Love And Rockets is Lark Lane’s coolest hang-out where students, bohos and even the odd WAG hangs out. Don’t let that put you off though, Love And Rockets is stylish and chilled out – it specialises in – you guessed it – craft beer and pizza.
There’s a creeping inevitability about such branding these days, along with the scrapyard chic that describes the interior, the third such rebrand the pub has enjoyed in the last ten years. Where you stand on that sort of things – and pizzas quoting Kate Bush lyrics – is very much a matter of personal taste – or whether you suspect the whole caper is just taking the piss. Still, Love And Rockets does offers a wide choice of beers and a chilled-out place to sup.
There are over a dozen handpulls offering keg, with a few choices from Liverpool Craft Brewery usually available. There’s also a microbrewery on the premises – expect canned Beavertown, Sierra Nevada, Brooklyn and the usual suspects alongside some more leftfield brews.
You can expect to get speciality beers and decent food served to your table throughout free of charge. Since rebranding (it was formerly Bier), Love And Rockets has focussed its food efforts on pizzas for seven quid. Nacho pizzas and The Buffalo Stance – fried chicken, pineapple and hot sauce – is typical of the lesser-spotted nature of the fare here. It’s open for brekkies at weekends too.
Music is usually excellent and the bar gets busy at weekends, providing a great meeting place prior to heading into town. There’s a small terrace area at the front of the building for warm summer nights too. Music quizzes on Monday nights offering cash prizes. The bar promises to show every single Liverpool and Everton game too.
If Love And Rockets feels familiar that may be because it’s the sister bar to Yardbird, Deathrow Diner and Miss Kitty’s in Liverpool city centre. The name? An old Mexican graphic novel apparently. But you probably guessed that…