Ever head of a little-known band called The Beatles? Yeh we thought you might have. And you probably know they stemmed from Liverpool, alongside Echo & the Bunnymen, The La’s, The Wombats, Cilla Black, and many popular musical artists. Liverpool is a city steeped in music history, but it’s also a great place to catch today’s artists playing at one of its numerous venues, after all – you never know who might turn out to be the next big thing. Take a look at our round up of great places to hear live music in Liverpool and start planning your next gig…

The Magnet

Located near the river Mersey at the heart of Liverpool is The Magnet, a social hub filled with great music, great drinks and great company. The Magnet has been serving the citizens of Liverpool a veritable concoction of Northern Soul, Disco and Funk since 1964 when they first opened their doors. Find yourself dancing the night away on their sunken dancefloor as the top-class DJs play from the risen booth surrounded by décor guaranteed to transport you back to the swinging 60s.

Note: The Magnet has closed since this article was published.

24 Kitchen Street

An art gallery come music venue, 24 kitchen street represents the perfect mix of culture in Liverpool. The 300-capacity venue is situated between some of the best bars in the city centre, and regularly hosts everything from performance art events to amazing club nights that allow you to soak in the culture of Liverpool during the day, but spend your night partying away. If you’re looking for somewhere that lets you lose yourself to the music, 24 kitchen street is the perfect place for you.

Arts Club

Almost 200 years old, the East Village Arts Club has been witness to it all. Today the Arts Club operates as high-quality concert and music venue in Liverpool, as well as an art space and destination bar. Hosting a variety of international artists as well as the best of local talent, the Arts Club has solidified itself as the place to be. The 900-capacity venue manages to maintain that intimacy with the artist whilst also making way for larger audiences.


Studio2 has played host to some of the biggest rock and alternative acts, including the Smiths, Black Sabbath, Coldplay and even British boyband, Take That. Previously operating as recording studio, Studio2 has now opened its doors as a bar and music venue, bringing together the elements of the old studio and a modern ball, still featuring the ”˜ON AIR’ light above. With a capacity of 200, this venue becomes a veritable mecca for the music fan; experience the history steeped within these walls as a place where a music was made whilst listening to interesting and talented artists play on stage. Partake in their delicious buffet, or drink your way down their fabulous selection of wines spirits, either way you’re in for a good night.


The Leaf on Bold street is the perfect place to see the latest songsmith to walk through town, or to listen to local favourites play their popular songs. Beginning as a small tea shop run by friends in 2007, Leaf knew they wanted to separate themselves from the herd, and so they transitioned into a tea shop and bar, hosting an array of unknown acts ensured to blow your mind. Leaf provide a wonderfully hipster place to sit back and take in a new show whilst sipping on a delicious tea from their menu.

The Zanzibar

Located opposite the Arts Club, the Zanzibar delivers an entirely different atmosphere. Tending to prefer the unsigned artists, the Zanzibar is usually at the forefront of what will be popular. In the past, big names such as Liverpool local Noel Gallagher, Miles Kane and the Zutons have graced their stage, playing their music to a capacity of 300 people. You can dance your heart out on their dancefloor right in front of the stage, or sit down and rest on their raised seating running parallel to the bar. Attend one of their The Zanzibar Presents club nights for a night of live music and good company!

Now you’ve sourced Liverpool’s great music haunts, find all the gigs coming across the city’s venues.