Venue: The Zanzibar Club, 43 Seel Street, Liverpool, L1 4AZ (0151 707 0633)
Date: Friday 22nd November 2002
Guest DJs: Mark Turner (Tribal Sessions/Orbit), Deep Pan, Dave Magik, Barry Holland
Resident DJs: James e. Baker, Karak
Music Policy: Moving through house, breakbeat and techno and looking at everything in between and beyond
Dress Code: No sportswear except trainers
Prices: £7/£6 NUS and members
February sees Tribal Sessions regular and Orbit resident Mark Turner grace all 3 decks in the Main Room. Expect something amazing from the techno wizard. Residents James e. Baker and Karak complete the main room line-up. The Attic sees Deep Pan (a complete name rip maybe but they are no joke when it comes to their DJing), Barry Holland and Dave Magik all flexing their DJ muscles.
With live visuals from buttermelt and percussion from Bongo Chris there's always something for your eyes and ears.
Price: £7/£6 NUS & members
Dress Code: No sportswear except trainers
If you have read my other tip on McHale's bar, which is close by, you will know that I was somewhat intrigued by the fact that the entertainment in Liverpool starts so early in the evening. When I visited here about half past seven on a midweek night, it was in full swing and apparently had been for some time.
A female singer (pictured) was belting out pop standards to the accompaniment of backing tracks. I have a feeling her stage name was Josie, but I wouldn't swear to it, and she was obviously a big local favourite. I would describe her style as from the Tina Turner / Bonnie Tyler school i.e. 100% and as I musician myself I was certainly impressed with her commitment. I was told that professional acts are interspersed with karaoke, which seems to be extremely popular in the City. Perhaps Scousers just like to sing.
The bar itself has a distinctly Wild West theme, as you can possibly see from the photos and was certainly friendly enough. Despite it's proximity to the University the crowd were, shall we say, not exactly young so your humble VT tipster fitted right in!
I believe there is live music every evening, and it was quite a fun place to go.
Dress Code: No apparent dress code that I could see.
I know this section is known as Nightlife, and I suppose it depends very much on your definition of when night begins whether or not this tip is in the right place. As you can see from the photo, the place styles itself as a Bistro Bar, although exactly what the bistro element is I am at a loss. As far as I could see it was a fairly typical central Liverpool bar with a distinctly Irish feel, which is not unusual given the large Irish influence in the city.
McHale's boasts either live music or karaoke every night, and herein lies the clue to the title of this tip. They start the evenings entertainment at four in the afternoon, which is certainly much earlier than anything I know of in London.
On the evening I was there it was karaoke and in the way of karaoke the standard was extremely varied to say the least. Whilst there were some decent singers, several would have made John Lennon, George Harrison, Billy Fury and other late Liverpool legends turn in their graves. The elderly drunk murdering "My Way" does spring to mind.
Certainly, the pub was friendly enough in the rough sort of way that typifies central Liverpool (or any other British city come to that) and apart from the occasional aural assault it was a fun evening.
Dress Code: None that I could see.
Total time machine! Beautifully maintained (and restored?) early 20th century pub in central Liverpool - excellent ales on tap, too. I had a really nice Adnams Ale here on a quiet Sunday afternoon. It felt as if they'd opened the pub just for me. This award-winning tavern is one of Liverpool's treasures.
Tradition never tasted so good!
If you looking for a good night out you will find it in Liverpool :-) There is a range of clubs & pubs around town, everything for everyone: indie, rock, salsa, live music, disco, hip hop, R'n'B.... and many many more. My favourite places are located one minute walking distance from each other: Revolution, Alma de Cuba with it's carnival atmosphere and Heebie Jeebies - excellent music (you can here Curtis Mayfield "Move on Up" or classic like "I love Rock'n'Roll"), also Mathew Street is good if you like some 70'80'90's; and you can't miss Cavern Club & Cavern Pub there!!! To many to visit at one night;-)) but it is always good :-)
The O2 Academy Liverpool is a great nightclub in the heart of the city. They regularly have live bands on, usually the less well known and small local bands, however it does also play host to several more well known bands such as Echo and the Bunnymen, The Macabees, In Flames and Twisted Wheel).
Wednesday is 'Revolution', and claims to be the 'Only Alternative Wednesday'. It doesnt get that busy, and coulod certainly hold about a hundred more people than were in when I went, but it was still a good night with good atmosphere around the dancefloor.
the picture house is a amazing place to watch all the football, liverpool were on and i was like being in the match singing, random funny shouts amazing atmosphere!!! great football flags from all over the world on the cellings.
Cheap beer and great doubles on offer cheap shots with pool tables and reall helpfull staff,
went backin the night on fri and sat great live music on thr fri and a funny karaoke fella on the sat even heard they do poker on the sunday, shame we had to go on the sun other wise would off been in there.
Dress Code: casual were
Welcome to the heart of the Liverpool that was most influenced by the Beatles! I'm talking about the Cavern Quarter, the area where numerous famous clubs are, among them the Cavern Club which proudly names itself the "most famous club of the world". It started as a jazz club in the late 1950s but became most popular after the Beatles had sort of started their career there on February 9th, 1961. The Cavern Club soon was the heart and soul of the Merseybeat - and became immortal when Brian Epstein discovered the Beatles there in late 1961. It was the starting shot for the most successful band of the world. Of course, the Cavern Club soon became too small for the large crowd of fans that the band attracted. So the Beatles gave their last concert in the club on August 3rd, 1963. Later that decade, the popularity of Merseybeat music had gone down. This and financial problems left the owner no choice but to close the club - which, however, was reopened later that year after a giant outcry by supporters. The Cavern Club never regained its original popularity and was closed again later because of the construction of the subway. Reopened, it became a major part of Liverpool's nightlife scene and has kept this popularity until now. Nowadays, however, most bands playing there are paying tribute to the Beatles or other 60s artists. This doesn't mean that there is bad music: When I went there, we saw a great performance of a Beatles cover band called the Mersey Beatles. It was incredible how similar their voices were to those of the original Beatles. They sang all the famous songs and the crowd went absolutely crazy - probably just like in the good old days.
Btw, it makes sense to also check out the surrounding area. There are numerous nightclubs, bars and discotheques close by.
Dress Code: none
The name for this relatively newly-opened bar refers to the old bakery which originally occupied the site. The Pub has a distictive old world feel to it and has a pleasant ambiance.
The Pubs restaurant is already winning plaudits from locals and visitors for its delicious food. The Bar also sells a huge array of lesser known beers from around the world, so done expect to find the standard beers and ales on tap!
The Pub is well located on Hardman Street, therfore it is easy to get to various attractions on foot, as well as being able to walk to other nearby pubs and clubs.
For an excellent pint and good food, The Fly In The Loaf is the ideal destination
If you are in Chinatown, or close and are looking for a good introduction to the best of British and world beers try this pub
Dress Code: Like most places in Liverpool there is no dress code. (one thing that is really good about this city)
The Krazyhouse is Liverpool's most 'alternative' night out. It is essentially a rock club but plays a wide range of music across its 3 floors...metal, indie, emo and some charts. The 3 floors means that it generally suits a wider range of music tastes and the general atmosphere is really friendly. Feel free to show your wild side as you mingle with a creative and diverse bunch of people.
Its best to stock up on a few drinks before you venture in, in my opinion. Drinks are cheap but limited in range; alcopops and bottled beer are in abundance here (but can be warm on a busy night).
Burgers, chips and other drunken cuisine can be purchased inside the club.
Doors: 9pm-3am Thurs, Fri, Sat.
(There are monthly all nighters on Saturdays 'til 5am)
Dress Code: Anything is pretty much acceptable at the Krazyhouse...jeans, ties, bras, PVC etc. but leave any sportswear/tracksuits at home.
The more creative your outfit the better! It gets quite hot and sweaty so cool clothing is the best option. There is a cloakroom for your coats (at a charge).
Don't wear your shiny new shoes! A mysterious black sludge resides on the floors and attaches itself to nice things. Heels are definitely out as the sludge means people are prone to slipping.
this area is good for dancing and people watching .
the is many a bar in water street you will enjoy the people in this area
the is always some one to help you
Dress Code: casual but no jeans or trainers
We went here twice for drinks and scram (food). The service was awful, slow and far and few in between. The turkey club served did not come without mayonnaise as asked and our drinks sat empty for 15 to 20 minutes, sometimes even up to half an hour. When we finally physically waved them over as if we were steering in an airplane, the staff would come over grudgingly as if we were making them go out of their way.
Nothing special at all and avoid it if you can opt for a way better option.
Matthews Street has a great selection of bars and clubs that do not charge cover. Start out the evening at the Cavern Club where The Beatles were discovered. On a Saturday, a live band was playing and then the DJ played alternative rock mixed with retro music.
We continued on to Cavern Pub (older folks with retro music), 90s bars and clubs, Revolution (dance music mixed with retro and pop) and Mood after 2 am (open until 3 am). Wish I went to Flares the 70s club.
Finish the evening with a traditional kebab and chippies (french fries smothered in vinegar).
Dress Code: Casual to posh, but most places seem to allow trainers (sneakers). However, some many not allow them--only dress shoes.
The main builings are lit up at night...the Liver Building especially looks great at night.
You can also get good viesws from across the Mersey on the Wiiral side by Seacombe and Woodside in Birkenhead.
The Cracke is a great little pub where John formed his first band 'The Dissenters' in 1960. The great news is the decor and layout have hardly changed. Unlike many establishments it retains a maze of little rooms and the walls still sport a rather crazy mural from the '60's. The pub attracts a rather diverse clientele including students for the near by Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. This Institute was part financed by that other guy Paul McCartney. The pub has recently opened up the rear yard making a popular outdoor drinking area.
Dress Code: Anything goes!