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How to make the most out of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool

Are you looking for some tips to explore Liverpool during the Eurovision Song Contest season? Look no further, we’ve got you covered! We’ll break down the city so you can make the most out of your stay. 

 

The Beatles

There’s no way around it. If you think of Liverpool, you think of The Beatles. As music lovers, a tour all about the most famous band of the United Kingdom is an absolute must! The band formed in Liverpool in 1960 and is considered the most influencial band of all time. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were integral to the development of the 1960’s counterculture and the popular music’s recognition as an art form. Various (private) tours are available where you learn more about the history of the band. Visits to important places around the group are part of the tour. A private tour of the city by an enthusiastic guide provides fun and unexpected insights.

The Cavern Club

This club, as the name suggests, is located about 7 meters underground. It’s a unique location that’s really worth visiting when visiting Liverpool. There’s live music every night, with a different program throughout the week. The Cavern Club is located downtown and the entrance fee is affordable. Combined with specific ‘The Beatles tours’; , the entrance fee is included. Visit their website to get more information.

Food and drinks

Ok, ok, we know you’re obviously in Liverpool for the Eurovision Song Contest. Chances are, you don’t even have the time for all the other great things Liverpool has to offer. Let’s take a look at some convenient places to grab a bite or drinks before the show. 

The Liverpool Arena, where the Eurovision Song Contest takes place, is close to the harbor. That’s great, because it means that there are many dining options around the area where of the festival. Italian, Mexican, Greek, the famous fish and chips, the harbor area offers plenty of options! We’ve selected a few, but there are many more!

World Famous Docklands Fish & Chip Shop  (4,5/5 stars on Tripadvisor) offers brunch, lunch, dinner and late night dining options. The reviews are great and even indicate that it’s suitable for a quick bite.

PANAM Restaurant and Bar (4/5 stars on Tripadvisor) has a variety of cuisines and is vegetarian and vegan friendly. The view is great and the service is quick. 

Madre (4,5 / 5 stars on Tripadvisor) is a Mexican restaurant, that also offers vegetarian and vegan friendly options. They have a sunny terrace (good weather not guaranteed) and good portions. In addition, the restaurant has a dedicated margarita menu. What more do you want?!

GUSTO LIVERPOOL (4/5 stars on Tripadvisor) is an Italian restaurant with your standard pasta’s, pizza’s and other main courses to lay a good foundation for a night of dancing and singing in the Liverpool Arena. 

The Eurovision Village

This year’s Eurovision Village is located at the Pier Head in Liverpool. Like every year, this is the place to get a taste of the Eurovision atmosphere. The opening is on May 5th and the festival site is open until the day of the Grand Final. Eurovision Village offers a varied programme, with live performances, DJ sets and guest performances. There is also a dedicated area to celebrate Ukrainian art.

Eurovision Village is free for the first eight days. The Grand Final party on May 13 costs £15.

For more information about tickets and the line-up during the week, visit The Eurovision Song Contest website. ZA

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