May 11, 2018
The main selling point of Panoramic 34 is that it’s Britain’s highest bar and restaurant. And the views from the 34th floor of Liverpool’s gleaming West Tower are undoubtedly impressive: set some 100m above sea level, you can sit with a pre-dinner drink and look out over Liverpool’s skyline, its rooftops, the river: on a clear day you can see all the way to the Welsh hills. The interior isn’t too shabby either. The venue is smart, sleek and contemporary, the space making the most of those amazing panoramic views with floor-to-ceiling windows. The bar area has a kind of retro-futuristic feel, with its white curves and red spotlights. Cocktails include a short range of classic drinks Cosmopolitans, Kir Royales and the like as well as a few house concoctions, including a pomegranate and lychee martini and the L’Orange Bakewell, which pairs Amaretto with orange vodka, cranberry and lime. There’s a large array of spirits, a better than decent wine list and a range of tasty bar snacks to choose from. The main dining room meanwhile serves classic British dishes, accomplished and elegant if unspectacular and the venue is a popular spot for afternoon tea and Sunday lunch. There’s also an opulent private dining suite if you have an occasion to celebrate. But as winning as this space is, on many levels, it’s the views that rule here.