Want to wow your date? Rough Guides said a night out in Liverpool should be near the top of your ‘bucket list’ of top 50 things to do in the world before you die, and who are we to contradict?

If it’s a first date in the city, or your date is new to Liverpool this is how you can make them fall in love with not just you but our city as well.

Where to meet?

First impressions count, so you want to meet somewhere that’s central and looks beautiful. We’d suggest the Bombed out Church (whose real name is actually St Luke’s) at the top of Bold Street. Failing that the stunning steps of the city’s Metropolitan Cathedral. We’d recommend around sunset for the simple reason that we get stunning sunsets here in Liverpool where the whole sky itself seems to glow orange and pink. It’s something to do with the longitude and latitude but no matter, it’ll get you off to a romantic start.

A little street called Hope

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First dates need hope so where better to go than Hope Street. Before dinner head for an aperitif. We’ll recommend the Pen Factory, a slice of Liverpool history by the team that brought you the legendary Everyman Bistro. It’s a social and relaxed place with a wide variety of drinks letting you sit and chat.

A walk into the city

Hope Street is one of the highest points in Liverpool city centre so from there you can head back into the city. The views are beautiful as you walk along Hardman Street, past the Bombed out Church, St Lukes and along Bold Street. You’re in Ropewalks and now you’re ready for dinner.

Indy grub

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You’re spoilt for choice for a romantic dinner for two in Bold Street. Try Maray for a tasty treat with some great cocktails. Or how about the new Miyagi’s for some Japanese bites? Bakchich brings you flavour from Lebanon. On Berry Street you’ll find Roja Pinchos for Spanish inspired finger food.

A garden in the city

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OK, this is where you need to go all-out for the wow factor, right? Ready. To. Impress.

Head to the Kazimier Garden for a little taste of locally crafted ale and perhaps some live music. There’s bottled beers, cocktails, rum, tequila along with slush and ice cream. A perfect hideaway in the centre of the city with live DJs and music each week.

After dark

Walk off some of that garden haze by heading down to Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle. It comes alive at night, this home of the city’s creative and digital community. Every Friday and Saturday there’s a food slam at Camp and Furnace so try there for DJs, chefs, mixologists and street food. How about Constellations for some music, perhaps a late bite and a drink to dance the night away? If you want somewhere discreet head for the Botanical Garden, a pop up gin garden behind some colourful doors.

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