Dive bar? Yes. Ladies toilets without seats? Well, yes. The only place on a Liverpool night out where you don't need a perm and a mighty fine pair of scousebrows? It's on the list.
After a day at the races, we hustled to Bar Ca Va as our first stop in Liverpool. The atmosphere was relaxed and there were no airs and graces - arriving at around 10pm on a Saturday, and it was hardly packed to the rafters. The upstairs bar area was closed, but downstairs started to fill up quite quickly, but never felt too crowded. Posters plaster the walls so, if you're not a tequila drinker, grab a pint or cocktail and try to see how many bands you recognise.
I have never been a tequila lover - until now. It's going to become a drink of choice soon enough. Hedging my bets, I ordered the peach flavour and drank it down. It was delicious! Lick the salt, take your shot, bite the lemon and the flavours actually do come alive.
Tequila is now more than something you're handed and drink before realising what it is; it's something with depth.
Ca va? Oui, tres bien merci, et tu? A French name it might have but it's tequila you'll find here in abundance. With many varieties and at a mere £1 a shot it's no doubt many people leave here slurring the lyrics to the song of the same name by Terrorvision. That was in the top 10 in my schooldays, I'll have you know.
It's a great starter bar for a night out. The shots are bound to get you very merry very fast, but rather than being rowdy it's remarkably chilled out. It can get rather crowded but if you get there handy enough and commandeer your seats you shouldn't have a problem. As for the tequilas, there is literally every flavour you could think of. Play Russian Roulette with your friends and the chilli variety, cosy up to the rhubarb crumble and gawp in awe at the baked beans flavour. Yes. Baked beans.
Sundays at Ca Va are particularly fun, with an open mike night involving plenty of well-meant heckling. All in all it's cheap, it's got a great atmosphere and there's even some live music to be had on occasion. Excellent, it really is. I'd go back in a heartbeat. #Oh Tequila, it makes me happy, oh tequila, it feela fiiiiine...#
Firstly, it's a tequila bar. I hate tequila. I'm actually feeling queasy just thinking about it. Secondly, on a weekend this place is crammed so tightly with just about every person who is out for the night but decided to stop of for a cheeky shot or 5 before the rest of their tequila-soaked night of debauchery continues, that it seems more of a revolving door pit-stop for those wanting a fast-track to paraletic.
On the up swing it's only £1 a shot, hence the mad rush and 6 deep wade to the bar, and they have pretty much every flavour of tequila you can think of, some of which I would rather eat the entire contents of a salt cellar than drink, as they really don't sound tasty!
You will never find a seat in this place unless you're there exceptionally early, but if you don't want to start out your evening as a sardine then I would suggest going elsewhere or just being very swift.
A crowded pit of a tequila bar, the Ca Va was probably the size of Carnegie Hall before the layers of posters built up over the years, shrinking it to the grotto it has become.
It's easy to hate this place for multiple reasons. Firstly, at the weekend it seems to have the entire population of Luxembourg milling about inside it. The toilets are never cleaned and it can take ages to get served if you don't have the right shirt or an ugly face. And yet, I can't bring myself to give it three or less stars. It stands out as a unique provider of cheap drunkeness and crippling hangovers that got me through my late teens without style. Plus, the doormen will ID everyone in the queue before waving me through like an A-lister. Beardophilic bouncers? God bless them.
Pronounced 'sah vah', like the French, not 'car var', like the drink. It bugs me when I overhear people saying "let's go to bar carvar".
Anyway. A shot bar like no other, this one has every flavour tequila you can think of. And I'm talking baked bean flavour tequila. For £1. Unfortunately, the very smell of tequila makes me feel ill, so while everyone else is knocking back god-know's-what, I stick to my trusty sambuca.
This used to be a laid-back bar, but last time I went on a Friday night there were bouncers on the door and some scally-looking DJ ensconced in the box playing music I didn't quite recognise. It's probably down to the fact that I'm an old fuddy-duddy, but I'm sure this used to be a novelty bar where everyone was friendly and the vibe was chilled. Now it seems that it has fallen victim to large groups of loutish people whose primary aim is to get as wasted as they can as quickly as possible. Yes, I know I sound like my mum, but that just doesn't seem a good night out to me.
This has to be one of the cheapest shot bars in town, and no offence to the place but it could do with a bit of a scrub! The tequila shots are £1. Bargain. Can't complain. Or so you would think! I must say I have to complain, baked bean tequila shots is not my idea of fun. Although saying that, you can't go for a night out down Wood Street without trying one. One of my favourites is the chilli - a bit different but is yum after a few drinks.
I suggest getting to Bar Ca Va early as later on it can be full of drunken sweaty scousers - not plesant! You will also find yourself standing for the night as all the comfy sofas were bagged hours ago! This is the sort of bar where you have a few dodgy shots before moving on for the rest of your night out.
One major downside is the toilets - in some serious need of a clean.
Right, I feel as if this hole has had a bit of a slamming - honestly there was no pun intended there it just came to me - from other reviewers and I for one won't stand up for it but will fight a cause.
Except this place for what it is - a drinking hole and suddenly it doesn't seem so bad. There is not enough room beyond the bar for comfy seats or cosy little dens to hide in. On a quiter night it's the type of place you could imagine Charles Bukowski slumped head first on the bar, teetering on a stool after succumbing to the cheap, abundance of hard liquor.
On a busy night you probably wont see much, but I like the masses of peeling and fading film posters, gig flyers and prints that cover the walls almost like you can see the wear & tear from years of drinking. As a Tequila bar it works perfect, grungy and grimey it keeps you focused on the thing you are hear to do - drink and party.
Many people hate Tequila, and I too am not its biggest fan but with a range of hundreds of flavours and makes there is always one for you.
The Tequila bar, its' not well decorated and its not that cheap but for drunken students the selection of lethal tequila shots is the main attraction. If you are wondering around the concert square area and your not quite at your peak state of drunken idiocy then head to ca va and a tequila slammer will sort you out.
The only problem is the people who tend to go to far and therefore the toilets often smell decidedly of vomit with urine thrown in there also.
The selection of tequilas ranges as far and wide as baked bean flavour but as far as I can tell they all have the same lethal kick which induces the very vomit I've just discussed.
On the whole Ca Va is a dive bar and does not pretend to be otherwise its' good for inducing heady drunkenness and not much else.
It's Bar Ca Va, isn't it?
I've been calling it "Cava" - like the carbonated white wine.
I'll be over here...
*ahem* But yes. Bar CA VA is magnificent - one of the places my girlfriend requests to visit each and every time she comes to stay. She just calls it The Tequila Bar - and she's right to do so. So many different flavours of tequila available that you'll be floored before you've even taken a sip. And, at £1* a go, you'll be taking lots of sips.
We took our American friend here once. Whilst we were sat soaking up all the vibrancy and wonder, the room went quite as a man stood up on the bar and addressed the room.
"Everybody," he announced. "I'm the king of the castle and you're all the dirty rascals."
The whole room either nodded sagely, laughed quietly and politely or just ignored him. Our American companion, however, was none-too bemused. Such behaviour on the other side of the pond is, it seems, enough to get you arrested or, at the very least, escorted heavily from the premises. Here, though, it's just "what happens". It's not "how we roll". It's just "the sort of thing that happens".
* I've not been here for a year or so. Are tequila shots still a pound?
Bar Ca Va is situated on Wood Street, in the heart of the city centre. If you go there in the evenings it can be a little crowded, making it a bit of a mission to squeeze through the punters to get to the bar.
There is a huge array of tequila's available here and some of the flavours are a little interesting, such as baked bean flavour. I have never been adventurous enough to try baked bean tequila but I have tried some of their more conventional flavours.
My favourite area of Bar Ca Va is upstairs. Here you will find some very comfy sofas grouped around tables, which are good for relaxing with friends. The toilets are a little bit basic and are in need of refurbishment. Some of the doors don't close properly and those that do take a little force to open again.
The decor is mixed and has a bohemian feel. Upstairs the walls are covered in movie posters which are interesting to have a look at, if the lighting is good enough, which is rarely is.
If you can find a corner or get yourself a space upstairs this is a good place for sitting down and chatting with friends. It can get a bit stuffy if you stay here too long.
My mate saidlike Tequlia don't you? Love it I replied.
Next thing I knew I was staring at a wall like Revolution's menu of vodka shots, but this time in Tequlia bottles.
Heaven! Wow! Amazing! I want that one!
They all raced through my mind before I ordered 30 shots between the three of us. I was forced to have 15 of them as I was a tourist, but I will be back now Qype has helped me find the place on a map. I didnt think I would ever be able to find this place again as I didnt remember the name or locational on the Liverpool circuit.
I had noticed the place was a bit shacklike from the outside and a bit rough around the edges, but you don't come here for big lounge sofa, you come here for shots and cocktails.
Mine's a coffee tequlia, the perfect hangover drink has been invented.
A night in Liverpool really wouldn't be complete without a visit to this great bar! This bar specialises in Tequila with a compendium of flavours from Baked Bean to Cola-Cube. If you're mad enough to want something a bit stronger they stock many varying strengths of Absinthe. There is also a well stocked bar with many draught beers and your usual selection of bottles and other spirits.
The music at Ca Va always seems to be very good, with high quality DJ's mostly pumping out funk, latin and retro beats.
This bar is a must on a night out.
Bar Ca Va is one of a number of bars on Wood Street, but what makes it stand out from the crowd is its warm atmosphere and extensive supplies of flavoured tequila!
Whilst the tequila might not be to everyone's tastes, Ca Va offers far more and is a great place to catch live music on one of the many open mic nights.
Despite being called "Ca Va," the bar has a very Mexican feel to it and offers many a bottled beer as well as the aforementioned tequila. I've been on many nights out here and i've never had a bad time - it never seems too busy but always has a goof buzz about the place.
The music played is usually indie and alternative and fits in with the prominent student vibe about Bar Ca Va. The members of staff are mainly students and they're all extremely friendly!
You may be tempted to walk past its rather naff entrance....don't! Go in and enjoy the delights of Bar Ca Va!
Cheap grubby studenty bar serving tequila shots for £1. They come in various flavours (the chilli one is excellent, the baked bean one should never be tested no matter how many you've had before it).
You need to get there early as after 8ish it can be hard to find a seat and after 9ish you're wrestling with hundreds of other sweaty would-be drunken fools to get to the bar. Best to meet here early, have a few drinks, and move on before anyone needs to use the appallingly grim toilets.
This is a nice place to visit towards the beginning of the night trying the chilli tequila in particular. I tried it and barely tasted any other drink the rest of the night. Good prices with good live music being played most nights i have been in there at least, a good duo performing a wide variety of tracks taking requests which they actually do perform should you ask nicely.
Definately worth a try once if not only for the tequila on offer.
Only 5 stars for this beauty. Always go here on a night out and fails to be anything less that brilliant. Every tequila under the sun your choice is endless. A little bit dingy but adds to the experience.
Amazing tequila bar. £1 shots, soooo many random flavours (Including rhubarb crumble, baked beans, etc). Even when it's crowded of a night time it's still a comfortable place to drink and you always manage to meet new people (And in a lot of cases only ever remember them because of the photo's you have of them). Proper laugh as a pre-club bar or great to stay drinking in there all night.
fab bar , a must go to place...Best bar in Liverpool easily!! nice and chilled - love the decor with the old posters, love the sofas, love the fact that you just get left to it and am learning to love jeagermister.
Dont forgot to make sure you try every tequila on the menu wink just kidding you wont walk out of there if you do...its massive...this is tequila loves heaven.
Its mainly a young student crowd but its a very relaxed place and i have never seen any trouble there.
Got to be honest,the place could do with a revamp and its called as ca va not 'sa va' as per the title! Right in the main part of the bars of town and a 10 second walk to the main area of concert square. This tends to be popular with students as drinks are quite cheap, and also pre-Krazy House drinks for the Krazy House kids! They do every kind of weird and wonderful shot you could ever imagine in here all sorts of flavoured vodkas etc. Decor feels a bit grim but nice big couches and a bit roomier upstairs but very very very crowded on a weekend. Service at the bar slow too.
Ca Va is where we always start our nights out! It might need a bit of revamping but to be honest, it isn't half as bad at the Krazyhouse next door. If you go after 9, it's extremely hard to get served. But, on the plus side, it does sell a wide range of tequilas which is why everyone goes! They have many different flavours, such as baked bean (tried it, horrible) to rhubarb and custard. At £1 a shot, it's great value! Some of the other drinks can be expensive though. It's a nice place to go after a hard days shopping, at about 5 or 6, have a few drinks upstairs on the comfy sofas while it's nice and quiet yet not too quiet that you feel weird!
I go to Ca Va pretty often and I would say it's one of my favourite bars in Liverpool city centre. It's not the prettiest of places (it looks like it could do with a good clean and a lick of paint) but it does have a good atmosphere. There are a couple of comfy sofas upstairs, but as it gets very busy later on you're more likely to get a seat if you come earlier in the evening. The drinks are fairly cheap making it popular with students. The walls behind the bar are lined with different flavours of tequila, including irn bru, baked bean (I agree with the previous reviewer that it is horrible), cola cube and chilli. The only downside to Ca Va is the fact that the toilets really could do with being cleaned up a bit
This is my favorite bar to start out at in Liverpool! The tequila is only £1 per shot, so you can order quite a few while still watching your money. As a poor international student, this is a great place for me. It does, however, get VERY loud and packed as the night goes on but if you go on a week night or early, it's great. I usually don't have a problem finding a seat.
Another one of my old haunts. Love this place, typically studenty, with old film/gig posters on the walls, sofas, sweet machines Laid back atmosphere with reasonably priced drinks, well worth a look!
Awesome little bar just off the square, Ca Va is generally one of the main starting points on nights out by students and locals alike. The tequila is quality and they have practically every sort of tequila you could want and some that you will never want, i had the chilli tequila and couldnt taste anything for the rest of the night, good experience though. Just make someone else have it when im there if they havent tried it before. They have live music in the shape of a duet which is awesome, they take requests so theyre set isn't the limited and restricted songs which you may find elsewhere. A great place with cheap prices and nice atmosphere.
brilliant little bar to start the night off in.
can get quite packed as the night goes on, but if you get there early enough and secure your seat or place by the bar, its not too bad.
Drinks are reasonably priced, and if tequila is your tipple, then look no further. Bar Ca Va offers the widest range of tequilas i have ever seen, from some nice sounding ones such as rhubarb crumble, to the more interesting flavours such as baked beans!
On a friday and saturday night, the bar is very lively with a good mix of people starting the night off there. On a sunday it is a bit more chilled out with an open mike night. However, if you decide to give the open mike a go, be prepared to be heckled, especially if you decide to murder an acoustic version of mettallica's master of puppets in front of a predominatley rock crowd.
Nice place 2 get a few cheap shots of rocket fuel. There are many different flavours of tequila available. Some quite enticing, some very strange (i.e. baked bean flavour). Nothing beats a few tequila shots to accompany a cold bottle of Desperados.
bit scruffy looking in here but loving the tequila shots at £1!
An excellent bar to start or spend the night, this small cosy bar hosts over 20 different flavours of tequila and several other unusual spirits. Friendly staff, comfortable couches and an eclectic selection of music is always on hand in CaVa, definitely a favourite of mine!
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