Liverpool: Gin Distilleries, Breweries & Bars

Liverpool is a city full of wonderful boozers…

Take a trip to this iconic Northern city and drop into one of the city’s countless historical traditional pubs.

Liverpool is a city that is famous for a number of reasons. Despite not commanding the same investment and population of larger British cities, such as London or Manchester, Liverpool’s small stature has helped it maintain a distinct neighbourhood vibe that has seen popular community bars and pubs thrive for hundreds of years. Whilst the culture of the city will forever be dominated by the Beatles and the two Premier League football teams that reside in the suburbs, Liverpool is fast developing a cache of locally brewed (and distilled) alcoholic beverages that are readily on tap throughout these popular pubs and bars.

Stop in for a pint or two in one of these lovely boozers:

The Philharmonic Dining Rooms

The Philharmonic comes at the top of the list thanks to its Grade II listed Gents’ toilets, but it also scores top points for its excellent selection of well-kept ales and beers. Built on the turn of the 20th century, the pub is full of eye-catching features and serves a variety of delicious pub classics in its classy dining room on the first floor. Individual wood-panelled rooms offer a bit of quiet and seclusion, whilst the large drawing room is usually bubbling with lively conversation.

Liverpool Gin Distillery

Castle Street isn’t always on every visitor’s list of places to go in Liverpool, but the Liverpool Gin Distillery is set to change that. Joining the ranks of classy, hip restaurants is this one-of-a-kind distillery tour experience which takes guests inside the machinations of one of the city’s classiest booze-making buildings. You can try your hand at blending your own gin, or skip the tour and settle down for a pint in the relaxed basement bar.

Handyman Supermarket

Tourists to the city will miss a trick by not visiting Smithdown Road, with its plethora of affordable restaurants and traditional community pubs which include the recently opened Handyman Supermarket. This brewery/pub always has a few brews of its own tap including a curated selection of ales mostly from other northern breweries. The warehouse style building was once the home of a well-established hardware shop and the owners honoured its legacy by keeping the name.

The Ship & Mitre


There are a dizzying selection of beers on offer at the Ship & Mitre including British ales, Continental brews and plenty of American beers. There’s rarely a time when this popular pub isn’t crammed with locals which always makes for a fun drinking environment, but this doesn’t mean that you’ll struggle finding a seat. The building is deceptively vast and offers plenty of seating alongside its curious naval interior design.

Ye Cracke

Popular with university lecturers and builders alike, Ye Cracke is one of the most storied pubs in Liverpool, boasting over 200 years of history and plenty of local heritage to boot. The building includes several curious rooms to drink in, including the War Room, the oldest part of the pub which makes for a cosy hangout if you can get in there. During the summer locals make the most of the pub garden (one of a few decent spots in the city) and the pints are as cheap as they come.

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