This week see’s a week long celebration of everything independent hit our favourite city. Independents week is set to showcase everything that is great about the local indie scene in Liverpool. From bookstores and bars to cafes and cocktail lounges there’s an independent on practically every street corner meaning there’s no better city to be the unofficial home of the Independents.
The celebratory week of events will culminate on Sunday with a Celebrating Bold Street day on, you guessed it, Bold Street. Sunday will bring everything from a farmers market and stalls, pop-up kitchens from local restaurants and live theatre and workshops all on the street that has come to define Liverpool’s love of Independents.
To celebrate Liverpool Independents Week I’ve put together my current top picks from the extensive list of indie establishments…
Utility has long been my favourite shop in Liverpool. OK so it’s not technically exclusive to Liverpool (there’s one in London FYI) but it was born here so it counts. There’s 3 stores in Liverpool to choose from; 2 on Bold Street and one at Liverpool ONE. One is dedicated to furniture but it’s the gift shop that has my heart. Selling everything from quirky birthday cards to unique home accessories this is my one stop shop whenever I’m on the hunt for a birthday present or something to brighten up my bedroom.
This is a relative newbie on the indie scene but it’s made an impression for itself pretty damn fast. The ultimate organic food market this is a supermarket like no other (sorry Tesco you’ll always hold a place in my heart don’t worry.) Browse the aisles of LIV organic and you’ll find all sorts from organic toilet paper and beauty products to alternative snacks and (the best part) an extensive selection of peanut butters. There’s also an on-site cafe which is the ideal place to grab a healthy, organic treat once you’ve had a browse.
This is a gem that I didn’t even know existed until my boyfriend proclaimed it to be his ‘favourite place ever.’ To be fair you’d be mistaken for missing this too unless you walk with your head tilted skyward all the time. Located on Lord Street just past the entrance to Cavern Walks this is like the Mary Poppins bag of cafes. As pretty as it looks from the outside you presume it’s gunna be on the small side…oh how wrong you are. This is a never-ending space of quirky tables and decor making it the perfect place to pass a few hours with a cuppa and a slice of cake.
Oh heebies how I love thee. Is it a bar? A club? Something in between? Heebie Jeebies was the first place I got my groove on way back on my first ever night in Liverpool…oh to be a young, innocent fresher again. Those red neon lights draw me in every time I’m on a night out and a few hours later I stumble out having danced the night away and sipped one too many vodkas. There’s an outside courtyard that’s perfect for an afternoon beverage in the sun and in the daytime it’s often transformed to host everything from barbecues to arts fairs.
The Italian Club
If you’re looking for top-notch Italian food and a welcoming and authentic atmosphere then you can’t go wrong with The Italian Club. I’ve paid this place a fair few visits over the years and I’m never disappointed. It’s simple Italian food done the right way and once you step over the threshold you feel like you’re a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. The carbonara is my personal fave but the pizza’s are pretty top draw too and there’s an extensive vegan menu making it ideal for everyone. Found at the top end of Bold Street (where else?!) there’s also a fish version further up the street that I’ve got my eye on too.
I’m pretty chuffed with that list and reckon it’s got an indie answer for everything you could be looking for in the pool. For all the ultimate independent goss then the guys over at Independent Liverpool are the ones to watch and the undisputed indie kings. Now I just need to go and get myself prepped ready for a Sunday spent browsing stalls and sampling food, it’s a hard life.