Liverpool tops TripAdvisor poll as Britain's Best Nightlife Destination
The City has topped a poll by visitors using TripAdvisor - the world’s largest travel website- who use the site to review the destination following their visit.
As well as bars and nightclubs, the criteria also taken into account are the City’s wider night-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 and London rated third.
Liverpool's musical heritage is legendary worldwide, and this is evident in the venues attracting nighttime visitors. 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.
Lorraine Rogers, Chief Executive of The Mersey Partnership (TMP), Tourist Board for Liverpool City Region, commented: “Liverpool’s nightlife is second to none and a major attraction for visitors to the destination. We’re delighted that the City has been voted as having the best nightlife in Britain by visitor feedback on TripAdvisor.
“Visitors have an unrivalled choice in an attractive and easy to walk waterfront setting – from traditional pubs to stylish cocktail bars; from contemporary fun venues to those steeped in history; they can watch a live band in one of our fantastic venues including the world famous Cavern Club or enjoy a show at our stunning arena and theatres; visit the UK’s highest restaurant or visit the clubs and bars in Ropewalks and Albert Dock. It’s a City that welcomes visitors and appeals to all ages and all budgets.”
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).
The news has been welcomed by a number of TMP Tourism Members.
Robert Nadler, Chief Executive of base2stay hotel, commented: “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, cafes 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.”
Dave Jones, Director of Cavern City Tours, added: “The Cavern Club is the cradle of British Pop Music – it’s the very place where the Beatles’ musical identity was formed. We welcome visitors from across the globe keen to experience the unique appeal of The Cavern. The club plays a massive part in the City’s nightlife scene, and last year attracted 650,000 visitors wanting to hear that evocative Cavern sound.”
Gary Manning, co-owner of 60 Hope Street, said: “It is great news that Liverpool has been recognised as the top nightlife destination. Liverpool’s uniqueness and diversity offers something for everyone and everybody’s pocket. This recognition is well deserved as there are a lot of people who have worked hard to positively promote not just their own restaurants, bars, cafes, galleries, museums and shops, but the City as a whole. It shows nationally and internationally that Liverpool has grown and continues to grow in what it has to offer.”