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Flowing beneath the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, the iconic East River sweeps past the cocktail bars and Jewish delis of the Lower East Side.

And it’s these amazing places that inspired Liverpool’s very own East River. Fantastic bagels, eye-catching brunches, eclectic cocktails and smoothies and coffees and all sorts… combining into the unique energy that is East River. Now from the very limited memory we have from GCSE Geography, we remember that a river has a mouth. And one visit to East River will take that mouth on a soothing meander from interesting cocktail to interesting cocktail. Just as the big City never sleeps neither do East River. Serving up vibrant brunches, eclectic dinners and stylish drinks, East River is here to take you from morning through to night.

Taking inspiration from New York’s lower east side, where gritty high rise buildings mix with upscale apartments and chic boutiques. The menu draws inspiration from this hotbed of culture delivering the very best dishes, bagels, burgers, bowls and bottomless experiences. The space is absolutely beautiful. Like an insight into what Wes Andersons’ home bar would look like. Pastel pink furnishings, exposed brick and framed artwork – it looks like the kind of place hipsters would come to prayer and be baptised in Fernet Branca.

As well as being annoyingly pretty, it’s brilliant to watch the space morph from the early morning until the early hours of the morning. Bagels, coffee and bags of toppings – it would take a few different occasions to work your way through the eye-catchers on the menu. As the early birds, freelancers and lunchers go home a new, intimate and dimly-lit venue comes alive. It’s romantic – and not in the Mark from Love Actually turning up to your house with no warning with giant creepy notecards. Just build up your feelings over time and never pluck up the courage to actually tell them like the rest of us, Mark. East River offers a softer mid-week approach to love and live music and DJs at the weekend to give you something to do with all the energy from the endless Espresso Martini’s.

Speaking of drinks – there’s plenty of ‘em. Like New York, the menu is split into Uptown and Downtown and you’ll struggle to find a bad drink on there. We especially loved the ‘Mile High Clover Club’, it’s a mix of Tanqueray Gin, homemade raspberry syrup, viollette, cocchi rosa, lemon juice and whites finished with a pop-art print on top. They’ve got a whole menu of cocktails to enjoy inside, at the front al fresco on Allerton Road or at the back in their brand new secret garden. The pandemic, in no way shape or form has been a good thing but the increase of outdoor spaces is a trend we hope that stays. 

As if you didn’t have enough reasons to visit, East River have bottomless brunch and dinner offers available all week. Get yourselves booked in here.