in Liverpool for live music this year.
Although The Shipping Forecast is primarily used as a bar (that sells really good burgers might we add), down in the basement is 'The Hold' which hosts an abundance of live gigs and the odd club night.
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Intimate and always boasting a superb array of DJs, 24 Kitchen St has become the city's number one regular dance music haunt, boasting superb midweek soirees just as regularly as the weekend tear outs.
The jewel in the docklands crown, the latest project from the crew behind the revered but sadly gone Kazimier have created a huge warehouse space which boasts regular showcases from the likes of 303, Worried About Henry and ENRG.