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The Ultimate Guide to Bars and Restaurants on Allerton Road

There’s something about South Liverpool at the moment, something properly electric. Smithdown Road and Lark Lane, for example, have long been blessed with a handful of quirky cafes and lively bars. But recently, nowhere has there been more gastronomic-based activity than Allerton Road. Over the past 18 months, the food and drink scene in L18 has exploded.

Allerton Road has seen an amazing resurgence of late, with new restaurants and bars cropping up along the way. From elegant eateries to atmospheric bars, South Liverpool is the place to be right now.

So, here’s our guide to the best restaurants and bars on Allerton Road, both old and new.

The Best Restaurants on Allerton Road

Verdant | Allerton Road


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Having recently celebrated its third birthday, Verdant has added some serious sparkle to the suburbs. Nestled in the heart of Allerton Road, Verdant serves up delicious food and elegant drinks in their atmospheric and sophisticated bar and restaurant.

The perfect place for pre-drinks, an intimate dining experience or even a baby shower, this opulent bar and restaurant is fun and welcoming.

A truly delicious place to eat and drink, Verdant is a cracking bet for a belated catch up, awesome food and a mouth-watering cocktail or two.

Neon Jamon | Allerton Road


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Situated at the top of Allerton Road is Neon Jamon; an authentic tapas restaurant in the leafy Liverpool suburbs.

Born out of a love and passion for great Spanish food and drink, Neon Jama serves up amazing Catalan-inspired dishes and delicacies such as succulent chicken pintxos, flavoursome Asturian chorizo and tasty iberico jamon croquetas.

An L18 staple since 2012, Neon Jamon is the ideal place for a gorgeous group meal enhanced by a great soundtrack and wines ripe from Barcelona.

East River | Allerton Road


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Inspired by the cocktail bars and delis of Manhattan’s Lower East Side and brought to life on Allerton Road, East River is the perfect to enjoy a sophisticated drink or two.

Grilla | Allerton Road


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From bitesize plates from Barcelona to Greek gyros from Athens, the food in this Mediterranean restaurant is both mammoth and delicious in equal measure.

Opened in 2018 and the perfect place for meat lovers, Grilla is a Greek taverna like no other. Since opening last year, the fabulous venue serves up a fresh and extensive menu, cooked on real charcoal.

Their speciality, however, is their traditional pita gyros. This gigantic Greek dish includes a whole range of ingredients including onions, peppers, tomatoes, cheese and succulent chunks of chicken wrapped in a pita bread laden with fries.

Maray | Allerton Road


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Born in the summer of 2016 out of a desire to bring delicious Middle Eastern food to Allerton Road, Maray’s aim is to serve tasty, flavoursome food in a cosy environment.

Seating 74 people over two floors – including a gorgeous outside area for those rare sunny days, Maray is a perfect neighbourhood spot for a Sunday roast and a few cocktails.

From juicy lamb shawarma, herb feta, apricot and pistachios to salted chocolate & bergamot tart, Maray’s menu is wide ranging and delicious – making it one of the absolute best places to eat on Allerton Road.

The Interesting Eating Company


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Liverpool’s newest and quirkiest, The Interesting Eating Company serves absolutely delicious food.

The Interesting Eating Company’s specialities include pancakes, traditional chicken soup and their amazing salt beef sandwiches.

The Best Bars on Allerton Road

The Dog House | Allerton Road


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What was once the Smooze, this recently re-branded bar is quirky, fun, dog-friendly and welcoming. Featuring a heavy pop-art interior and cosy bucket seats, The Dog House is one of the best bars in Liverpool.

Make sure you pop in on a Thursday or Sunday when bands such as ‘Just for the Record’ and ‘Duke Box Durie’ take to the stage – or floor, depending on how you see their performance area.

Indeed, The Dog House is not only a favourite amongst local residents, but it’s also one of our favourite bars on Allerton Road.

The Dovey | Allerton Road


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Now, we’re aware that The Dovey featured on our guide to the best bars and restaurants on Smithdown Road however, it does have an L18 postcode and therefore deserves its place on this list.

Tucked away down Penny Lane, this grandiose pub serves delicious food and a good pint – which is the most important thing, of course. What’s more, rumours suggest that Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury, stayed here while in Liverpool.

Featuring a largely wooden interior and stunning mosaic floor, The Dovey is a loveable relic of times gone by that people, young and old, can enjoy today.

The Penny Lane | Allerton Road


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Regarded as one of the best Allerton Road bars, The Penny Lane is simply superb.

This rustic watering hole is extremely popular amongst locals, tourists and students alike. The Penny Lane also celebrates The Fab Four and the iconic street they sung so gorgeously about.

In addition to regular live music nights and Beetle-themed memorabilia, The Penny Lane is an atmospheric bar that’s perfect for a quiet pint, a lively cocktail and quiz night that is certain to put you and your friends to the test.

What’s more, make sure you grab something to eat from their homecooked menu, from delicious cooked breakfast’s to bitesize bar food – you won’t be disappointed.

The Other Place | Allerton Road


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The Other Place is a warm, friendly and extremely fun bar, featuring a 70s themed upstairs, a cosy downstairs and an intimate beer garden. Famous for their open mic nights and resident soul DJ, The Other Place is one of the quirkiest bars on Allerton Road.

You won’t be able to resist the flashing lights that burst through the windows as you turn up at The Other Place. Although not a new establishment, The Other Place is a unique edition to the L18 scene, with bohemian furnishings and disco lighting.

Highlights include their resident soul DJ, quiz night, and a wide range of beers and spirits.

109 Allerton | Allerton Road


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An exciting and stylish restaurant, 109 Allerton serves great tasting food with a healthy twist.

From steakhouse suppers to contemporary cuisine, 109 Allerton is a gorgeous bar and restaurant just waiting to be explored.

The Three Piggies | Allerton Road


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Tucked away not far from the bars on our countdown, The Three Piggies is quaint, cheerful and fun. The Three Piggies serves up scrumptious food and delectable drinks in a cosy environment.

The perfect place for pre-drinks, a romantic dinner date or even a wedding reception, this beautiful bar and restaurant is colourful and welcoming.

Furthermore, covering a broad range of topics, The Three Piggies quiz is a serious test for serious quizzers. Make sure you bring your clever mates along to this quiz as you’ll be tackling some of the best quizzers in Liverpool.

Honourable Mentions

Honourable Mentions include The Eastern Diner, an iconic Chinese restaurant that specialises in Oriental cuisine.

The Brian Clarke Butchers – although not strictly a restaurant, serve delicious meats and concentrate on working alongside sustainable and organic farms. They’ve also been a fixture in L18 since 1973.

Have we missed anywhere? Let us know your favourite bar and restaurant on Allerton Road in our Facebook comments. And, if your wanting to explore more of South Liverpool, check out our guide to Lark Lane.

Nevertheless, if a night out in the suburbs isnt for you, make sure to take a look at our guides to both Bold and Seel Street.

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