Summer of sport
Liverpool is home to dozens of top sports events, from the Grand National to the Merseyside Derby, so Your Move has assembled a guide to the perfect sporting weekend in the city, whether you’re eager to get active or a spectator on the sidelines.
Score a match pint
You won’t miss a single kick, forehand smash or moment of track and field action at Bierkeller. Nestled in the heart of Liverpool ONE, the Bavarian-themed bar is a sports fan’s paradise, screening live football, cricket, rugby, boxing, athletics and more on an array of screens – including one of cinematic proportions – in the upstairs Shooters Sports Bar. Its vast beer hall serves authentic German beers in steins the size of your head and there’s always a raucous atmosphere throughout the venue on matchday, creating the kind of ambience that’s second only to being inside the stadium. Like most popular bars during major sporting events, Bierkeller tends to get packed out, but it’s possible to book a table and secure the next best thing to a ringside seat.
If England manage to top their group at the Euros or Team GB comes away with a record medal haul, the traditional way to celebrate would be to crack open a bottle of bubbly. You’ll find a wide selection of those on offer at Abajo, Liverpool’s first bar specialising in Cava. Located beneath Roja Pinchos on Berry Street, this Catalan-themed nightspot is the ideal place to celebrate a victory in style. It even serves up a range of tasty Spanish bites so you can replenish the energy you spent cheering on your favourite athletes. A word of warning: dousing yourself in bubbly like a Formula 1 driver after a podium finish won’t go down particularly well in a classy place like this, especially if you’re celebrating an England victory over Spain. Hey, it could happen.
On the run
There are few things more motivating than a great sporting performance. From memorable underdog victories to world-class displays, athletic feats are nothing short of inspiring. If watching your favourite sporting hero secure silverware inspires you to get active this summer, why not take up running? Whether you hold aspirations to become the next Usain Bolt or simply want to improve your general fitness, Liverpool’s dockside is the route to success. Beginning behind the city’s famous Albert Dock, you’ll race your way across the cobbles into the marina before arriving at Otterspool Promenade, enjoying riverside scenery along the way. This route is ideal for runners of all abilities, who will cover between three and four miles each way. And if you’re not one for flying solo, the Dockside Runners club meets outside of the Nike Store in Liverpool ONE on Tuesdays and Sundays to tackle this route.
Refuel the unique way
Sporting success and fitness feats are about more than just physical exertion. You won’t get very far without the right fuel in your engine. Whether you’re striving to lead a healthier lifestyle or about to start training for that upcoming marathon, the fitness food and range of cold-pressed juices and shakes on offer at Unique Juices and Nutrition will help you achieve your goals. Situated on Eaton Road in West Derby, the healthy eatery was opened by nutritionist, bodybuilder and fitness model Sarah Griffiths last year. Unique’s menu includes vegan and vegetarian dishes, balanced breakfasts, superfood salads, protein shakes and even healthy cakes – yes, such a thing actually exists – all of which can be enjoyed on site or as a takeaway. Outfitted with a stylish interior design which sports a white, green and black aesthetic, Unique serves up steamed and grilled dishes prepared using locally-sourced ingredients and its nutrient-rich juices and shakes are available to order online.
Get your freestyle on
Budgetary constraints are no excuse for sitting on the sidelines during Liverpool’s summer of sport as there are plenty of ways to get involved without spending a penny. Located just two miles from the city centre, Princes Park is good for more than just a casual kickabout with jumpers as goalposts. This Grade II-listed greenspace is one of several Liverpool parks to install outdoor gymnasium equipment for all of your exercising needs. No gym membership? No problem. If cardio is more your thing, Princess Park hosts a weekly, free, timed 5km running event organised by parkrun UK, which attracts more than 100 runners from the local community. There’s also tennis courts so you can work on your backhand and claim bragging rights over your friends.
Know your history
If the home nations’ performances at this summer’s top tournaments fail to bowl you over, there’s plenty of inspiration to be found in the annals of Liverpool’s rich sporting history. The Museum of Liverpool is the place to go to immerse yourself in the city’s footballing, boxing, and horse racing heritage. Highlights include displays dedicated to the great rivalry between Merseyside’s red and blue footballing strongholds, the world-renowned Grand National, Liverpool’s boxing history and more. These exhibits, which span everything from Everton and Liverpool trinkets to Grand National memorabilia, can be found on the second floor of the waterside venue in its Wondrous Place gallery.