Here in Liverpool, we’re a particularly lucky bunch.
Not only do we have amazing landmarks, stunning architecture and some of the best people in the world but we also have an incredible selection of quality cocktail bars.
For those of you who know your cocktails, trying to find a decent martini can be tricky but don’t fret. Liverpool is filled with an eclectic selection of hidden hideaways which are sure to keep you busy for a fair few weekends.
From Santa Chupitos to Botanical Gardens, we’ve rounded up the very best cocktail bars in Liverpool, in no particular order.
The home of the Five Dollar shake, Santa Chupitos isn’t for the faint-hearted.
Billed as a ‘cocktail emporium’ the small candlelit venue is the home of some of the most talented mixologists in the business. Paired with an eclectic atmosphere and a small but outstanding drinks menu, you’ll find plenty of rum, copious amounts of tequila and more fire than any other bar in the city.
Situated off the beaten track of Seel Street, Santa Chupitos brings old school drinking back to life.
Berry & Rye
Still one of the best-kept secrets in Liverpool, Berry & Rye takes you way back to prohibition days. Situated on Berry Street, this unique bar offers so much more than amazing cocktails.
It’s an experience.
Berry & Rye is a place to get lost, a place where you forget time ever existed and you realise how incredible an Old Fashioned really can be.
Stepping back in time, the dark leather, exposed brick and rough wood all ensure you won’t leave here in a hurry.
Berry & Rye don’t do queues, so if there is not enough room for you, you’ll have to come back later. But once in, you’re seated and given a leather clad menu where you’ll find an astonishing collection of whisky, old classics and intriguing cocktails you’ve never even heard of.
There are no signs so keep an eye out for the blacked out shop front, give the door a knock and await your fate.
Firmly set in Hawaiian culture, this mesmerising Tiki bar is all you’ll ever need to escape the dull crutches of working life.
So much effort has gone into creating this magical island-themed bar which serves up show stopping Zombies, delicious Pina Coladas and the iconic Deadman’s Chest which is sure to keep you going for the entire night.
Aloha offers something completely different from other cocktail bars because it has so much life and energy. It’s not the usual quaint space but it’s certainly one you’ll return to again and again.
Not your typical bar but this hidden gem is made for those who love everything 100% de Agave.
El Bandito is a tequila bar situated below Santa Chupitos on Slater Street. With its moody vibes and no-nonsense thrills, El Bandito isn’t for the lightweights of Liverpool.
Serving up strong but utterly delicious cocktails you’ll soon find yourself immersed in tequila heaven, struggling to climb to the exit.
The Bastion Bar & Restaurant
A unique drinking and dining experience for football fans and cocktail lovers alike.
The uniquely designed cocktail menu incorporates the freshest and most imaginative ingredients to ensure your time at The Bastion Bar & Restaurant is unforgettable.
Situated in The Shankly Hotel on Victoria Street, you’ll find yourself immersed in footballing history. Ensure you take the time to browse the never-before-seen memorabilia from the footballing legend, Bill Shankly which has been kindly donated by his family.
So whether you’re here for the football, a delicious meal or simply a drink – there is a cocktail at The Bastion with your name on it.
Another hidden gem, Some Place is tucked away in the very heart of Liverpool’s city centre.
Follow the green light which will take you up to absinthe heaven and away from the madness of city life.
As with many cocktail bars in Liverpool, Some Place is serious business. The dimly-lit space serves up the most perfect cocktails by those who truly know what they’re talking about. With unique water fountains and absinthe pipes, there is nothing else like this in Liverpool.
A true testament to the Mexican spirit. Maya is an extraordinary bar with caged booths and an unrivalled atmosphere.
Situated below Lucha Libre, Maya is a fantastic venue to really let your hair down and enjoy some high-quality cocktails as you dance the night away.
Each handcrafted cocktail is beautifully mastered by Maya’s expert mixologists include exciting twists on some old classics including: Mango & Jalapeno Margarita, Bloody Maria and El Zombre (this one is lethal).
Jenny’s Bar, a testament to what a true speakeasy bar should be.
Situated within the legendary Jenny’s Seafood Restaurant on Fenwick Street, there is so much to be admired by this fantastic cocktail bar which is so utterly unique.
The whole place has a very 1920s feel to it, with a bar hidden behind velvet curtains and palm leaf ceiling design, Jenny’s is different from anything else Liverpool has to offer.
From Jenny’s Daisy to a Watermelon Margherita, the drinks at Jenny’s are exceptional, all handcrafted by the mixologists who are more than willing to share their knowledge and conjure up anything you fancy.
If you’re ever in Liverpool, a trip to Bar Signature is a must.
Famed for their impressive cocktails and amazing Master Classes, you won’t find a better city centre bar.
Situated on Mathew Street and within the Signature Living Hotel, Bar Signature is at the heart of all the action.
Serving up all of the classics, you can’t go wrong in Bar Signature as the skilled mixologists put their personal twist on each and every cocktail to ensure you have a night to remember.
With MOBO award winning DJ’s and live entertainment you’ll find yourself returning to Bar Signature every night of the week.
One of the newest additions to Liverpool’s lively nightlife scene is Red Door, a late night cocktail bar in the heart of the transforming Berry Street. With handcrafted cocktails such as a Bakewell Sour, Rise and Shine, an incredible French Martini and a delicious White Lady it’s no wonder this terrace bar is famed for its theatrical cocktails.
You won’t know where to start when faced with their never-ending cocktail menu but trust us, you’ll be back to sample the rest.
Carpathia Champagne Bar & Restaurant
A stunning rooftop champagne bar & terrace, you’ll have the best seat in the city whilst enjoying a classic cocktail with a view.
Head up to the 7th floor of the historic 30 James Street Hotel and step into a momentous restaurant & bar, which pays tribute to the RMS Carpathia which rescued the 705 Titanic survivors.
With phenomenal panoramic views of Liverpool’s famous waterfront and a handcrafted Pornstar Martini in hand, you’ll feel like a true VIP.
During the summer months, you can enjoy a delicious tapas menu which is intricately mastered to complement the unique cocktail menu.
Salt Dog Slims
From the guys who brought you Santa Chupitos and El Bandito, Salt Dog Slims is the greatest American style bar in Liverpool.
Known for its Steins and Brines, make no mistake in thinking that Salt Dogs is just a beer bar. Serving up some of the best (and strongest) cocktails in the city, cocktail lovers are encouraged to pay Sat Dog Slims a visit.
From the classics to the Salt Dog Millionaire, which is laced with gold rum, dark Bermuda rum and apricot brandy finished with an angel delight garnish and a blow torch, you’ll have never had anything like this before.
With quirky interiors including a bath and hot dogs on tap, what more could you need?
Filter + Fox
A tranquil hideaway which offers itself as a dimly lit café bar with an ever-changing cocktail menu.
Each week you’ll find a different selection of cocktails which consists of just six offerings reflecting the current season, accompanied by a selection of small plates, salads and sandwiches. Filter + Fox makes for the perfect after work getaway or shopping escape being situated just a stone’s throw away from Liverpool One and the Albert Dock.
Every aspect of Filter + Fox has been thoroughly thought out making it a little gem which you’re guaranteed to return to again and again.
The famous Essex bar & restaurant has landed in Liverpool and the locals are loving their creative cocktail menu.
Located on Victoria Street, Sugar Hut offers a cool and contemporary vibe with plush pastel booths, gold minimal furniture and loads of live music.
Serving great food and an eclectic cocktail menu, the mixologists are on hand to provide you with an unforgettable experience at this world-renowned bar & restaurant.
The Old Blind School
This landmark building, which was previously a school for the blind, has been lovingly restored to its former glory and grandeur.
The gastropub and restaurant is a must visit for those of you who love a classic cocktail accompanied by live music and a fantastic atmosphere.
The skilled mixologists are extremely friendly and help to guide you to a drink of your choice. Whether it be a Dark & Stormy, Hardman Street Spritz or the Thee Graces, Liverpool is beautifully incorporated into everything The Old Blind School do.
Alma de Cuba
If you haven’t been to Alma de Cuba, what are you waiting for?
Set within the former St. Peters Catholic Church, this trendy bar & restaurant is perfect for an evening of cocktails and a good old boogie.
Their expansive cocktail menu is split into themes such as Alma De Latino, El Clasico and Alma Creaciones to ensure you really are spoilt for choice.
Each bartender is an expert and knows each and every cocktail off by heart, ensuring you’re getting a fabulous concoction each time.
With live music, petal showers and carnival dancers, Alma de Cuba is the perfect spot to start and end your night.
Liverpool’s best kept secret.
Ex-Directory is situated in an unknown location in the city centre, accessed through a red telephone box, and if that wasn’t secretive enough, you’ll only be able to gain access when you have the unique code and phone number.
But, once you’ve cracked the code and found the right phone box, you’re transported to a dimly lit speakeasy with an impressive cocktail list.
The novelty of Ex-Directory is guaranteed to excite you and their cocktails are second to none. Taking a more experimental approach, think candyfloss, Battenberg and doughnuts, you’re sure to find something which tickles your fancy.
23 Fleet Street
This funky little basement bar is perfect for those who love tequila.
Describing itself as an oasis in the middle of the madness, 23 Fleet Street is situated in the very heart of Liverpool’s vibrant nightlife district, offering a secluded and tranquil retreat from city life.
With 115 different types of tequila on the back bar, 23 Feet Street are mixing up a whole range of delicious cocktails such as Jalapeño Margaritas to get you going.
Perfect for a pre-night out drink, you’ll be surprised at how much time you’ll want to spend here.
An exotic escape amongst the hustle and bustle of Liverpool’s nightlife.
Blind Tiger has become the go-to bar & restaurant featuring stunning interiors, unique cocktails and a selection of delicious dim sum.
There is no mistaking Blind Tiger has some of the most unique cocktails in the city with a presentation hard to rival.
The exceptional cocktail list comprises of unusual concoctions such as a Charcoal Old Fashion, Cherry Blossom, Dragon’s Dram and Year of the Sheep to name a few, we assure you’ll be blown away.
The Vincent is a trendy café & cocktail bar situated in the picturesque Exchange Flags just behind Town Hall on Castle Street.
Offering a selection of sushi and fine British cuisine, The Vincent emits luxury; from the unique and stylish décor to the smart bartenders and waitress, this is a great place to enjoy some quality food and great drinks.
Whilst you’re sipping on your carefully crafted cocktail, keep your eyes peeled for local stars as The Vincent is the ultimate celeb hangout.
Revolution Albert Dock
The original cocktail connoisseurs.
Revolution has always been incredible at creating the most amazing cocktail concoctions using exciting and unusual flavours, spirits and presentation methods.
Every season Revolution brings out an exciting new menu which ensures the people of Liverpool and its visitors are regular Revolution guests.
Cocktails always taste much better when enjoyed in the sun and with stunning views of Liverpool’s pride and joy, the Albert Dock, you’ll easily find yourself losing a few hours here.
If you’re looking for a magical rooftop space to enjoy a delicious cocktail in the sun, then Goodness Gracious is exactly what you’re looking for.
Offering utterly fabulous views of Liverpool’s famous three graces and the waterfront, this secret space is perfect for special occasions and romantic drinks.
The rooftop garden is situated on the 8th floor of West Africa House and has a whole host of tea and berry infused Liverpool Gin cocktails.
Incredible cocktails and even better views, Panoramic34 is the ultimate cocktail hangout.
With an extensive cocktail list, you’ll be spoilt for choice as you ponder over an Apple Pie Martini, L’Orange Bakewell, Frozen Watermelon Margarita or an Orange Brûlée to name a few.
Panoramic34 is one of the highest restaurants in the UK situated within Liverpool’s West Tower, boasting panoramic views of the city and will certainly be a trip to remember.
A basement bar on the city’s famous Castle Street, Nova48 is recreating the cocktail scene in Liverpool.
With an enticing cocktail list, you’ll struggle to find something you don’t like here at Nova48.
They do the classics so well including a Pornstar Martini which is effortlessly followed by a champagne chaser. Situated in the heart of the business district, Nova48 transforms itself into a late night hangout once 9pm strikes and the DJ takes his place.
Don’t be shy – try something new and you may be surprised.
The Botanical Garden
If you’re looking for an incredible sunshine retreat, Botanical Gardens is the place for you.
The gin garden is located on New Bird Street in the Baltic Triangle area of the city and has a real rustic feel making it completely unique from anything you’ve tried before.
Even though it’s a gin garden, you can expect so much more than a classic G&T. Think a Plymouth Martini, French 75, Hail the Kale and East Side Fizz to see you through the summer.
There is nowhere better to be when the sun is shining on Liverpool, but The Botanical Garden will only be open until September so make sure you give it a visit before it’s gone.
The ultimate cocktail bar.
Famous for its molecular mixology and breathtaking interiors, The Alchemist has finally arrived in Liverpool and we urge you to visit.
Cocktails from The Alchemist are probably the most snapped in the city and for good reason; they’re spectacular.
So if you’re looking for an incredible cocktail in the oldest bank in Liverpool, then The Alchemist is the place for you.
Be at One
Be at One, the superstar cocktail bar has arrived in Liverpool and is quickly making a name for itself.
Placed at the end of Seel Street, you’ll be astounded by the choice which includes over 130 different cocktails, we guarantee you’ll find something you love.
Sometimes the classics are the best and we particularly love their Porn Star Martini which is one of the best we’ve ever tried.
Revolución de Cuba
The newest addition to the beautiful Albert Dock is Revolución de Cuba and it fits in perfectly.
With an utterly impressive cocktail menu, you can have your pick from seven different mojitos, four daiquiris and the cutest punch which comes in an elephant (best part is that proceeds go towards orphaned elephants in Sri Lanka).
Often accompanied by a live band playing traditional Latin music, we guarantee you’ll be on your feet, dancing the night away.
With a glass front and a beautiful outdoor terrace area overlooking the picturesque Alert Dock, Revolución de Cuba is the place to be.
Cocktails and pizza…need we say more?
Enjoy as much rodizio pizza as you can handle and wash it all down with a deliciously crafted rum cocktail perfected by the guys behind Santa Chupitos and Salt Dog Slims.
We suggest you try the classic Santa’s Swizzle with rum, homemade falernum & peychaud’s bitters topped with cream soda – delicious.
The newest addition to Liverpool’s Ropewalks district is The Merchant, housed in the former Mello Mello site.
And their speciality; Liverpool’s favourite, a gin & tonic.
Pick from a mix of flavours and garnishes to make your night at The Merchant one of the best. The Merchant isn’t only a fabulous cocktail venue in Liverpool but it also home to some of the best events and quiz nights in the city.
Ps. They also serve Nightcrawler pizza by the slice!
Neighbourhood is Liverpool’s vibrant bar & restaurant located in the cities business district on Castle Street.
Offering a unique blend of delicious dining, a great atmosphere and divine cocktails; you’ll easily spend your entire evening in Neighbourhood.
From Salted Caramel Supreme to a classic Zombie and a Cucumber Martini; there is a remarkable selection of cocktails to cater to your needs. If you’re out with friends, why not enjoy an indulgent sharer cocktail of Pornstar Punch or a Royal Mojito to help you celebrate in style, whatever the occasion.
Castle St Townhouse
Castle St Townhouse is a truly fabulous venue in the heart of Liverpool’s business district.
Offering brunch, lunch and a fantastic bar menu, Castle St Townhouse is a great place which encompasses it all.
Their cocktails will take you from early morning Bloody Mary’s to late night Nightcap and everything in-between. Their extensive cocktail menu really is something to be admired and if you’re anything like us, you’ll struggle to choose just one!
Nestled below the cobbled Stanley Street, Man’s Ruin is a secret hideaway for rum lovers.
This tasteful pirate-themed rum bar is a fun alternative to your regular and embraces all things different with quirky interiors making for a completely unique décor.
Of course, their speciality is rum and you can enjoy a whole host of Tiki inspired cocktails such as Pina Colada, Watermelon Martini and of course the classic Zombie.
If you’re out with friends, then we implore you to try a fun sharer cocktail which come in all manner of barrels and treasure chests for the ultimiate cocktial experiance in Liverpool.