Student Guide to Liverpool 2017: City’s best bars, shops, attractions & more
A new academic year dawns and the city’s universities prepare to welcome a fresh batch of students eager to sample everything Liverpool has to offer. With this in mind Your Move has put together its own handy guide to the city’s best bars, shops, attractions and more, which will help keep our new arrivals busy well into next semester.
Words by Lawrence Saunders
A Proper Pictures
Woolton Picture House
Mason Street, L25
Nevermind the multiplex; this is a proper pictures – ice cream, plush velvet seats, just the one big screen and an intermission. Located in the heart of the quaint Woolton Village, the Art Deco cinema was built in 1927 and in 2009 was named by the Guardian as one of the best places to watch films in the country. If you really like it you can hire out Liverpool’s oldest independent cinema all for yourself and enjoy a personal screening of your favourite movie.
Tithebarn Street, L1
With the sad demise of Irish students’ favourite watering hole Pogue Mahone, Shenanigans is one of the few pubs where you can still catch all the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) action, as well as every big rugby, football and tiddlywinks match you could ever wish to see. Conveniently located a stone’s throw from LJMU’s Avril Robarts Library and several student digs, Shenanigans also happens to serve up arguably the best pint of Guinness in the city and hosts regular live music evenings. Oh and if that wasn’t enough, it’ll soon have its own roof terrace – seriously, what more do you want?
City Centre Sanctuary
Seel Street, L1
When popular venue The Kazimier closed its doors in Wolstenholme Square to make way for a multi-million pound regeneration scheme many were relieved the Kazimier Garden didn’t go with it too. L1’s uber-cool garden is still going strong – offering patrons an enchanting oasis in the middle of town in which to enjoy a drink, a bite to eat and plenty of quality live music. Undoubtedly one of the finest places in Liverpool to while away a summer’s afternoon, the garden’s charms are equally as potent in the winter months when the Seel Street space resembles an Alpine ski resort with roaring fires, sparkling fairy lights and goblets of mulled cider.
The Blue Angel
Seel Street, L1
If you haven’t sampled a ‘Fat Frog’ or woke up to find your brand new trainers stewing in a thick coating of ‘Raz juice’ then are you really even a student? We’re not too sure. Venture down to this legendary Seel Street venue on a Monday night for bargain drinks and some seriously cheesy tunes. Interesting fact: The Beatles, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones are all said to have played at the bar in the 1960s.
A Mooch up the Lane
Keith’s Wine Bar
Lark Lane, L17
The Baltic Triangle may have emerged in recent years as the city’s hippest neighbourhood but Aigburth’s own slice of Camden is not to be overlooked. Lark Lane remains the beating heart of Liverpool’s bohemian community and nowhere is its punk spirit more evident than in Keith’s Wine Bar. It might be in need of a lick of paint here and there but Keith’s rugged appearance just adds to the charm of a bar where you can be sure to find a great atmosphere any night of the week.
Grand Central Hall, Renshaw Street, L1
Nevermind picking up your favourite band’s latest record during your weekly shop at Sainsbury’s, LP buying deserves to be given your total, undivided attention. Navigate the myriad of shops and staircases at Grand Central Hall and you’ll find Cult Vinyl, one of the few record shops in the city centre still stocking quality second hand plastic. It’s a treasure trove for any vinyl enthusiast with a healthy mix of rarities and classics no collection should be without.
State of Grace
Free State Kitchen
Maryland Street, L1
A food and drink gem that’s handily positioned for hungry students – you can almost taste Free State Kitchen’s authentic American burgers from the Knowledge Quarter’s libraries and lecture theatres. Alongside Parr Street’s Almost Famous, Free State was part of the new wave of American-inspired diners to hit the city in recent years and it’s still a highlight. Not just an awesome restaurant; head out the back of this former convent in the summer months to find another of the city centre’s coolest beer gardens.
Bold Street, L1
A genuine Liverpool independent success story, Resurrection was founded in 1991 and after a couple of venue changes, has managed to establish itself as the city’s premier streetwear fashion store for men and women – all without losing a shred of its quirky individuality. Resurrection boasts a product range which features well-known brands like Vans, Carhatt and Sugarhill Boutique, but if that’s not your bag then spend hours browsing through rack after rack of quality vintage wears. Some of the city’s most famous sons have been known to frequent this two-storey Bold Street boutique including The Zutons and The Coral. Rumour has it that even Hollywood royalty Samuel L. Jackson stopped by on one occasion for a new Kangol flat cap.
92 Degrees Coffee
Hardman Street, L1
Positioned slap-bang in the middle of Liverpool’s burgeoning Knowledge Quarter is the city’s self-proclaimed first roastery and coffee shop. Named after what its owners believe is the best temperature to begin coffee extraction, 92 Degrees is the ideal retreat for any bushed out student searching for a high-class caffeine kick and a chilled out space to finally finish that stubborn essay.