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A Guide to Woolton Village: Bars, Restaurants & Entertainment

Woolton Village is a hidden gem of Liverpool’s leafy suburbs. The scenic area is only a short distance from iconic Beatles landmark Strawberry Fields. Not forgetting, the historic village has a special Beatles connection of its very own.

Had it not been for St Peter’s Church Fete on July 6th 1957, the Fab Four may never have been born. It was at Woolton’s humble village fete that a young John Lennon met Paul McCartney. And the rest was history!

Best-loved for cosy cafes and bustling bars and restaurants, Woolton Village is also home to the last independent cinema in the city. Perfect for a day out with family, a romantic date night or atmospheric night out, make sure you don’t miss out on a visit to this treasured spot in Liverpool.

Entertainment in Woolton Village

Woolton Picture House

Nestled away on a cobbled street, you’ll find charming hidden gem Woolton Picture House. The historic building was designed by L.A.G Prichard in 1926.

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The iconic cinema is popular with local people thanks to its nostalgic, old-fashioned feel. During the colder months, the much-loved cinema is known for bringing families together to watch Halloween favourites and Christmas classics with the perfect atmosphere.

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Beatles fans may also be keen to visit after watching Nowhere Boy, a biopic of John Lennon’s teenage years. The Picture House was used as a set location for the 2009 award-winning film.

Woolton Village Liverpool Bars & Restaurants

The Elephant Pub & Bakehouse

The Elephant Pub & Bakehouse sits in the centre of Woolton Village, serving everything from brews and coffee to delicious food and stylish cocktails. The pub is also home to one of the best beer gardens in Liverpool. With plenty of space to catch some rays, why not head down to Woolton Village and enjoy a pint in style?

woolton village

woolton village
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The Elephant is known to serve an eclectic mix of high-quality comfort food, from oven baked pies and handmade pizzas to their hearty Sunday roast. Visitors can also look out for special wine and gin tasting events, as well as the weekly Tuesday night quiz.

Liberty Tavern

The Liberty Tavern is one of the best spaces to wine and dine in Woolton Village. The atmospheric bar and restaurant is a favourite for enjoying indulgent American food and drink. Liberty Tavern recipes draw inspiration from across the USA.

woolton village

woolton village

From colonial dining rooms and contemporary taverns to deep south BBQs and diners, Liberty Tavern offers a taste of The Melting Pot! The stylish spot also features scenic outdoor seating ideal for wining and dining in the sunnier months.

Crust (Woolton)

Following the huge success of Crust in Liverpool city centre, the pizza experts have branched out to the one and only Woolton Village.  Served straight from a warm wood-fired oven, Crust serves a wide range of delicious pizzas with a thick, doughy crust.

woolton village

woolton village

And that’s not all! The Italian-inspired restaurant also offers an array of pizza wraps and pasta alongside hearty burgers, straight from the grill. Pair that with a craft ale or cider for the ultimate weekend treat.


A family favourite in the centre of the village, Dostana is known for exquisite Indian food served in style. The mouthwatering menu will leave you spoilt for choice as you prepare for a range of street snacks and curries prepared to perfection.

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Those with a love for spicy dishes will find themselves right at home with a fine selection of tasty mains. And if you’re a veggie, worry not! Dostana has a colourful selection of vegetarian dishes to pick from.

The Pickled Olive

In the heart of Woolton Village, you’ll discover The Pickled Olive, a cosy and quaint cocktail bar. Named after Pickles, the resident Daschund, this charming spot is sure to win you over!

Showcasing their cocktail expertise with a wide variety of ingredients, The Pickled Olive’s talented mixologists can craft the perfect drink for you. The atmospheric bar also offers an array of beers and wines. What more could you wish for?

Istanbul Barbecue & Bistro

Serving an array of sizzling dishes, Istanbul Barbecue & Bistro is built upon a wealth of culinary expertise. Owner and head chef Guven Serce has over 20 years of experience in prestigious venues across Istanbul and beyond.

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A fantastic spot for bringing friends and family together, diners can look forward to Turkish Mediterranean dishes, char grilled mains and meze bites. Vegetarians are also well-catered for with flavoursome favourites including the Halloumi Kebab and Firinda Sebze.

Ying Wah

A local favourite for Chinese cuisine, Ying Wah is a long-standing restaurant in Woolton Village. Ying Wah’s talented team of chefs are the go-to guys when it comes to mixing traditional recipes and artistic Chinese cooking.

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Known for high-quality Chinese dishes and service with a smile,  you’ll find yourself planning your next visit before you leave. This is a fabulous spot to begin a night out of celebrations or a date night with your other half.

Cafes in Woolton Village

The Old Hardware Shop

Hidden gem The Old Hardware Shop is a vegan and vegetarian haven in the heart of Woolton Village. Sit back, relax and make yourself at home amongst the twinkling fairy lights and comfy cushions, as you choose from an extensive menu.

woolton village

woolton village

Serving up a particularly impressive vegan-friendly breakfast, diners can also look forward to a range of specials, colourful platters, toasties, hot dogs, burgers and flatbread pittas. Those with a sweet tooth will leave with a smile as the cosy cafe is also known for an indulgent display of vegan cakes, hot chocolates and milkshakes. Yum!

Coast Cafe Bistro

Independent favourite Coast Cafe Bistro is another must-visit stop for those exploring Woolton Village. With a warm community feel, make yourself at home in the enchanting garden or watch the world go by from the front of the cafe. The quaint and cosy spot is best-loved for a mix of tasty comfort food and lighter, healthier dishes. Tuck in to a range of breakfast favourites, including the Village Omelette and Coast Benny.

woolton village

woolton village

Alternatively, if you plan on stopping by for a lazy afternoon, you could indulge in a mouthwatering melted ‘Coastie’ or choose from a range of mains certain to hit the spot. Those after a bubbly treat can also enjoy Prosecco Afternoon Tea, paired with freshly made sandwiches. What better way to spend a weekend?

We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide to the best bars, restaurants, cafes and entertainment in Woolton Village, Liverpool. The South Liverpool gem is one of a kind and we couldn’t be more pleased to see the independent businesses continue to flourish.

We’d love to hear which spots you’ll be trying in the comments! In the meantime, why not check out our guide to exploring Lark Lane

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Jessica is an English and History graduate with a passion for writing about Liverpool, from local history to cultural events.

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