Unlike neighboring Manchester, you don’t need to don hiking boots to sample Liverpool’s infamous nightlife. Liverpool’s relatively small city centre makes for an ideal break from the books with new friends as there's clubs and bars on every corner.
Liverpool has a few areas to target, ranging from Concert Square’s pulsating beats to Seel Street’s laid back indie vibe, there’s truly something for everyone.
Main Areas of Liverpool
Concert Square is the hub of Liverpool 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 3 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.
Don’t miss Student-fest – one of the must-do events on the Liverpool Fresher’s week calendar. Taking over Concert Square on Sunday 26th September, Student Fest will bring together 6 nightclubs, 12 arenas and 5000 students for the freshers event to end them all. Tickets cost just £10 and are available through Skiddle – find out more about student-fest and buy your tickets here.
Approach with caution at weekends, this is stag/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 It’s definitely worth a visit to the Cavern Club, the club The Beatles originally made their name as in the afternoons they often have cover artists playing some of the fab four’s biggest hits.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.
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 The Lisbon pub.
If you’re of the skinny-jeaned, be-fringed persuasion, you are also well catered for here in Liverpool. Le Bataeu (or The Boat, to locals) is on Duke Street and plays the latest and greatest indie and electro on Friday and Saturday nights. It’s £5 for entry, but there are regular drink offers, especially early on in the academic year. Alternatively, 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 Masque often host some of the UK’s biggest signed acts and Zanzibar, too, is a hotbed of Liverpool’s brightest young bands.
As one of the globe’s best known – and best loved – club brands, Cream’s spiritual home is of course Liverpool. Still housed at Nation, the club where it all began 18 years ago, Cream has expanded beyond the reaches of Merseyside in its lifetime to take over the world. Well, the dance world at least.
Find Cream events at Skiddle’s what’s on guide.
Born out of the ashes of the old Barfly, The Masque is Liverpool’s newest club. With a 600 capacity in the main room, it attracts some of the biggest and most exciting club nights around – including Chibuku – whose upcoming headliners include Sub Focus, Hospitality, Adam Beyer and Annie Mac – and Circus.
Find events at The Masque and buy advance discount tickets through Skiddle.
Another huge dance collective to proudly call Liverpool home is mUmU, who showcase the world’s best producers, re-mixers and DJ’s in the fields of electronic, deep house and techno to a friendly, musically aware crowd at Silo Club.
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For a full guide to Liverpool events, check out our Liverpool Events Guide!