Christmas has come early.

This whole keeping up with Liverpool thing at the moment is proving quite troublesome. Every single day it seems as if a new place is opening and shows the city is destined for great things. Never has the risk taker been more alive and never have we had such a wealth of independents worthy of our support. Here’s just six places opening in December you need to check out.


For those of you not aware of the brilliance of Berry & Rye, we don’t blame you as it is literally one of Liverpool’s best kept secrets and best cocktail bars. The bar effuses an eclectic mix of whiskey, Blues & Jazz. It’s an intimate space that brings a touch of the Deep South to the North West. They’re getting a bigger brother as they become custodians of the beautiful Bridewell building in Liverpool. Named after the inn where Dickens resided for 4 years prior to his first visit to Liverpool, Furnival’s Well is a cocktail bar with a Victorian heartbeat. More info here.



Small plates and cocktails of the highest quality take centre stage on Bold Street on a daily basis at Maray. They’ve become one of Liverpool’s most favourite restaurants, take one bite and you’ll see why. It is with great pride that the guys are announcing they are opening a second venue. This time it’s in the suburbs, along the beautiful stretch of Allerton Road which has recently seen a plethora of eateries open. Expect much more of the same but with some little twists and a hell of a lot more cauliflower. More info here.



The independent scene in Liverpool has been explosive as of late. There’s no denying that Liverpool is on a roll and this train shows no sign of stopping. Whilst the main focus has been on food, a new 18-hole urban wonderland full of of good old fashioned fun under the alias of ‘Ghetto Golf’ is to open. The people’s champ Meet Frank will also be slinging their world-renowned hot dogs too, if you weren’t already convinced. They’re opening up at the beginning of December in the iconic Cain’s Brewery which has been a part of Liverpool’s incredible history since 1858. More info here.



The ‘g’ word. Responsible for uncountable hangovers, embarrassing texts to ex-partners and in the words of Winston Churchill “saving more Englishmen’s lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the empire”. You’ve seen the future of gin in Liverpool, now welcome to the history. Meander past the Mayflower and another world shall reveal itself. A world where literature, whimsy and the macabre have mingled together to create a home for all spirits and an environment for you to try them. Say hello to Liverpool’s first Victorian inspired gin bar that will be making its own gin. More info here



Late night eateries, craft cocktails and unlimited pizza by the slice – life isn’t bad on Castle Street, but it’s about to get a whole lot better.. As Bold Street fills to the brim, Castle Street has offered somewhat of a respite for the good people of Liverpool and has become very quickly a foodie quarter. An Izakya is a type of informal Japanese gastropub. They are casual places for after-work drinking. Expect a “build your own bento box” function, quality drinks and the freshest of sushi with a Scouse twist. More info here.



A restaurant that needs no introductions. Everybody’s favourite Mowgli Street Food is about to get a big sister on Water Street in the beginning weeks of December. Due to such popular demand, Nisha has taken the atmosphere, decor and special recipes just a couple miles down the road to a much bigger and grander building. There’s something incredibly addictive about her whole brand; it must be something they put in the Himalayan cheese toast. She’s taking over Liverpool, one chat bomb at a time, and we’re completely fine with that.