It’s safe to say that winter is definitely coming.
But as cold as it might get, it won’t taint the warm cheer of Liverpool…or its cosy pubs and watering holes.
Liverpool is simply full of warm, welcoming places to grab a pint, craft beer or even a hot chocolate, all whilst watching the world go by outside. Many of its famous pubs or bars are located within listed buildings, with plenty of history and stories buried within them.
Next time you’re feeling a little chilly on your city travels, just stop by one of these lovable nooks instead.
Baltic Fleet features a real tempting woodburner fire to keep patrons warm, as well as being rich in Maritime history.
The pub was added to Turner’s Vaults (on Wapping Dock) circa 1856 in a Victorian design, and still maintains its traditional vintage style and cosiness today.
The Belvedere is a welcoming pub in Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter, run by the ever cheerful John O’Dowd. It’s tiny but adorable, featuring quaint yet quirky interiors including the traditional chequered tiling on the floor.
The Belvedere is particularly known for creating the famous Liverpool Gin in conjunction with Liverpool Organic Brewery, and is a regular stop for musicians from the Royal Philharmonic orchestra during intervals.
The Monroe is an inviting gastropub in the Ropewalks area, and one of our favourites for a good Sunday lunch.
It boasts a huge wood fire that comes roaring to life on chilly days, and a rustic kitchen style with farmhouse dining tables and Liverpool-themed artwork.
The pub is proud of using fresh, locally sourced produce and is a great option if you’re looking to round off your weekend in style.
Philharmonic Dining Rooms
Initially built as a gentleman’s club, the Philharmonic Dining Rooms remained a private establishment until the late 1920s when it became a high class public house.
Residing as a sister house to the iconic Philharmonic that stands just across the road, the PDRs are also one of a number of pubs built for Robert Cain.
The dining rooms are decorated in musical themes that relate to the famous concert hall, including deep copper paneling, rich mahogany and glass. Be sure to check out those famous men’s toilets!
Like the Philharmonic, Everyman Theatre also has its very own social space in which to dine, meet with friends or enjoy a quick tipple.
Spacious and simplistic, the Everyman Bistro knows how to balance the space to create a feeling of cosiness and warmth, yet remaining light and modern.
The basement bar also has an impressive woodburner which you can get comfy beside, if you’re lucky.
Whether you’re after a pre-theatre bite or a post-show nightcap, Frederik’s is perfectly placed to fulfill both needs.
Elegant, stylish and modern, Frederik’s manages to create an attractive space in which to relax, whilst remaining its cosy, friendly cheer. The roaring fire at the back of the room is surrounded by a rectangle of comfortable sofas inviting you to sit down, and the menu includes a variety of foods certain to tempt anybody – from pizza and tapas to seafood and ribs.
This Victorian-themed cocktail bar is inspired by the style of the building in which it lives, blending modern, sleek design with traditional features like giant windows, beautiful stained glass and the Liver Birds and Masonic symbols.
Following an impressive refurbishment in 2017, this Grade I listed building opens its doors into an opulent interior lounge, chandeliers, comfy sofas and a dark walnut and copper-topped bar.
Maintaining a 60s social club feel, Masonic Hall features a number of cosy nooks and corners with bookshelves and candlelight, and boasts a unique cocktail tasting menu.
Famous for its tasty scouse, perfectly pulled pints and a myriad of gins each served in their own unique ways, Thomas Rigby’s can always be relied upon for a warm welcome.
Be sure to pop in for an after-work drink or perhaps if you’re new to the city keen to see where the locals hang out. Careful though – it gets busy very quickly.
Ship & Mitre
The Ship & Mitre is another of Liverpool’s popular pubs, known for offering a much-needed respite in winter.
The site was once home to a coachouse, and the pub gets its current name from two previous pub names – The Flagship and The Mitre. Though its had many makeovers over the years, the Shio & Mitre retains its attractive art-deco features and has even won Pub of The Year on many occasions, as well as being a CAMRA Pub of Excellence.
Be sure to pop in to enjoy a huge range of quality beers, including cask ales, continental and craft beers. They also do a pretty great pub quiz every Thursday.
The Club House
Chavasse Park, Liverpool ONE
A new addition in 2016, Liverpool ONE’s Chavasse Park provides an unusual yet welcoming place to enjoy a drink this winter.
Go glamorous inside the Hamptons-inspired Club House, where glitz and luxury await you, or take things outside to The Lodge – a cosy, Scandinavian-themed outdoor bar with the look and feel of a log cabin. Outside, heaters and blankets await you so you won’t get cold, while the Marvellous Marquee is guaranteed to shield you from the elements.
The Club House is a cosy place to take a break from Christmas shopping and will fill you with all of the holiday vibes.
MacKenzie’s Whiskey Bar
Rodney St/Hardman St
Operating primarily as a garden in the summer, MacKenzie’s Whiskey Bar has moved indoors for the colder season and is now offering a delightful variety of whiskeys from all over the world.
With bright, modern interiors and comfortable seating, you’ll be invited to sit down and warm yourself from within with a dram o’ the old good stuff. Plus, the bar has a range of fine wines, craft beers, real ales and over 30 gins that you can also wet your lips with.
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