This September, we’ll be opening our brand new accommodation building Glassworks in Liverpool. The city is packed full of fun, quirky and interesting places which you might miss. With this in mind we have put together this list of our Secret Spots of Liverpool. We’re including hidden gems of shops that stray away from the highstreet, cool places to grab a bite to eat and where you can go on a night out if you fancy something different. We’d love to hear your thoughts and if you agree with our suggestions...
Fancy a shopping trip?
Sure you’ll probably head straight over to Liverpool One and do the circuit of highstreet shops, but for those with specific tastes, or a sense of adventure, why not investigate a few of these more closely.
Oxfam – Bold Street (1.1 miles away)
Surprising as it might seem, the Oxfam on Bold Street probably has some of the best second hand clothes for much less than other local vintage shops. It's also got the advantage of a super eclectic record collection containing much more hair metal than Liverpool might be comfortable with and most of your course text books will be in the book section.
69A – Renshaw Street (1.1 miles away)
69A is an emporium of everything from the sublime to the ridiculous (in a good way). You want vintage fur coats? Check. You want soviet era propaganda postcards? Check. Bakerlite or gold jewellery? Double Check. We recommend that you dive in with both hands and find your new favourite something.
Also try – POP Bold Street + Little Red Vintage
Probe Records – School Lane (1.4 miles away)
Probe is an established independent music shop, selling a mass of vinyl masterpieces, CD’s and T-shirts. The staff are amongst the friendliest we encountered and we recommend you search out that favourite album of yours here.
3Beat – Slater Street (1.3 miles away)
If dance and electronic music makes you want to dance, you’ll find an array of awesome options here. It's the central point for Liverpool's heavy electronic scene and where you can get tickets to the best dance nights when they sell out online, no-one seems to bother to walk to the centre, even though there's no booking fee.
Lost Art – Slater Street (1.3 miles away)
Lost Art is Liverpool’s home grown skate success story. If you skate, and you need a place to grab anything from bearing to bushings, boards to grip tape, these guys will be able to help. They’ll also be able to point you in the direction of some sweet spots to skate.
Number 2 Bike Works – Roscoe Street (1.1 miles away)
A cyclists dream. The centrepoint of Liverpool's bike scene and overseen by mechanic and punk enthusiast Pasha. Here you can get everything Bike related, repairs, parts or even a whole new frame built from scratch. There's an abundance of Bike Chat for all enthusiasts to get their teeth into.
Take a bite out of this…
You’ve just woken up, you’re starving, your student loan just came in…lets go out for breakfast, or knowing students as well as we do, lunch/dinner. Yeah there will be a mass of McDonald’s and Dominos, but for the special occasions, these might tick some boxes.
Bold St Coffee – Bold Street (1.1 miles away)
Definitely the coolest of all Liverpool's coffee shops. Featuring amazing coffee and food at reasonable prices, it's small but you can usually find a seat. They're not averse to people working or reading there and its large windows overlooking the street mean you can people watch to your heart's content. They also feature new Art every month. A must visit spot for an espresso and piece of cake.
LEAF – Bold Street (1.1 miles away)
If you prefer tea over coffee, then LEAF is for you. With over 20 loose teas to sample, plus a really delicious food menu, you won’t be disappointed. Upstairs they have a space for live music which is available for putting on a whole host of different acts. Keep an eye out!
Mr Chips/Litte Beirut – Bold Street (1.1 miles away)
This place doesn’t necessarily look the business from the outside but once inside you’re transported to the middle east. We recommend either a falafel or a shwarma wrap. We promise that you’ll be visiting time and time again once you’ve tasted how good the food is. Really cheap and friendly. A Favourite.
Tokyou - Berry Street (1.2 miles away)
Bad pun, better restaurant. This small Chinese restaurant it is super fast and super cheap with huge portions of delicious food. They are always busy, which is a good sign, and with the choice available and Beer at £2 you won’t regret stopping by more than once.
Also try – Moose Coffee and Baltic Bakehouse
Few Drinks, maybe a Dance?
Liverpool is full of places to have a beer or three. You’ll come to know many of them during your time at uni. With all this choice it can be easy to stick to the well beaten track. Why not seek out a few of these for that something a bit different.
The Grapes – Roscoe Street (1.2 miles away)
Part of the historic Georgian Quarter, The Grapes is the perfect little pub. Really good prices and every Sunday they have a jazz band playing, who are really good. A selection of craft beer and for the rum drinkers out there, The Grapes has 35 different varieties to select from. They also boast a range of gins, if that’s more your style.
The Ship and Mitre – Dale Street (0.3 miles away)
Offering the biggest selsction of cask beers and ales in Mersyside, the Ship and Mitre is a must visit. With so much choice we guarantee you’ll be drinking something you’ve never heard of, but that’s all part of the fun. Enjoy!
Camp and Furnace – Greenland Street (1.8 miles away)
This huge two room warehouse space that is one fifth bar, restaurant, gig space, club and art space but is 3000% fun. It’s absolutely huge, with a floor space bigger than your average English approximately the size of whatever village most of the students will have come to Liverpool from- holding about 5000 people. Great fun!
Maguires Pizza Bar – Renshaw Street (1.1 miles away)
If pizza and rock music are your thing then Maguire’s is for you. Serving equal amounts of pepperoni and punk from around 4pm most days, this place is full of attitude and we love it. Plenty of live bands grace the stage, regular get together’s to watch WWE wrestling and competitive prices will make you want to turn up again tomorrow.
The Kazimier - Wolstenholme Square (1.4 miles away)
This is THE Liverpool venue. Originally a squatters paridise, the building was renovated and was recently saved from closing. Every band plays here just before there big break, it has amazing acoustics, a balcony so you can see even if you’re not the tallest and good drinks. Plus they keep building things, so the decor changes month on month. Highlights include a giant dragon and a spinning light up big wheel attached to the ceiling. One to visit with a good crowd.
Also try – Constellations, 24 Kitchen Street and Old Bakery Warehouse
(All distances are from Glassworks to location)