If you finally got sick of the sight of your back garden during lockdown but love the al fresco drinks vibe then I’ve rounded up my favourite pubs with beer gardens, restaurants with terraces, and outdoor bars in Liverpool to visit – including some hidden gems.
There’s a lot to take on with the new normal. Wear masks in shops but not in pubs. Go out but also stay in. Try and stay home but also help the economy. All while washing your hands and staying alert… I don’t think any of us really knows what’s going on any more but one thing’s for sure: sometimes you just just want to sit outside and have a drink with a couple of friends and maybe have a bite to eat.
So whether you’re a local or a visitor to town, here’s the best outdoor bars in Liverpool to check out this Summer going into Autumn.
Bombed Out Church Garden Bar
Making great use of this iconic landmark, the Bombed Out Church Garden Bar is open as an outdoor space for pizza and drinks. Simply order and pay for your drinks with a QR code. The wood fired pizza from Turncoat Pizza is proving to be a direct hit (I’m sorry, I’m really sorry) with customers too.
Wolf & Waffle
The new occupants of Berry Street’s former Neon Jamon are serving up beer, cocktails, wine and waffles (clue’s in the name) and while there’s no mention of wolves on the menu, both you and your dog can enjoy their bar and garden.
More pizza and ale action in The Merchant’s outdoor area where you can eat, drink, smoke, or if you’re my mate Scarlet Wonderland, perform a quite frankly startling rendition of Let’s Get Ready to Rumble in its entirety in front of an assembled audience. The pizza is great though.
Did you know that the Malmaison has got a lovely sun terrace overlooking the quiet dock basin? It’s not massive, but criminally underrated. Perfect for summery cocktails and bar snacks or a spot of lunch on a sunny day.
Lady of Mann & Rigby’s
As much as I like cocktail bars and restaurants – and am definitely more of an eater than a drinker – I do love a real pub. Dale Street is boss, full of old men and after work crowds and if you find yourself in that neck of the woods you should grab yourself a seat in the courtyard that is shared by the Lady of Mann and Thomas Rigby’s.
Come for the drinks in the sun, stay for the late nights under the iconic Kaz lantern. They’re eco friendly, bike friendly (yes that’s a thing so you can enjoy a bev after a busy day wheelying round town) and serve boss drinks and plant based bar food from Rose Marie’s Kitchen.
The Yacht Club
Let’s face it, you won’t be making it to Monte Carlo or Marbella any time soon, so enjoy the Mersey riviera closer to home with a table at the Yacht Club. Sit outside by the boats, get the drinks in, and enjoy a posh fish finger butty. Deck shoes and nautical speak not necessary, thank God.
Free State Kitchen
Burger spot with lovely secret garden, this Maryland Street venue was once upon a time home to my mum’s convent school Notre Dame; see if you can spot the statue in the garden (of Jesus, not my mum).
One of the newest outdoor bars in Liverpool, this lovely rooftop spot is ideal for cocktails and an impromptu instagram shoot with your friends. Make sure you book in advance; Five is reservation only.
Birdies Bar & BBQ
A summery garden bar in the Cains Brewery complex offering pulled pork sandwiches, loaded fries, and meaty burgers from Apocalypse Cow to enjoy, Birdies is a fun place to eat and drink. They’re kid friendly too, with a children’s menu, or if you are looking for fun activities for grown ups in Liverpool then they’re right next to Ghetto Golf.
A favourite with all gin lovers, the Botanical Garden is a perennial favourite known for its chilled out space in the Baltic triangle, ideal for sunny days and relaxed outdoor vibes until late.
Pins Social Club
Pizza, ping pong, and pints on the roof. What’s not to love? At Pins social club you can enjoy food and drink, bowling, shuffleboard (whatever that is – probably yet another thing I’d be terrible at) and then look cool AF on their gorgeous rooftop beer garden which is first come, first served walk-ins only.
The Clubhouse L1
The Clubhouse has been going strong for a few years now, and is still looking good with its American Hamptons -style decor. Their outdoor seating makes a nice space for post-shopping lunch or cocktails.