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'Liverpool is the UK's number one night out'

Anyone here surprised?

Written by . Published on November 3rd 2011.

'Liverpool is the UK's number one night out'

OVER they come on the stopper from Manchester and Leeds, the party girls all sashed and bowed, wheeling along their overnight bags, the rainy and grimy cities to the east a dull and distant memory.

It's a constant stream, both at 6pm at Lime Street Station when the train pulls in, and at 2am in the gutters of Mathew Street when all the conveniences are closed.

We are always getting henners and staggers emailing us from other cities asking us for tips of where to go and what to do on their big bright night out by the Mersey.

We should really call ourselves Trip Advisor or something, but shucks, someone got there first.

Now Liverpool has topped a poll by visitors using TripAdvisor - the world’s largest travel website - who use it to review the destination following their visit.

As well as bars and nightclubs, the criteria also taken into account are the city’s wider nigh time economy including restaurants, live music venues, comedy clubs and theatres.

TripAdvisor’s Best Nightlife Destinations is based on the average ratings TripAdvisor users gave each UK destination in the nightlife category when submitting a review during 2011*.


Liverpool topped the poll, with Manchester taking second place (they won't like that) and London rated third.

Statistics can always be manipulated. Let us not forget that we have already been named the UK capital of binge drinking, but that's another (not entirely unrelated) story.

This is about much more than getting leathered at the weekend, insist the tourism mandarins.

Indeed, Liverpool’s musical heritage remains massive worldwide, and this is evident in the venues attracting night-time visitors, they say. Specific venues singled out for praise include The Cavern Club and Royal Court Theatre. Albert Dock, Liverpool Cathedral and the Walker Art Gallery have also been highlighted as key daytime attractions to visit.

Emma Shaw, a spokesperson for TripAdvisor, added: “Liverpudlians should be thrilled their city has been crowned Britain’s best nightlife destination. The city boasts thriving live music and comedy scenes, along with great clubs, bars and restaurants.”

Today’s announcement follows three further recent accolades for Liverpool City Region. For two consecutive years, readers of Condé Nast Traveller have voted Liverpool as the UK’s friendliest destination (2010 and 2011). 


Readers of Group Leisure magazine named Liverpool the Best UK City 2011, and only this week Southport has been awarded the title of ‘The World’s Most Friendly City for Group Tourism’ by the International Road Transport Union (IRU). 

Robert Nadler, Chief Executive of base2stay hotel, said: “As a relative newcomer to Liverpool, it’s been fascinating to compare my own experiences of Liverpool nightlife with what I hear from my hotel guests.

"Apart from the sheer variety, from high culture to hip clubs, the element that everyone finds so special is how ‘real’ or personal Liverpool nightlife is. Live music, from professionals or brilliant amateurs, in bars, cafés or clubs, philosophy evenings in pubs, and a host of independent establishments, all draw you in, inviting you to participate, and supporting Liverpool’s reputation as the friendliest City in the UK.”

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Alan Hird shared this on Facebook on November 4th 2011.
Corporal PunishmentNovember 24th 2011.

Yes indeed! Two ex-squaddies can beat up a young gay man in a Liverpool city centre street right in front of his mother and put him in hospital with serious injuries in a vicious and unprovoked attack and still walk from the courtroom scot-free thanks to out-of-touch judges!

It was months before their victim could walk again.

New judges are required who can enforce the laws and show that hate crime will not be tolerated in our city.

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