Liverpool is home to a rich tapestry of gastronomic delights. The city boasts an extensive range of multi-cultural eateries, lively bars and independent restaurants, but these venues in particular are causing a storm among students and locals alike. Whether you’re looking for something casual, traditional, classy or innovative, there’s something to suit every taste in this list of the best places to eat and drink in Liverpool.

1. Birdies Bar & BBQ

Located just outside the popular Ghetto Golf, this open-air bar is host to some of the best cocktails and acoustic acts in the city. The venue has its own BBQ food outlet Apocalypse Cow, serving a variety of burgers, ribs and loaded fries, as well as the spectacular dessert parlour Candy Land for the sweet-toothed. As if this wasn’t enough to tempt you, the bar is also dog friendly!

2. Baltic Market

The brains behind Independent Liverpool have done what they do best in collaborating with Liverpool’s top independent venues to bring this delicious fusion of food. Perfect for a group of picky eaters and/or those with dietary requirements, the Market houses various food stalls in the heart of the Baltic Triangle. Grab your friends and grab a bench; this place is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

3. Mowgli

This tantalising street food restaurant is one of the city’s best for Indian cuisine. Forget the traditional curries and samosas; Mowgli brings the true heart of India to Liverpool with its famous yoghurt chat bombs, bunny chow and the Mowgli chip butty. With two sites in Liverpool alone, the restaurant’s popularity and success is a testament to the quality of the food and the superb customer service that people have come to associate with Mowgli. Plus, £1 from every bill is donated to charity, so it’s a meal that will sit well with your conscience as well as your gut.

4. The Alchemist

As the name might suggest, this bar pushes the science of cocktail making to the limits – if you prefer your drink to be smoking, colour-changing or even on fire, The Alchemist is the ideal spot for you. With drinks served in flasks and test tubes and a periodic table menu, this bar really takes its theming seriously. Food is available to soak up the alcoholic concoctions, but the drinks are what you’ll come for.

5. Roxy Ball Room

The Roxy Ball Room is a sure-fire winner for the playful among you. Besides serving a delicious selection of cocktails, pizzas, burgers and fries, the bar offers beer pong, pool tables and ping pong. If you’re feeling really competitive, enter into the ‘Roxy Battle’ on the last Friday of every month for your chance to win a £50 bar tab, and don’t forget to check out the rooftop bar if the weather is kind to you.

6. Leaf

For tea lovers, Leaf is a beacon of all that is sacred and heavenly in this world. This café offers the broadest range of teas in Liverpool – herbal, fruit, scented, green or iced – whatever your preference, they’ve got it all here. If that’s not your thing, the bar serves the usual coffees, soft drinks, beers and wines, and there are some fantastic vegan and gluten-free menus available.

7. Camp and Furnace

With various events taking place every month, including quiz nights, festivals and the famous Bongo’s Bingo, there is always something happening at Camp and Furnace. No matter the nature of the event, one thing stays the same: the quality of the food and drinks is not to be missed – especially the legendary Sunday roast. If you’re looking for a trendy place to relax in the sun, or to discover a new band or art exhibition, this is the place to be.

8. Smuggler’s Cove

This pirate-themed bar and restaurant is a firm favourite with swashbuckling, rum-loving buccaneers. Serving an assortment of meats, pies and small plates, alongside a vast collection of ales, wines and cocktails, the Smuggler’s Cove is a treasure trove of treats that even the most mutinous won’t want to miss. The venue also benefits from live music every night and there are ale-tasting evenings and master classes available if you’re keen to hone your skills.

9. The Moon and Pea

Situated on the popular Lark Lane, this gem serves hearty British meals with a ‘Bring your own beer’ policy. The Moon and Pea is open from morning till night, so if you’re looking for somewhere to relax and enjoy some food before or after a long walk around Sefton Park, this is the place for you.

10. Cosy Club

The Cosy Club features an eclectic mix of furnishings and music that, whilst a little unconventional, brings a unique and welcoming feel above Liverpool One. Although it is located in the centre of the city’s shopping hub, this restaurant and bar is a quiet and low-key hideaway if you want some traditionally British food and drink without the frills (and the noise).