20 Things to Do in Liverpool in Your Twenties

Bongo's Bingo
Bongo's Bingo | © counteract.co
Photo of Richard Franks
Freelance Travel & Music Writer4 January 2018

Liverpool is a wonderful place to work, rest and play – with anything from crazy adult bingo and mini golf to Beatles tours and football matches to get your teeth stuck in to. Here are 20 things you need to do in your twenties!

Play Bongo’s Bingo

Think you’ve played bingo? Think again. This outrageous take on the typically British game is packed with dance offs, singalongs, dancing on tables, silly prizes and the occasional special guest. You really do need to play Bongo’s Bingo.

Bongo's Bingo | © counteract.co

Go to a Liverpool or Everton match

Liverpool is thankful to host two of the country’s leading football teams – Liverpool and Everton – both of which are Premier League mainstays. Separated by Stanley Park, the two team’s grounds – Anfield and Goodison Park – are easily accessible from the city centre and if this season’s results are anything to go by, both offer superb entertainment.

Visit Lennon & McCartney’s childhood homes

No trip to Liverpool would be complete without a visit to some Beatles attractions, and for the die-hard fan, a trip to John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s childhood homes is a must-do. Combined tours of the Mendips and 20 Forthlin Road are available to book through the National Trust.

Catch a ferry cross the Mersey

As the well-known Gerry and the Pacemakers song goes, a ‘ferry cross the Merseyis one of the best things to do in the city. Whether you’re looking to sail across to the other side of the River Mersey, join an informative tour of Liverpool’s riverside or head further afield, there’s something for everyone.

Royal Iris of the Mersey, Pier Head, Liverpool | © Tim Dutton / Flickr

Go to as many gigs as you can

One of the most musically-rich cities in the United Kingdom, Liverpool is a music lover’s paradise. From some of the world’s biggest names playing at the Echo Arena, through to some of the country’s breakthrough artists playing at The Jacaranda, you’ll want to make sure you’re actively checking out what the city has to offer.

Go on a Seel Street bar crawl

One of the city’s most famous streets for a good old fashioned bar crawl, Seel Street is party central. Home to the likes of Alma De Cuba, Salt Dog Slim’s, Be At One and Heebie Jeebies, there’s something for everyone here and it’s definitely somewhere you’ll want to tick off in your twenties.

Watch a film under the stars at Sefton Park Palm House

Picture the scene: the sun has set, you’re about to watch one of your favourite films and you’re in a beautiful glass building, with the stars above you. Sefton Park Palm House, situated in Sefton Park, regularly hosts events and their film nights are up there with the best in the city. See what’s coming up here.

Sefton Park Palmhouse | © Paul White / Flickr

Go indie shopping on Bold Street

There’s nothing better than putting something back in to the local community, and a spot of indie shopping does this perfectly. Liverpool’s most famous area for independent shops is Bold Street, which is home to record shops like Dig Vinyl, book shops like News From Nowhere and eco-friendly gift shops like Shared Earth. Fill your boots!

Take on Liverpool’s waterpark and assault course

Brand new to the city for 2018, The Adventure Dock Co is a waterpark and assault course coming to Liverpool’s Waterfront between May and October. Show off your competitive side!

Try every cocktail at Santa Chupitos

Cocktail lovers rejoice! Santa Chupitos on Slater Street is one of the city’s finest for elegant and playful cocktails. Their locally famous $5 Shake is one of our favourite drinks of all time and changes by the season – check out this Creme Egg caramel vodka concoction.

$5 shake at Santa Chupitos | © Facebook

Laugh your head off at a comedy show

Liverpool is graced with a number of comedy clubs, hosting some of the city’s top up-and-coming comics, while also welcoming some of the best from around the world. Head to clubs like Comedy Central for the best laughs in the city!

Visit Antony Gormley’s Another Place at Crosby Beach

Around a 30 minute drive from the centre of Liverpool is Crosby Beach, which houses one of the region’s most popular art installations. Anthony Gormley’s Another Place is a set of 100 cast iron, life-size sculptures, which are almost 1km out to sea. The sculptures, which stare out at the horizon, are made from casts of Gormley’s body.

Go up the Radio City Tower (or St John’s Beacon to the locals)

For unrivalled views of the city, don’t miss the Radio City Tower! At a pretty high 400ft above street level, this imposing viewing platform offers 360 degree panoramic views of not only Liverpool, but the Wirral, North Wales and even as far as North Wales on a clear day too.

Radio City Tower, Liverpool | © Bob Edwards/Flickr

Play Ghetto Golf

This rather adult-themed take on the traditional game of mini golf has gone down a storm in Liverpool, and rightly so! We won’t give too much away to not ruin the surprise, but if you fancy potting your way through holes that include toilets, bath tubs and locally-themed areas, you’ll want to get booked in.

Eat some traditional Scouse

The traditional food of Liverpool, Scouse needs to be tried by everyone – whether you’re from the city or just visiting. The stew, consisting of beef or lamb with a mix of vegetables, can be found across the city, with Maggie May’s being one of the most reputable places to try the dish.

Play board games at Ziferblat or Sugar and Dice

Because everyone loves a board game! At Ziferblat you’re charged 8p a minute (regardless of how much coffee or cake you have), and if you wish to spend the day there, the time is capped at four hours. At Sugar & Dice, it’s just £2 an hour per person to play on their impressive selection of games, with the charge cap set at £5.

Ziferblat, St Paul's Square, Liverpool | © Ziferblat/Facebook

Go on the Wheel of Liverpool

For more great views of the city, this time with a little bit of motion, the Wheel of Liverpool is another must-do attraction. Situated next to the Echo Arena, visitors are also able to upgrade their bookings to their luxury VIP capsule which includes champagne, a glass floor, leather interiors and a DVD player.

Run the Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

It’s all well and good doing all of these fun things with no repercussions, but what about giving something back? Liverpool’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon takes place in May and allows you to not only run in the footsteps of rock ‘n’ roll legends that graced the city, but also allows you to set goals and give something back to charity.

Eat everything at the Baltic Market

Once you’ve run that marathon, you must be starving! Thankfully we can recommend the best place to kick those hunger cravings, and it’s at the city’s newest indie food market. Baltic Market, run by Independent Liverpool, features the finest local street food traders and now all we want is a burger.

Baltic Market, Liverpool | © Baltic Market/Facebook

Mosh with a pizza at Maguires Pizza Bar

So we probably wouldn’t recommend that you actually take a pizza in to the mosh, but this pizza bar/music venue is one of the most unique in the city and we just couldn’t miss it out! Check out what’s coming up here.

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