Local events Jan/Feb

Welcome to the new-look ‘What’s on’ page. Fewer featured events, more photos and a general overall revamp. More focus on the events themselves rather than the quantity. And different types of events. And a different header each month because I know how to do them now. We’re not being paid or even asked to advertise any of the features, we just think you’ll be interested.

This month, we’re featuring a soup kitchen event for all at the Black-EE, a new bowling alley in Liverpool city centre, a new Vietnamese restaurant opening and a new retro gaming arcade in the Baltic Triangle.

Soup & Song Sundays

Space Shuttle 2020 is the first volume of ‘Soup & Song Sundays’: our Soup Kitchen with live music. The theme is a nod to the futuristic ring of 2020 – and an excuse to embrace our inner Sci-Fi geek.

Why a soup kitchen that’s not just for homeless people and those in need, but for everyone? The idea behind ‘Soup & Song Sundays’ is to acknowledge that, whatever our background and situation, we’re all human beings with the same needs and pleasures. Coming together and sharing these is what these events are about.

We’re serving hot drinks, lovely homemade nosh and are playing boss music in a safe space where everyone is welcome. And it’s completely FREE. So we’re hoping to attract people in need as well as those who aren’t, and to provide a platform for chats, laughs & dancing.

You can jam with our friends from Busk With Us, sing along with the wonderful Dawn and the Embers and dance to the one and only DJ Joy Joy’s tunes. Or just pop in for a hot drink and bowl of tasty soup.

This event is being promoted by Nici Konigs Balfry from Zest Event Management.


Pins on Duke Street has been due to open for well over a year. At time of writing it’s still not open but their Instagram feed suggests that the opening date is likely to be very soon. Situated in a derelict former warehouse, it will have twelve bowling lanes including VIP lanes, a bar, street food (provided by the people behind Salthouse Baccaro and Rocket and Ruby), a private function room, and other experiential games like shuffleboard. It’s another of a slew of bowling alleys and games rooms opening around the city and should be a welcome addition to the social scene.

Instagram: @pinssocialclub, Twitter: @pinsliverpool, Facebook: Pins Social Club, Website: https://www.pinsbowling.co.uk/


Many of you will already know about Vietnom due to their residency at the Baltic Market in Cains Brewery. Their food is always popular, and now they’re opening their own restaurant on Berry Street, opposite Neon Jamon, opening this Saturday, 25th January. That they have moved to a permanent venue is great news for their fans. They will be offering traditional and influenced Vietnamese dishes, cocktails and coffee, and a brunch menu at weekends.

Instagram: @vietnom_liv, Facebook: Việtnom


This place is newly open since December 2019. Three floors of retro gaming plus food, snacks and drinks. Pay once to get in and stay as long as you want. Apart from dozens of arcade games – the full list is on their website and it’s impressive – they also have more traditional manual games like shuffleboard, which you have to pay a deposit for but you get that back. You access the place through Punch Tarmey’s, situated in the red Cain’s Brewery building on Grafton Street.

Instagram: @arcains_liverpool, Twitter: @arcainslpl, Facebook: ArCains, Website: https://www.arcains.co.uk/

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