When starting university, the main advice is, “work hard, play hard.” While studying in Liverpool, I have found that playing hard is never difficult, as there is so much to do; especially in the night. With areas such as Concert Square, and pubs, bars and clubs such as McCooley’s, Spoons, Ink Bar, SOHO and Peacock/Moloko (just to name a few) there is such a variety for those who live for buzzing evenings, dancing the night away, and a good time. Here are 10 of the best clubs in Liverpool.
Formerly known as “the Krazyhouse”, Electrik Warehouse is known for some of the biggest Rock, Indie and Alternative music nights in Liverpool. Located on Wood Street, this multi-story club has a mixture of party and industry with its vibrant wall murals and neon lighting combined with slick booths and industrial fixtures. This club is extremely popular for its variety of music, long-running student nights such as Medication, Shit Indie Disco and music genre themed events on Thursdays and Saturdays. So, if you’re out for an all-out raging night or a just few drinks for a chilled time, Electrik Warehouse is definitely the must-visit club and is clearly loved by students.
A very close 2nd amongst our participants, LEVEL on Fleet Street is one of the best late night clubs in Liverpool, and is known as the “place that’s taking you to just that, another level.” With three floors of different genres played by some of the biggest DJs in Liverpool, LEVEL is the perfect club for lovers of RnB, Hip-hop, House and party music.
Cocktail bar, outdoor terrace and underground bar, Heebie Jeebies has it all. Situated in Ropewalks, Heebie Jeebies used to be just a basement dedicated to Jazz and Blues nights. It has now been transformed into a universal hub for every type of person and is known to bring every member of society together and to break down any social barriers. From a fairy-lit courtyard, a bare-brick carven and a polka-dot bar, Heebie Jeebies is a must go.
Located on “Google’s Coolest Street”, Brooklyn Mixer is a club and bar known for their large focus on music and resident DJs, as well as unique bar snacks, Brooklyn beers and cocktails. This old townhouse turned into three stories of lively music, a buzzing atmosphere and a destined good times not only is a club for you and your friends, but £20 per person, you can book a cocktail masterclass and become a bartender for the night, or have a birthday, hen, stag and a fabulous weekend. If you want to take your night out to the next level, Brooklyn Mixer also offers booth packages and table bookings ranging from £120 to £500.
Whacky. Eccentric. Outlandish. These are just three words used to describe PopWorld. With a multicoloured dance floor, bubble gum partying, “pow worthy glances of colour”, pop art across the walls and VIP booths dotted around, PopWorld has been known as one of the most fun clubs in the city, and made for students and the young with their late-night hours, happy hour deals, retro hits and pop anthems, quirky cocktails, themed, colourful drinks and a large number of affordable beers.
Situated in the heart of the nightlife of Liverpool, Concert Square, Fusion is an after-hours club, opening from 1 am to 6 am every day. Being one of the biggest names in partying in town, Fusion’s LED system, booth selection and DJ status are unrivalled, making it a well-known name amongst students, especially those who love to dance. Fusion also includes themed parties, global talent and VIP spaces with booth packages and bottle deals.
7. Baa Bar
One of my favourite places for pre-drinks, Baa Bar, is a loud, vibey place with some of the most interesting shots in Liverpool. Situated on Fleet Street, this two-story venue is known for its amazing atmosphere, famous shooters, tasty Shootails and a large variety of drinks. The best part about it? Entrance is free. While most people start their nights on the first floor of Baa Bar, a lot of people spend their whole nights on the second floor, home to some of the city’s best DJs.
Here’s what is special about MODO: “it’s a Liverpool thing.” Located right in the middle of Concert Square, MODO is a contemporary party space defined by its neon lights, VIP booths, private hire options and a terrace primed for cocktails for both summer and late winter nights. With cool DJs reeling with house hits and hip-hop tunes and exclusive events, MODO is known where to be the place where “high heels and bottles of spirits take precedence”.
Flare is a retro nightclub that specialises in cheesy tunes, groovy beats and an “[arty atmosphere that just won’t quit.” Located on Matthew Street next to the iconic Cavern Club, the club consists of a playlist of pure disco, focusing on diva gold from the ‘70s, but includes classics from the ’90s and ’90s too. This LED-lit dancefloor, home to signature Partini cocktails is open for six days, with cocktails being 2-4-1 on Thursdays.
10. XOXO Nightclub
Last, and certainly not least, ranked at number 10 is XOXO Nightclub. Formerly known as Sugar Hut, this basement has been themed with the colours of black and gold and decorated with futuristic state-of-the-art light effects and a £100,000 Void sound system. It also consists of a VIP area surrounded by a glass balustrade, private bar and VIP hostess service for you and 99 other people. However, XOXO is known for their sell-out parties and events that happen throughout the year.
Just a reminder, this an opinion-based piece, and the rankings are not based on facts. Personally, no matter where you go and what you do, there is such a variety of nightlife options to do in Liverpool, and it is quite clear to see that Liverpool truly is a city where the amount of “playing hard” is unlimited.