Your A-Z of Liverpool music venues.
24 Kitchen Street: The highlight of this venue is the simplicity of it, the undressed aesthetics and exposed wooden rafters and bare brickwork just makes the whole place so idyllic. The outside garden area has been perfect in the summer nights. The intimate 400 capacity venue is usually home to house/garage/grunge parties and is also a lovely little venue for plays, workshops and art galleries.
81 Renshaw: This record store, cafe and bar also has an intimate venue space at the back and has grown into one of the city’s favourite venues for local promoters. The sound is perfect and it’s warming environment is also versatile; great for acoustic performances and sweaty rock bands alike.
Arts Club: You’ll never be short of artists to choose from with this venue, with it’s excellent acoustics and stripped back décor you’re guaranteed to have an absolute ball.
Constellations: Another multi-purpose venue in the Baltic Triangle, known for having one of the best beer gardens in the entire city – it will be a real shame when it closes it’s doors next year but we hold out hope for its new space, Hinterlands just across the road in the Cains Brewery village.
District: A multi-use venue, District has been at the heart of the Baltic Triangle since 2014, hosting vibrant gigs, festivals, club nights, talks, exhibitions and screenings. It’s know for its Reggae events in particular but you can catch just about anything here.
EBGBS: Heebie Jeebies basement space has been fully kitted out for the ultimate underground music venue. It oozes cool and the bands on in here more than fit the bill. It’s also a very versatile venue, where you can catch indie rockers and grime artists as well as being the home of Liverpool’s hugely popular Liquidation club nights.
Hangar 34: A new kid on the Baltic Triangle block. A really decent sized venue for up and coming talent and a venue which recently saw Miles Kane play, for his standards, an intimate gig on a very sweaty July night. It was a truly memorable night and it’s sure to be just the start for Hangar 34.
Invisible Wind Factory: This huge mixed-use venue is the brainchild of the team behind the Kazimier – an amazingly popular music venue, which sadly had to close its doors in 2015. Trying to describe the concept of the Invisible Wind Factory is no easy feat. It’s experimentalist and it’s events capture the imagination. It is also proving a popular music venue for many international touring acts and local music festivals.
Jacaranda: Obviously this iconic venue was previously best known as being the first venue to host The Beatles, but since it’s re-launch in 2014 it’s over growing popularity is fuelled by the constant supply of independent artists showcasing their talents.
Jacaranda Phase One: This is a place that I personally have only recently discovered, a perfect place to grab a coffee in the afternoon or a gin in the evening, listen to some live performances or sit in a listening pod – is there anything better than sitting with friends or family and throwing on your favourite vinyl?
Jimmy’s Liverpool: Following the huge success of Jimmy’s Manchester we are so thankful that the team has decided to open in Liverpool, with an opening night gig from the one and only The Coral. Jimmy’s is one of the coolest new music venues in Liverpool and you can expect to see some amazing gigs here.
Leaf on Bold Street: This cafe/bar has a wonderful aura to it, not only serving up amazing food and drinks (it now has its own award-winning gin) it also has a lovely venue space upstairs. Very refined and pretty, it’s usually acoustic only in this set up and it works oh so well.
Liverpool Guild of Students: This 2300 capacity venue located in the heart of the Liverpool University campus has hosted the likes of Mac Demarco and Father John Misty, bringing a star studded edge to this student haven.
Maguires Pizza Bar: Pizza, bar, music – really, need I say more? Featuring a lot of independent local bands, I recently saw a local band ‘Live Transmission’ who were brilliant, £6 for the gig ticket and an amazing range of vegetarian and vegan pizzas available!
O2 Academy: This is one of the biggest and best known music venues in the city with artists from all over the world playing here. It’s also a great place to catch up and coming independent acts.
The Magnet: An infamous music venue in the city, The Magnet recently changed management to make way for a comedy club and Live Lounge which will open soon. Locals have concerns but we’ll wait to see what becomes of the place.
Sound Basement: After opening their basement space earlier this year, the popular bar and pizzeria gained a new angle. Supporting independent bands is a big part of their ethos and it has become a popular venue for promoters too. You can catch a raft of up and coming UK tour artists here.
Studio 2: Studio 2 just has that music vibe right to its core. The fact that this venue is attached to the famous Parr Street studios probably has a lot to do with it. It’s also just really nice inside and feels chilled out. It’s a place to catch UK touring acts on a smaller scale.
The Zanzibar: The Zanzibar is a Liverpool music institution, giving many local bands their first shot at performing as well as being home to some special intimate live shows over the years with The Coral, The Zutons and Miles Kane all having graced the stage here.
Have we missed any Liverpool music venues off our list? What’s your favourite venue? Let us know in the comments below.
To find out what music events are happening in Liverpool check out our gig guide here.