This week, our beloved Baltic Triangle is set to welcome yet another kooky and charmingly unique watering hole to its ever-expanding repertoire. Custom House will be bursting its doors open on New Bird Street as of Thursday 7th December through to early 2018 with heaps of Irish character and traditional Gaelic beverages on tap. It’s being described as a “corner of Ireland” and with Liverpool’s rich, historical relationship with Ireland; Custom House is set to become a home from home for the city’s abundant Irish population and Scouse locals alike.

If street names mean nothing to you and navigation ain’t your strong point, you might recognise its cosy location as the plot on which The Botanical Garden blooms every summer in Liverpool. Set in the unique surroundings of the Botanical Greenhouse, Custom House promises to be equally intimate – a true hidden gem – and just like its floral counterpart, will only be sticking around for a limited time to get your ass into gear if you want to find out what all the fuss is about. Think lower decks of the Titanic meets old school Irish boozer circa 1800’s.

Born from the same creative (and borderline genius) minds that bring The Botanical Garden to the city, Custom House will be serving everybody’s favourite Irish exports right through the festive period. You can expect all manner of whiskey, Irish Creams, Stout and what they are boldly branding “the best Irish Coffee in Liverpool”. We’re also being promised a “cockle-heating hot Jameson’s and ginger”, alongside rare spirits including Green Spot, Redbreast Lustau Sherry Cask and Jameson Caskmates fine whiskey aged in stout barrels.

Custom House Liverpool

Feeling a little tiddly just reading all of that? Don’t worry; there will be plenty of Irish cheeseboards and the obligatory packet of Taytos on hand to make sure you’re still standing at the end of the night. In the spirit of all the best Irish bars (and boy does Liverpool have a lorra lorra them), Custom House will also be showcasing plenty of live music from local musicians and a lively atmosphere second to none.

Stuck for New Year’s plans? These guys are boasting a special late license for NYE, extending their regular opening hours of 4pm-midnight to 1am in honour of seeing 2018 in in true Irish style. As is customary on any other day at Custom House, entry will be completely free of charge so you can swap that half a Guinness to a full pint.

For more information and to stay in the loop with upcoming events and offers, head to the Custom House Facebook page.  

Steph Whalley