NYE 2018: How to spend your night in Liverpool
It’s the biggest night of the year, what have you got planned? Nothing? Well don’t worry because YM Liverpool has put together a trio of NYE options to suit a variety of tastes.
Words by Lawrence Saunders
Big night out
Liverpool is well known for being one of the country’s best nights out, but the city takes it to the next level when 31 December rolls around.
This year OH ME OH MY isn’t letting us down with an evening of fluorescent fun at its BRING THE NEON event featuring glow in the dark make-up artists and live music from eight-piece New Orleans jazz brass band Hornography.
Access to the Goodness Gracious roof garden (pictured) at midnight is on a first come first serve basis but the lucky ones who do make it to the top will be treated to a striking up-close view of Liverpool’s illustrious Royal Liver Building.
We head across the river for our second recommendation and a venue a fair bit more rustic than Water Street’s West Africa House.
Inspired by David Mancuso’s New York loft parties, the Bonsai Hi Fi Sound System party at Claremont Farm in Wirral promises the ultimate get-together for audiophiles.
Veteran Liverpool DJ Pooky will fire up his world-class sound system and spin a selection of rare vinyl pressings for a night of soul, funk, disco, reggae and everything in between.
For many with young children, a heavy night out on the tiles won’t be possible on New Year’s Eve but that doesn’t meant you can’t say hello to 2019 in style.
The Liverpool International Horse Show is back once again at Echo Arena Liverpool and has a packed line-up of family entertainment planned for the final day of the year.
The Shetland Pony ‘Grand National’ and a stunning equine acrobatic and pyrotechnic display will countdown to midnight before a spectacular fireworks show rings in 2019.
Of course there’s no law that says you have to go out on the 31st and if you’d rather avoid decamping the whole clan there is still plenty of fun to be had at home.
Why not gather the family on the couch to reflect on the past year’s highlights before making resolutions for the 12 months ahead or get everyone in the kitchen for your own ‘Bake Off’ competition?
If all that sounds too much like hard work then there’s always a bottle of sherry somewhere and one neighbour who will join hands for ‘Auld Lang Syne’.
Something a little different
If the idea of piling into a sweltering nightclub, overpaying for drinks and waiting for your taxi home till the Twelfth Night doesn’t appeal to you, here’s a more cultured plan for NYE 2018.
Start at 4pm with a trip to Picturehouse at FACT on Wood Street for a screening of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s New Year’s Eve recital – beamed live from the German capital.
Conducted by Daniel Barenboim it will feature four famous works by Maurice Ravel, concluding with ‘Boléro’ – best known for soundtracking Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean’s perfect performance at the 1984 Winter Olympics.
Keep your evening going with an after-show drink at French style café bar Petit Cafè Du Coin on nearby Berry Street.
Specialising in wine, cocktails and cheese, this atmospheric venue earned a big thumbs-up from our reviewer earlier this year.