Gins on top of the Royal Liver Building

Liverpool’s Liver Birds Bertie and Bella are the face of a brand new tipple. 🦅🍸

Earlier this year we heard the news that Liverpool’s most iconic building was opening its doors to the public. The brand new attraction, Royal Liver Building 360 allowed the public to tour the beacon of the city, including a trip to the clock tower and roof, boasting breath-taking views across Liverpool City Region, Wirral and beyond. 

Just a few months after opening Royal Liver Building 360 are back with another crowd pleaser. 3 brand new hand-crafted gins, available to purchase.

The three gins, ‘Bertie’, ‘Bella’ - aptly named after the two birds - and ‘Nineteen Eleven’ - the year the Royal Liver Building opened - are the creation of Wirral based Handmade Gin Company.

Crafting the Gins

Royal Liver Building 360 worked closely with Claire Barclay, the Head Distiller at The Handmade Gin Company to craft the bespoke spirits which are infused fruit salad, elderflower and apple and a traditional dry gin. 

Claire is a passionate, self-confessed ‘gin snob’ whose family has a background working at the Greenall Whitley Distillery in Warrington. However Claire’s love for gin came relatively recently. 

Gin was never Claire's drink of choice until her gin lover husband opened her eyes to different flavours and blends in 2013. After a successful 22 year career in the Police force, Claire fancied a change. Her friend tagged her in a post on social media for a gin distillery role at Wirral-based Handmade Gin Company. After working her way up the ranks, Claire is now Head Distiller and has a collection of over 200 gins at home! 

Bottling the Gins

The three Royal Liver Building 360 gins, Bella, Nineteen Eleven and Bertie.

The bottles feature bespoke artworks created by local artists and twins, the Jones Boys. Philip and Andrew from Liverpool have crafted 3, art-deco, pastel coloured prints that take front and centre of the chunky glass bottle. 

The twins work perfectly together. Andrew heads out with his camera to take shots and complete rough sketches. Philip looks to remove the detail and focus on the shapes. The images have a strong resemblance of travel posters of the 1920s and 30s, with a modern twist and pastel colour palette.

Along with the labels, the boys have a number of artworks and prints on sale in several stores including RLB 360, across the North West. 

The stopper on top of the Bella and Bertie bottle is of course, a pewter Liver Bird. Meaning that even when the bottle is empty, it still acts as a fabulous momento and sets it above the rest. The perfect way for any visitor to remember their trip to Liverpool.

Drinking the Gins 

Bella's Gin bottle in front of the Liver Building and a fresh Gin cocktail in a ballon glash

Nineteen Eleven 
The gin named after the year of the Liver Buildings ‘birth’ is the traditional gin, with soft juniper notes and is ideally served with a traditional tonic and garnished with juniper and lime zest. 

Bella’s Gin
A fruit salad sweets infused gin, light pink in colour with added shimmer crafted by local business Unicorn Shimmer Co.

Bella’s gin is ideally served with Mediterranean tonic, a wedge of pineapple, raspberries and the optional fruit salad sweet on the side! 

Bertie’s Gin 
Infused with Apple and Elderflower, Bertie is ideally served with a cucumber tonic, a wedge of cucumber and a mint sprig. 

The finishing touch to your local labour of love is a specially commissioned gin balloon glass. 

Buying the Gins

Views from RLB 360

The three gins are available to purchase at the Royal Liver Building 360 visitor centre, along with the specially commissioned balloon glasses. 

You do not need to pay to enter the RLB 360 visitor centre, which contains some incredible models, facts and even a VR experience.

For more information head to the RLB 360 website. 

Royal Liver Building 360 

Royal Liver Building 360 is an immersive attraction located inside Liverpool’s famous Royal Liver Building. The attraction incorporates a unique tower tour through Liverpool’s most iconic landmark, visitor centre and AR experience. 

Tickets for the tower tour are 10 for children and 15 for adults.

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This blog has been written by Jess Cavendish, Digital Manager for Marketing Liverpool. Jess looks after all things website and content related for VisitLiverpool/its liverpool, Marketing Liverpool and Liverpool Convention Bureau digital channels!

Jess loves and Aperol Spritz, her second favourite city (after Liverpool of course), is Berlin.


Royal Liver Building 360
Taking a picture at the top of the Royal Liver Building

Royal Liver Building 360 Tour and experience will re-open on July 4th following a three month UK lockdown. The tour will operate with new social distancing measures, reduced guided tour numbers and additional sanitising facilities in place. For the first time in its 100+ year history, Liverpool’s world famous Royal Liver Building has unlocked its doors to the public with the launch of Royal Liver Building 360, a brand new, must-see visitor experience and fully guided tower tour.