Known for being a total party city, Liverpool boasts a massive number and range of cocktail spots that cater for every taste. Each has its own personality and speciality, but no matter which bar you choose you definitely won’t be disappointed. So from live music bars and Speakeasy style bars to Instagrammable rooftop bars and even a pirate-themed bar, here are the 39 best cocktail bars in Liverpool that you need to drink at!
This article is written by Faraway Lucy writer, Megan Naylor.
1. Love and Rockets
Address: 52 Lark Ln, Liverpool L17 8UU
Phone number: 0151 728 2616
My favourite relaxed spot on Lark Lane for a drink and a bite to eat, Love and Rockets is an independently run bar with a gorgeous atmosphere. Regularly featuring live music, it’s perfect for a date night, a catch up with friends, or pre-drinks before you head out!
2. Red Door
Address: 21-23 Berry St, Liverpool L1 9DF
Phone number: 0151 709 7040
With one of the most extensive drinks menus in the city and a reputation for the best service around, you have to add Red Door to your weekend in Liverpool itinerary. This spot also sports a rooftop bar, making it absolutely ideal for the summer months.
Address: 46 Castle St, Liverpool L2 7LA
Phone number: 0151 640 0551
Inspired by Iberian cuisine and celebrating ‘café culture’, BoBo has as many amazing food options as it does drink. In the evenings you can settle into the modern atmosphere and enjoy an exotic option, or simply relax into your favourite classic cocktail.
Address: 2 Concert St, Liverpool L1 4AR
Phone number: 0151 709 8832
If you’re looking for a lively dance spot to enjoy your drinks in, Modo is one of the best cocktail bars in Liverpool for you. Famed for its ‘2-4-1’ cocktail deals, Modo is popular with students and offers the perfect mix of club and bar. Each floor enjoys its own theme, ranging from an outdoor square, a festival-themed balcony and an underground club in the basement.
Address: The Stables, Back Berry St, Liverpool L1 4LG
Phone number: 0113 360 4810
Not to be confused with its predecessor in this list, MOJO offers a similarly great range of cocktails; however, it really prides itself in its rum selection. With a ‘Rock n’ Roll’ theme and a style that is effortlessly cool, MOJO ticks all the boxes for one of the best cocktail bars in Liverpool.
Address: 8 Vernon St, Liverpool L2 2AY
Phone number: 0151 227 4747
For more of an underground vibe, Ex-Directory prides itself on being quirky and exclusive. Booking is essential, and the bar can only be entered via an old-fashioned red telephone box. The effort required to find this secretive spot is beyond worth it for a great selection of drinks and outstanding entertainment, with a range of live acts.
7. The Butterfly and the Grasshopper
Address: 1 Oldham St, Liverpool L1 2SU
Phone number: 0151 708 5798
A delicate and relatively undiscovered beauty, The Butterfly and the Grasshopper has the perfect mix of glorious drinks and tasty food. This venue has it all, with a pub on the first floor, a restaurant on the second and a bar on the third. For me, the third floor is the highlight of this spot, with a beautiful rooftop garden bar and a cocktail menu that is to die for. However, this venue really does cater for every taste.
Address: 16 Castle St, Liverpool L2 0NE
Phone number: 0151 352 1316
The ultimate relaxed spot with a cosy interior and incredible comfort food. Rox is a great dinner or date spot when you’re looking for something a little more chilled, and their bottomless brunch is legendary!
Address: 42 Seel St, Liverpool L1 4AU
Phone number: 07407 812063
A unique and exclusive rooftop bar set amidst the centre of the buzzing city, Five is the perfect escape. With stunning views and a stylish set-up, it’s easily one of the best cocktail bars in Liverpool for those looking for something extra special. It even features performances from local artists to create a stand-out experience.
10. Slug & Lettuce
Address: The Watson Prickard Bldg, 16 N John St, Liverpool L2 4SH
Phone number: 0151 236 8820
Always a safe option, this chain bar is located super centrally offering a great base or first stop for your night-out. With a modern venue, Slug & Lettuce will provide a huge range of drinks and guaranteed tunes.
11. The Florist
Address: 24 Hardman St, Liverpool L1 9AX
Phone number: 0151 294 4695
Another chain option that ticks all the boxes in terms of stylish décor, great atmosphere and amazing cocktails. And when I say amazing, I mean it! The Florist‘s floral-themed menu has a range of fruity, refreshing and sharp drinks, with an equally amazing non-alcoholic menu.
12. The Alchemist
Address: 5 Brunswick St, Liverpool L2 0UU
Phone number: 0151 236 4774
Situated in a beautiful listed building in the financial district of the city, The Alchemist is a truly stunning setting for your cocktails. With an ‘obsessive eye for detail’, the bartenders are renowned for the theatrics, providing entertainment as well as amazing drinks. They offer a ‘Masterclass’ that you can book in groups for a special event, which would be a great option for a birthday or anniversary treat!
13. Be At One
Address: 13-21 Seel St, Liverpool L1 4AU
Phone number: 0151 203 1152
A lively, vibrant bar offering all the classic cocktails and a great party. Service is always fab, and the outdoor seating option makes it a great option in the summer. With modern décor and a fab range of cocktails, one of the best things about Be At One is its amazing happy hour deals. And who can say no to 2-4-1 cocktails?
Address: 62 Castle St, Liverpool L2 7LQ
Phone number: 0151 230 1717
With a stylish set-up, this ‘New York-inspired’ bar has so many drink and food options, and a buzzing party atmosphere. If Instagrammable bar food and cocktails are your jam, Neighbourhood won’t disappoint!
15. Baltic Market
Address: 107 Stanhope St, Liverpool L8 5RE
Phone number: 07531 720520
An absolute staple of Liverpool’s nightlife, Baltic Market is a street-food market that hosts not only the best food vendors in the city but also amazing bars. With both permanent and pop-up options, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the selection of cocktails on offer.
16. Duke Street Market
Address: 46 Duke St, Liverpool L1 5AS
With a similar, slightly more formal vibe to the Baltic Market, Duke Street Market is a pioneer in ‘cocktail culture’. The menu offers a diverse range of classic cocktails and trendy drinks, with a speciality wine service for those who prefer something straight from the bottle. An extra mention should go to their focus on sustainability, with waste-minimising practices and products.
17. El Bandito
Address: 41b Slater St, Liverpool L1 4BX
Phone number: 0151 707 8560
A spot that specialises in incredible tequila, this lesser-known haunt is literally underground. A stylish basement bar, based on Mexican tequilarias, El Bandito offers fab tequila-based cocktails and £5 Margaritas. What more could you ask for?!
Address: Cains Brewery Village, Stanhope St, Liverpool L8 5XJ
Phone number: 07936 306625
Describing itself as having ‘the heart of a cocktail bar and the soul of a pub’, Dockleaf is perfect if you have beer-lovers amongst your group. There’s a great mix of delicious drinks that change based on the seasons, and food, including wholesome meals or lighter snacks. Plus, dogs are also welcome! Live music is also a staple here, with a resident artist and a range of other performers on rotation.
19. Turncoat Distillery
Address: 30, Edward Pavilion, Liverpool L3 4AF
Phone number: 0151 709 8837
Starting life in a local garage, Turncoat Distillery is a gorgeous grass-roots spot. Set in the basement of a listed building in the Albert Dock, they are a long way from their garage now! With a range of traditionally distilled spirits and massively knowledgable staff, you’ll definitely be in safe hands here.
20. The Smugglers Cove
Address: Britannia Pavillion Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AD
Phone number: 0151 703 6555
A pirate-themed bar might not sound like your cup of tea but stay with me. The fun and unique Smugglers Cove specialises in run-themed cocktails and tasty bar platters, and the atmospheric and theatrical décor is done tastefully, in a way that isn’t overwhelmingly… pirate. If you’re looking for something more unique, then this is definitely one of the best cocktail bars in Liverpool for you.
Address: 7 William Jessop Way, Liverpool L3 1QZ
Phone number: 0151 363 3640
Situated in the high-end Malmaison Hotel, Malbar is the perfect spot for laid-back but luxurious pres. The velvet finishings and dark ambience make this bar feel exclusive, and the drinks menu only adds to this. With a range of special and traditional cocktails, there is something for every taste.
22. Santa Chupitos
Address: 41 Slater St, Liverpool L1 4BX
Phone number: 0151 707 6527
Truly a ‘cool’ cocktail bar, Santa Chupitos has a mixture of classic and novel drinks, and masterclasses available if you’re looking to learn a little. The industrial décor, laid-back atmosphere and central location make this a great option for pres.
23. Alma de Cuba
Address: St Peters Church, Seel St, Liverpool L1 4BH
Phone number: 0151 459 3449
Just down the street and in a converted church, you’ll find Alma de Cuba. With a club vibe and amazing classic and alternative drinks, this spot is the perfect party location. Alma de Cuba is known for the live performances that it hosts, including belly dancers, and the feel-good vibe that makes it a perfect addition to your night. They even host events like salsa classes and cocktail making, so it’s definitely one of the best date ideas in Liverpool for those looking for something fun to do with their partner!
24. Petit Café du Coin
Address: 60 Berry St, Liverpool L1 4JQ
Phone number: 0151 345 6017
Petit Café du Coin is the cutest little French-themed café and bar in the centre of the city. Live music is often a staple of the night-time scene here, and the bar is most well known for its effortlessly professional staff. A friendly, warm atmosphere makes this spot great for a quiet night or pres.
25. Chamber 36
Address: 45-49 Berry St, Liverpool L1 9DF
Phone number: 0151 708 7658
Known for its contemporary Pan-Asian cuisine and ‘carefully crafted’ cocktails, Chamber 36 is a stylish and relaxed setting for your night. The concept is inspired by the story of a Shaolin monk who ‘would pass through 35 chambers in search of unity for the body, mind and soul before reaching the 36th chamber: a point of inner harmony and peace’. As if this wasn’t already enough to persuade you, Chamber 36 has been recognised with national awards for its Espresso Martini and exceptional bar staff.
26. East River
Address: 103 Allerton Rd, Liverpool L18 2DD
Phone number: 0151 724 6803
Another New York-themed bar, East River embraces the contrast between gritty and boutique. Located away from the city centre itself, East River is based on Allerton Road in South Liverpool, which is a well-known hot-spot for indie bars. Creative cocktails and a relaxed, easy atmosphere make this bar the perfect spot for pres or for your whole night.
27. Jenny’s Bar
Address: Fenwick St, Liverpool L2 7NT
Phone number: 07557 506660
Inspired by a Speakeasy theme and located inside the legendary Jenny’s Seafood Restaurant, Jenny’s Bar is a vintage fan’s dream. Think The Great Gatsby, this charming and exclusive-feeling bar has beautiful décor and bar staff who fully embrace the atmosphere. On offer is a fantastic range of traditional drinks and exclusive options, each mixed with expert fashion.
28. The Pickled Olive
Address: 12 Woolton St, Liverpool L25 5JA
Phone number: 0151 538 1704
Another out-of-the-centre spot, this time located in Woolton Village. The Pickled Olive is described as ‘quaint’, and this definitely sums up its unique cosiness. Offering a range of unusual cocktails with unique ingredients, the menu at the Pickled Olive boasts variety and style. Fan favourites include the Venetian Sour (a tart, grapefruit-filled cocktail) and the Trade Sail (think rum, cinnamon and banana).
29. Royal Institution
Address: 24 Colquitt St, Liverpool L1 4DE
Phone number: 07521 078870
With a rich history full of glamour and intrigue, the Royal Institution only recently re-opened and is taking the city by storm. Beginning life as a members-only club for intellectuals and artists, this spot has evolved into a chic, contemporary bar that is open to anyone. Despite this, the Royal Institution hasn’t lost its exclusive feel, and you can enjoy the Roaring Twenties-themed cocktail menu as a reminder of the history of the spot.
30. Buyers Club
Address: 24 Hardman St, Liverpool L1 9AX
Phone number: 0151 709 2400
An absolute stand-out aspect of this spot is the gorgeous, green terrace that is a beautiful place to enjoy your drinks. Although you’re right in the city centre, you can relax at Buyers Club and enjoy the contemporary cocktails on offer without feeling like you’re in the centre of the bustle. The live events hosted here range from curated art exhibitions to Winyl, a vinyl and natural wine fair, so there really is something for everyone!
31. Castle St Townhouse
Address: 25-27 Castle St, Liverpool L2 4TA
Phone number: 0151 363 7509
Spectacular is the only word to describe Castle St Townhouse, and it will truly take your breath away when you get there. With a historic setting and gorgeous interior décor, this spot offers an exclusive atmosphere and service to match. The huge range of cocktails on offer is perfect to enjoy in the relaxed, effortless vibe.
Address: 50 Brunswick St, Liverpool L2 0PL
Phone number:0151 317 6836
With incredible views of the waterfront, Liberté offers gorgeous panoramic views and a nod to its historic inspiration of the Liverpool – New York cruise line route. Liberté was recently voted the UK’s best rooftop bar, so of course, it absolutely had to be on this list of the best cocktail bars in Liverpool. Their innovatively designed cocktail menu engages all your senses and gives you a totally unique experience.
Address: 15 Victoria St, Liverpool L2 5QS
Phone number: 0151 236 2265
Another New York-themed bar, but with a Pan Asian twist, Dash offers a stunning food menu as well as amazing cocktails. Encompassing glamour and sophistication, Dash’s cocktail menu is made up of classics as well as exotic-inspired flavours.
34. The Pen Factory
Address: The Pen Factory L1 9BQ
Phone number: 0151 709 7887
Friendly and welcoming, the Pen Factory has a cosy interior and a luscious garden space. With a variety of wines and beers on offer, the cocktail selection here is less expansive; however, I always like to think it’s quality over quantity!
35. Botanical Garden
Address: 49 New Bird St, Liverpool L1 0BW
Describing itself as a ‘hidden gem’, Botanical Garden is a total sun-trap with a relaxed, chilled out atmosphere. Offering mostly gin-based cocktails, on Fridays and Saturdays, this spot hosts a range of DJs catering for all styles and genres, making it one of the best cocktail bars in Liverpool for pres or a party.
36. The Oracle
Address: 92 Duke St, Liverpool L1 5AG
‘Enticingly elegant with a touch of mystery’, The Oracle is a truly unique spot to start your night. This is a small bar, so be warned it can be tricky to get in, but it is absolutely worth the effort. Not only are their cocktails fab, but they also have close-up magicians roaming around, ready to entertain. Inspired by Victorian gambling dens and Speakeasy style, The Oracle is like nowhere you’ve ever visited before.
Address: 32 Hope St, Liverpool L1 9BX
Phone number: 0151 708 9574
A stylish bar with award-winning cocktails, Fredriks is perfect for whatever type of night you fancy. The relaxed vibe is perfect for post-work drinks, or a chilled pres. Think sofas, fireplace and incredible drinks. As the night goes on, Fredriks turns up the volume and the party vibe takes over. Specialising in Jazz, the venue regularly hosts live events that are definitely not to be missed!
38. Present Company
Address: 37-39 School Ln, Liverpool L1 3DA
Phone number: 07984 409175
With a chic, laid-back style, Present Company is known for its amazing service, top-notch cocktails and all of this on top of the fact that it doesn’t break the bank. They offer all the classics, as well as some creative in-house concoctions, including the ‘L8 Hold Up’, a delicious vodka, Aperol and passionfruit mix.
39. Berry And Rye
Address: 48 Berry St, Liverpool L1 4JQ
A prohibition themed bar with a super stylish interior, Berry And Rye is another subtle gem filled with jazz music and gin-themed cocktails. To get in you have to knock on a pretty non-descript door, before being escorted in by a traditional doorman. This VIP experience, coupled with the plush interior, makes this spot perfect for a special occasion.
So there you have it: the 39 best cocktail bars in Liverpool! With such a range of options on offer, you’re completely spoilt for choice for your cocktail night. Whether it’s a relaxed, laid-back vibe or a full-on party, you can definitely find what you’re looking for in Liverpool! So which of the best cocktail bars in Liverpool are you most desperate to drink at? Please let me know in the comments below.
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