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National Daiquiri Day – Where to Enjoy a Daiquiri in Liverpool

It’s National Daiquiri Day! A full 24 hours to celebrate one of the most delicious cocktails ever founded, but first, a little history about this fruity drink that tastes of sunshine and beaches.

The daiquiri was supposedly founded around 1898 by an American mining engineer named Jennings Cox. He supervised a mining operation in a village called Daiquiri off the coast of Cuba during the Spanish-American War. Every day after work, Cox and his employees would gather at the Venus bar to drink. One day,  Cox mixed up Bacardi, lime, and sugar in a tall glass of ice. He named the new beverage after the Daiquiri mines, and the drink soon became a staple in Havana. Eventually, someone added shaved ice, and sometimes lemons or both lemons and limes were used.

In 1909, Admiral Lucius W. Johnson, a U.S. Navy medical officer, tried Cox’s drink and subsequently introduced it to the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C. The popularity of the daiquiri then increased over the next few decades.

Back in those days, the daiquiri was served in a tall glass packed with cracked ice. A teaspoon of sugar was poured over the ice and the juice of one or two limes was squeezed over the sugar. Two or three ounces of white rum completed the mixture. The glass was then frosted by stirring with a long-handled spoon. Later, the daiquiri evolved to be mixed in a shaker with the same ingredients but with shaved ice. After a thorough shaking, it was poured into a chilled coupe glass.

To celebrate this momentous day, we’ve put together a guide to some of the very best bars in Liverpool to enjoy this rum, citrus and sugar infused tipple.

Where to Enjoy a Daiquiri in Liverpool

Santa Chupitos

Where: 41 Slater Street

 

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Known as Liverpool’s best loved ‘cocktail emporium’, Santa Chupitos is an intimate, candlelit venue set in the heart of Liverpool’s nightlife district. Famous for their ‘Five Dollar Shakes’ and, of course, their delicious daiquiris, this bar has an eclectic and expertly mixed cocktail menu.

To celebrate National Daiquiri Day, enjoy their unique Watermelon Daiquiri, featuring rum, lime, sugar and fresh watermelon.

Matou

Where: Mersey Ferry Terminal

 

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Looking for a place to enjoy a delicious strawberry daiquiri with a breathtaking view of Liverpool’s waterfront? Look no further than Matou, a luxury Pan-Asian style bar and restaurant offering stunning panoramic views of the Three Graces and the River Mersey from their amazing rooftop terrace.

Sip on your classic strawberry daiquiri featuring strawberry puree, Bacardi and lime juice as you soak up the rays.

The Florist

Where: 24 Hardman Street

 

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Situated in the beautiful old blind school building on Hardman Street, The Florist is a stunning bar and restaurant inspired by the three key styles of floristry. Sit down amongst the hundreds of beautiful blooms and sip on a cocktail from their extensive menu, which is sure to take you on a sensory journey.

One of their best is the famous Electric Daiquiri. Described as rich, sweet and delicate, this modern take on a classic features Bacardi Carta Blanca rum, lychee liqueur, lychee juice, blue pea flower and sichuan bulb extract, jasmine syrup and lemon juice.

Alma de Cuba

Where: St Peters Church, Seel Street

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Alma de Cuba

Next up in our guide to the best bars to enjoy a daiquiri is the beloved Alma de Cuba. Set within the former St Peters Catholic Church on Seel Street, this Cuban and Latin American inspired bar and restaurant is one of the very best places to enjoy a daiquiri. You can choose from the straight up, blended classic or go for a flavoured tipple.

Alma de Cuba brings the spice of Latin America to Liverpool with fiery cocktails, samba-sounds and incredible Friday and Saturday night surprises. Don’t miss out on the carnival at Alma de Cuba.

Panoramic 34

Where: West Tower, Brook Street

Panoramic 34 offers cocktail lovers a sophisticated venue to enjoy expertly mixed tipples, whilst taking in the breathtaking panoramic views of the centre of Liverpool. One of the highest restaurants in the UK, this extravagant establishment is situated within Liverpool’s West Tower.  Choose from a classic daiquiri, or request one of their signature frozen cocktails, perfect to sip on during the summer months.

The Bastion

Where: The Shankly Hotel, Victoria Street

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The Bastion, The Shankly Hotel

Set within the luxury Shankly Hotel, The Bastion Bar and Restaurant offers a unique dining and drinking experience in the heart of the city. Dedicated to one of the greatest Liverpool FC managers of all time, Bill Shankly, this hotel features exclusive memorabilia from the footballing legend.

From classic cocktails, to eclectic teapot sharers (including Gin Flings, Autumn Tennessee and Berry Nice), and the traditional Strawberry Daiquiri,  The Bastion’s cocktail menu is full of crowd pleasers.

Pattersons

Where: 28 Gradwell Street

 

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If you love chicken, tunes and delicious cocktails, Pattersons is the perfect place to visit on National Daiquiri Day. With its laid back, south American diner vibes and chicken that truly is to die for, this joint is well worth a visit. Enjoy their classic strawberry daiquiri, featuring Havana 3 year rum, giffard fraise liqueur, strawberry and lime.

Café Tabac

Where: 126 Bold Street

 

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Next up is the effortlessly cool Cafe Tabac, located at the very top of Bold Street in Liverpool. One of the best loved cocktails bars in the city, they offer drinkers the genius ‘Daqqy hour’. Enjoy 2 for £10 strawberry, passion fruit, watermelon, lychee or black cherry daiquiris between 12pm and 9pm, Sunday – Thursday.

Berry and Rye

Where: 48 Berry Street

One of the more secretive establishments to enjoy a daiquiri to celebrate National Daiquiri Day, Berry and Rye is situated ‘somewhere’ on Berry Street. Taking you back to the prohibition days, this cocktail bar isn’t just another drinking hole, it’s an experience.

Think dark leather, exposed brick and rough wood, alongside perfectly mixed cocktails, from classic tipples to twists on the traditional.

Carpathia

Where: 30 James Street

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Carpathia, 30 James Street

Set within the beautiful 30 James Street Hotel – the Home of the Titanic, Carpathia Champagne Bar and Restaurant takes its name from RMS Carpathia, the heroic vessel that rescued the 705 RMS Titanic survivors.

This striking bar transports its guests on a journey that pays homage to the White Star Line’s Trans-Atlantic cruises from Liverpool to New York. With direct nautical links, Carpathia sails you through the phases of a Trans-Atlantic cruise with a cocktail list that is split up into the different stages of your journey.

There is also an opulent rooftop terrace, which is soon to undergo a luxurious extension, where you can enjoy your seafarer’s tipple whilst you bask in the sunshine with views over the Mersey and Liverpool’s docklands.

Revolucion de Cuba

Where: Unit 17, Albert Dock

 

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If you’re looking to enjoy a daiquiri in a Cuban themed environment, head down to Albert Dock and enjoy a cocktail in Revolucion de Cuba. They offer a Strawberry Daiquiri which features unbeatably refreshing Bacardi Carta Blanca rum with strawberry, lime and sugar. A gorgeously grown-up slushie for the discerning rum drinker.

Or, if you want something a little different, try their Nuclear Daiquiri. Blended, frozen and guaranteed to cause fallout the morning after. It includes Bacardi Carta Blanca rum and Wray & Nephew Overproof rum with pineapple, lime, sugar and crème de banane, topped with a candy floss cloud.

Be at One

Where: 13-21 Seel Street

 

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If you’re looking for a bar that really specialises in cocktails, 130 to be exact, then Be At One is the place for you. Set at the bottom end of Seel Street, this is one of the UK’s favourite cocktail stops.

From the fruit daiquiri, to the rhubarb and strawberry daiquiri, you can really celebrate National Daiquiri Day at Be At One.

Baltic Market

Where: 107 Stanhope Street

 

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Located in the iconic and historic Grade II listed Cains Brewery, The Baltic Market is a warehouse transformation perfect for housing a food hall and events space right on the edge of the Baltic Triangle.

From independent food traders, to live music and an ever-changing menu of expertly mixed cocktails, the Baltic Market offers an unrivalled atmosphere to celebrate National Daiquiri Day.

Ex-Directory

Where: Unknown… (8 Vernon Street)

 

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To find the entrance to this quirky cocktail bar, you must first locate the infamous red telephone box. Crack the code, enter the unique number and you’ll be transported to a dimly lit speakeasy-style bar. Featuring an extensive cocktail list, which includes an endless choice of daiquiri choices, it is one of the best places to enjoy this beloved cocktail.

The Alchemist

Where: 5 Brunswick Street

 

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Last but certainly not least, The Alchemist offer a range of frozen daiquiris. Choose from the delicious bubblegum flavour or the classic strawberry and enjoy this classic tipple with a modern, alchemist twist.

Famous for their molecular mixology, this bar specialise in smoking teapots, colour changing concoctions and many more mystical delights. Located in a stunning building that used to be an old bank, this beautiful bar is a popular choice for evening drinks after work or over the weekend.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide to the very best places to sample daiquiris. Happy National Daiquiri Day!

Feeling a bit peckish after all of the fruity rum goodness? Take a look at our guide to the best restaurants to visit on Bold Street. 

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About Katie Davies

Katie is a journalism and English graduate who loves to write about anything from music, film, literature and events, to the best places in Liverpool to grab a bite to eat or a cocktail.

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