There’s an oasis in the middle of Liverpool that is most definitely my happy place. Nestled in the heart of the Baltic Triangle on New Bird Street, the Botanical Garden is marked by a sign that simply reads ‘Gin’. Yep, you’ll even struggle to find this baby on Google maps. Wander inside and you’re in a rough and ready outdoor bar, complete with deck chairs, fake grass and – new for 2016 – an indoor conservatory area for those cooler evenings.
The graffiti-covered walls mimic the skate park next door with the vivid colours somehow working perfectly with delicate flowers scattered around the space. But the chilled atmosphere will welcome you in even more than the relaxed beauty of the place. Last summer I whiled away whole days here, sipping on a gin listening to the ‘Into the Wild’ soundtrack and soaking up the sun with friends here.
The extensive menu doesn’t stop at gin but even if you aren’t a fan, their delicious cocktails have been game changers for friends of mine! The bar staff are always incredibly friendly and willing to help, providing blankets on cooler days and even table service when it’s quiet. Peckish? The team behind the Secret Diners Club have opened FINCA within the garden so you can satiate your rumbling stomach with delicious Cuban street food.
The fun doesn’t stop at relaxing sunny days though. More and more events are happening at the gin garden this summer – including two incredibly successful outdoor cinema screenings this week! Grease, gin and dancing? Sign me up please. To keep updated on the latest news, the Botanical Garden Facebook page has all the information you’ll need – beware though, you’ll experience a particularly strong wish for the weekend to be here right now.
If you’re looking for a fun place to spend a day (and night) in Liverpool, the Botanical Garden definitely doesn’t disappoint. It’s worth the walk and once you go down the rabbit hole, you’ll never want to leave.