Liverpool famous the world over is a city with a great cultural heritage and a colorful past, the city was awarded the title of European Capital of Culture in 2008. The popularity of The Beatles and the other groups from the Merseybeat era contribute to Liverpool's status as a tourist destination; tourism forms a large part of the city's economy with over 650,000 overseas visitors flocking to Liverpool each year. The architecture is world-class, with more listed buildings than any city outside London. The heart of the city and its waterfront sit proudly alongside treasures like the Taj Mahal and Pyramids at Giza as a World Heritage Site.
Liverpool is the fourth largest city in the UK with a population of over 435,500 people 45,000 of which are students who study at Liverpool’s two university’s John Moores and University of Liverpool.
The City Centre is small enough to walk around, but black cabs are in abundance if your legs aren’t up to it, the main areas of nightlife in Liverpool have to be Mathew Street and Concert Square. Concert Square is situated behind Bold Street, and this is where you'll find a large number of chains bars and some independents all of whom are vying for you dollar. Expect lots of drinks promos and a number of cheap and tacky pubs and bars,on weekends this area attracts large crowds most of whom are between 18 and 30,that said there are still some diamonds in the dust, so this part of town can’t be ignored especially if your in a large group and fancy some fun till late
If your looking for more of a refined drinking experience then head down to The Albert Docks, this was once the heart of Liverpool’s nightlife, but has given now way to Concert Square, it’s a popular daytime destination with tourists, but as night falls it clears out and offers a more chilled and relaxed atmosphere. Some of Liverpool’s most upmarket venues are to be found here, so it’s worth dressing up a little if your planning on going out around the docks, it’s popular with young professionals and well groomed locals.
Liverpool has some great traditional boozers many of which are superb for real ale, The Ship and Mitre on Dale Street just by the entrance to the Birkenhead Tunnel is Consistently voted one of the top real ale pubs in Liverpool by the Merseyside branch of CAMRA. The pub has a fantastic selection of ale on constant rotation, It also has a large selection of bottled foreign beers. Also on Dale Street is Thomas Rigbys, which receives rave reviews and has a good reputation for well kept ale and excellent home cooked food.
The Philharmonic Dining Rooms on 36 Hope St is another old-timer on the Liverpool pub scene, The Philharmonic is a Grade II listed Victorian building with stunning Art Deco lighting a mosaic floor and an impressive bar. The Phil has been open since 1898, By the 1960s, the pub had become a Liverpool institution, The Beatles used to go there, and John Lennon once complained that one of the prices of fame was "not being able to go to the Phil for a drink" .It is situated across the road from the Philharmonic Hall, it’s now popular with an after-work crowd, and students from the nearby university buildings.