If you’re looking for a place to meet up with friends over a cocktail, you can’t go far wrong with Hannah’s: the cocktails are delicious and affordable as long as you go during happy hour (two for £8 from 3pm to midnight Sunday – Thursday and 3pm to 8pm Friday); the atmosphere is great, with live entertainment most nights; and it’s just a five minute walk from campus. Let’s not forget that the city centre is just a short walk away, should the urge to embark on a night of partying take you after a few Long Island ice teas.
The Sphinx Bar
The go-to place for a beverage during the day, the guild bar is a fantastic venue for those looking to sneak in a quick drink and a chat in-between lectures. It may not be the place to take your significant other for a romantic drink, but the affordable drinks and easy access earn it a spot in the list. The location makes it a great place to host socials, though take note of its relatively small size (it can seat around 30 people comfortably). Fun fact: The Sphinx became the symbol of the guild after it was used as the name for the University’s newspaper in 1893, and iit’s this heritage that lead to the naming of the guild bar last year.
Augustus John (AJs)
Augustus John’s biggest selling point is its location (it’s situated just next to Blackwells on University Square), which makes it a frequent haunt for students who prefer a pint of lager to a cocktail. The drinks are cheap and it’s often lively during term time, though be aware that indoor seating space is lacking, as is the atmosphere and charm. It does, however, transform on a sunny day: one can easily while away a few hours in the sun with a group of friends thanks to the plentiful outdoor seating.
Its situation in Liverpool One makes it the perfect place for after-dinner cocktails, with happy hour running all day Sunday – Wednesday and from 12pm to 7pm and again from 10pm till closing Thursday – Saturday. Two cocktails for under £7 is great value considering their quality, and the sophisticated but friendly atmosphere makes it the ideal venue to end a meal out. Its also a great place to catch up with friends over a drink and some tapas, though you may grow tired after a couple of hours due to the repetitive music and lack of entertainment.
Our list of the best drinking places would not be complete without a traditional Irish pub, and we can think of none better than Pogue Mahones. Found on Seel Street next to the Raz, this charming pub is perfect for anyone looking to relax in a friendly atmosphere with a pint of Guinness. The drinks aren’t especially cheap but the £8 three course Sunday dinner is great value, and it’s just a short walk into the city centre if you fancy embarking on a pub crawl.
There are numerous reasons as to why The Font is so popular with students and locals alike. Firstly, its easy to get to as it’s situated next to Unite Accomodation on south campus and as such is a great place to meet up for an hour during lunch or for an after-lecture chat. Secondly, the drinks are affordable, especially the £2 cocktails which actually taste good considering their low price. Thirdly, their burgers and curly fries are amazing, and finally, the place just feels like a student bar, from the comfy leather sofas to the ever-present group playing Mario Kart Wii in the corner. All-in-all The Font is the perfect place to socialise with friends, and we recommend every student go at least once, not least to try the curly fries.