Hobo Kiosk, 9 Bridgewater Street, Liverpool, L1 0AR – Visit Now
A relative newcomer to Liverpool’s pub scene, Hobo Kiosk is one of the best bars in the city, a cosy and quirky little bolthole in the Baltic Triangle.
Founded by Delia and Tristan Brady-Jacobs, Hobo Kiosk started out as a curiosity shop but struggled to survive off the footfall in the area and the nipping jaws of the developers. They came up with the idea of a pub for grown-ups, dedicated to the concept of community, and fused with their unique take on design, character, charm and good company.
Delia is as wise as the Liver Birds (but not as old) and can tell you anything you want to know about Liverpool; she can tell you where the best food, entertainment, beer and art is to be had – and plenty of secrets too. Tristan is a well-known local artist and community activist who was the driving force behind the Baltic Green Urban Park next door, a public space packed with multi-purpose artwork / furniture that was all created from old wooden pallets.
Stumble across this bonkers little underground bar and it’s a place you’ll never forget. Navigating past the heavy iron door, a sweeping flight of steps and some red velvet curtains, you’ll feel like Mr Benn wandering into the secret costume shop. And as if by magic, the bartender appears. Pop in for a quiet drink or a lively conversation across the vintage tables. There’s even a few costume accessories down here, but don’t worry, we’ve all ended up wearing the fez after a couple of pints.
The bar describes itself as a ‘Bohemian Micropub’ and serves everything from coffee to beers and gins from local distillers and brewers. They also host creative gatherings where you can catch small but perfectly-formed music, spoken word and other performances, all on the city’s smallest stage. It’s not a late-night bar (unlike most of Liverpool) so you need to get there before Delia kicks out at 10pm. ‘Good Beer and Fine Company’ is the motto at Hobo Kiosk and that’s exactly what you’ll get.