Liverpool’s dance club and bar scene is alive and kicking but it’s not necessarily the ideal setting for a romantic date. If you and your new beau share a love of music and fancy a night out in the city then here are our recommendations for bars that play good music but will also give the two of you a chance to talk and get to know each other better.
Pitched as a bar that serves ‘real ale, real food and real music’ Stamps caters for a clientele that prefers a head on their pint and a pie for dinner. Music-wise there’s a lot to choose from, if you like live performances, including Sunday Band Night and the rather avant-garde Ukulele Night. They also host a quiz night every Wednesday – good if you want to impress your date with your general knowledge.
4 Crown Buildings, Coronation Road, Crosby, Liverpool L23 5SR
The Philharmonic Dining Rooms
While you won’t find any live music here, this lavishly ornate pub is a tribute to the Philharmonic Hall that stands opposite. Soak up the atmosphere of this warm and welcoming Victorian pub which is decorated in the style of a gentlemen’s club. If your date is a fan of ales they will be impressed by the range of award-winning tipples and if you get the nibbles there’s plenty of wholesome, hearty food on offer.
36 Hope Street, Liverpool L1 9BX
The Swan Inn
This pub is a good choice for couples who love rock and metal music, who don’t mind sharing their social space with a few bikers. The jukebox is chock full of decent rock anthems and there’s a good selection of real ales available with names like Wobbly Bob, which is sure to be a talking point.
86 Wood Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 4DQ
The Cavern Club
Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club has been a hub of musical activity for the last 50 years, made famous by the Beatles. It might be a tourist attraction but the Cavern is also worth a visit for the wealth of live music that it puts on throughout the night and day, and pleasingly a lot of it is free. If you don’t fancy the club, there’s always the Cavern Pub across the road or the Cavern Live Lounge at the back of the club.
10 Mathew Street, Liverpool, L2 6RE
Named after Django Reinhardt, a pioneering jazz guitarist, this vibrant bar boasts funky beats, live house bands and MCs throughout the week. With an eclectic music policy, from funk and jazz, to ska, soul and hip-hop, it’s a good place to take your date if you want to get away from the house club scene. It does get busy but as long as you get there early, you can enjoy the cocktails and the urban-chic décor without getting squashed.
24 Wood St, Liverpool L1 4AQ
Another place to visit if you’re a fan of the fab four, Lennon’s is the go-to place to if you want to hear the sounds of the sixties while you chat away the hours with your date. Unlike some of the other bars on buzzing Mathew Street, which are at the clubbier end of the scale, Lennon’s offers a comfortable, casual drinking space in which you can hear Beatles songs all night long.
23, Mathew St, Liverpool L2 6RE
This friendly pub with a thirst for all things jazzy is located in the historic Georgian Quarter of ‘Pool. Every Sunday night they put on ‘live jazz with a Latin twist’ courtesy of Jazz Con Fusion, but make sure you get there early as it can get busy. They’ve also made it into the Good Beer Guide so there’s plenty of tasty ale on pump for those with a refined palate.
60 Roscoe Street, Liverpool, L1 9DW
Alma de Cuba
Touted as one of the UK’s most spectacular bars, Alma de Cuba is set in the ostentatious surroundings of a converted catholic church complete with an imposing marble altar and stained-glass windows. As the name suggests, there’s a distinct Cuban feel to this hang-out, which you get in the variety of menus, live bongo shows and 12-piece Latin bands, but if you’re really looking for a date with a twist we recommend the Sunday Service Gospel Brunch which runs from 12-6pm every Sunday.
St Peters' Church, Seel Street, Liverpool L1 4BH