Every now and then I’ll do a little piece on travel, and with being a Manchester journalist, I usually favour the Northern hotspots as London gets lots of coverage as a general rule of thumb. The latest place I visited and spent an action-packed weekend at was Liverpool, so here’s a little review on what to expect from the city, especially when attending a hen party!
I’ve been to Liverpool countless amount of times before. I’m 25 now, and have been visiting the place since being 18 when meeting numerous Liverpudlian friends at University. It’s a big city, but not as big as Manchester, and thats in a good way. Taxis dont take you 20 minutes to get from one street of bars in the evening to the next, and the majority of bars and clubs don’t charge entrance fee. Always a bonus. Anyway, read on for some highlights…
To sleep: Radisson Blu Hotel, City Centre.
Located near the Albert Dock, the Radison Blu is a modern, bright hotel with a very contempary feel. The entrance is spacious and minimal, showcasing a porceline white piano as a key feature. It’s reception bar has funky orange sofa’s,and the actual reception desks are small and stylish, demolishing any sterotypical old fashioned hotel look. Rooms are deep red, mirrors include soft lighting, and hotel beds are so comfy I sank right through it (or so it felt) Oh and I have to mention the black out curtains, what a god send when having a weekend away!
Bad point: The jacuzzi was cold. I mean… does a girl really want to step foot in an ice cold jacuzzi? Not really…
To Eat: Christakis Greek Restaurante & La Tasca
As part of a 16 person hen party, Christakis greek restarante looked after us amazingly well. Not only do they put on a good selection of traditional Greek food for reasonable prices, they also have an entertainment schedule made up of greek dancing, plate smashing and a disco. I had Prawn Cocktail for starter (OK, not the most Greek dish I could have chose) and Mousakka (yeah see!) for my main course. Wine was flowing, the greek men were dancing (always a bonus!) and the hen was doing roly poly’s on the dance floor. Brilliant!
Also had excellent service from all staff at La Tasca tapas restarante, and for £19 per head, we had a spanish feast fit for a queeen!
Bad point: We were 20 minutes late for Cristakis and the Bar Man ‘politely’ told us off – oops. If you ar e late you hold up the entertainment programme. Less of the getting ready malarky and be on time!
To Party: Revolution Bar, Albert Dock and Alma De Cuba.
I may be biased here, as I have always loved a good cocktail and a dance in Revolution. I’ve teared them up across Manchester, Preston, Sheffield, London and now Liverpool, and will never get bored of these fun bars. Situated on the waterfront, the bar looks more prestigious than some I’ve visited. Busy as usual, I found a staff member and enquired about my hen party booking I’d previously made. Did they treat us right? Too right they did! Lined up were 16 glasses on Sex on the Beach cocktails, followed by a cocktail making session especially for the hen. She made two (really strong) Cosmopolitans with the help of a really fun barman, and then we were split into teams for the fastest Strawberry Woo Woo maker competition! Afterwards, we were taken to two decorated hen party booths, and treated to complimentary cocktail pitchers and shots overlooking the waterfront. It was the perfect finishing touch to a fun filled hen weekend!
Alma De Cuba in the centre is another place I’d recommend. Set in an old church, it has a historical feel ( a little bit mystic!) and they do a petal drop from the ceiling at midnight. How sweet!
If your off to Liverpool anytime soon, I would recommend checking out the Radisson Blue for accommodation, and most definitely I would recommend popping down to Revolution on the Albert Dock. Let me know if any of you have been before or will be going any time soon!