Why You Should Visit Writer’s Block on Lark Lane
Amongst the hub of independents that congregate to create the beauty that is Lark Lane, ‘Writer’s Block’ recently opened it’s doors. Writer’s Block offers its guests a place to enjoy carefully crafted cocktails, good conversation and simply a spot to watch the world go by that little bit slower, away from the chaos of Liverpool’s city centre. If literary cocktails and locally sourced meat and cheese boards tantalise your taste buds, a visit to Writer’s Block should definitely be at the top of your to do list this spring.
The simplicity of the space is warm and inviting as light bulbs hang sporadically from the ceiling, illuminating the bar’s endless supply of spirits and liquors. An endearing typewriter positions itself comfortably on the window ledge, tying together the concept and inspiration for the space perfectly.
The names behind Writer’s Block are friends and cocktail experts Brendon Soprano, Nicky Dargan and Jordan Brooks. Last week I had the chance to chat to Brendon about the new venture.
So what is the idea behind the name ‘Writer’s Block’?
‘We were discussing names for the bar in a group chat; Leonard Cohen had just died and Nick is a major fan of his, so it came from that really. We wanted to create a space where you can be so free from all stress and constraint outside. A space that puts you in a state of mind where you would be able to write. It’s not a standard bar, it’s a place to come and sit and relax and enjoy nibbles, cocktails, wines and coffees.’
Why Lark Lane?
‘We wanted to give people quality cocktails drinks that have been locally sourced in a location where they don’t have to travel into town. I got offered the space, and the 3 of us managed to turn it around in 12 weeks – and here we are.’
Do you think it stands out from the other places on Lark Lane?
‘I do in the sense that it is all table service only. We really want it to be about the guest and the guest experience. A place where people can relax and don’t feel rushed. The main idea behind the drinks on the menu is to take strong spirits such as tequila, absinthe and rye and change peoples perceptions of them by enhancing them and making them into nice drinks, rather than ones that are usually associated with hangovers. All food on the menu matches the flavours and profiles of the drinks. The food is mainly made up of meat and cheese boards and twists on modern classic sandwiches. We also cater for vegans and vegetarians.
Do you sell a wide range of cocktails?
‘We provide a full menu of different cocktails. Quite a few of the cocktails were created when myself and Jordan took part in cocktail competitions. There’s one called ‘Felicity, Will You Ever Learn?’ because when we were first moving to the site, a guy opposite was banging on the shutters shouting “Felicity will you ever learn!” at the top of his voice so we thought that’d be a fun idea for a cocktail. ‘A Moveable Feast’ was named after Ernest Hemingway’s memoir, which discusses how wherever he went in the world he took Paris with him – so it was a moveable feast and an inspiration for him. If someone requests a cocktail that isn’t on our menu however, we are more than happy to make it for them – and there aren’t many cocktails we don’t know.’
Will you be adding more food and drinks to the menu in the near future?
‘It’s going to be a seasonal menu so everything will keep being adapted and changed. There’s also no wastage at all; everything left over we turn into syrups or liquors which also feature on the menu.’
Can you book a table in advance?
‘We’re trying to steer clear of reservations for now as we want to create a space where people can wander in as and when they want too. We’ve been extremely busy since we opened but people have not been reluctant to go somewhere else and then come back later on.’
Have you got any plans for the future in terms of expansion or putting on events?
‘I definitely think there’ll be room for expansion, but when you open your own place it’s like a baby you’ve got to nurture it. Taking ourselves away from this in the first 18 months is going to be detrimental, so for now we’re just going to focus on this space. The piano, however, may be used for live music in the near future.’