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Liverpool's Secret Gardens- 10 Cool Places to Drink This Summer

Grab the sun-cream and dust off your sunnies ladies and gents, it's that time of year again. The sunshine is back, and if the weather's anything like last year (an unbearable heatwave for months on end) we better get used to it.

 What's kept us going through that long, bleak winter? The thought of outdoor drinking of course! So,with that in mind, I've put together a list of  10 super cool city-centre gardens where al fresco drinks and dining are the order of the day.  In no particular order...

1. Birdies Bar and BBQ

Location:  29-31 Parliament St, Liverpool, L8 5RN 
Vibe: A huge, astro-turf paradise in the heart of the Cains Brewery District. Three different food vendors, live music and plastic palm-trees, it's just like you're in the Bahamas, I swear
More info here

2.  Goodness Gracious Roof Garden
Location: 8th Floor West Africa House, 25 Water Street, L2 ORG
Vibe: Pretty as a picture. Roof Garden on the top floor of a grand Grade II listed building with incredible views of the Mersey and The Three Graces from all angles. Make sure you take the lift.  

More info here

3. Buyers Club 
Location: 24 Hardman Street, Liverpool. L1 9AX
Vibe: Part-time events space with a flourishing herby garden that smells as good as it looks. Craft ales, wine and cocktails alongside a brilliant (and exciting) bar menu. 
More info here

4. Free State Kitchen
Location: 1 Maryland Street, L1 9DE
Vibe: The Garden of Eden out the back of a burger restaurant. Fortunately, they're the best burgers going so it's a win-win. 
More info here.
5.  The Kazimier Garden
Location: 32 Seel Street, L1 4BE
Vibe: Old but gold, the Kazimier Garden is creative, eclectic and really good fun. 
More info here

6. Crazy Pedros
Location: 25 Parr Street, Ropewalks, L4 4JN
Vibe:  Concrete, cocktails, ridiculous pizzas and nachos in bin lids. Not for the faint-hearted. 
More info here
7. The Pen Factory
Location: 13 Hope Street, L1 9BQ
Vibe: Hope Street hideaway with divine seasonal, home-grown small plates recommended by BBC Good Food (and me).
More info here.

8. The Merchant
Location: 40 Slater Street, L1 4BX aka The Parr Street Riviera
Vibe: Dead cool, award-winning pub. DJ's, drinks and Nightcrawler Pizza.
More info here.
9.  Constellations
Location: 35-39 Greenland Street, Liverpool, L1 0BS
Vibe: A cool-artsy space used for a multitude of different events as well as frequent summer BBQ's which are free and open to everybody.
More info here

10. Botanical Garden
Location: 5 New Bird Street, Liverpool, L1 0DN- Look for the colourful doors!
Vibe: One for the gin-lovers. A colourful, urban sun-trap home to an enormous drinks collection as well as resident food trader Knead Pizza
More info here

Happy Drinking!

Ghetto Golf vs. Junkyard Golf- Which is Better?

With the long-awaited arrival of Junkyard Golf at Liverpool One and its grand media launch this week there's been a lot of talk about Liverpool's newest adult-only crazy golf course. 

However, with the markedly similar Ghetto Golf already well-established and thriving up in the Baltic Triangle district, it has to beg the question- which one is better? In this highly scientific essay I will....
Sweet Shop Cocktails at Junkyard Golf


Brew & Bagel

I’m not entirely certain whether it’s courage or blind confidence that would inspire one to open up a new coffee shop in Woolton Village, but I imagine it’s a certain degree of both. 
Although the locals of this South Liverpool suburb love a good brew (I should know, I am one) there are already a multitude of similar places to choose from within throwing distance of the new Brew and Bagel on Woolton Street.


Castle Street Coffee x Santa Maluco

You may remember around this time last year when, due to a series of unfortunate events, the well-loved Bold Street Coffee were made temporarily homeless. Thankfully the good chaps over at Santa Maluco came to the rescue and offered them a temporary home in their colourful Castle Street home. For more details about that situation and the resulting collaboration have a wee look at my post about it on Liverpool Noise here.


Sapporo Teppanyaki

There's nothing else quite like Sapporo in Liverpool. As far as I'm aware, this Duke Street institution is our only Teppanyaki restaurant, and it's certainly the only restaurant with it's own Superlambanana. Inside, you'll be seated around a traditional hot-plate with a gaggle of strangers and watch as your meal is prepared in front of you by your own dedicated Teppanyaki chef.  When we went on a busy Friday evening the whole place was an absolute riot of noise, people and fire but even those of a nervous disposition (like myself) would find it extremely hard not to have a good time here.


Coming Soon to Liverpool

With the first signs of sunshine starting to peek through this week it's been all too easy to believe that summer is on it's way already. Well, and I truly am sorry to burst your bubble with this unwanted reality check, but its sadly still only February. There's a long way to go before those joyous summer months arrive, including some kind of awkward Brexit situation, an inevitably rainy Easter bank holiday, and the clocks rudely going forward an hour (shudder). It's good job we've got some cool new places opening in Liverpool to keep us going then, hey?


The Old Stables

Located at the end of a rather long and winding drive, the entrance to The Old Stables restaurant is every bit as grand as you'd expect for a restaurant located at a golf club.
It's tucked away in the leafy depths of Allerton, and if you didn't know it was there you'd probably never find it. Which, I think, gives the place a cool secret hideaway vibe (but can't be great for passing trade).


Sabrosa, Woolton

As we enter the second month of 2019 (can you believe?) I'm just about starting to make a dent in my 'to-eat' list i.e the restaurant edition of the Never Ending Story that's listed in the notes section on my phone. One of these places, and one I've been meaning to try for a while is Sabrosa, a fairly new and completely independent Spanish restaurant that has opened just outside of Woolton village. 


Côte Bistro

When it comes to French food the choice in Liverpool is small but decent. Cafe Rouge is (thankfully) gone. We still have the Bistros, all of which I know well and who will always hold a special place in my heart. Then there's Caveau in Woolton which I've never tried but heard good things about, and of course we have Bread and Butter whose simple, home-cooked plates really impressed me last year.


Liverpool Gin Distillery

The eagerly anticipated Liverpool Gin Distillery opened on Castle Street last month and with Christmas just around the corner I had the perfect excuse to buy some tickets for a snoop around.


The January Sales (Edible Edition)

I've said it before and I'll say it again: January is no time to start going cold turkey on everything you enjoy. I can't think of anything worse than having to go back to work after all the festivities with a vow of a New Year diet, a booze-free month or a spending ban looming over me. January is an excellent time for eating since everywhere is quiet and there are bucket load of special offers on.


Red Dog Saloon

You may well have heard of Red Dog Saloon, they've been open on Bold Street for a while now but I'm ashamed to say my first visit was just last week. I'm not really sure why, but I suppose in the flurry of new restaurants opening this year this one just slipped through the net. 

After all, I am just one tiny person and there's only so much eating my waistline (and my bank balance) will allow. With Liverpool now crammed full of new and exciting food-stuffs, American food sadly falls towards the lower end of my list.

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