Laura Gois writer of wanderwithlaura shares her favourite Liverpool dating venues
Day and night, Liverpool is a hive of activity and if you’ve chosen to explore this vibrant city, chances are that you’ll get pretty peckish after a few hours pounding the pavements. Whether you’re making a quick pit stop between taking in some culture or simply meeting for a quick coffee, we’ve got you covered for the perfect places to have a daytime date.
Rococo Coffee House 61 Lord Street, L2 1TL
Ideally situated in the heart of Liverpool’s main shopping streets, you may have to look a little harder for this hidden gem. Look out for the staircase leading up to the first floor; you come out onto the most beautifully decorated coffee shop. Sporting three different rooms – one even has a fire burning in winter! – It’s usually not too difficult to find a seat and it has a cosy feel without being twee. Their hot chocolate is better than any big chain but for the warmer days, their selection of smoothies and milkshakes are impeccable. You can stop for a quick sandwich or just a slice of cake: everything they do, they do it well.
Central Perk Liverpool, 38 Hatton Garden, L3 2RN
Sadly, no longer open
Fans of the popular sitcom Friends, you’re going to love this. Central Perk in Liverpool was designed to look as closely like the Central Perk featured in the show. Their speciality, of course, is coffee with American themed drinks like ‘Long Island Cream’ and ‘Urban Tribe Java’ on offer from 8am until 7pm. Another cosy and casual location that is just perfect for getting to know somebody without the fuss.
The Hub: Alehouse and Kitchen 16 Hanover Street, L1 4AA
One of the best things about The Hub is how the atmosphere is always vibrant. Come on a Friday night and find it packed to the rafters with stylish professionals enjoying a celebratory cocktail. Daytimes tend to be a little quieter but the decor preserves the feel of being somewhere a bit more special than your average pub. With copper pans hanging from the ceiling and your meals served on thick wooden slabs, you’ll feel transported to a gastro pub in a country village. With all food sourced from local suppliers and farms, it’s filling and delicious. And a little tip for later on – the cocktails are divine.
Smugglers Cove Britannia Pavilion, Albert Dock, L3 4AD
Specialising in their rum-based drinks, the Smugglers Cove may not be the first place you think of for a daytime dating location. However, the pirate-themed decor is worth visiting day or night and the selection of food is perfect for those chillier days when you need something to really warm your belly. There’s also a massive selection of starters and nibbles for those just popping in to take a look around. Perfectly located on the Albert Dock, you can look out to the ships moored around the edges and believe you’re really about to set sail. For those of you venturing out on a Sunday, check out their roast – it looks like a good’un. For those dates that might just carry on into the evening, this is one to take a look at.