Epic and entertaining things to do in Liverpool at night

Legendary music clubs, hip neighborhoods, and landmark views: here are the top things to do in Liverpool at night.

It’s one of the UK's most prominent culture hubs by day, but the attractions don’t stop there; there’s a reason why people come to experience Liverpool at night. Watch live music at the Beatles-famed Cavern Club or join Liverpudlians in their love of a good party in countless pubs, bars, and breweries. At sundown, stroll along the sparkling Royal Albert Dock, relax at Crosby Beach, ferry across the River Mersey, or ride the city’s big wheel.

There are plenty of fun things to do in Liverpool at night. Here’s how to see and enjoy this great northern city until the early hours.

Bar hop Liverpool’s oldest streets

Find Liverpool's cocktail bars, distilleries, and centuries-old bars on its original heritage streets: Castle Street for cocktail, gin, and wine bars, and Dale Street for old-timer ale pubs. Visit Liverpool’s oldest bar from 1726, Ye Hole In Ye Wall on Hackins Hey.

Why visit here at night?

Learn about Liverpool’s trading history while sipping in grade-listed buildings.

Address:

4 Hackins Hey, Liverpool L2 2AW, United Kingdom
Most bars and pubs stay open until 3 AM Thursday-Sunday.

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Check out the legendary Cavern Club

A night at Mathew Street's world-renowned cubby-hole Cavern Club epitomizes Liverpool’s evening entertainment. It's where The Beatles rose to fame, playing over 200 gigs, and today, it remains a prime live music venue.

Why come here at night?

You can see resident local bands and artists, alongside Beatles tribute acts, for a small entry fee at the door.

Address:

10 Mathew St, Liverpool L2 6RE, United Kingdom
Open Friday and Saturday 11:00 AM-2:00 AM, Sunday-Wednesday 11:00 AM–Midnight, Thursday 11:00 AM–1:00 AM.

Soak up the lively atmosphere at the Royal Albert Dock

Royal Albert Dock has been a riverside fixture since Liverpool’s 19th century trading heyday. A waterfront of warehouses turned into some of the best museums in Liverpool; it’s also one of the most vibrant parts of the city to stroll around after dark when it lights up.

Why visit here at night?

With many restaurants and lively pubs, this is one of the best places to be in Liverpool at night.

Address:

Waterfront Pier Head Promenade Liverpool
Open 24 hours every day.

See the lights of Liverpool from above

Gaze over the city’s lights while slowly turning on the city’s iconic skyline attraction, the 60-meter-high Wheel of Liverpool. While fun at any time of day, it’s particularly romantic at night — jump in one of the 42 glass gondolas for sweeping and sparkling views across Liverpool, which includes commentary on the city’s history.

Why do this at night?

It’s one of the best ways of seeing Liverpool’s landmarks illuminated.

Address:

Waterfront Pier Head Promenade Liverpool
Open Sunday-Thursday 11:00 AM-10:00 PM, Friday-Saturday 11:00 AM-11:00 PM

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See the sunset and sculptures on Crosby Beach

North of Liverpool's city center, the soft-sand stretch of Crosby Beach boasts one of the most beautiful sunsets in the country — the wide-open expanse of sea and sky makes for dramatic and colorful views. Antony Gormley’s Another Place art installation of 100 cast bronze sculptures on the sand gazing out to sea is a must-see.

Why visit at night?

See spectacular seaside scenery without the daytime crowds.

Address:

Crosby, Merseyside
Accessible 24 hours every day, but overnight parking is not allowed.

Enjoy a pint at the Philharmonic Dining Rooms

A truly unique slice of Liverpool history from 1900, the Philharmonic Dining Rooms claim the title of “the most ornate pub in England” for its stained glass, ornate tiled, and carved wood Art Nouveau décor. It's historically famed for being the Beatles' favorite watering hole and well known today for its cask ale and gin selection.

Why go at night?

Combine a visit with a show at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic opposite.

Address:

36 Hope St, Liverpool L1 9BX, United Kingdom
Monday-Thursday 11:00 AM-11:00 PM, Friday-Saturday 11:00 AM-Midnight, Sunday 11:00 AM-10:30 PM

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Explore the quirky world of Cains Brewery Village

Located in the ultra-hip Baltic Triangle area, Cains Brewery Village is a former ex-industrial compound and grade II-listed brewery building turned cultural center. Here, you can find delicious street food, offbeat music bars, vintage clothing stores, and artist studios.

Why visit at night?

You can play a nighttime game of crazy golf with cocktails, watch a band jam, or enjoy a mash-up of bingo and disco.

Address:

Stanhope St, Liverpool L8 5XJ, United Kingdom
Open seven days a week, typically from 12:00 PM until late; traders have individual opening times.

Discover a secret speakeasy bar

Add intrigue and mystique to your evening with a themed cocktail at the mysterious Ex-Directory Bar, a secret speakeasy smuggled away on an alley in the city center. Access the bar by entering a classic red phone box and speaking with an operator (you'll need to make a reservation in advance).

Why visit at night?

It’s one of the most unique nighttime activities in Liverpool.

Address:

8 Vernon St, Liverpool L2 2AY, United Kingdom
Open Thursday-Sunday, 4:00 PM-Late

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FAQs

What are some of the alternative evening attractions in Liverpool?

Aside from pubs and clubs, there are plenty of things to do at night in Liverpool. Watch a performance at Liverpool Empire Theatre, catch a show at the Laughterhouse Comedy Club, or Fans of Liverpool FC can look into tickets for a nighttime game at Anfield: the atmosphere is electric.

What are some fun activities to do with kids in Liverpool at night?

There are plenty of things to do with kids in Liverpool, even at night. Take in a movie at the charming FACT cinema, or get a ferry across the River Mersey at sunset.

What are the best spots for a romantic night out in Liverpool?

Book a table at Panoramic 34 — Liverpool’s highest fine-dining restaurant is on the 34th floor of the city’s tallest building, the West Tower. Make a reservation for sunset and enjoy your courses with spectacular views of the city.

Are there any museums or galleries open late in Liverpool?

Start your evening in cultural style at Liverpool’s museums and galleries with late openings or special evening events. Look out for ‘Late at Tate Liverpool’ at the Tate Liverpool art gallery and the annual House of Suarez Vogue Ball at the World Museum.

What are the most popular night tours in Liverpool?

Historical and ghost tours in the Georgian Quarter led by professional actors are extremely popular. Get a ticket if you dare.