How to spend a romatic city break in Liverpool
If you’re looking to take a romantic trip away soon I highly recommend spending a fun filled yet intimate weekend in Liverpool. You will find everything from romantic bistros to bowling. Read below for all my recomentions on how to get the best out of your trip.
You have arrived on a lovely sunny afternoon in Liverpool, and you have parked up and made the 2-minute walk to your hotel to check in. If staying at Aloft Liverpool as I did, it’s worth parking in the NCP which is right near Moorfield’s station and its discounted parking at just £12 for 24 hours.
The rooms here are lovely and spacious with some amazing views, depending on the room you book. If you go in one direction from this hotel you will find yourself in the shopping mecca that is Liverpool One within just 2 minutes. Walk the other way and you will end up on Castle Street which is a real hot spot for some amazing bars and restaurants. A personal favourite of mine is Castle-st townhouse which has an amazing Gin selection and live singers. It’s a perfect date location.
But before we get to the gin, I suggest finding somewhere for dinner. If you’re after a light lunch and want to save yourself for the evening, the lovely Lucy in the Sky coffee shop is just around the corner from the hotel. Maybe you want to make the most of the nice day: why not take a to be famous Liverpool waterfront and enjoy a walk around The Royal Albert Dock? Not only is it a very picturesque walk, but it’s also filled will lovely bars and cafes to enjoy a bite to eat. One O’Clock Gun has an amazing food menu and the pies look amazing.
After a lovely afternoon exploring Liverpool, it’s time to head back to the room and get ready for the evening. If you’re feeling a bit wiped out from travelling or all the walking around, then why not go and rest your legs on one of the many sofas inside the Everyman Cinema. You don’t even need to rush to make dinner reservations for before your film because they serve food and drink. Films, burgers and beers are all inside the cinema screen. I can’t think of a more perfectly chilled out date night. If you’re going in time for Valentine’s day, check out their socials as they have some special romantic film screenings.
If you’re quite the film buff and fancy something else, I recommend heading to Ma Boyles for the cosy intimate feel and gorgeous food. I highly recommend you try whichever cheesecake they have on offer. After that delicious meal, why not head back up to Castle Street for some drinks and live music at the Castle St townhouse. with an amazingly stocked bar and lovely decor, this is the perfect place for some cocktails. If you’re anything like me and love Gin then you have to check out Liverpool Gin Distillery. They have so many amazing Liverpool Gins. They do also offer tours so if it’s something you would like try check it out via the link below.
After waking up to the lovely city view and having a nice little coffee in your room (aloft have Nespresso machines in the room and honestly the highlight of my recent stay) it’s time for breakfast and also time to explore some more of the city. If you head up to bold street you will find yourself surrounded by an amazing array of independent cafes, bars and restaurants. A personal favourite of mine is LEAF. They have a fantastic breakfast menu so whether you’re after a full English or fancy a shakshuka this is the place to go.
After breakfast, it’s worth a walk up and down Bold Street which has some great indie shops with everything from clothes to dream catchers. Once at the top, you will find yourself in front of the bombed-out church which is worth exploring. They run regular events including bringing back the outdoor cinema for some valentine’s special screenings. They also hold markets so check out their Instagram page for more details.
If you fancy a relaxing afternoon why not head to 30 st James street for a lounge in their spa, with access starting at just £10pp for 3 hours? It’s’ the perfect place to unwind and have a dip in the pool together. They also have an amazing rooftop bar and restaurant which provides uninterrupted views of the pierhead. If you don’t fancy anything too heavy for lunch, why not go for afternoon tea with a glass of fizz. I also recommend the cocktails I recently had a pornstar martini here which was delicious.
Maybe you’re not the type to sit around and relax and instead like to stay on your feet. I suggest an explore around Liverpool One for some retail therapy instead. They have so many amazing shops. Whether you want to mooch around Waterstones or Ann Summers, together I’m sure you will find something you both enjoy ;)
After all that shopping why not head to Duke St Markets for lunch? This is the perfect place if you and your partner can never decide what to have to eat because in here they have 6 kitchens so whether you want a roast from barnacle or a juicy burger from boneandblock there is something for everybody
It’s a Saturday night. You’re in Liverpool and it’s time to have fun. Tonight you’re heading to Pins social club for a fun-filled night. They have everything from bowling to shuffleboard. Don’t worry if you are hungry, Rocco’s Diner inside has an amazing menu with a cool twist on American meals. The pizza’s look amazing. After a go on the lanes and a few rounds of beer pong, head to the bar for some live music, bands, karaoke, and live music. Check out their socials for details on upcoming events.
If you fancy a slower-paced evening why not head to the Queens bar and bistro for a romantic meal together, followed by a nice bottle of wine from their amazing wine menu.
Stadium tour / Ferry across the Mersey / Royal Liver building tours
After last night you might be feeling a little hungover so why not head down to the hotel’s NYL restaurant for breakfast. They have a great cold breakfast menu as well as offering full English. Perfect to help soak up all that wine from last night.
After breakfast, it’s time to do a little bit of last-minute exploring. If your other half is a Liverpool or Everton fan why not book them a stadium tour? Or maybe a ferry across the Mersey to get a unique view of the amazing waterfront.