At La Vida Liverpool, we introduce readers to the best places to drink in Liverpool and the North West — from secret side street bars to traditional pubs with quality food, beer and entertainment. We capture their ethos and what they’re about, so you’re fully informed before visiting. In this article we bring you The Lake.
What’s The Lake about?
Nestled in between cottages on Lake Place in Hoylake, The Lake is a proper pub! A community hub with loads going on, The Lake is a great meeting place and known by locals as being a very fun and friendly place to drink.
A true hidden gem off the beaten track, it really is a case of ‘if you know, you know’ with The Lake — but if you’re ever out drinking in Hoylake it’s a must if you’re after somewhere for laughter and entertainment. Full of colourful personalities, you certainly know when you’ve drank in The Lake!
Owners Loz (Lawrence) and Vic have had The Lake since October 2017 and have worked hard to restore it to its former glory and make it a great place to drink again. They’ve recently refurbished the rear snug bar and the outside patio to add to the pub’s existing character and they’ve fully refurbished the toilets.
Loz has an experienced background, having ran The Magnet and the Rat & Parrot in Liverpool, so knows how to create a vibrant atmosphere. One thing for sure is you’re guaranteed to leave smiling and if you don’t know anyone then you will by the time you leave. There’s a big charity ethos there to and they’ve raised money for great causes such as the local food banks, the R.N.L.I, The Hoylake Cottage Hospital and Claire House.
What’s on at The Lake?
There’s never a lack of things to do at The Lake — they have a pool table, a dart board, a jukebox and machines and show all the sports from football to Formula One with a multi screen set up. On Mondays they have their poker night that’s growing in popularity and prize size and offers the chance to win £270k and a trip to La Vegas. Tuesday is free pool and jukebox all day. Thursday is darts night and they recently hosted a charity darts night with the No.7 in the world, Dave Chisnell.
Every Friday they have ‘After Work Perks’ where you can buy any large Liverpool Gin or Whitley Neill and get a mixer of choice free or buy a mini prosecco and get a second half price. There’s an ongoing offer where you can buy two large glasses of wine and get the rest of the bottle on the house.
On Saturdays they have live music with top local acts due to Loz’s strong connections in the music industry. On Sundays they host their legendary interactive pub quiz that involves interesting tasks, controversial questions and hilarious banter — there are certainly no pub quizzes around like theirs and with a mini game of bingo afterwards it’s a fun end to the weekend.
On Christmas Eve they have Paul Duffy from The Coral playing an acoustic set. On Boxing Night they have an 80s night with local DJs Dave Burns and Ian Quesnall and on New Year’s Eve (also Loz’s birthday) they have top Liverpool DJ, Kole Akeju, from the Dharma Collective bringing his classic disco, funk and soul club. Both events are FREE to attend, as always at The Lake.
We just had to visit The Lake on a Sunday night for their interactive quiz — we’d heard great things about it from a couple of locals so what better night to attend? We had a few pints, made some boss new friends and played pool before the quiz started — by which time we’d had a few! The quiz can only be described as a rip-roaring, chaotic frenzy of ridiculous fun!
We failed abysmally at our picking up marbles task, did ok at the sweets and chocolates round and did ok at the cryptic round. The funniest round was the general knowledge one where regular, Charles, got on the mic and read the questions unintentionally wrong in his Clouseau-esque French accent. Top night and great to chat with everyone — all very friendly and funny people!
Why we love The Lake….
We love The Lake because it’s a real hidden gem in a secluded side street off the beaten track. We love the recent refurbishment to the rear of the pub. We love The Lake because it’s a proper traditional pub — full of character and full of characters with pool, darts, live sport, poker, a comedy quiz, quality live music and events and an all round great atmosphere.
We love the Landlords, Loz and Vic, and the bar staff — with their welcoming manner and great personalities. We love their big charity ethos and that they’ve helped some great causes. We love to see old school pubs still thriving, bringing people together in the community, and that Loz and Vic have put the pub back on the map again. The next time you’re out in Hoylake drop in — especially if it’s on a Sunday night!
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