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Where to Dine Before an Event in Liverpool

Whether you’re attending a concert or watching a show, the best way to begin your evening is with an indulgent meal. Eating before you arrive can transform your experience from simple show watching to a luxurious and memorable evening.

Liverpool is the perfect location for such an evening. Before you attend one of the many events on offer in the city centre, Goodison Park, or one of numerous other Merseyside locations, the city has an impeccable high-end dining scene that will ensure your evening has a delightful start.

1. The Art School
Located in the stunning renovated Victorian ‘Home for Destitute Children’ merely a stone’s throw away from the city centre, The Art School is one of Liverpool’s premier fine dining establishments.
The head chef, Paul Askew, has a passion for locally sourced produce and seasonal ingredients. This focus means the menu is ever changing, reflecting what’s in season and available from Askew’s trusted suppliers. 
For an indulgent pre-show meal, the Art School has a divine three course menu, aptly named ‘Menu Excellence’. This menu starts your meal with a glass of champagne, and has the optional additions of a cheese course, coffee, and petit fours to finish.
2. Panoramic 34
As the name would suggest, Panoramic 34 offers a 360-degree view of the iconic city landscape, the famous Mersey River, and the region beyond. Set 300 feet above sea level on the 34th floor of the West Tower, Panoramic 34 is one of the highest restaurants in the UK.
Here, you can escape the hubbub of the bustling city below and unwind in the elegant bar or luxurious dining area. Take in the exceptional views of five counties and two countries (on a clear day Mount Snowdon is even visible) in a sophisticated and considered setting. 
Panoramic 34 offers a selection of contemporary European menu options featuring skillfully handled ingredients and expertly prepared dishes. Set aside enough time to fully experience the restaurant before your event – Panoramic 34’s extensive seven-course tasting menu is guaranteed to kick off an unforgettable night.
3. Oktopus
For a slightly more casual start to your evening, Oktopus on Hardman Street is the ideal location. 
A collection of irresistible snacks top the menu, including their signature popcorn mussels. The head chef, Christopher Ineson, changes the main menu weekly. Each dish is paired with a signature beer brewed by the Black Lodge Brewery, where Oktopus originally started. 
The main menu features ambitious, clean, seasonal dishes and is committed to sustainable and locally sourced ingredients. Finish your meal with their generous selection of well-chosen British and French cheeses to experience the complete depth of this full menu. 
4. Salt House Tapas
Salt House Tapas offers a lively, social start to an evening, without compromising on great taste. This charming tapas bar with friendly service offers a variety of complex flavours and well-sourced ingredients, making it one of the first-choice tapas bars in the city. 
The focus at Salt House is on quality, so they source simply the best ingredients they can find. With a thorough wine list and excellent spirit selection, Salt House is also perfect for a pre-show drink. Enjoy the bustling ambience of this little piece of Spain in the heart of Liverpool.
If you’re visiting Liverpool for an event, enhance your evening by choosing one of our luxurious Pullman hotels near Goodison Park Stadium, and reduce the time you spend travelling between the venue and your home for the night.

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