Posted On: 01/10/2015
By: Scarlett Wonderland
St. Peter’s Square, Seel Street, The Baltic Triangle… they’ve all had their day in the sun, but the time has come for Duke Street to step up and fight for a place as Liverpool’s next nightlife hub.
And that’s exactly what it’s doing.
For a start, Duke Street is host to Liverpool’s first Gin bar and restaurant; Cedar. And, not content with holding the title of Liverpool’s only true paradise for gin-lovers, Cedar also boasts one of the coolest hotels in the city above it.
So, last week we spent a night with Duke Street’s newest tenants to see what the fuss is about – and we weren’t disappointed.
Here are five reasons you need to get yourselves down to Cedar this weekend
As you walk downstairs into the bar you feel like you’re stepping into a 1920’s speakeasy, with low lights, a rustic interior and walls of gin. The atmosphere is really chilled and you can actually hear yourselves speak over the music, (a big plus if, like me, you’re in your late twenties and can’t quite keep up with the kids) making it perfect for a girly catch up or a first date.
To be honest I’m not a big Gin fiend myself (it usually makes me whingey), but even I could appreciate that the cocktails were not only fit AF but 100% Instagram worthy – and not a tear in sight even after 4 of them! So, if you are partial to a Gin, trust me, Cedar is your new church.
Ah, the important bit; what was the food like? Honestly, it was amazing. So amazing, in fact that, we licked the plates clean of all five courses and I had to go upstairs to put my backup, fat dress on before I could even squeeze another drink in (#FatLife #NoRegrets). Cedar specialises in food cooked in a charcoal oven – which means the tastiest meat for all you carnivores out there. But there’s also a huge choice for vegetarians (like myself) – and no half-arsed stuffed peppers in sight!
As a hotel, Cedar is one-of-a-kind. You won’t find any generic, travel-lodge-esque rooms here – instead expect exposed brick, wooden beams and quirky interior design. But the best thing about the rooms has to be the bathroom. Think free-standing bath fit for a princess, huge mirrors for preening and a shower to… well look, all I’m saying is, with a shower like that you’re going to want to make sure you’re spending your night there with someone hot.
With a bar and restaurant downstairs, technically you don’t even need to wreck your loubs by walking anywhere. But, if you do want to spread your wings, Seel Street is a three minute walk away, Liverpool One is just up the road or, if you just want to enjoy the room, it’s right next to the infamous Swift Drinks for your 24 hour alcohol needs.
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