When that elusive British sunshine puts its hat on and temperatures rise here in Liverpool, there’s only one thing we want to do – drink!
Nothing beats spending a summer evening sipping on an ice-cold beer or fruity cocktail in a sun-drenched beer garden. But where are the best outdoor spots in the city?
Here at Liverpool Noise, we’ve rounded up the finest drinking dens you should be visiting this summer.
Botanical Garden, New Bird Street.
One of the city’s hippest hangouts is in full bloom again after reopening its doors for the summer season. You’ll find plenty of alcoholic concoctions here to sate your thirst, but gin is the real star of the show.
This enclosed, graffiti-adorned sun trap serves up a variety of bespoke gin combinations and signature cocktails. From the Tarragona and the Hot G+T to the Baltic Iced Tea, there’s something to delight every thirsty customer.
In addition to the bar, street food vendor Ta’amiya takes up an ongoing residency at the Botanical garden over summer with a host of Moroccan feasts to sample. An all-too tempting spot for a day in the sun.
Birdies, Cains Brewery, Stanhope Street.
After the massive success of their adults only crazy golf venture, the folk behind Ghetto Golf have launched a brand new urban oasis just in time for summer.
Decorated with colourful plants, flowers and bird cages, Birdies is a well-stocked outdoor cocktail bar and barbecue space right in the heart of the Baltic Triangle.
Catering for all your alcoholic needs, the drinks menu boasts an impressive collection of craft ales and signature cocktails. Aside from the booze, the BBQ area serves up delicious dishes for meat-eaters and veggie visitors. An ideal spot for chilled drinks or al-fresco dining.
Esteban, Lark Lane
With a Mediterranean-style garden, Esteban brings a slightly continental feel to Lark Lane. Just a five-minute walk from Sefton Park, the stylish outdoor area has oodles of seating, a bar and kitchen serving up tasty tapas dishes to line your stomach as well as quench your thirst.
Esteban’s bar stocks a host of beers, spirit-mixer combos and sangria that suits summer days to a T. A wonderful vantage point from which to enjoy an al-fresco tipple.
HUS, Tithebarn Street.
If you happen to be in the commercial district on a sunny day, get yourself down to HUS. From the creative minds behind The Baltic Social, HUS is a Scandinavian inspired hangout open from breakfast through til late seven days a week.
The rooftop terrace has arrived just in time to indulge the whims of sun-seeking crowds. Perfectly positioned to catch the late afternoon sun whether you’re in search of a post-work drink, some evening entertainment or rooftop views of the Tempest Building’s scenic surroundings.
Oh Me Oh My Rooftop, Water Street.
Shunning the traditional beer garden set up, the Oh Me Oh My roof terrace offers a wide selection of deliciously tempting drinks to quench your thirst while you gaze over the best views in Liverpool.
The justly popular drinking destination is the place to be seen in the summer months with sun-worshippers clambering to sample the carefully curated cocktail list or snap an Instagram-worthy shot of the scenic Liver Birds Building and Albert Dock waterfront.
Red Door, Berry Street.
Behind the big red door lies a labyrinth of imaginative cocktail concoctions and a secretive rooftop bar. Red Door’s stylish roof terrace serves up all manner of alcoholic blends catering for a drinking session that continues well beyond sunset.
If the sun should disappear behind the clouds, head downstairs to sip on a uniquely crafted cocktail accompanied by a top soundtrack with weekly live music sets from emerging talent.
The Kazimer Garden, Seel Street.
Acting as a secret garden in the middle of the city, the Kazimer Garden is a much-loved drinking den for locals to grab an ale or three. Renowned for its infamous winter wonderland experience, they also open their doors for the masses during summer.
The Kazimer Gardens has a lot to give the discerning beer drinker with a broad selection of pints from a slew of popular breweries. Should you want something stronger, they have a good range of spirits to choose between. Hungry? Tuck into their BBQ menu for the ultimate beer garden fodder.
YARD, Baltic Triangle
Situated next to District in the city’s creative quarter, YARD is an intimate hideout located on the fringes of the city centre.
Embracing its industrial surroundings, the venue has a 15ft shipping container bar and scaffolding board for tables. Its setting may offer a stripped back interior but the bar delivers a fine selection of alcohol, food and live music.
If you enjoy food pop ups and themed DJ sessions teamed with your alcohol, check out YARD.
The Old Stables, Allerton Road.
If a suburban setting is more to your taste, The Old Stables may become your new favourite outdoor drinking haunt. Set in the beautiful, tree-lined surroundings of Allerton Manor Golf Club, this restaurant and bar provides some welcome tranquillity away from the city centre.
Whether you’re seeking a boozy brunch, afternoon tea or savouring the last few hours of a warm Merseyside evening, The Old Stables can accommodate with an outdoor terrace flanked by parasols and fairy lights.