In the 80s, when Cavern Walks opened, it was the coolest place in the city. It’s had a rocky old time of it since then. But this pocked-sized mall still holds some treasures – not least in Weaver’s Door, (Button Street) a perfectly curated gem of a gent’s clothes store (with its own journal, no less) – for lads who like decent threads, of the Barbour/ Norse Projects/ Oliver Spener variety. Casual, but smart. Very smart.
Cricket is Liverpool’s fashion Mecca for girls and boys who like to splash the cash. A huge success story for the city, Justine Mills’ eye for exactly what Liverpool ladies of a certain persuasion like has never let her down. If you’re after high end fashion, (from the likes of Lanvin, Matthew Williamson and Victoria Beckham) this is still the one to watch (9 Cavern Walks). Vivienne Westwood’s store’s bridal, Gold Label and couture collections clings on tenaciously (although we hardly ever see anyone in there).
Boudoir Boutique is a likeable little independent clothes store with an eye for the eclectic, over two floors of Cavern Walks. It’s also worth checking out Drome Couture (14 Cavern Walks), and Ted Baker (Button Street). Wongs (Whitechapel) is a sparkling Liverpool jewellers, selling upscale watches and shimmering diamond rings and pendants.
At night, Mathew Street (Button Street and Temple Court) becomes The Cavern Quarter: A stag and hen drinking zone – which is a real shame, as the area has some decent pubs (The Grapes and The White Star offering snug lounges, real ales and occasional live music, and Flannagan’s Apple serves a decent Guinness).
But away from these old school boozers, it’s strictly soulless shooter bars and revved-up revellers (although Revolution, Temple Court is a decent cocktail and DJ bar attracting a sociable crowd.)