Whisky Business, Old Ropery, Fenwick Street, Liverpool, L2 7NT – Visit Now
It may be hard to find, but Liverpool’s Whisky Business is worth the search.
Whisky has suddenly become “cool”. While it has always had a special place in the heart of this booze hound, of late it appears that more and more people are embracing the charms of this magnificent (and much maligned) spirit. To Liverpool’s eternal credit, it has met this renaissance with open – and rather thirsty – arms: the Whisky Lounge’s annual event is a staple in the city’s alcohol calendar, while bars such as Jenny’s and the brilliant Berry & Rye love to celebrate a wee dram. In light of this, it was only a matter of time before some canny manager opened an entire shop devoted to the stuff. Hello, then, Whisky Business, a treasure trove of malts situated in The Old Ropery on Fenwick Street and dedicated to selling a superb array of spirits to the people of Merseyside.
Whisky Business is like discovering a boozy Valhalla
If that has wet your whistle, you’ll have to actually find the place – something requiring a decent knowledge of city centre geography, Google Maps and a fair amount of patience. Hidden in plain sight (next to Jenny’s Bar), Whisky Business is nestled in the basement of a former fish restaurant, making it all too easy to walk in circles without spotting it, only to discover that you’ve actually passed it five times (we speak from experience ). However, if you’re after a bottle of something slightly more specialist than what’s on offer in your local ASDA, finding Whisky Business is like discovering a boozy Valhalla.
There’s pretty much every type of whisky here; from single malt Scotches (we’re big fans of the Auchentoshan 3 Wood) and peaty Irish blends to big, brash American bourbons (because there’s more to this category than just Jack Daniels) and delicate Japanese blended malts. You name it, they probably sell it and, if not, their incredibly knowledgeable staff, who are always happy to chat about their wares on Twitter, will likely be able to order it for you – if you’re especially nice, they may even provide you with a sample of something tasty before you go.
Sure, you could find a few of these bottles in delis and department stores if you looked hard enough, but it’s the little things that really make this place stand out. They can tell you precisely what to get a whisky-loving relative when the only brand you’re familiar with is Bells, or pick out that bottle of something special when you’ve got a set budget. Also, despite the name, there’s more to Whisky Business than just whisky. It’s one of the few places in the city where you’ll find Liverpool Gin on sale, the smoked Chase vodka is a revelation in a Bloody Mary and they have craft beers galore, from Liverpool breweries and further beyond.
There’s been a exciting resurgence independent retailers in Liverpool of late and Whisky Business is a shining example of this. While it’s a total cliché to call this fantastic little shop a hidden gem, it’s definitely somewhere you’ll be firing up Google Maps for.