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Drink with a view: 5 of the best rooftop bars in Liverpool to add to your wish list

Liverpool has a world-famous nightlife scene, so it is no surprise that some of the UK's best rooftop bars can be found in this northern port city

The music scene in Liverpool is unsurpassed by any other city in the UK, its foundations being laid by the Beatles in the 1960s. The bar and nightlife culture in Liverpool has developed since this time into one that attracts people from around the world, with pubs and rooftop bars that boast pumping music, spectacular skyline views and an atmosphere like no other.

The number of rooftop bars in Liverpool ensures that there is something different to experience every weekend. Whether you want to mingle with celebrities and footballers in a rooftop cocktail bar, or enjoy a relaxed beer in a secret bar, there is something for everyone.

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1. Sip a cocktail in one of Liverpool's most Instagram-worthy rooftop bars

FIVE cocktail bar is one of the most exclusive rooftop bars in Liverpool, often visited by local celebrities. The intimate rooftop bar, located centrally on Seel Street, offers a menu of innovative cocktails and fine wines to enjoy with amazing sweeping views over the Liverpool skyline and the imposing structure of the red brick Liverpool Cathedral.

FIVE is one of Liverpool’s best kept secrets and is bathed in the sun’s heat in the day and the glow of the moon at night. Plush grey seating under huge parasols, surrounded by shrubs and greenery, and a roster of top DJs and musicians makes this one of the best rooftop bars in the city not to be missed.

2. Fall for the views at Carpathia's rooftop bar

Just steps from the famous Three Graces buildings and the Royal Albert Dock, Carpathia is one of the most trendy rooftop bars in Liverpool. The champagne and cocktail bar promises to offer a flavor of what life would have been like in the first-class bar on the Titanic — the building was the former home of the doomed ocean liner’s parent, White Star Line Shipping Company.

An innovative cocktail and champagne menu has been prepared by expert mixologists, blending traditional and exciting new concoctions. What makes this one of the top rooftop bars are the amazing views – perfect for a date. The Liver building, complete with its green liver bird perched on top, is almost within touching distance, as are the ships floating along the River Mersey.

3. End your night in the glow of a neon-lit rooftop bar

Few rooftop bars in Liverpool can compete with Peacock for its sheer kitsch and bright pink neon signage. The themed environment of Peacock makes this a trendy rooftop bar that is ideal for pre-drinks or all-night parties. The bar is located in the Ropewalks district of Liverpool on Seel Street, close to all that this city has to offer.

The rooftop may not boast the sweeping views that others do. But the enclosed open-air dance floor and seating area bathed in a neon glow is a magnet for people who want to enjoy the beats from the DJ booth with a glass of the venue’s signature gins with the wind blowing through their hair.

4. Challenge your friends over a few drinks and pizza

PINS Social Club, on Liverpool’s Duke Street, brings an element of competitiveness to meeting friends over a drink or two. The ethos of PINS is to make a night out an immersive experience, with bowling lanes, table games and shuffleboards available to challenge fellow drinkers.

PINS serves pizzas, burgers and deli sandwiches and huge burgers in the rooftop bar. With a large outdoor area with wooden benches, a canopy to shelter from the typical British weather and leafy plants, this is the ideal place to socialize over a few refreshing pints and cocktails as the sun shines brightly.

5. Chill in one of Liverpool's top secret rooftop bars

Set on the 8th floor of West Africa House, on Liverpool’s Water Street, Goodness Gracious roof bar boasts some of the most panoramic views the city has to offer. A close-up view of the Royal Liver building and the River Mersey make this one of the best rooftop bars in the city without the crowds.

A wooden-decked terrace is brought to life with large plants and colorful detailing. This rooftop oasis is the place to relax to chill music with an expertly mixed cocktail or two, a barbecue and seasonal pop-up events. Goodness Gracious is still one of Liverpool’s secret bars, but perhaps not for long.