I’ve been a huge fan of Independent Liverpool for ages. In fact they’re one of my favourite things about Liverpool. If you haven’t already heard of them (where have you been?!), they’re two best mates dedicated to supporting, promoting and helping independent Liverpool business grow – from the smallest ones to the ones already standing on their own two feet and rocking it. They have a website which lists a ton of independent businesses who have got involved with their Independent Liverpool card – a super cheap (£15 for one or 2 for £20!) card that gives you all kinds of wild discounts at said independent businesses. Super cool, right?
As well as a really useful website and a nifty card they also do a ton of very cool events themselves and promote other independent events within the city. What one of my favourite things about Independent Liverpool is, is that they continually innovate and announce new, exciting things…the newest and most exciting of which is the Baltic Market!
The Baltic Market is Liverpool’s first permanent independent market, in the Baltic Triangle area of Liverpool, which is full of cool bars and venues like Constellations and Camp and Furnace and I went to check it out this week with some friends and I can say wholeheartedly it is AWESOME. It’s based in Cains Brewery, a gorgeous old building near Liverpool Docks with a brilliant history.
It’s open between Thursday and Sunday; Thursday and Friday it’s open from 5pm for food and drinks, and Saturday and Sunday it’s 11am-11pm with all kinds of fun stuff on including a farmers market and stuff for kids. I went along on a Thursday night, mainly because I was taking advantage of my week off – no early wake up on the Friday, and also because I’ve heard it’s super busy on a Friday night and I really wanted to be able to look around and properly enjoy the experience. We got there at around 5.30pm and we were planning on staying an hour or so, but ended up hanging around until 8.30m because it was so nice.
As soon as you walk in it’s like the nicest space, and really well done. The bar faces you, with the pop up restaurants and tables on the right hand side, and the DJ/stage and more tables on the left hand side, plus a coffee bar. Although it isn’t the biggest space (I actually thought it was going to be bigger if I’m totally honest), they’ve made it feel really light and airy with light wood and lots of white paint. They’ve also kept the roof of the original brewery, which is a nice touch that keeps the history of the venue present.
We grabbed a seat by the DJ, who also happened to be right by an INCREDIBLE feature wall showing all the best bits of Liverpool by local artist Jessica Arrowsmith Stanley – the feature wall might actually be my favourite part of the market so obviously I had to take advantage of it for an outfit pose!
After checking out the DJ for a second while we waited for everyone to arrive, we grabbed some drinks – as well as all the classic beers you’d expect, Baltic Market has a ton of local craft beers and ales. I’m not a beer person, but my lovely friend Liz reported thoroughly enjoying her pint. I just had to check out the cocktail menu and I was not disappointed. I started off with a Baltic Sea Breeze before moving on to a Swedish House Market (which I absolutely managed to misorder as a Swedish House Mafia, obvs and the very lovely staff didn’t even point out my mistake) and they were both well fit. Also more to the point they were really generous portions of cocktail! Usually I’m drinking two cocktails to every pint my friends have because cocktails are usually little, but that is so not the case at the Baltic Market. The pints were around £4 and my cocktails were like £6 so pleasantly priced as well as tasting.
After drinks we went to check out the other side of the Baltic Market for food and this was the part everyone was most excited about I think! There are around 10 food pop ups, some of which already have restaurants in Liverpool and some of which are super new, and they actually switch around every so often so you’ve always got a reason to come back. The pop ups that were open on my visit were Hafla Halfa, Oktopus, Timmy Tikka, the Midnight Delivery, Pao, Slims Pork Chop Express, Italfresh and Little Furnace Wood Fired Pizza. We checked out Hafla Hafla, where Liz grabbed the worlds spiciest falafel wrap and halloumi fries; the wrap defeated her with spice (literally tears in eyes, fearing for your mascara spice) but the halloumi fries were literally wild and Little Furnace Wood Fired Pizza, where I split an awesome pizza with my friend Beth. Possibly the freshest tasting pizza I’ve ever eaten and I am quite the pizza aficionado. I was super tempted to try out the Midnight Delivery, which has an incredible selection of amazing sounding desserts, but the DJ and drinks were so good at the Baltic Market by like 7pm when we were getting food we’d gotten in the mood to go out or a proper night out which we weren’t planning on – that’s how good the atmosphere in the Baltic Market is! Most of the full meals available come in at under £10 – I spent like £25 quid in three hours and had a great time which was also way cheaper than I’d expected if I’m honest.
You can find out more about the Baltic Market on their website, Twitter and Facebook and I cannot encourage you to visit enough – you won’t regret it! I’m planning to go back on a Saturday soon to see it at it’s busiest and I literally can’t wait.