My Favourite Liverpool Cocktail Bars
By Tracey at scousescran
With there being such a wealth and broad variety of great Liverpool cocktail bars, it proved very difficult to narrow my favourites down to just 5. But after much deliberation and research, I have managed to pick what I consider to be the TOP 5 Liverpool Cocktail Bars. So if you prefer something sweet and creamy or fruity and exotic, you’re guaranteed to find what you’re looking for at any of these great spots!
1. Santa Chupitos
If fun, gimmicky and interesting cocktails are your thing, then you have certainly come to the right place. If you also enjoy a sultry Latin, intimate and very hot and sweaty (when busy!) atmosphere, then head on down to Santa Chupitos. Head Bar Man Dan McNeill got his inspiration for Santa Chupitos from the small, intimate cocktail bars which are so popular in New York City and this concept is certainly proving to be working in Liverpool. Cocktails served in milk bottles with novel names such as the Red Vespa and Bakewell Tartini will ensure you have a super fun night!
If you go, try: Jamaican Me Stormy, Monk and Yak and the Red Vespa.
2. Palm Sugar
The words ‘plush,’ ‘luxurious,’ and ‘decadent’ come to mind when thinking of Palm Sugar. This is definitely the place to see and be seen. Floor to ceiling glass windows offer magnificent views across to the Albert Dock and the sleek, 15 metre long bar serves up a vast array of cocktails. Swarovski crystal chandeliers add to the opulent feel and this is a place where it’s encouraged to dress to impress. Adjoining one of the city’s best Thai restaurants, Chaophraya, it is also perfect for pre or post dinner cocktails.
If you go, try: Pineapple, Cardamom & Vanilla Martini, Honey & Ginger Cosmopolitan and the Thai Me Kangaroo Down
Offering a taste of Hawaii right in the city centre is the Tiki Bar inspired Aloha. Billing themselves as ‘a tropical haven,’ Aloha serve mainly rum and tequila based cocktails and also offer tasting sessions. What could be better! There are only 3 tables here which can be reserved in advance and all have novel names such as Skeleton Island, The Hula Hideaway and Cactus Cove. You can have your cocktail served in a pineapple shell or even indulge in a Dead Man’s Chest – a deadly cocktail served in a treasure chest fit for 15 people!
If you go, try: Pina Colada served in a pineapple shell and the Dead Man’s Chest of course!
4. Alma De Cuba
Set inside the conversion of a Catholic Church, Alma De Cuba is visually stunning! Latin rhythms, samba dancers and exotic drinks make this a night of carnival style partying. Cocktail in hand, dance on the altar amongst samba dancers and imagine you are in Rio! Upstairs in Alma de Cuba is the Gallery Restaurant with mouth-watering cuisine and don’t miss the Gospel Sunday Brunch where you can enjoy brunch to the sounds of a melodic Gospel choir.
If you go, try: Sticky Fig Daiquiri, Passion Fruit & Chilli Caiprinha and the Rainbow Punch
5. Saltdog Slims
Bringing an American flavour to Liverpool cocktail bars is Saltdog Slims. Primarily known for ‘Brines and Steines,’ Saltdogs is increasingly becoming known for their ever growing list of cocktails. So grab yourself a hot dog, a steine (if that’s your thing) or a delicious cocktail and imagine you’re in a Manhattan loft bar. If you’re feeling super brave, give the ‘Atomic Hotdog’ challenge a go, only a handful of people have been able to stand the heat!
If you go, try: Popcorn-infused Whiskey, Cherry Fizz and the Purple Aki