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Tailgate Food And Drink Festival Coming To Ropewalks’ Roof Project

Liverpool bar and social space The Roof Project has announced a brand new event Tailgate, a four-week food and drink festival coming to its rooftop venue this Autumn.

Launched in the Spring of 2023, The Roof Project has quickly made a name for itself as one of the city’s most innovative and creatively-led spaces. 

Three storeys up, overlooking Wolstenholme Square, and accessed from Gradwell Street, it’s the cooler younger brother to PINS Social Club venue located on the floors below.

Held in association with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Tailgate Food and Drink Festival runs across four weekends, from Thursday 21 September until Sunday 15 October, and features take-overs by a number of the North West’s leading bars, restaurants and craft breweries.

Kicking off the inaugural event on the first weekend of 21 – 24 September are Liverpool’s own Buyers Club, the Hardman Street eatery known for its exceptional pasta. From the Baltic Triangle, they’ll be joined by Hot Mess Pizza Company who will be slinging their trademark Detroit-style pizzas, while Northern Monk Brewery head over to Liverpool from Leeds, with a selection of their favourite beers

The weekend of 28 September – 1 October sees The Roof Project welcome Indian street food and craft beer fans Bundobust. 

Tailgate Food and Drink Festival Liverpool - Event Poster

With locations in Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Birmingham, alongside their own brewery, the team will be serving spicy bites and cold beers to the roof. Expect classics including the iconic Vada Pav (a spiced potato patty burger), Bundo Chaat and Panner Tikka alongside a range of cold and crispy beers.

Cult sandwich and coffee deli Dereks joins Tailgate on the following weekend 5-8 October. Famous for their Brooklyn inspired subs, they’ll also be bringing their giant sub challenge to the event. Dereks are joined by Liverpool craft brewers (and keen DJ’s) Carnival, who produce a wide range of beer styles from juicy IPAs to Pilsners & Stouts including Carmen, Urban Shaker and On The Trail, and will also be taking to the decks.

Tailgate closes with a bang on the final weekend of 12-15 October with two Baltic heavyweights, Polpetta – an Italian-inspired kitchen and deli was founded by chef Joel McCarthy and UFC champion Molly McCann. They’re joined by Black Lodge Brewery who also brew The Roof Projects own-label craft ale ‘Up on the Roof.’ 

The four weekend takeovers each start with a ticketed Supperclub event on the Thursday evenings, where each event partner cooks their best-loved dishes, accompanied by a beer flight, talks and live music. 

Tailgate Food and Drink Festival September October Liverpool

The remaining weekend days, Friday to Sunday are free entry and open to table bookings and walk-ups, with DJs and live music, rounding off with a Barrel Drain party on each of the Sunday nights. 

Speaking about the event, PINS and The Roof Project co-founder Dan Gillbanks said:

“We’re very excited to launch this brand new concept – a food festival three floors up, in the heart of Liverpool! 

It’s been great to partner with some of the region’s most popular food and drink operators and producers, and welcome them to The Roof later this month.

I’m personally looking forward to the Thursday Supperclubs where you can meet the chefs and brewers, and of course eat some great food accompanied by amazing craft beers.”

Tickets to the Tailgate Supperclubs on each of the Thursday nights are limited and can be bought in advance from (Early birds are £20pp with full release at £30.00pp).


Founder and Editor, Clare Deane, shares her passion for all the amazing things happening in Liverpool. With a love of the local Liverpool music scene, dining out a couple of times a week and immersing herself in to all things arts and culture she's in a pretty good place to create some Liverpool Noise.

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