Liverpool’s relatively small city centre makes for an ideal break from the books with new friends with clubs and bars on every corner. There's a few areas to target primarily, from Concert Square’s in your face beats to Seel Street’s laid back indie vibe, there’s truly something for everyone.
Concert Square is the hub of Liverpool’s nightlife and is the place to hear the latest chart/r&b/hip hop music. An acquired taste, Concert Square is always a hive of activity on a Saturday night with revelers from all over the UK descending on the bars and clubs sprawling from the outdoor courtyard that is the square’s centre-point.
There is also a three floored club, Krazyhouse, which is set in a former factory that has a unique music policy for each floor – definitely a must-visit for your first year in Liverpool.
Next to Concert Square is the city's hip Ropewalks district which boasts plenty of cracking bars to get stuck into. The Peacock, Salt Dog Slims, Santa Chupitos, La'gos and Red Door are justs oe of the watering holes you'll have a tipple inover the next few years.
Approach with caution at weekends, this is stag and hen party central, so unless feather boas and inflated drink prices are your thing, steer well clear. It’s definitely worth a visit to the Cavern Club, the a recreation of the club The Beatles originally made their name as in the afternoons they often have cover artists playing some of the fab four’s biggest hits. Perfect for that authentic Liverpool feel.
The Baltic Triangle
A haven for ravers, The Baltic Triangle is filled with warehouse spaces that have been given a new lease of life by creative minds and promoters. There's the Camp and Furnace, which hosts everything from Bingo to open mic nights. Plus smaller spaces like 24 Kitchen Street and The Garage, all offering the best names in electronic music.
Liverpool’s gay scene isn’t on the same scale as Manchester’s, but it more than holds its own as a growing piece of Liverpool’s nightlife jigsaw. Set on the fringes of the business district, this small collection of bars and clubs hosted the cities first ever pride festival this summer. The gay quarter is located on Stanley Street; particular highlights are Garlands, Pink and GBar.
If indie, rock or alternative is more your thing, there are many unsigned band nights, often free entry, on Seel Street. Heebie Jeebies have bands on in the outdoor courtyard and in the basement, the East Village Arts Club often hosts some of the UK’s biggest signed acts and Zanzibar, too, is a hotbed of Liverpool’s brightest young bands.
There's always something on at the Kazimier, from hip-hop to rock to live electronic, week in and week out they welcome the best upcoming and established acts to the unique building and outside garden area. The Kaz won't be around for much longer, it's due to get taken over at the end of this year so make the most of it. Head here for upcoming Kazimier news.
The Academies are renowned around the country for hosting diverse acts, and the Liverpool venue is no different. Years & Years, Public Enemy and The Wailers are all making their way to one of the most popular spaces in Liverpool for live music this year.
As one of the globe’s best known – and best loved – club brands, Cream’s spiritual home is of course Liverpool. It is still housed at Nation, the club where it all began 19 years ago, but like the Kazimier which neighbours it, Nation is set to close its doors for good very soon.
East Village Arts Club
The East Village Arts Club (formerly known as The Masque) was born out of the ashes of the old Barfly. With a 600 capacity in the main room, it attracts some of the biggest and most exciting club nights around – including Chibuku and Circus, which celebrates its 13th birthday this September.
Freeze doesn't have one specific venue in which it resides, instead the club night takes over some of the city's most incredible grade listed spaces including the Bombed Out Church, St. George's Hall and an abandoned mental asylum. It's a clubbing experience like no other.
90s fancy dress parties, masked balls and completely free lock-out events. That's what to expect from the club night, which is a firm favourite with students. Waxxx is the right balance between decent music and just plain silliness.