Best Speakeasy Bars in Liverpool

Liverpool is a vibrant and varied city with a nightlife to match. The city has seen lots of rejuvenation and new venue openings over the past few years so you’ll find something for everyone, from the large mainstream clubs for late night dancing, to the classier cocktail venues mixing up a storm.

Most of Liverpool’s nightlife centres around concert square and nearby Seel Street where Hawaiian bars, live music venues and popular sports bars all coexist. But what most revellers won’t notice is the growing trend for secret speakeasy bars popping up across the city.

In this guide I’ll unearth the best hidden bars in Liverpool and where to find them.

Berry and Rye, 48 Berry St, Liverpool L1 4JQ

A typical 1920’s prohibition era speakeasy bar, the front of the bar is unassuming with no signage or any indication of what lies within.

You’ll have to knock the door and hope someone lets you in which might be more likely if you know the passwords. If not, you can try waiting outside with no guarantee of every actually getting in or come back later, it’s all part of the theatre.

The bar has no windows and a low key candle-lit ambiance which adds to the speakeasy vibes. The menu itself is a bible of drinks. Literally, it’s a big leather bound book with every drink under the sun. The bartenders know their stuff with the freshest ingredients and a masterful technique that will leave you thinking cocktail making is a playground activity.

81 Ltd, 81 Seel St, Liverpool L1 4BB
– Text to get the daily access password – Excellent mixologists – Cocktail masterclasses available

Not only is 81 LTD hidden away above another cocktail bar on Liverpool’s Seel street, but it’s also an invitation only venue. You’ll have to text the booking number with your details and you may or may not hear back from them with the daily password to get in.

This venue is so secret that you won’t find it on social media or even on Trip Advisor, you’ll usually hear about it via word of mouth when visiting the cocktail bar downstairs.

Inside, the speakeasy theme continues with exposed brick walls and leather chairs. Behind the bar are very professional mixologists who can make you a drink from the menu or create something a little more tailored to your tastes. They also offer cocktail master classes where you can discover the ingredients and techniques of the perfect cocktail.

Ex-Directory, 8 Vernon St, Liverpool

Find the entrance to this hidden speakeasy bar inside a traditional phone box where you dial the receiver to be let in (although it’s size and enormous sign might be a giveaway that something is up). Head downstairs and you’ll be seated in a stylish setting with table service and a buzzing atmosphere.

The bar is famed for it’s unique cocktail menu that will see your drinks expertly mixed and served in all manner of items from glitter balls to stilettos. They also have large sharing cocktails to enjoy with your friends.

Some Place, 43 Seel St, Liverpool L1 4AZ
– Follow the green glow to find it – Absinthe bar that will change your opinion on the spirit

This really is some place. When you think of Absinthe, you’ll probably reminisce of gross super-strong shots, but Some Place is trying to change perceptions by showcasing excellent cocktails made with the spirit. The bartenders are experts about Absinthe with brands and flavours from across the world. If that’s not up your street, they do have plenty of other beers and spirits to choose from too.

Some Place is discreetly located on Seel Street, look for the glowing green lights to find it and head through the unassuming door and up the stairs to find it. The green glow continues inside the small bar with a very intimate atmosphere and the occasional live music sessions.