If you’re anything like me then you probably spend a good 80% of your week counting down to the weekend. Whether I’ve got 2 days of back to back plans or a weekend of watching Netflix stretching out in front of me, nothing gets my heart a flutter quite like that Friday feeling. Back in my student days Saturday nights were spent stumbling through Concert Square with some cheesy chips in my hand at 3am. Now I’m a sophisticated adult (insert scoff here) however I like to find some alternative ways to spend my evenings. Here are my top ways to spend a Saturday night in Liverpool…
Don’t scoff at the thought of spending your Saturday night playing bingo just yet. Boombox Bingo comes from the guys at Sphinx Quizzes (who also host some of the best pub quizzes in town throughout the week FYI) and is a who’s who of musical bangers. Instead of numbers on your game sheet you’ve got allll the classic songs from Peter Andre’s Mysterious Girl to Wonderwall with a stop at Bon Jovi on the way, it’s worth going for the boogie alone. It’s eyes down and ears up to tick off as many songs as possible and get that all important full house. Boombox Bingo has undergone a new year makeover so you can expect even more tunes and whole load of banter from the hosts. And with up to £300 worth of prizes (including cold, hard cash) you can spend you evening bopping, dabbing and winning. Keep an eye on the Sphinx Quizzes website for the dates of all the events this year.
Burst your sides at a Comedy Club
Nothing quite beats a good ol’ laugh does it? Those ones where your sides hurt, your eyes are streaming and you just can’t stop. If you’re not lucky enough to have people in your life who make you laugh like that (maybe switch your mates up if so) or if you just fancy a good giggle then heading to a comedy club is a sure fire way to put you in the greatest of moods. Liverpool has a few on offer including Hot Water Comedy Club on Seel Street and Liverpool Comedy Central down near the Albert Dock.
Sample Liverpool’s finest Independents at Baltic Market
The guys at Independent Liverpool can seemingly do no wrong. Championing Liverpool’s independent scene they have opened people’s eyes to the local gems right on our doorsteps. Last summer they opened the Baltic Market, transforming Cains Brewery into a haven of fuss-free food and delightful drinks all from, you guessed it, Liverpool’s independent businesses. They switch up the food stalls on offer every few months and the communal seating means you can have your main from one stall and a side (or three) from somewhere else, perfect for the indecisive among us. The open plan and friendly vibe make it the perfect place for a chilled and tasty Saturday night. Baltic Market is open Thursday-Sunday.
Head underground at the Williamson Tunnels
I lived next to/on top of the Williamson Tunnels in my second year of Uni and we were lucky enough to get free tickets to some of the gigs and events they put on. Although I can’t lie and say the music is up my street they always had a great atmosphere and there was something pretty special about knowing you were partying in some of Liverpool’s most historic walkways and tunnels. To check out any upcoming events head here: https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Liverpool/Williamson-Tunnels/
Unearth your cultural side at the Philharmonic
Liverpool Philharmonic is a rite of passage for anyone living in or visiting the city. Located in the Georgian Quarter ‘the phil’ as it’s affectionately known is one of the North West’s most forward thinking music halls. Home to everything from jazz and classical to rock and comedy, they really do cater for everyone. One of the highlights are their live actions films. Classic films (think Star Wars and Harry Potter) play accompanied by a live orchestra, meaning watching them at home on the sofa will never quite be the same again.
Go on a ghost hunt with Shiverpool
Shiverpool are a local Liverpool legend these days. Taking you on a theatrical tour of some of Liverpool’s most iconic streets, you can guarantee you won’t spend your Saturday night bored if you book one of these. With 2 walking tours to choose from you can explore either the Georgian Quarter or the business district in a way which means you’ll be walking down them looking over your shoulder for the rest of time.
Nab a hole in one at Ghetto Golf
Mini golf for the cool kids, Ghetto Golf is the perfect way to spend your weekend when you fancy reliving your youth with a cocktail in hand. Putting a decidedly ghetto spin on a classic round of mini golf you’ll find yourself hitting the ball through graffitied caravans, neon back rooms and straight into toilet seats and garden sheds. With an onsite bar and food available, you can easily lose an hour or two on your mission for a hole in one.
And of course occasionally only Pop World will do and when Concert Square calls sometimes you have to listen…