Liverpool certainly performs well in any tourist awards these days, beating off Manchester and London into second and third respectively, to be named best night out in the UK in a poll by online consumer revenge litany TripAdvisor.

Liverpool has already been named the UK’s friendliest city and best UK city for 2011 in two separate awards.

That’s certainly validation of the city’s push to become a tourist destination and reflects Liverpool’s move towards tourist and service economies.

Here’s what TripAdvisor singles out as particularly noteworthy in Liverpool:

Alma de Cuba, a Latin-themed bar in a converted church should not be missed, while Newz Bar lends itself well to celebrity spotting. Beatles fans can’t miss Ye Cracke, an old pub thought to be a favourite of John Lennon’s in his student days. The Royal Court Theatre is great for live comedy, while The Shipping Forecast, Cavern Club and Magnet are renowned for live music.

Visitors coming to sample Liverpool’s nightlife shouldn’t ignore the city’s impressive daytime offerings either. Named the European Capital of Culture in 2008, Liverpool clearly offers something for every traveller – The Beatles Story Experience and Paul’s childhood home, as well as Albert Dock’s stories, Liverpool Cathedral and Walker Art Gallery have all proven popular with visitors.

“It is a city which welcomes visitors and appeals to all ages and all budgets,” said
Lorraine Rogers, Mersey Partnership honcho.

And she has a point; Liverpool is about as cheap as it gets for a UK city break. Prices for food and drink generally compare favourably to larger cities around the country; a boom in the number of hotels dotted the city has driven prices down and there’s a vast amount of free stuff to do in Liverpool.

No doubt locals will be chuffed. Not simply that Liverpool came out on top, but that it beat arch rivals That Manchester too…

9 Responses to “Liverpool is best UK city for night out”

  1. I think Percy does kind of have a point, in his first statement anyway – although it’s only a byline, I think it is indicative of what most people automatically think of when the word ‘night life’ is mentioned, and probably what a lot of people might assume from hearing the results of this survey.

    From the sounds of the Trip Advisor report, it was the variety of activities and rich cultural aspects embedded in a lot of what we have that makes Liverpool particularly stand out, rather than anything overly party or alcohol related.

    For me, the accolades in the Trip Advisor report the city should shout about are what an all round great holiday destination it proves us to be, over it being just a good place to get get drunk, which, despite the boozy do byline, I think is encapsulated in this article.

    I guess what I’m saying is; we will always be able to get drunk here, and people will always come here to get drunk, but all things considered I feel that wherever possible we should be mindful to go all out to big up the rich cultural tapestry on offer that attracts longer staying, higher paying tourism and play down the whole alcohol thing, which – for the sake of the city in various ways – really could do with less promotion, not more.

  2. The impression given by the press release and the list of bars, pubs and clubs mentioned is that this is about Liverpool being a fun destination for a night out – and I think we all know what that means.

    We know that Liverpool has more to offer than just drinking, which is why we have a massive website devoted to all the other stuff, but that isn’t really what this theoretical gong is about.

    Like many ports, Liverpool has reputation for throwing a good time probably spawned by shore-leave boozing – that’s not a bad thing in itself but it’s an uneasy association these days, which is probably why trip advisor threw in a para about daytime activities.

    At the end of the day, though, that wasn’t what this story was about. Hence the throwaway abstract.

    As for Percy Street, people can disagree with articles as much as they want. The second it becomes personal, they’re out.

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