With summer on it’s way and a mini-heatwave here this spring, it’s definitely time to make the most of the sunshine with a spot of outdoor dining, especially if it’s a chance to see our mates over a couple of drinks. And to help us catch-up during the warm weather, many of Liverpool’s food and drink establishments are opening up their outdoor spaces, whether it be terraces, gardens or al-fresco dining on the rooftop, perfect for lounging in the sun (when it makes an appearance!). Check out our ultimate guide to outdoor dining spots to try in Liverpool this summer.
Opening up their wooden booths for spring and summer, Maray makes for the perfect spot for meeting up with friends and family during the warmer months. They take cosy to the next level, too, with vines climbing the sides of the booths, as well as heaters in preparation for the unpredictable British weather. This cosy, outdoor set up is only available at their Albert Dock branch. Why not enjoy their Million Dollar Milkshake of Baileys, buttered rum, caramel and pistachio ice cream as you look across the water?
Maray, Unit 4, Britannia Pavilion, Albert Dock, L3 4AD
This gin-filled gem hidden away in the Baltic Triangle has opened up their outdoor dining area once again and it’s just the tonic. Draped in fairy lights and decorated with an array of plants it’s a dreamy set up to enjoy a few drinks. Hopefully later in the year, they’ll be able to open their greenhouse for extra seating and botanical vibes, as well as bring back their delicious gin slushies. Plus, be sure to try their new vendor, Hot Mess, serving delicious Detroit-style pizza.
Botanical Garden, 49 New Bird Street, L1 0BW
A magical spot to visit all year round, Liberté boasts some of the best views in the city, such as the Liver Building in the background. This spring and summer you can enjoy luxury lounging on their rooftop, specially created for those warm days. Dine on beautifully presented meals and say cheers to freedom with refreshing cocktails on the UK’s number one rooftop bar, but be quick as slots are selling out super fast.
Liberté, Bentley Building, 50 Brunswick Street, L2 0PL
The restaurant that once housed the Lang Pen Company offers a beautiful outdoor space away from the hustle and bustle of Hope Street. You can book for both indoor and outdoor dining at The Pen Factory. The restaurant serves up seasonal small plates that perfect no matter how hungry you are, but if you’re anything like us, we’re always hungry.
The Pen Factory, 13 Hope Street, L1 9BQ
5. Ye Cracke
If you’re after a hit of nostalgia then Ye Cracke is the pub for you. Located just off Hope Street, this traditional pub offers an outdoor dining area to enjoy a pint and a roast. One of the oldest pubs in the city, Ye Cracke (pronounced The Crack) knows exactly what the craic is and boasts plenty of history with it being one of John Lennon’s local drinking holes.
Ye Cracke, 13 Rice Street, L1 9BB
Preparing their fabulous alfresco space for summer, The Club House will be going all out with plenty of seating available and most likely bringing back their cabana huts and benches in both the shade and sun for you and your mates to socialise at. Guests can enjoy gorgeous food such as fondue and hanging kebabs alongside cocktails, fizz, or whatever tickles your taste buds.
The Club House, Chavasse Park, Liverpool ONE, L2 9SQ
Possibly one of the prettiest secluded outdoor dining spots in the city, Kazimier Garden is an urban paradise. Located in the heart of the city on Seel Street, this green getaway has a magical tropical vibe, especially during the evenings. The garden, which is open from March 24, features cosy huts and a sheltered terrace making it a great escape on a summer evening, cocktail or beer in hand.
Kazimier Garden, 32 Seel Street, Liverpool L1 4BE
We all love the chance to sample street food and much to everyone’s delight Baltic Market is well and truly back and has their own outdoor dining area. After months inside retreating from the cold, there’s definitely a Biscoff espresso martini by Press Bros with your name on it. Plus with the likes of halloumi fries and mouth-watering burgers, we’ll be there in a heartbeat.
Baltic Market, Cains Brewery, Stanhope Street, L8 5XJ
Who’d have thought a taxi garage could be transformed into an amazing outdoor dining venue? Meraki, which is also an intimate music, arts and wellbeing space, is a little oasis in the centre of Liverpool’s industrial North Docks. According to Meraki’s website, “Liverpool has one of the worst reputations for lack of green space in Europe”, so this bar hopes that by planting trees in their garden we might try and reclaim a bit of that lost nature. Plus, this spot on Dickion Street is also a pretty good suntrap. However, this awesome suntrap on Dickson Street is under threat so needs saving, find out more here.
Meraki, 3 Dickson Street, L3 7EB
Another outdoor Liverpool dining spot is Birdies, with the bar and restaurant bringing bottomless brunches and live music to the Parliament Street venue. Open Thursday to Sunday, you can tuck into street food by Locked & Loaded like burgers, loaded fries, chicken wings and more. You can also book one of their booths to listen to live music or watch a movie or sports match from or take part in their weekly quiz on Thursday nights.
Birdies, 29-31 Parliament Street, L8 5RN
The bowling lanes and the rooftop of Pin’s Social Club are back! This bar on Duke Street serves up refreshing carafes of sangria to share but after the year we’ve all had, we don’t blame you if you order one each. Pin’s Social Club will also be serving up stone baked pizzas if you’re in need of a bite to eat and to soak up that sangria. There’s no need to book your place at the roof as it’s walk-ins only.
Pin’s Social Club, 45 – 61 Duke St, L1 5AP
The Liverpool brewery has helped get us through the past few lockdowns with their beer deliveries but nothing quite beats a refreshing pint of craft beer out in the sunshine. Black Lodge Brewery is back pulling pints, plus they’ll be serving some damn good burgers and buffalo wings too.
Black Lodge Brewery, 3 Kings Dock Street, L1 8JU
Madre Mia, this restaurant’s outdoor dining area is here! The Albert Dock restaurant, Madre, has extended their beer garden where you can sip on a few beers or margaritas and munch on tasty tacos- which sounds like the perfect addition to a meet-up with your mates.
Madre, Unit 6, Atlantic Pavilion Albert Dock, L3 4AE