Bombed Out Church Garden Bar, Leece St, Liverpool, L1 2TR – Visit Now
Good news for Liverpudlians, the beautiful Bombed Out Church has opened up its grounds to accommodate a new drinking area known as the Garden Bar. Fully seated, with huge umbrellas that cover the whole table (great for sudden downpours), it’s a stunning location to sit in and enjoy a drink.
When lockdown first started in March, I told anyone who would listen that when it was over you’d have to drag me home kicking and screaming from my first night out. I was going to go large. I was going to make up for all the missed socialising and then some.
A very civilised way of socialising
However, four months later, my resolve had very much waned. I’d become accustomed to Zoom drinks, had taught myself how to make cocktails (poor but effective – if I had a bar I’d call it Heavy Measures) and going out felt alien. And anyway, wasn’t it too soon? It felt too soon.
Reader, it isn’t too soon. Yes, it’s premature to venture back to bustling bars and clubs (their time will come) but the hospitality industry has adapted magnificently to the new regulations imposed upon them. The “Liverpool without Walls” scheme is focused on making the most of the outdoor space in the city, quickly. It’s heartening to see the creativity and flexible thinking being implemented.
It’s impressive how relaxed it all feels, like it’s always been there
I visited the Bombed Out Church’s Garden Bar last weekend and it was lovely. That might sound twee but it was, it was nice to catch up with friends and share a bottle of wine but also I felt completely safe and after the initial weirdness of being outside, it was great.
As you walk in, reception directs you to a table and explains how it all works. QR codes are finally having their moment in the sun: to view the menu you hold your phone over a code and are then directed to a website where you can make and purchase your order. It’s all table service and all staff are masked. You’re asked to reuse your glass throughout your visit (saves on waste and contact). You can’t get up and wander about or join other people’s tables but for those who hate small talk, this might come as a blessing. If you want something to eat, Turncoat Pizza is onsite and you can order to your table.
No matter how beautiful the location is, it’s the people that make it
It’s a very civilised way of socialising. It’s impressive how quickly it was put in place and also how relaxed it all feels, like it’s always been there. Also, the real praise has to go to the staff who are friendly and attentive and go a long way to ensure it’s a comfortable experience. A reminder that no matter how beautiful the location is, it’s the people that make it (so tip generously).