Work Hard, Play Hard
You know the feeling… the office air-con turned up to arctic temperatures, blinds pulled down to stop the glare (or to stop us gawping outside longingly) – time just seems to go so slow when you’re waiting to clock off in the summer. Luckily enough, our city is PACKED with after-work drinking holes no matter what part of town you’re in and regardless of whether you’re after a bottle of fizz, a couple of lagers or some elaborate cocktail concoction that takes longer to make than it takes you to drink. Whatever floats your boat, eh?
The thirst has inspired us to take a look at some of our favourite after work drinking spots. Are you with us? We’ll catch you at 5pm…
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Let’s face it – whilst the Commercial District has its fair share of brilliant pubs we can’t really complain about, HUS was the breath of fresh air we must have been subconsciously waiting for. It’s easy to wonder where anyone went for a rooftop bevvy before this little gem came along.
The only place in Liverpool to serve beer straight from a tank (yes, that huge structure next to the bar contains a TONNE of the good stuff), happy hour in Tithebarn Street’s newest bar is what keeps us waiting for the clock to strike 5 every day.
Lady Of Mann/Thomas Rigby’s
We thought we’d respectfully merge these two iconic Dale Street pubs – because as we all know, it gets hazy in the courtyard and who knows which one is which after a few scoops?
Lady of Mann and Thomas Rigby’s have everything you could ever ask for in an after-work venue – good food, a boss courtyard and probably some of the best beer choices in town. Whether the sun’s out or not, it’s still a firm favourite.
Gin goblets. Pizza slices. Boss music. That’s The Merchant summed up right there. Ok… there’s a lot more to this Slater Street haunt. Say, the prosecco on tap alone is enough to get us there after a long shift.
I mean, where else can you get a beer garden complete with a revolving street food kitchen? Everything about The Merchant is genius, from the Nightcrawler Pizza choices (Francesco Totti, anyone?) to the establishment’s insistence on stocking the funkiest cans and bottles in town – we just want to try them all!
Whether you work in the Hope Street area or not, Pen Factory is always worth the trek. Possibly the most laid-back restaurant/bar/garden in the whole universe, it’s impossible to get bored of this place with its ever-evolving selection of drinks and small plates.
Pen Factory is simply perfect. Perfect for a board game and a bit of grub. Perfect for a cocktail in the sun. Perfect for cosy vibes under the twinkly nights. Ah, Pen Factory… we do love you.
Back to the classics… we can’t see the Pump House ever going out of style. Possibly the most distinctive pub in the most distinctive location on the waterfront, the Pump House has become a bit of a landmark in itself down at the Albert Dock.
Known for its cosy vibes and the best patio views on a sunny evening over the docks – the Pump House is everything you’d ever want in an after work drinks spot, don’t you agree?
City Wine Bar & Kitchen
Ah, City Wine Bar, an Old Hall Street institution (or at least we say so). Long days are nothing without the sound of a cork popping in this little haven of vintage wonder.
The ‘shabby chic’-ness of City Wine Bar (or ‘City’ as we affectionately know it as) with its reclaimed wood and patterns you’d only catch elsewhere at your nan’s house is exactly what makes this place feel like a home from home on a long day. If only we could move in…
There really is nowhere in the world like The Grapes. Once you’re in the Roscoe Street pub there really is no going back – it’s too friendly, it’s too charming, it’s inimitable.
Priding itself on being “everyone’s local”, there is no better place to find yourself on a weekday than up on the rooftop patio with a pint or huddled around the bar deep in conversation with whatever stranger is stood next to you. Typically small, as all the best places are, The Grapes is the place to be after work and we hope that never changes.
Ok, ok… so it’s a chain, but The Alchemist is pretty special – just look at the hundreds of punters who head there daily after work. You don’t have to solely love your drinks served in a copper pot to enjoy this place either.
It’s the novelty of it all really, isn’t it? Despite how yummy those cocktails are, watching the magical cocktail alchemy take place is what really gets us excited here. If only Science was always this delicious…
A little garden paradise in the middle of an urban jungle, Constellations serves the sweet nectar which the Baltic Triangle runs on. All those creative juices have to come from somewhere you know…
Although it’s only been open a few years, things move so fast down Baltic ways that the event space/garden/bar/café is already ingrained in the psyche of the area. With the amount going on at Constellations, how could we ever grow tired of it anyway?
The recently refurbished Sound never lost an inch of its character – it just gained extra space to spread it about in. Duke Street’s favourite local is the home of great music, great pizza and great people.
Cheap as chips with some boss drink choices and food offers on the go ALL THE TIME, it’s hard not to find yourself in the joint on the daily. Whether you’re a local, a student or just popping in after work like us, the love of Sound just brings people together.