May 11, 2018
Liverpool’s Panoramic 34 does exactly what it says on the tin: it gives you a magnificent 360-degree view over the city. Located on the 34th floor of the West Tower, Panoramic 34 sits 300 feet above sea level – so it is definitely not a recommended venue for vertigo sufferers. Huge floor-to-ceiling windows look out over the Liverpool skyline and across the Mersey, giving punters a spectacular drinking and dining experience.
The food is a masterclass in modern dining, with continental influences balanced by an emphasis on classic British and US recipes. There’s a lunch menu, a tasting menu and an à la carte. The menu is continually evolving, so you’ll always find something new to try. Popular items have included the maple-glazed beef short rib with caraway beer mustard and creamed potato, and the roast squash with black rice salad and goat’s cheese. There are also plenty of delicious options for vegetarian diners, so they won’t feel left out. Panoramic 34’s wine list is modest but thorough, covering French, Italian and New World wines.
If you’re looking for lighter fare, the cocktail lounge offers small, but scrumptious portions, including duck spring rolls, a gourmet steak sandwich or a plate of traditional fish and chips. The cocktails themselves are impressive – there’s a nice, varied range combining old favourites with clever twists. There’s everything from a classic martini to Panoramic 34’s own house cocktails, including the colourfully named Jungle Juice (a blend of banana and other fruit liqueurs with pineapple juice) and the Penicillin, a warming concoction of honey, lemon, ginger and Scotch.
The clientele tend to be well-heeled and well-attired, with successful creatives and businesspeople enjoying a unique networking environment. Smart dress is de rigueur, so leave your trainers at home and look sharp if you don’t want to fall foul of the dress code. If you’ve ever wanted to celebrate in the clouds, this is the venue for you.