How to Spend a Date Night on Duke Street
Date Night’ is a regular occurrence for many couples but planning the perfect date night for your partner can be a difficult task. Liverpool is filled with many thriving areas for you to enjoy meals with your other half and a wide variety of bars serving up all the cocktails you could dream of.
Castle Street, Baltic Triangle, Bold Street and the Georgian Quarter are the most frequented areas for couples but a place that is commonly overlooked is Duke Street.
Stand at the top of Duke Street and whichever way you look; you’ll see all of Liverpool’s infamous historic areas. Look down towards the waterfront and you’ll see the Liver birds standing tall over the city. Turn around and you’ll see the Anglican Cathedral – Britain’s largest cathedral.
Not only does Duke Street provide views over the City, but it is also home to some of Liverpool’s best bars and restaurants, and we have planned out an all-day itinerary so you can show your other half the wonders of Duke Street.
Breakfast – The Perfect Way to Start the Day
Where better to start date day than the aptly named ‘Brunch Club’, serving up all of your breakfast favourites from Eggs Benedict to a full English better known as ‘The Fry’ at Brunch Club. If you fancy something a bit different why not try the Brunch Burger, a Brioche bun filled with a sausage patty, bacon, hash brown, cheese, egg and tomato relish.
Breakfast isn’t quite right unless it’s accompanied by a cocktail, whether it’s a Bloody Mary or a Mimosa you enjoy with your brekky, the Brunch Club cocktail menu is not one to be ignored.
If you’re visiting of a weekend, opt for the bottomless brunch where you can enjoy anything off the breakfast menu and guzzle as much as you can drink for 1.5 hours – all for just £35pp, but don’t forget, this is just the first stop on date day, so don’t drink too much!
Lunch – For the Indecisive Types
Are you and your partner always bickering about where to eat? Duke Street Market is the perfect place for you, with six food vendors offering an eclectic mix of foods from traditional Italian food from Vincenzos to a meat eaters dream menu from Bone and Block plus Indigo Greens serving up an ever evolving vegan menu.
Upstairs in Duke Street Market you will find Pilgrim, an open kitchen restaurant inspired by the Camino Pilgrimage. If you are looking for a meal with a high end feel, Pilgrim is the venue for you.
The menu features an array of Spanish inspired dishes from wood fired mackerel to lamb chops. The menu has been featured in the Guardian and did not disappoint the ever feared Guardian food critics.
Cocktails – Take a Break
Date day can be exhausting, so make sure you make time for a cocktail break. Pins Social Club is the dream day time drinking destination. Not only do they have their very own bowling alley if you fancy a game, whilst you drink but they have a huge roof top terrace which is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail in the sun.
Dinner Time – Let’s Get Fancy
Do you like to be wined and dined? Look no further than Il Forno, a traditional Italian restaurant ran by brothers Paolo and Donato. Paolo is the restaurants head chef and his brother Donato is general manager, together they have created the perfect combination of Italian tradition with a unique and creative flair.
Il Forno offers a wide variety of fresh, handmade pastas, pizzas and for those who like to push the boat out, Oysters served with Caviar.
If you’re a fan of fine wines and a sommelier that can educate you on what you’re drinking, then be sure to browse the extensive wine menu. Wine is served, as it should be, from a carafe.
Il Forno aren’t afraid to push the boat out, they have an indoor restaurant but in 2020 they added an extension to the building, featuring a retractable roof so you can enjoy the sun whilst eating your pasta and sipping on your wine – it really is Duke Street’s Riviera.
Another recent addition to the restaurant is the Cigar menu and again it exudes luxury, offering a variety of cigars including everyone’s favourite, the Cohiba.
The restaurant is located in the thriving East Village Square and is not the only opulent venue to visit in the area. A Tavola, a small Italian café offering small plates of Italian delicacies – A Tavola is owned by the brothers who own Il Forno, so if you’re looking for exceptional food but in a more relaxed environment, then A Tavola is the venue for you.
Also in East Village Square is Sapporo Teppanyaki, a traditional teppanyaki restaurant (traditional Japanese food cooked fresh in front of you). If you like lively dining, and we mean having your dinner tossed in to your mouth, then make your booking at Sapporo – the food will not disappoint.
You must be pretty tired by now, you’ve walked the length of Duke Street, eaten your three meals (plus some) and been drinking Liverpool’s best cocktails and wine. What next? Head to Duke St Boutique!
Just a stones throw from East Village Square where you have just finished your evening meal, lives Duke St Boutique – you’ll spot it from a mile off thanks to the neon pink sign that adorns the building.
Not only does Duke St Boutique offer a prime city centre location, we also offer the perfect combination of luxury, comfort and ease.
There is nothing worse than arriving on a City break to have to stand for 30 minutes checking in – we’ve taken that away so you can check in from your phone, head straight to your Crash Pad to drop your bags and then head out on the town for Date Day!
When you come back to the hotel from your date, check out the fully loaded mini fridge, filled with wine, spirits, soft drinks and snacks, so you can continue the fun back at the room.
Duke St Boutique offer a wide variety of packages suited to couples to make your stay extra special.