Fresher’s week is over, lectures are back in session, and the taxi drivers above all are delighted that the students are back.
If you’re new to the city, it can be daunting to venture outside of campus for the first time, or frustrating not knowing Liverpool’s best areas, venues and events to attend.
Just outside of the city centre there’s thriving hub which hosts the biggest events, offers the best alternative dining experiences, and throws the greatest game of bingo of all time.
Loved by locals, students and tourists alike, Baltic Triangle has significantly transformed from its once 19th century factory background, and is definitely worth a visit.
If you’re curious about Baltic’s venues, events, student offers, or even how to get there, this guide is the one to follow.
If you’re new to Liverpool, the best way to get to know Baltic is to start from the centre and work your way out.
Head to the heart of the area, Cain’s Brewery village and visit Baltic Market, one of the best social spots to grab delicious street food from local pop-up food vendors. This is an ideal venue to start with and will help you navigate more easily.
Brewery Village is also home to a range of restaurants, bars, themed event spaces and vintage markets.
Bijou & Vintage, Birdie’s Bar, Ghetto Golf, Peaky Blinder’s Bar, Red Brick Vintage, Ryde Coffee Shop and Punch Tarmey’s are but a few of the amazing places the village has to offer.
If you head just outside Brewery Village onto Jamaica Street, you’ll also find some of the key venues which host the biggest events in Baltic. Camp & Furnace, Constellations, District, 24 Kitchen Street, Hinterlands and Hangar34 are some of the names to look out for.
You can even head for a bite on the way home from Baltic social, or grab a coffee from Cafe and Fandisha or Ryde.
Without a doubt, there is always an event happening in the Baltic area. Whether it’s celebrating an occasion, throwing a weekend-long festival or hosting weekly club nights, students always gravitate towards the amazing events Baltic Triangle has on offer.
Previous festivals include SoundCity, Liverpool Disco Festival, Positive Vibration, Threshold Festival, Binary Festival, Psych Fest and Baltic Weekender – ideal events for celebrating the end of year exams with your flat mates.
With Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas events on the horizon, it’s time to make a note in your semester calendars and save up your spends, as these events aren’t to miss.
Here’s a few student discounts and events on offer now in the Baltic Triangle area:
District: Do Good Disco student night on 21st November, designed to raise money for a number of charities and organised by 11 University of Liverpool societies.
More information and tickets here.
Siren: 20% off food
Bijou and Vintage: 10% off all purchases over £15
Camp and Furnace: 20% discount key ring, (available to any student who presents a valid student card at the bar) & discounted student tickets online for selected events, such as Gold digger and Tainted Love.
Tusk: Free tea & coffee with a breakfast or lunch order for two or more. Tusk is always reasonably priced and specialises in nutritious menu options including a fantastic array of vegan food.
Ghetto Golf: 50% student discount with an individual code from the Student Eye App and a valid student card. Valid Monday-Wednesday from 3pm-7pm.
Redbrick Vintage and Hangar Market: 10% off purchases. Also runs frequent kilo and bag sales that are ideal for students.
Constellations: 2 Sol for for £5 at any student event such as Soul Jam, LOST, 90’s Rave and Live Music Thursdays (free event) with a valid student card. Also get a starter or a dessert for £1 when you buy a main at Constellations’ Roasts and Records event every Sunday.
Brick Street: Ideal upcoming events for students such as Trojan Sound System (A limited number of £10 tickets have been added for students and once they are sold out tickets are priced at £20. So be quick!), Blade Blood Rave and Co-Lab (free event).
More information here.
Hangar34: Ideal upcoming events for students such as Enter the DiscoTech: Free Warehouse Rave, DW? – Cause & Affect b2b Taiki Nulight, Bassboy b2b Champion, AURA’s Launch Night, Serial Killaz b2b Ed Solo b2b Deekline // Shadows and Applebum Hip Hop Horror Show.
More information here.
Baltic Travel Routes
Baltic Triangle may feel like a mission to get to from your campus, but it’s easier to access than you think.
Here’s the best and easiest routes to take, whether you’re walking, jumping a taxi, or getting a bus.
Depending on where your student accommodation or campus is, it is probably easier to make tracks from a more central location if you choose to walk.
St. Luke’s, more popularly referred to as bombed out church, is only a ten minute walk from the Baltic area. When you reach bombed out, turn left down Berry Street and head to the China Town Gate, just off the top of Duke Street. Continue down that road following the A5038 until you reach the junction by the Wedding House. Cross the junction straight ahead (carefully there are a lot of cars), and turn right on the A562 onto Parliament Street. As you walk down you will see Cains Brewery on the left hand-side of the road and Baltic Social on the right, and the rest is simple to navigate from there. If you get lost, don’t forget – Google Maps is your friend.
If public transport is more your thing, there are a variety of buses that stop near the Baltic Triangle area. The 82 Stagecoach and 82A runs between Liverpool ONE bus station and Speke is the perfect route for students only familiar with the city centre. Alternatively, the 26, 30, 82, 135 and 235 all stop at Brick Street in Baltic, so it may be worth checking if any of these buses are accessible near your campus or student accommodation.
Alternatively, hackney cabs from Liverpool ONE to Jamaica Street average at around four pounds. Private hire firms have their own rates, but planning to share the taxi and split the fare with friends is a great way to keep the cost down for students.