Staying on the communal tip, Everyman Bistro is one of Liverpool's most sociable and atmospheric eateries.
Located in the basement of the Everyman Theatre, it's a characterful bistro with lots of long wooden tables, chairs and benches. There's three different rooms where you can sit and eat and a cracking bar selling wine, spirits, beer and Guinness. Afternoons and evenings are usually gently bustling but between 12am-2pm, the Everyman becomes insanely busy with local students, teachers, actors, musicians and writers all popping in for a pint and a plate.
As for the food, there's usually a staggering selection of hale and hearty dishes from soups, salads, quiches and pies to pizza, pasta, lasagne, curry, chilli and burgers. Everything is made fresh on the premise and there's scones, crumbles, pies and cakes for pudding. The only disadvantage is you have to queue for your tucker and there's no menus on the tables.
I could spend all day here. Seriously.
Everyman Bistro is downstairs and is HUGE!!! There are three rooms and I think it covers the whole block.
You have your choice of wonderful, freshly prepared food and coffee. Or a full bar. The best part!?!
Make sure you stop at the Everyman Box office before you head down the stairs and pick up your username and password.
I wasn't aware of any of this and when I asked the bartender, he volunteered to go up and get me a code, what a nice guy!
I'd love to come here and check it out for lunch. Maybe tomorrow since it's so close to the university.
While around the Hope Street area checking out possible wedding venues, we made our way to the Everyman because of the positive reviews on here. Their ever-changing menu was intriguing to us. Restaurants usually cannot go wrong when they modify what they offer based on what's in season and the Everyman takes that to the next level by changing it multiple times a day.
The "format", if you will, was slightly confusing at first. We sat down until we saw people coming out of a nearby room with trays of food. I guess we missed the memo that it's cafeteria-style! Pretty cool though. It makes perfect sense since they change the offerings so much.
We settled on a Greek-style savory strudel (with spinach, roasted tomatoes and feta), stuffed aubergine and four side salads (tomato & green beans, caramelized onion & potato, cole slaw and some sort of pasta salad). We also indulged in a white chocolate cheesecake for dessert. The stuffed aubergine was absolutely amazing. Each side was fresh and tasty, a nice compliment to the mains. The strudel was the only disappointment. It was sort of tasteless against the strong flavors of everything else. Luckily, the cheesecake made up for it. It was served with a little pot of fresh cream which surprisingly made a light cheesecake even lighter.
All in all, a very good experience. It's not cheap, but they give you good food and a lot of it. Go for the aubergine alone!
It's difficult to decide what to like best about this bistro - the various meals, the sumptuous desserts or the free tea and coffee refills whilst on your laptop.
This is one of the only restaurants I've been to which clearly displays whether food is gluten or dairy free, proudly describes its portions as 'more than generous' and has fresh food which is renewed twice daily at least. As you can see, I've spent a fair bit of time in there!
I must linger a moment on the desserts though, as this is where I always have the most difficulty. There is always a crumble, some sort of sponge based cake, fruit salad, and a melee of other naughty treats that leave most people ummming and ahhing for a while. They also cater for parties and as I recently found out, will open on a Sunday (this is the only day they are closed) especially for you if you so wish.
Definitely something to bear in mind either before a theatre trip or mid-afternoon for a light bite.
Mm. Mm. Mm. The Everyman bistro sure know how to cook. It's all self-service and the menu is extensive with the chalkboard spanning the length of the wall behind the counter. Lots of choice and it all seems pretty healthy and tasty.
I went for the special, the Cajun salmon which came with a choice of two sides and a salad. Apples and veg in a blue cheese dressing and a whopping helping of spiced potatoes. Well worth the pennies!
They also have amazing desserts, the cheesecake was delicious and with a welcoming atmosphere, friendly staff and pleasant surroundings, it's a great place to come pre-theatre or just to get some good grub!
Now this place is busy. I mean really busy. You can't get more popular than the Everyman Bistro, folks come from far and wide to enjoy its wares and attend the theatre productions above.
It's popular with theatre-goers due to its location, the bar is clean and decorated sharply and there's a good selection of real ale to sample. Food is made fresh on the premises and consists of the likes of pizza, quiche and salads, all of which are very tasty. There just seems to be something missing... it's all very je nais sais quoi, I can't put my finger on it. Perhaps it's atmosphere. It just seems to be lacking in character somewhat. Don't let that put you off because the draught availabilities are well worth a visit, as is the food, although you might not get your expected generous pub portions.
It's housed in a cellar underneath the Everyman Theatre which means you're likely to find a lot of arty types in here and that does give it a nice little buzz. It's not at all pretentious and it has Hoegaarden on tap too, something I don't see too often. Pretty much ticks all the boxes, it just feels like it could be a bit more rough n' ready! But I'm certyainly a fan.
This was the first place I ever drank unaccompanied by an adult. While now it seems more routine than exhaling, at the time it was as exhilarating and terrifying as a tandem parachute jump with an enraged lion.
Arriving at eight, we'd drink lager and fruity Bacardi Breezers like imbeciles until closing time at three in the morning. This pattern continued unabated until we heard of a place called 'The Rest of Town'. Then it was nothing but boos and V-signs for the poor old Everyman. What kind of place serves food underground without music anyway? Only the canteen from Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Maybe this barrage of vilification was uncalled-for. This is after all a bistro, not a hardcore grunge trench. If you want the finest Trappist beer or a steaming plate of cheesy nachos at 2am then this place is ideal. Plus, sometimes you just want to rabbit on at companions without being interrupted by things like 'music' or 'people enjoying themselves'. In this respect the Everyman fulfills the noted requirements. In most other things, it falls short.
I have mixed feelings about The Everyman Bistro. Certainly the food is very good and equally well priced - fresh salad type bar with quiches and pies etc - but these cantine style restaurants do get the better of me I feel.
As I queue, waiting to be served I start to feel the pressure of what I want. Iknow that The Egg is the same but being a meat eater all their stuff is the same to me so I'm never deisappointed with what I get. But with the big queues that you can expect at TEB there's too much time for me to think and I always end up getting something rubbish!
During the day the thesps and theatre staff from upstairs can be found mingling with wannabe poets and artists in what people like to think is a bohemian haven amidst the vulgarity of town. At night it becomes a busy with not only the theatre crowd but drinkers coming to sample the relaxed, arty atmosphere.
Ho, innocent times.
A friend visited here and reported it in such reverent tones that you'd think he'd witnessed Brigadoon.
What did he witness?
I miss the days in which even Hoegaarden was the stuff of hushed legend. I also miss the days in which I was yet to taste the cloudy curiosity. I was always going to be disappointed. Few things live up to the reputation that precedes them in your own head. I winced on my first sip - determined to enjoy it - determined to find it every bit as wonderful as I'd been hoping - but it was, sadly, never to be.
But that reflects not badly on The Everyman Bistro. Rather, it goes in a long way to reflect just how impressed we used to be by such places. And why wouldn't we have been impressed? The lighting's atmospheric and you sit beneath low bricked arches - it feels like you're drinking in the city's very underground.
I'm far from jaded in regards to my attitudes towards this place now. Of course I'm not as awestruck as I used to be, but it remains a remarkably relaxed place to spend any stretch of time.
Especially with so many excellent bars and restaurants located along the stretch of Hope Street, it's rare indeed that the onsite facilities of a venue might provide adequate appeal for those pre or post performance eats and drinks. The food I would describe as an "upmarket buffet". Lots in the manner of quiches and meats, but all with a stylish upmarket twist which, combined with the continental beers on tap, ensures that the place can hold its own in the face of the area's various Side Doors and Casas.
Walk down Hope Street towards the Catholic Cathedral, and you'll see an unassuming little door on your right. Walk through it, and you'll enter the Everyman Bistro - a boozy cave full of delicious food and exceedingly fine ale attached to the side of Liverpool's legendary Everyman theatre.
Since I've started working on Hope Street, the Everyman has very quickly become one of my favourite food & drink outlets - and is a great place to escape to for a quick lunch. The food is always delicious and interesting - ranging from vegetarian salads to huge bowls of steaming meaty stew. Best of all, the portions are always huge too, although you should be sure to leave room for their excellent puddings.
The Everyman might be a bit on the pricey side for some - a main meal with pudding and a drink will set you back at least £11 - but it's well worth it to dine in such a warm and friendly place. I never fail to leave the Everyman with a huge smile on my face (although that might be down to the sinfully large glasses of red wine I have a bit of a habit of drinking).
Oh - and if that wasn't enough for you to be won over to its charms, it's often open until the early hours of the morning on Fridays and weekends - making it the perfect place for a sneaky nightcap or three after a theatre performance. So, if you're coming here for the culture, be sure to stay for the booze. You won't be disappointed.
One of my favourite places in Liverpool to eat on a lunch-time.
The Bistro is located downstairs, which is a slight disadvantage as it would be nice to be able to see some daylight, and perhaps to watch the world go by, whilst you eat.
But what they lack in natural light they more than make up for in the quality of their food. It is certainly very good -- tasty and fresh -- certainly worth paying that little bit extra for (which you have to as their prices aren't the cheapest). There's usually a good selection of food on offer so you can go for a light bite or something more substantial as you please.
The biggest improvement that's come about in recent years is the smoking ban -- before 2007 there was always a slight lingering tobacco odour, but thankfully there isn't nowadays.
Parking can be a bit of an issue -- there are some parking meters outside but the traffic wardens patrol regularly, so don't outstay your welcome
But all in all, this is an excellent eatery and comes highly recommended.
One of the most delightful eateries n boozers in the city. Friendly staff, wide n varied selection of ales n wholesome food (which has become pricier of late).
One word of warnin to tall fellas - watch ur head on the ceiling on way to lavvy !
The Everyman Bistro makes me happy. Hidden in the basement of the theatre just a ho,p skip and jump from Catholic Cathedral duck down the stairs so you can get warm understairs and avoid those infamous Liverpool winds. The food is good, hearty and homely and there's always lots of choice and variety.
Good classic English food. Nothing special but definitely not to be scorned at. The prices are resonable and the location is spot on situalted in the heart of theatre land.
The Everyman Bistro is a great place to come for lunch or dinner and a great place to meet up with friends. It has such a great atmosphere, really friendly and laid back. There's a slight bohemian feel to the place. They serve a wide range of delicious food, some really interesting dishes are on offer. The food is ready prepared and is heated up when you order it so service is really quick. Portions are large and prices are reasonable - expect to pay around £7 - £10 for main meals. If you can manage it, the desserts are delicious and again, portions are generous. Tea and coffee are free refills which is excellent value. Definitely worth a visit.
this is a great little, out of the way place to get a quick bite to eat.
ive generally found the food to be ok, but the desserts are where this place really excels.
everything tastes and looks homemade, even if it isnt, and even if it is warmed up in the microwave, it jsut points to the quality of the ingredients.
the prices are quite good, ive found that a 2 course meal will cost less than £10 per person.
the bistro offers more than just food, the bar offers a wide range of wines, and ales, as well as the usual spirits, to suit any palatte.
this is a great place to go to for a drink and some munchies to go with it as it is open, and serving food, until quite late.
the atmosphere is friendly, and the layout of the tables, and the size of them, means that you arent isolated from other people in the bar
The Everyman Bistro is a nice little bar and restaurant tucked away underneath the Everyman Theatre. The bar has a good selection of beers which always include Cains best bitter, de Koninck (my favourite Belgian beer), a lager and normally a couple of guest ales/cider as well. The bar prices are pretty reasonable and you can buy bottles of wines for about £11 upwards. The food is served canteen style and there is normally a selection of salads, quiches, soups and main meals. The deserts are generally excellent, they do great crumbles! At lunchtime it's good to come here for some lovely homemade soup, and a desert if you're still feeling a bit hungry. The food isn't too expensive, although as some of it is reheated in a microwave I feel that some of it can be a little overpriced. It gets very busy at lunch time and in the evenings (especially when there is something on in the theatre upstairs), so expect to queue for food at these times. It can also be a bit tricky to find a table for a large groups in the evening.
Friendly place to eat , lovely food , great staff and free wii fi availaible. Beneath the everyman theatre in liverpool city centre
The location leaves it between the universities and the centre, making for a secret get-away from the hustle and bustle. This canteen is casual and serves fresh and healthy food. I find it rather pricey but will always continue to come here and enjoy it.
on a tuesday night go to a special event- a folk club that does not take itself too seriously. If you like great music and a good laugh you'll love it. I was surprised by the breadth of musical talent from the solo ballad singer to the shanties and blues guitar player, there seemed to be something for everyone here. I had a great time,met some new friends and will be going again.
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