Football match day guide to Liverpool

The best, attractions, pubs, restaurants and sites for you to experience before and after the game.

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Pre-match pubs

Looking to soak up the atmosphere with a few pre-match drinks in the city centre? Head along to Bierkeller on Thomas Steers Way, where you'll find no less than three bars under one roof. One of those is Shooters Bar, a popular hangout for sports fans thanks to its big screens, pool tables and video game set-up. You'll also be able to get your hands on a few drink deals, as well as a tasty burger menu.

Elsewhere, the aptly named Shenanigans offers everything you'd expect from an Irish bar: live music, live sports and great beer. In fact, they claim to serve the best tasting Guinness in Liverpool.

As you approach Anfield, pop into the The Albert – one of the most popular and traditional pre-match venues just a stone's throw of the ground. Or, join in with a sing-song and check out some Liverpool memorabilia at The Sandon.

Post-match night on the town

Liverpool city centre is awash with night spots, from cosy bars with live music to multi-floor night clubs complete with resident DJs and busy dancefloors. Heather suggests kicking the night off at O'Neills Irish bar on the corner of Wood Street and Hanover Street, where you can catch Liverpool highlights on the big screen. You'll also find a host of bars and clubs in the surrounding streets, such as the Cava tequila bar and the wide range of pubs and clubs located in and around the popular Concert Square area. 

As for night clubs, Heather recommends Empire on Seel Street thanks to its irresistible cocktail menu, heated outside area and laid back atmosphere. And if you're fully determined to cut some shapes until the early hours, pop along to Level for house music, r'n'b and pop tunes spread across three levels (open 'til 4am).

Cultural attractions

In need of a break from the football and nightlife? Liverpool is blessed with tons of great cultural offerings, so whether you've an hour to spare or a whole day to kill, there's plenty to keep you occupied. You could of course take a Liverpool Stadium Tour of Anfield, complete with a visit to the club's magnificent museum – a must for any true red! 

Heather explains: "The tour starts at the Bill Shankly statue, takes you through the press room, allows you to have a look inside the team changing room and touch the famous 'This Is Anfield' sign before taking your place in the dugout, having walked out the tunnel."

In the city centre, meanwhile, you can check out the Museum of Liverpool (which also includes a section on football), learn about a key aspect of the city's past at the Maritime Museum or take the ferry 'cross the Mersey.

A stroll along the gorgeous Albert Dock area is also a must, whilst the Magical Mystery Tour will show you some of the most important locations relating to the history of The Beatles.