The university experience is sold to students as three years of constant partying, chilling with your best friends 24/7 and overall, just living your best life. Our reality has been so different from the university life of those before us, having been plunged in and out of lockdowns and various restrictions for the last year. I started university in 2019, so in fairness, I did have six months of normality before life as we know it was gone. This short taste of normal student life has got me so excited for when the world begins to open back up. From the pubs and bars opening to actually being able to visit the campus, here’s what I’m most looking forward to about post-COVID life in Liverpool.
One of the biggest fashions of 2020 was bottomless brunch, with everyone flocking there as soon as the rule of six and substantial meal rule was introduced. While bottomless brunch seems pricey at first glance, but for that, you get a meal and around £60 worth of cocktails! Turtle Bay in Liverpool is the perfect Bottomless venue, and their Victoria Street restaurant has outdoor seating, so will be perfect for all your brunch needs from the 12th April. Also, a top tip for those with upcoming birthdays, if you book a table at Turtle Bay, they ask for your date of birth, and, you may receive a gift in your emails ready for when they open back up!
One of the main things you look forward to as a Liverpool student throughout the year, regardless of COVID, is evening drinks in the summer at The Brookhouse after lectures. Oh to be sat under the fairy lights looking out onto Smithdown as the sun sets in an evening with a pint in hand. The Brookhouse is the perfect place for students to catch up with each other. Whether you go with your housemates or course mates, you’re bound to bump into someone else you know outside the group you’re there with. It’s the place to be on Smithdown road on those lovely spring-summer evenings.
For nights out, Concert Square is our go-to, and now that outdoor bars are opening up, it is yet again the place to be for a great (COVID-safe) night out. Before the second lockdown in November, I spent a couple of evenings sipping Modo’s luxurious but affordable cocktails, and I am so excited to be back there again later on in April. While it’s not quite the same as a proper 2019 night out, we’re taking what we can get right now and will certainly be making the most of Modo and Soho’s outdoor seated areas until we can be stood up dancing in the crowded inside areas of the bars.
One of the small things I never really realised I would miss is nipping to a café for a drink with my friends. Whether it’s in between lectures on campus, in the middle of a shopping trip, or simply just on a Saturday, you really can’t beat a café trip! Cafés are the perfect place to have a cosy catchup with friends over a coffee and cake, to take a break from the rush of everyday life. Personally, I really miss spending hours in the various cafés on Bold Street back in first year and can’t wait to have that small luxury back. One café in particular worth trying is Papillon on Hope Street, which has the cutest and chic Parisian vibes.
The small things
Amongst all the things we’ve learnt to value this year, there are some small things that I can’t wait to experience again, even if they may be a while off yet. Firstly, I did not realise how much I would miss face to face lectures and actually being allowed to visit campus. I can’t wait for the days in September when we’ll be able to sit in Abercromby Square between lectures with a Starbucks.
From next week we’ll be one step closer to all these things that seem so fresh and exciting, despite being taken for granted in our past lives. Will you be treating yourself to a bottomless brunch with the girls, a house night out to the Brookhouse, a Friday in Concert Square or perhaps all three?