5 reviews of The Shipping Forecast in English
Having read the reviews I went with 3 friends from Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds respectively. After visiting the Liverpool One, and the Art Galleries this ‘haven’ was our first port of call for an alcoholic drink. However I was mortified to find that our entrance was barred by a leering ‘bouncer’ who informed us that this venue was for dressed down students only. I other words we were too old. My friends asked me whether agism was commonplace in Liverpool and I was only able to mollify their indignation by introducing them to other more friendly and welcoming venues in the area.
Ahh, a sanctuary in the madness of Slater Street... this is a great place to hole up for the evening, away from the tottering crowds. The discrete entrance helps minimise the wrong type of passing trade (I'm not a snob, honest!) and once you get inside you won't really feel very inclined to leave. Lots of comfy sofas, dark wood and a retro vibe.
With so many awful cheesy bars and clubs, finally a solution has arrived for those seeking a better quality place with good drinks, music a never a hen party in sight. The side entrance helps keep the wrong people out, such as scally types and fancy dress. Although a bit hipster inside, I prefer it to a night of concert square or matthew street. My place of choice on any night out!
Went there last night to see Pop Levi in the 'Hold' basement.
Found the venue from Liverpool Central underground station, walked up Bold Street towards the church and turned right after Concert Square into Slater Street and walked down past Probe Records. It is next to the Jacaranda in the left as you walk down.
The building as a retro feel with standard lamps and old shipping equipment around. The bar is quite large and the staff give good quick service. There is a nice but expensive food menu. Lots of old comfy leather couches to sit on.
The basement is very like the cavern, small, hot, entrance is by a small cast iron spiral staircase near the front door. Room for a hundred people are so. Stage is at the front with a small bar at the back next to the mixing desk, sound and acoustics were ok.
If various hushed voices in Liverpool are to be believed, The Shipping Forecast is 'the new Korova'. Seeing Korova's propensity to burn down every six months or so, I'm really hoping that this isn't the case, because after one night in The Shipping Forecast, I must admit that I'm rather hooked on its charms.
I have to admit that I wasn't expecting much when I walked through its doors. Located on the site of the old 'Flares', I wasn't sure I could cope with yet another ironically themed retro pub. Thankfully it appears that all traces of the buildings rather ignominious past have been thoroughly scrubbed away and replaced by rich dark wood interiors, big comfy sofas, and a wide range of artfully fashionable magazines for you to peruse whilst sipping on your craft beer.
Because yes, 'The Shipping Forecast' is a little bit hipster, and frankly wouldn't look out of place if it were picked up and plonked down in the middle of Dalston. But then again, maybe that's what the Liverpool nightlife scene needs to kick it out of its rut. Plus, with the sad demise of Korova on Hope Street, lord knows that the hip young things of Merseyside need somewhere to congregate.
With its wide range of gigs, DJ nights and indie club nights - as well as its toilets that actually pipe old broadcasts of The Shipping Forecast into your ears whilst you're having a wee - this is one bar which appears to have all the key elements to become one of Liverpool's most unique and best loved bars. Here's hoping it doesn't go too far up its own arse before it shows all the Scousers just what it's capable of.
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