Better times are coming, the shutters will soon be raised, doors will open, and the city is purring back to life. 

Getting together, eating out, pints in the sun, they are all within touching distance. All the hard work, the pulling together, the scouse spirit was worth it. All the total heroes who have kept us alive, kept us sane, kept us fed and watered – we salute you and thank you. 

So this is the month to get out and enjoy old favourites, to discover new haunts, and get to the art of the city. 

But remember stay safe, keep our city clean, and be kind. 

Book Tickets For An Open-Air Cinema at The Bombed Out Church

THEY’RE BACK! The Independent Liverpool cinema shows have been in some iconic venues of the years and this summer we will be popping-up at Liverpool’s iconic Bombed Out Church for two screenings a day for two weeks 16th-29th August. There’ll be a gin bar, local food trader, desserts stall and more. Tickets have flew out and we’ve only got a handful left so grab them quick here and keep an eye on our socials to see if we add anymore.

Walk the River of Light Trail 

A giant rainbow bridge, an illuminated butterfly mobile, two-meter-high dandelions floating at the pier head and a massive washing line on Castle Street, not things you see every day, but things you can see on the River of Light Trail till the 5th of April.  The 2km walking loop has 11 stunning audio and visual installations and is a great chance to explore parts of town we’ve missed over the past 12 months. More info here.

Explore the Biennial 

When it comes to the Liverpool Biennial it’s often the outdoor artworks that last long in the memory. So while you wait for indoor displays to open later this year it’s a great chance to explore the new works in our public spaces. Everything is based around the concept of the ‘The Stomach and the Port’ and explores the body and ways of connecting with the world. Check out Rashid Johnson’s ‘Stacked Heads’ at Canning Dock, Teresa Solar’s giant ‘Osteoclast’ at Exchange Flags, Linder’s ‘Bower of Bliss’ at Liverpool ONE, Larry Achiampong’s ‘Pan African For the Relic Travellers’ Alliance’ dotted across town, and Jorgge Menna Barreto’s wild plant mural ‘Mauvais Alphabet’ on the side of Bluecoat. 

Have a pint with your mates 

It’s been a long time coming. We’ve been longing for a pint, a gin, a softie, a coffee, anything in liquid form purchased and savoured outside our own four walls.  Beer gardens, pavement cafes, terraces, little strips of outside space with a couple of tables, we’re here for the lot. Loads of top places are doing all they can to give you space to meet up (safely), too many to list but we’ll share as many as we can on our socials. You can find a good start here.

Visit Sefton Park Palm House’s New Coffee Shop

Sefton Park, daffodils and Easter themed hot chocolates. The beautiful Sefton Park Palm House are open for takeaway hot drinks, cakes and more daily from 10am-4pm. Lighter nights, bluer skies and longer evenings are here and we are all for it.

Get Your Steps In

Liverpool is a unique city. It’s a hustling, bustling, urban melting pot, but there are great swathes of open spaces within easy reach. You can be in the thick of it on Bold Street in the morning and taking big gulps of fresh air on Crosby Beach in the afternoon. And we’ve never appreciated having these spaces on our doorstep more than during lockdown. They’ve been places to escape to, to exercise in, to lose ourselves and to come together. Things are inching back to life again, the food markets, street food, fine dining and rooftop bars will be turning heads, but our love affair with the open-air isn’t over. If you’re looking for a dose of the outdoors, here are our favourites. Just remember when you leave again, do it without a trace, litter is for losers. More here.

Get into alfresco dining

Pretend you’re in Madrid, Barcelona, Miami, wherever, this is the time to support your favourite independents through the medium of eating alfresco. We can’t predict the weather but we can predict loads of local businesses who can’t wait to have you back. If you’re nesh and the warm glow of helping out businesses who’ve had a hell of a 12 months isn’t enough whack on an extra layer or two and enjoy the costa del Merseyside. Again so many great places to list but there’s some inspiration here.

DIY Cocktail Kits

Lockdown has seen the rise of ‘cook at home’ kits from some of our famous restaurants and FINALLY there’s something to wash it down with. Take Press Bros. Coffee for example – a coffee bar shop in Baltic Market famed for their flavoured espresso martinis. You can now enjoy the delights of a Biscoff or Ferrero Rocher espresso martini with fresh espresso, toppings, sauces (and a cocktail maker if you’d like it!) without even leaving the house. Grab one here. One of, if not the, Liverpool’s best cocktail bar Berry & Rye are also doing the same! Grab them here. If you don’t fancy the faff of making and want some suggestions for pre-made cocktails, hit us up and we’ll provide a list.

Go Back To The 1950’s

If you haven’t got a time machine to hand, we’ve got a much better (and easier) suggestion. Planet Vegan Diner is a new 1950’s American diner and is opening on 2nd April for takeaway. Restrictions are due to be lifted May 17th so you’ll be able to dine in from then but for now you’ll be able to get takeaway Thursday-Sunday. The aesthetics are worth visiting for alone but we’ve had a sneak peak of the preview and it should have vegans, meat eaters and everybody queuing for the goods. Address: 77 Lark Ln, L17 8UP.

Baltic Market goes outdoors 

Missed hanging out with your favourite people, eating the best street food, and soaking in the buzz of the Baltic? Well you’re in luck because the Baltic Market is back. From April 14th you can get your fill Weds-Sunday of the best eats, alfresco beats, gin slush and good times. No booking, just grab your team and pray for sunshine. More info here.

Hang out at The Bombed Out Church 

One of the most unique venues in the city The Bombed Out Church is already open to have a wander around and from the start of April you can grab a coffee from the cafe, then from April 12th the garden bar will be in full swing. It’s a great place to while away a couple of hours and watch the world go by.

Take A Bite Out Of The Big Apple

Undeterred by the pandemic – two best friends recently opened a New York inspired sandwich bar on Allerton Road. As if opening as an independent isn’t scary enough in normal times – we commend these two lads and their shop Derek’s for taking a risk. But it seems as if its paying off daily as you basically have to camp out the night before to get a hand on one of those sweet, sweet sandwiches. Follow their socials here.

Cream Classical: Ibiza Edition

Tickets for Cream Classical on the Waterfront on Saturday 18th September have now SOLD OUT! But fans need not despair as Cream HQ have added a new live show ‘Cream Classical Ibiza on the Waterfront’ giving fans the chance to snap up tickets for Sunday 19th September. Last week’s announcement of the inaugural festival which is set to takeover Liverpool’s iconic Pier Head generated huge demand for tickets, with over 40,000 people registering. Saturdays sold out instalment will see the amazing Kaleidoscope Orchestra, performers and vocalists come together to perform a live show of spinetingling classics from Cream’s early club years, whilst Sunday’s instalment will feature an all new set list featuring some of the biggest tracks from Cream’s longstanding residency on the white isle plus DJ sets from the likes of Armand van Helden, Groove Armada, Roger Sanchez, Seb Fontaine, Tall Paul + more. Tickets here.

Good Friday

Fancy turning a good Friday into a great Friday? Here’s some suggestions for a boss local chippy here. Whether you’re religious or not – who needs a further excuse to have some fish and chips? Crispy batter, flaky fish and chips soaked in salt and vinegar. Drooling? Don’t worry, we are too.

Treat Yourself To A Baltic Burger

Self proclaimed “proper heavy burgers” are being flipped out of Coffee and Fandisha’s kitchen every Saturday in April by a very talented chef in Liverpool. The chef has been well known for cooking in some of Liverpool’s best restaurants but lockdown has allowed him to develop a very tasty looking passion project. Head over to their Instagram here to see how to order them.

Spring in the Square at Exchange Flags

We’re lucky to have loads of great outdoor spaces and Exchange Flags is up there with the best of them. Every Friday – Sunday head down for street food, live entertainment, DJ’s, cocktails and street food. It’s going to be a popular one though so best to book in advance. More info here.

Words by Angela Barlow