Aside from cultural attractions, a world famous waterfront and the groundbreaking Fab Four, Liverpool also has its fair share of bars and restaurants.
Whether you’re after an affordable lunch or romantic evening meal, you’ll always find somewhere to cater to your needs.
And when you can’t quite decide what you feel like, tasty tapas bites are usually the answer.
Luckily, Liverpool has plenty of options for getting your tapas fix.
From crispy patatas bravas and delicious meats and cheeses, to mouthwatering churros, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
The History of Tapas
The word “tapas” stems from “to cover”, the Spanish/Portuguese verb.
The idea of tapas small plates dates back to earlier than the 19th century, when European roads were in poor condition.
During this era, travelling from place to place was a very slow process, and people found it exhausting.
To make journeys more bearable, a multitude of inns were built along the roads, offering travellers a place to stop for an overnight room and bite to eat.
At the time, many inkeepers wouldn’t have been able to write while travellers wouldn’t have been able to read, so it made sense to serve up a sample of dishes.
Inkeepers would bring out a selection of their available dishes at once, on a “tapa”. And of course, it’s safe to say that this tradition has stood the test of time.
Salt House Bacaro
Where: Castle Street, Liverpool
Nestled away on picturesque Castle Street, Salt House Bacaro is a must-visit for tapas enthusiasts.
Inspired by the bacaro’s of Venice, you can expect exquisite small plates served to perfection.
In Venice, a bacaro is a workingman’s pub. Italians gather for delicious cuisine served in small plates with an accompanying ombra of wine.
Bringing Venice to Liverpool’s scenic business district, Salt House Bacaro boasts an extensive menu of dishes, with something for everyone.
Choose from quality meat and winning bread and fish, as well as tasty vegetarian and salad dishes.
From traditional pancetta croquettes to deep fried prawns, bruschetta and indulgent pizzettes, you’ll find yourself truly spoilt for choice.
Salt House Tapas
Where: Hanover Street, Liverpool
Located in the heart of Liverpool city centre, why not stop off at Salt House Tapas for lunch after a busy day of shopping?
Surrounded by leading high street names and department store John Lewis, this is the perfect spot for a Christmas shopping break.
In the evening, Salt House Tapas is one of the most special places to wine and dine in style, with fantastic service and high quality dishes.
For winter comfort food, we recommend trying the Potato tortilla served with aioli, Lamb and pistachio meatballs and triple cooked chunky chips with bravas sauce.
Top off your savoury dishes with churros for the most delicious sweet treat! Trust us, you won’t regret it.
Wash it all down with their refreshing sangria for a night well spent.
Where: College Lane, Liverpool
Family owned and independent, Lunya is Liverpool’s Catalonian Deli, Restaurant & Bar.
The multi-award winning venue showcases a passion and flair for Catalan and Spanish food and drink.
Cultivating the culture of dining out in Spain, Lunya brings a taste of Spain to Liverpool.
With a relaxed yet stylish feel, Lunya also features an atmospheric outdoor seating space, ideal for soaking up Liverpool’s bustling city centre.
Choose from a vast array of cheese, meat tapas, tapas banquets, vegetable tapas, fish tapas and sharing deli platters.
Lunya also serves up fresh Paella with only the best ingredients. Why not indulge in tasty tapas while you wait?
Where: Berry Street, Liverpool
Neon Jamon is one of Liverpool’s best loved tapas bars and restaurants.
Situated on buzzing Berry Street, you can guarantee a lively atmosphere and a fantastic night out.
After opening back in 2012 on Smithdown Place, Neon Jamon’s success led them to Berry Street, where their second spot in the city opened its doors.
Tapas dishes include Fried Goats Cheese, Croquetas, Chorizo Rolls and mini Hamburguesa Con Peppercorn.
Neon Jamon is also renowned for its tempting dessert menu, including their Nutella Cheesecake and delectable Churros.
Where: Lark Lane, Liverpool
Just a short journey from Liverpool city centre, you’ll find bohemian hub Lark Lane.
The leafy street is perfect for a night of food, drink and mingling with Liverpool locals.
Monkey Grinder is one of the lane’s newest neighbours and already a favourite for tasty tapas dishes and a great selection of drinks.
Whether you head down for an affordable lunch or for a night out on the lane, you’ll be met with a relaxed and warm atmosphere.
Tapas small plates include everything from toast with tomato and manchego cheese to baby chorizo with red wine and honey.
With plenty of vegetarian options and an impressive range of cocktails, you’ll have plenty of choice to pick from.
La Vina Liverpool
Where: North John Street, Liverpool
Situated just off Victoria Street, head to La Vina for a fantastic tapas experience.
Passionate about home-cooked Spanish cuisine, La Vina is ideal for a night out with friends, family or for celebrating special occasions.
With Liverpool nightlife just around the corner, why not stop off for a light bite to eat before hitting the town?
La Vina’s fantastic menu includes everything from succulent chicken breast strips and cured beef croquetas to Catalan-style fish stew of prawns, white fish, mussels and clams.
We recommend leaving some room to try their delicious freshly cooked paella, cooked to order the Valencian way with bomba rice, sofrito tomato sauce, white wine and saffron.
Esteban Mediterranean Tapas
Where: Lark Lane, Liverpool
Another hidden gem of Liverpool’s picturesque Lark Lane, Esteban offers a wide range of freshly made tapas served in style.
You can expect to find everything from authentic Spanish morcilla and chorizo, to vodka cured salmon.
A fantastic spot for catching up with friends over delicious sharing plates, start off at Esteban’s before exploring the lane.
For an affordable night out filled with atmospheric bars pubs, Lark Lane has got you covered.
Alma de Cuba
Where: Seel Street, Liverpool
Alma de Cuba is one of Liverpool’s most exquisite bars and restaurants, located in the heart of the city’s nightlife.
The historic former church boasts extravagant decor and interior features, including stained glass windows and the original alter.
Choose from tapas favourites including their Flaked Cod Croquettes, Spiced Chicken Wings, Serrano Ham or Patatas Bravas.
Transforming into an atmospheric club as the night goes on, you’ll find yourself up on your feet in no time.
So whether you’re visiting Liverpool or simply fancying trying somewhere new, why not treat yourself or someone special?