The Best Cocktail Bars in Liverpool, UK

The Alchemist, Liverpool
The Alchemist, Liverpool | © The Alchemist/Facebook
Photo of Richard Franks
Freelance Travel & Music Writer2 May 2017

With such a wonderful selection of bars and pubs in Liverpool, you might feel a little overwhelmed. Not to worry, that’s where we come in! We’ve researched some of the best cocktail bars in Liverpool, leaving you more time to get the round in.

Santa Chupitos / El Banditos

Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub
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Santa Chupitos, Liverpool
Santa Chupitos, Liverpool | © Santa Chupitos/Facebook

Santa Chupitos is a self-confessed cocktail emporium in the Ropewalks area of Liverpool. Here you’ll be encouraged to ditch the boring mojito and check out their impressive and constantly changing cocktail menu, including its locally famous $5 Shake. Don’t forget to head downstairs to El Banditos, their secret tequila bar…

Red Door

Cocktail Bar, Contemporary, $$$
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Red Door, Liverpool
Red Door, Liverpool | © Red Door/Facebook

Red Door is a popular cocktail bar on Berry Street, offering drinks with a twist. Occupying the former Met Bar, this is now an impressive bar boasting more alcohol than you can shake a stick at. With a range of unique cocktails, dazzling effects and regular events, you’ll want to add Red Door to your cocktail bucket list.

Salt Dog Slim's

Cocktail Bar, Bar, Contemporary, Pub Grub, $$$
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Salt Dog Slim's, Liverpool
Salt Dog Slim's, Liverpool | © Salt Dog Slim's/Facebook

Salt Dog Slim’s is not only a cocktail bar; they also offer a pretty darn good selection of hot dogs. This cosy bar at the tip of Seel Street is home to the Beer and Stein, a stellar selection of cocktails and an electric atmosphere.

Neighbourhood

Restaurant, British, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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Neighbourhood Liverpool, Liverpool
Neighbourhood Liverpool, Liverpool | Courtesy of Neighbourhood

One of the city’s newest openings is Neighbourhood, a stylish bar and restaurant on Castle Street. You’ll have to book in advance even if you just want to go to the bar, but for those wanting to drink and/or dine in style, Neighbourhood should be right up your street.

The Alchemist

Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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The Alchemist, Liverpool
The Alchemist, Liverpool | © The Alchemist/Facebook

Now a popular cocktail chain up and down the country, The Alchemist is perfect for those who like a little added quirkiness with their drinks. The Alchemist’s mixologists put their all in to every drink they create, whether that’s a classic mojito with a twist or a dry-iced spectacle.

Berry & Rye

Cocktail Bar, Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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Definitely one of Liverpool’s must-visit cocktail bars, Berry & Rye is a hidden gem amongst the bustling city nightlife. Accessible through an unusual black door, staff will greet you and knock up custom cocktails based on your favourite drinks. You’ll have to get there early though as it’s quite an intimate space and can get busy very quickly!

The Smugglers Cove

Restaurant, Bar, Pub Grub, British, Vegetarian, $$$
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Smugglers Cove, Liverpool
Smugglers Cove, Liverpool | © Smugglers Cove/Facebook

Located on the Albert Docks, as the name suggests, The Smugglers Cove is Liverpool’s finest rum bar. With an evident pirate/nautical theme, the Cove offers an incredible selection of rum-based cocktails, a tempting food menu and live music every night to boot!

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