Every now and then barren and unspoken of land transforms, in what feels like overnight, into something special. The Baltic Triangle is one of those places.
The likes of Unit 51 and Camp & Furnace are just a few of the area’s attractions, but new places are opening up in abundance to soak up the bohemian atmosphere and the rich creative culture. Just a couple months old The Baltic Social is the latest addition to the area and embodies the spirit that led us to begin our venture. Steeped in deep independent history, the ground floor was originally home to Elevator and is now The Baltic Social, a rather apt name in retrospect.
Siblings of The Onion on Aigburth Road, The Baltic Social is currently in its undiscovered hipster stage at the moment, but as word spreads we are sure it will soon be a favoured hangout of many Liverpudlians. We envisage many heated debates going down in the smoking area as early adopters argue who has been going to The Baltic Social for the longest. The playlist that bellows out the speakers heavily echoes what they’re trying to create, underground tunes that even Shazam can’t detect. We’ve officially coined the term ‘unshazamble’ but please feel free to use it.
As it is on the ground floor of Elevator Studios, the space above ground floor is full of artists, designers, game developers and a whole hoard of other intellectuals. The Baltic Social could be many things: a place for a few after work drinks to take the edge off the day at the office, a place to go see some live music, or the perfect location for a Sunday roast where you don’t have to do the dishes. Whilst we are talking about the roast, it was absolutely divine. Arguably better than our own Mother’s but please don’t tell them that. We had juicy turkey, succulent ham, crispy on the outside roast and fluffy inside roast potatoes, stuffing, honey roast parsnips and celeriac and carrot mash – all drowned in a sea of gorgeous gravy. Every now and then we come across a dessert that borders on the line of a deep religious experience; the sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream was truly life-changing.
The Baltic Social have become famous for their “Punk Afternoon Tea”. Forget frocks and tea, say hello to sliders and Punk IPA. Taking something so classic, prim and proper as the afternoon tea and adding a modern twist with attitude was gutsy but it has paid off. People travel far and high for one of the most unique afternoon teas in the UK. One bite and you’ll see why. Make sure you follow The Baltic Social on twitter @thebalticsocial to keep up to date with their shed load of interesting events from beer tasting with local brewers, vintage fairs to live music. If you recently got down on one knee you can also use the spectacular space they have on offer for the wedding; a giant sticky pudding for the wedding cake would be a must.