The 10 Best Bars In Liverpool

Photo of Kelly Bradshaw
9 February 2017

Renowned for its large selection of exciting and bustling nightlife, Liverpool is home to some of the UK‘s most popular venues. Here’s our guide to the best bars in Liverpool which bear a high reputation due to their generous selection of drinks, music, and their lively atmospheres.

Albert Dock and Canning Half Tide Dock Liverpool | © Radarsmum67/Flickr

Hannah's Bar and Restaurant

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub, $$$
Liverpool - three graces from the docks
Liverpool - three graces from the docks | © Kevin Jump/Flickr
This stylish cocktail bar has a relaxing and inviting atmosphere. Boasting some of the best views of the city’s skyline, Hannah’s Bar and Restaurant is the perfect place for a chilled occasion of fine dining and cocktails. However, for those who prefer a livelier night out, Hannah’s Bar and Restaurant provides two separate floors which create the perfect environment for either more sophisticated diners, or students desiring an exciting variety of live music.


Kabinett offers a selection of fine wine, as well as delicious cheeses and meats. If none of the wine cocktails on the menu take your fancy, Kabinett will make you one of your own. Described as Liverpool’s trendiest and most popular bar, Kabinett’s live music and sharing boards create the perfect nightlife spot.

2A Myrtle Street, Liverpool, +44 7507 890916


Nightclub, Pub Grub, $$$
Downstairs Bar
Downstairs Bar | Courtesy of Modo
Described as one of the best established bars in Liverpool, Modo features a variety of impressive cocktails and offers an exclusive clubroom, making it the perfect place for a night out in town. As well as generously offering a variety of party areas available for free hire, Modo presents a stylish and edgy interior accompanied by neon lighting. It is recommended that when visiting, you try one of Modo’s most popular cocktails known as the Christine Keeler – a fruity compilation of spiked fresh raspberries, vanilla vodka, and framboise and lemon sherbet, with an added spice.


A circus-themed bar, this incredibly animated bar presents a daily variety of acrobat-themed performances to entertain you while you enjoy the generous selection of drinks that Circo has to offer. With cocktails such as the candyfloss martini – a drink made of Absolut Vanilla, crème de fraise, cranberry juice and lemon – this exciting bar is known for its twist on classical drinks, which are converted into cocktails bearing characteristics of the circus scene. A one-of-its-kind in Liverpool, this bar will provide you with entertainment so extravagant that you’ll want to visit the venue time and time again.

Britannia Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool, +44 151 709 0470

The Smugglers Cove

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

The biggest rum venue in Liverpool, The Smugglers Cove is designed like a pirates den which will transport you to the seven seas. A dimly lit venue with wooden ceilings, floors and models of barrels and boats, this edgy bar creates a restless and exciting atmosphere. With picturesque drink menus in the style of old-fashioned treasure maps, The Smugglers Cove is the place to visit for a magical and historical experience. With live music every night and a selection of the finest champagnes and world-famous rums, beers, ciders and ales, Smugglers’ high reputation speaks for itself.

Salt Dog Slim's

Cocktail Bar, Bar, Contemporary, Pub Grub, $$$

Described as a chic bar due to its dark stripped wood flooring, a wood-paneled ceiling, a pool table and leather sofas, Salt Dog Slim’s is the ideal place for a night of relaxing and conversing. This edgy bar is also the proud purveyor of the finest German Dortmunder beer – a full bodied, pale golden lager with an aromatic scent. As well as producing a variety of exciting drinks, if you’re up for a challenge, Salt Dog Slim’s is also the daily host of hot dog eating competitions, making for an exciting night out.

El Bandito

Cocktail Bar, Cocktails
El Bandito, Liverpool
El Bandito, Liverpool | Courtesy of El Bandito
Hidden away under the streets of Liverpool, El Bandito is a popular underground tequila bar which transports you to a Mexican atmosphere. Described as a sanctuary, this casual bar presents incredible decor with its use of brick walls, colourful tiles and lit candles, adding a warm and cozy feel to the place. With Mexican-themed nights offering skull-shaped cups, piñatas, and a tasty selection of nachos, this edgy themed bar is the place to visit for an unforgettable night out in town.


Bar, Cocktail Bar, Cocktails, $$$
Aloha Bar, Liverpool
Aloha Bar, Liverpool | © Mangomix/WikiCommons
Alohaprovides a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere with an island-themed bar. This tiki basement bar uses coconuts, palms, cocktails and a rock ‘n’ roll and reggae-themed soundtrack to present a place of Hawaiian and Polynesian culture. From classic cocktails, such as the piña colada to the Dead Reckoning, which is said to have supernatural charms, this charming and tropical bar will transport you to the waters of the Pacific Ocean.

The Cavern Club

Nightclub, British
The Cavern Club, Mathew Street
The Cavern Club, Mathew Street | © James West/Flickr
A bar offering 1960s memorabilia and brick-vaulted cellars, The Cavern Club hosts an exciting variety of daily tribute live acts. Described as the cradle of British pop music, the bar is renowned as a successful contemporary music venue. From 1950s jazz to indie rock of the 21st century, The Cavern Club offers an exciting and authentic drinking experience.

Alma De Cuba

Restaurant, Bar, Tapas, $$$

An exotic bar with an eclectic mix of Cuban, Hispanic and Latin American influences, Alma De Cuba demonstrates much culture and variety. As well as offering lively music and cocktails, Alma De Cuba also provides a tasty selection of tapas dishes, which illustrates the bar’s passion for delivering international delicacies. To add to its atmosphere, the bar hosts a wide range of stunning performances and events throughout the year, making it the ultimate place to wine and dine.

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