Big nights: the top 10 bars for couples in Liverpool

Liverpool’s nightlife has transformed since the city’s hosting of European Capital of Culture in 2008, with more exclusive places to eat and drink than ever before. We take a look at the ten best bars in Liverpool where couples can enjoy a quiet evening in a trendy setting.

Alma de Cuba, St Peter's Church, Seel Street

[caption id="attachment_2053" align="aligncenter" width="600"]source source[/caption] Award-winning restaurant and bar set inside a converted church. An eclectic mix of Cuban and Hispanic and provide a vibrant Latin American atmosphere and you can sample a range of delightful South American and Caribbean inspired cocktails.

Salt Dog Slim’s, 79 Seel Street

[caption id="attachment_2054" align="aligncenter" width="600"]source source[/caption] Modelled on an American dive bar, Salt Dogs’ cocktail menu boasts many potent mixes, with whisky featuring prominently. You can even carry on the party in the exclusive speakeasy bar upstairs – where the Tonic and Tweed cocktail is a must.

Berry and Rye, 48 Berry Street

[caption id="attachment_2055" align="aligncenter" width="600"]source source[/caption] Effortlessly cool venue hidden behind a nondescript black door; all it takes is a couple of knocks before you’re welcomed through heavy curtains to a delightful Jazzy venue. Whisky (as expected) features heavily on the impressive cocktail menu.

Camel Club, 18-22 Wood Street

[caption id="attachment_2056" align="aligncenter" width="600"]source source[/caption] Hip and stylish two floor Moroccan-influenced space with a highly exotic atmosphere but nothing too pretentious. The candle-lit downstairs bar is welcoming, while the upstairs area has a chill out lounge. Drinks aren’t too expensive and music varies from funk to hip hop depending when you go.

Anderson's Bar, 26 Exchange Street East

[caption id="attachment_2057" align="aligncenter" width="600"]source source[/caption] The spacious Anderson’s Bar has recently been transformed into an elegant lounge bar. Spread over two floors, this great meeting place serves a variety of excellent wines, spirits and beers as well as bespoke classic cocktails, with entertainment provided on most evenings.

The Magnet, 45 Hardman Street

[caption id="attachment_2058" align="aligncenter" width="600"]source source[/caption] With a history spanning six decades, The Magnet’s latest face lift has left a pleasantly unpretentious, dimly-lit lounge bar. Set over two levels, with live bands and a comedy club in the basement, it’s a great place to enjoy a drink whenever you visit.

The Philharmonic Dining Rooms, 36 Hope Street

[caption id="attachment_2060" align="aligncenter" width="600"]source source[/caption] The tone in this Grade I listed pub is low-key and surprisingly welcoming considering the crystal chandeliers, original wood panelling and detailed mosaic floor you’ll find inside. The perfect place for a pint or two, where you and a partner can sink into a leather sofa.

Circo, Albert Dock

[caption id="attachment_2061" align="aligncenter" width="600"]source source[/caption] You need to see this circus-themed establishment to believe it. This self-proclaimed "Bar, Restaurant, Freak Show" welcomes a well-groomed, older crowd to its moodily lit interior where a wide variety of beers, spirits and cocktails are served by waitresses dressed as ringmasters.

Camp and Furnace, 67 Greenland Street

[caption id="attachment_2062" align="aligncenter" width="600"]source source[/caption] Housed in a huge converted factory, the sprawling Camp and Furnace has a delightfully bohemian flavour, with an exceptionally warm atmosphere despite the size of the place. A constantly changing menu of events and an ever-updated drinks selection provides something for all tastes.

Panoramic 34, West Tower, Brook Street

[caption id="attachment_2063" align="aligncenter" width="600"]source source[/caption] Britain’s highest bar and restaurant is 100m above sea level, on the 34th floor of Liverpool’s glistening West Tower. On a clear day you can even see the Welsh hills. The retro-futuristic interior is smart too, with white curves and red spotlights providing a great setting to enjoy a range of cocktails and shorts.

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