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The city centre’s only official dry bar, The Brink is a unique booze-free cafe, gig space and restaurant – a favourite stop-off for weary shoppers who need a break from spending at Ropewalks’ array of independent stores.

The Brink is a place with all-round nice vibes, the food here is cheap and hearty with the occasional flourish: they do some great light bites, cakes and desserts, or if you’re feeling the need for something more, their Scouse (a traditional Liverpool stew) or burgers are delicious. Roasts on Sundays, too.

Drinks aren’t a hair shirt just because there’s no booze however – mocktails, freshly-squeezed fruit juice and smoothies are just three quid a pop alongside a range of hot drinks from independent roasters.

There’s entertainment too, with a wide range of regulars plus footy, films, music, poetry and more. What’s more there’s a good selection of intriguing and useful workshops. Best of all The Brink is a social enterprise – any profits are ploughed into the community to help those struggling with substance abuse.