As you probably already know, we’re expecting some of the years warmest weather (and maybe a little bit of rain but we’ll choose to ignore that) over the next week.
We think it’s important to make the most of your time off work otherwise come Monday morning, you’ll be riddled with regret wondering why you sat in catching up with ’13 Reasons Why’ and re-watching 7 seasons of ‘Game of Thrones’ before the new season starts (Did you see the trailer yet?).
To help you make good choices, we’ve come up with a list of 5 of our favourite places in the city centre which offer some cracking outdoor seating, decent grub and most importantly, boss drinks.
Revolution De Cuba – Albert Dock
We’ll start with Revolution De Cuba, a little outside the city sure, but when the sun is shining and the weather is sweet (thanks Bob…) who doesn’t mind a little walk.
The restaurant-come-bar has a fairly generous seating area outside overlooking the iconic Albert Docks. We’ll be honest and say that the number of seats directly in the sun is fairly limited but if you get there handy enough, you should be able to grab a table.
The drinks menu here is pretty special. They offer a huge selection of cocktails as well as some great international beers and ciders. The often have offers on (£3 beers, BOGOF cocktails) so be sure to check these out. The food is also great, especially if you’re not looking for something too heavy during the day. The menu offers a choice of small plates (which rival some of the cities small plates specialists!) as well as burgers, meat etc.
Goodness Gracious (Oh Me Oh My)
Next on our list is the infamous Goodness Gracious. If you’re from Liverpool but you haven’t been here yet, are you even from Liverpool? Perched on top of Africa House at the bottom of Water Street, Goodness Gracious offers arguably one of the best views of the Liver Building there is. It’s pretty special.
Whats on offer? Besides the amazing views of the Strand, they have a pop-up bar which has all the essentials and plenty of space to laze around and enjoy the sun. It can get quite crowded up there though so we would recommend getting there early to avoid disappointment.
Goodness Gracious is open daily (depending on the weather) 12-7 so it might be worth giving them a quick call to check its open.
Small plates. You’re probably seeing these everywhere now. What are they? Small plates! The clue really is the name. More and more restaurants are offering this alternative to the traditional starter, main, desert combination and to be honest, we love it. Depending on where you go, of course, you can basically choose 3/4 dishes and never have to worry about food envy.
We think Pen Factory on Hope street has one of the better and most reasonable menus at the minute. It also has a cracking little courtyard which you can eat and drink in. We had a great selection of dishes to choose from; lamb, chicken, noodles, fishcakes and like many independents at the minute, they’re using Wild Loaf bread which, if you’ve not tried yet, you need to. We also had just enough room for desert and it didn’t disappoint.
Free State Kitchen
Next on the list and continuing our theme of food and booze, we’ve picked Free State Kitchen. Whats on the menu? Very good burgers, dogs and fries. Tucked away on Maryland Street, Freestate Kitchen provides a contemporary menu, both food and drinks, and uses locally sauced produce which we love. Keep it local!
So why Free State? The restaurant itself may not be the biggest place in town, but their garden certainly makes up for it. Not that size matters, of course. If you’re around the Georgian Quarter end of town, and you’re looking for a sun trap with plenty of beer to choose from, then jump into FSK. Just remember to take your flat cap, your fat pants and sun tan lotion. You’ll need it!
The list wouldn’t be complete without everyones favourite gin bar, the Botanical Garden.