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The city that gave us The Beatles is still home to a buzzing music scene today, where bouncing bars and crowded concerts keep locals and visitors jiving into the early hours. The trendy traveller can also check out the city’s cocktail bars, while late-night dancers will enjoy Liverpool’s clubs.

 

Live music

 

Whether you’re after an epic gig or an intimate chilled-out bar session, Liverpool’s live music scene will hit all the right notes.

 

The Kazimier

 

This hip bohemian bar hangout is one of Liverpool’s hottest live music hubs. The spacious stage, high ceiling, and open dance floor give the impression of a mini-concert hall, but - although it can pack in a huge crowd of music-lovers - it remains a cosy area, where you can get right up to the stage and see the bands. Expect a mix of alternative and indie-rock, synth-sounds, and hip hop.

 

4-5 Wolstenholme Square, Liverpool L1 4JJ. Tel:+44 151 324 1723

 

The Kazimier website
The Caledonia

 

For a more traditional live music venue head over to the Caledonia, a classic late night pub with a warm and welcoming crowd of tourists, locals, and musicians. Everyone grabs a few drinks, gathers their chairs and tables, and crowds round the small stage area, which hosts fine jazz, old world folk, and toe-tapping rockabilly almost every night of the week. Expect boisterous laughter, loud applause, and spontaneous pub-wide dancing.

 

22 Caledonia Street, Liverpool L7 7DX. Tel:+44 151 708 0235

 

The Caledonia website

 

Clubs

 

If DJs are more your bag, then Liverpool’s mix of lavish and ultra-cool clubs are sure to satisfy. Dress up, and get ready to dance till dawn.

 

Mansion Liverpool

 

This swanky chandelier-clad nightclub is the place to be on a Saturday night. The huge floorspace provides plenty of room for dancing, while the upper-floor provides terraced seating of leather sofas and luxurious VIP booths with bottle service. Mansion doesn’t only play club classics, but also sees some of Liverpool’s best independent house and dance DJs spin discs. Remember, Mansion is a bit classier than other clubs - so lose the trainers.

 

21 Temple Street, Liverpool L2 5RH. Tel:+44 151 227 4378

 

Mansion Liverpool website

 

Cocktail bars

 

If you prefer having a quiet evening of cultured chat over an expertly mixed drink, check out Liverpool’s cocktail bars.

 

Berry and Rye

 

One of Liverpool’s best-kept secrets, Berry and Rye may be tricky to find, but once you’re there the effort will be worth it. Hidden behind an unassuming shopfront, through a battered black door, this Prohibition-style speakeasy is a haven for cocktail enthusiasts. The huge whisky selection and a stellar list of other-worldly house cocktails - ask to try the rum-based Merchant - blends with the blues music and candles to create an uber-cool atmosphere.

 

48 Berry Street, Liverpool L1 4JQ

 

Berry and Rye website

 

Theatre

 

Liverpool isn’t all about bars and clubs. If you’re after an easy-going evening of more traditional entertainment, head to one of the city’s many theatre venues

 

Liverpool Empire Theatre

 

Located centrally, this is the epitome of grand entertainment. Behind the white stone facade lies an enormous theatre hall, with steep sweeping seating enclosed by rich golds and reds. Wherever you sit you have a clear view of the stage, and the theatre showcases a whole range of entertainment, including touring theatre, ballet, and live comedy.

 

Lime Street, Liverpool L1 1JE. Tel:+44 151 702 7320

 

Liverpool Empire Theatre website