While staying at Arthouse Hotel, you’ll find many of the best restaurants in Liverpool right on your doorstep.
Since you may find yourself spoilt for choice, we thought we’d narrow it down with our top recommendations.
Each of our choices is within walking distance from the hotel, so why not stop off for a bite to eat before exploring Liverpool nightlife?
Best Restaurants in Liverpool
Sitting moments away along dynamic Seel Street, the dazzling decor and delicious dishes of Blind Tiger await.
With a stylish speakeasy feel, this unique bar and restaurant offers full table service, live music and an extensive Dim Sum menu.
Blind Tiger is also renowned for hosting talented live musicians for an atmospheric dining experience.
Alma de Cuba
Alma de Cuba is one of Liverpool’s best-loved spots to wine and dine in the city centre. You’ll find the historic gem along Seel Street, within the spectacular walls of a former church.
Perfect for those with a cultured palette, Alma de Cuba boasts an eclectic menu, showcasing the fantastic flavours of South American cuisine.
By night, the ground floor of Alma offers a carnival-style experience, from sparkling Samba dancers to their famous petal shower.
Dia + Noche
You’ll find the twinkling lights of Dia + Noche amongst the row of independent gems on Bold Street. This charming restaurant is one of the newest additions to Liverpool’s dining scene, and it’s certainly made quite the impression.
Serving up delicious lunch by day, this stylish space transforms into a stylish tapas and cocktail bar by night. You can choose from a range of tasty nibbles and main courses as you soak up the atmosphere.
Chicha – Peruvian Street Kitchen
Chicha – Peruvian Street Kitchen is another of Bold Street’s independent favourites. Since opening its doors in 2016, the South American inspired spot has become a firm favourite for delicious food and drink.
Whether you opt for a refreshing plate from the Veggie Bar, browse the MeatFeast section or try a delectable dessert, Chicha’s colourful menu is bursting with flavour and choice.
Perfect if you’re feeling a little worse for wear after a big night out, NoLita Cantina doesn’t do anything by halves! Inspired by American Bistros with the feel of a New York deli, you can look forward to plenty of indulgence.
Treat yourself to a huge helping of meat with a hearty burger or sandwich overflowing with silky cheese. Veggies don’t have to worry as there’s also a great selection of vegetarian options guaranteed to hit the spot.
La Finca Eivissa
Capturing the essence of summertime bliss, La Finca Evissa will brighten up any day of the week with a taste of Ibiza. Serving a fusion of Spanish-Mediterranean tapas, this eclectic spot is perfect for enjoying a bite to eat before the party begins.
Look forward to the best Ibizan cocktails and enjoy a warm reminder of the White Isle. You’ll find La Finca right next to Arthouse Hotel.
Bringing Liverpool an authentic slice of Italy, don’t miss a visit to Villa Romana during your stay at Arthouse Hotel. Serving traditional Italian dishes in a charming, rustic setting, Villa Romana showcases the best of home-cooked Italian food.
Their extensive menu ranges from delicious Neapolitan pizza to fresh pasta, grilled and pan fried meat, fish dishes, antipasti and speciality breads and salads. What better way to start a night of wining and dining?
La Parrilla Bold Street
Serving up classic Mexican cuisine and char-grilled meats, look no further than La Parrilla for authentic food and drink served with a feel-good atmosphere.
Their mouthwatering menu features a huge range of Mexican favourites. And you’ll be pleased to know their portions are just as impressive.
Choose from flavoursome burritos, golden chimichangas, impressive sharing dishes and much more. Oh, and you’re more than likely to end up in a sombrero!
To enquire further about staying at Arthouse Hotel, you can reach our friendly team on 0151 601 8801. In the meantime, why not check out our latest offers?
Alfred Hitchcock is undeniably one of the world’s most famous and influential directors of all time. From Birds to Psycho to Vertigo, it is hard to find someone who hasn’t seen at least one of ‘The Master of Suspense’s films. As we approach the anniversary of the legendary director’s death, nearly 40 years ago on April 29th 1980, we take a look back on all things Alfred Hitchcock.
He was celebrated throughout the cinematic world for his distinctly recognisable directorial style, with shots framed to maximise the feeling of unease within his viewers, creating a sense of fear, dread or anxiety in his innovative forms of film editing.
It was this iconic style that earned him his ‘Master of Suspense’ title and paved the way for Hitchcock’s pioneering evolution of the thriller genre.
The Early Life of an Icon
Born to a William Hitchcock, a greengrocer in Leytonstone in 1899, Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was the second son and youngest of three children. Often found drawing and inventing games in his spare time, he was quiet and described as a bit of a loner – a trait that was mainly due to his size, which was large even as a child.
A story often told about Hitchcock’s upbringing, and the subsequent influence on his life and career is the story of Hitchcock’s time spent in prison.
When he was five years old, Hitchcock’s very strict, Catholic father punished the young boy for being naughty by sending him to the local police station with a note, asking the officers to lock him away for several minutes. This was Hitchcock’s only brush with the law, thanks to a deep-seated fear of authority because of this very moment.
After graduating from London County Council School of Engineering and Navigation, with fantastic draftsmanship skills under his belt, Hitchcock took a job at Henley Telegraph Company as an estimator for their manufacture of electric cable.
With a job he saw as mind-numbing, Hitchcock used his free time to attend the cinema (often by himself0, read cinema trade papers and take drawing classes at London University. This creative side shone through in Henley’s Social Club magazine, where his short stories with twist endings and caricatures were published. These published works got Hitchcock promoted to the advertising department, as a creative advertising illustrator.
The Birth of a Director
Hitchcock’s first endeavour into film was a job as a title card designer (the text in silent movies that explains actions or shows dialogue) for Famous Players-Lasky (which later became Paramount). He used this job to get his foot in the door for screenwriting, assistant director, set designer and all other aspects of filmmaking.
After a few failed attempts at directing while at Famous Players-Lasky, during which he met his future wife, Alma, Hitchcock scored a hit with The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog in 1927. The film was a major success in the United Kingdom and is regarded as the first ‘Hitchcockian’ film, heavily influenced by expressionist techniques that Hitchcock witnessed while directing The Pleasure Garden in Germany in 1926.
The 1930s saw Hitchcock make film after film, with many becoming a success both on home soil and across the Atlantic in America. His 1938 film The Lady Vanishes, won the New York Critics’ Award for Best Film, which helped catch the attention of American film producer and studio owner David O. Selznick, who extended a contract offer of three motion picture films. Hitchcock accepted and moved his now wife Alma, and ten-year-old daughter Patricia, to Hollywood.
Hitchcock was one of the first directors to which the ‘auteur theory was applied, a theory which stresses the artistic authority of the director in the filmmaking process. Such artistry is what contributed to so many of Hitchcock’s films being regarded with such icon status.
Perhaps the most well-known film from Hitchcock didn’t come until later in his career, Psycho, released in 1960, was the most shocking film of its time. With twists and disturbing themes that thrilled moviegoers across the world. The cheap budget ($800,000) gave Hitchcock motivation to be creative with his filming techniques, to such an extent that the now iconic shower scene, where the heroine is brutally murdered, is composed of more than 90 shots and 70 different angles. The scene is revered as one of the most thrilling pieces of work of all time.
Keeping with his later fashion of one-word titles and suspenseful thrillers, Hitchcock’s other most memorable films, which hold permanent places on the majority of ‘Top Films’ lists, includes Birds (1963), where a town is attacked by menacing flocks of birds, and Vertigo (1958), a story of obsession, manipulation and fear and a cycle of madness and lies.
The endless list of classics produced by the Master of Suspense is one of the many reasons he is considered to be one of, if not the, best directors of all time.
Not to be ignored are Hitchcock’s lesser known films, iconic in their own right, but often overshadowed by is creative giants. Early works such as Notorious (1946), Spellbound (1945) and The 39 Steps (1935) all have their place in film history for their technical ingenuity.
With more than 50 feature films under his belt throughout his career, there is a plethora of hidden and niche Hitchcock films that document his development to the style he was admired for.
Often cited as a pioneer and auteur, Hitchcock’s filming style is what places him in the director’s hall of fame, with signature filming techniques and styles that help identify any of his films as distinctly Hitchcockian.
He appears as a cameo in 39 of his films, often with no lines and as a brief background character in early scenes. The tradition began When filming his first major success, The Lodger (1927), when there weren’t enough extras to fill the newsroom in the opening scene.
Certain camera angles and techniques have become associated with the director’s feature films, as he creates a feel of voyeurism for the audience, with point of view shots and roving tracking to guide the audience to the subject at hand.
Hitchcock also gained a reputation for using ‘icy blondes’ as his chosen heroines, from Grace Kelly to Janet Leigh to Ingrid Bergman. He once said that blondes are thought to be innocent and glamorous – the perfect recipe for a victim. The icy attitude was for added suspense, and to confuse the audience with their lack of empathy for the poor femme fatale.
He was also noted for his rigorous planning of his productions, with every detail of every scene meticulously storyboarded, with every camera angle, sound effect and movement accounted for and unchanged throughout the filming process.
Hitchcock met his wife, Alma, while working at his first studio, Famous Players-Lasky. She worked on continuity and editing for several of his early works and the two were married in 1926 and she became his chief collaborator on all films. Alma took a backseat to the limelight as she did not want the public attention that came with her husband’s rise to fame.
The couple welcomed their first and only child, a girl named Patricia, in 1928, and the entire family moved to Hollywood when David O. Selznick offered Hitchcock a three-film contract in March 1939.
Awards, Honours and Death
Being one of the most well-noted directors in history comes with a string of awards and honours across a lifetime of hard work and dedication to the industry. Along with innumerable Oscar, Golden Globes and BAFTA nominations and awards, Hitchcock also received five lifetime achievement awards, eight Laurel Awards and has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Hitchcock became Sir Alfred Hitchcock after being knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in the 1980 New Year Honours.
In the first few months after his knighthood, Hitchcock worked on a script for a new spy thriller, The Short Night, but the project never came to fruition due to the director’s rapidly declining health. In April of 1980, he passed away in his home of renal failure at 80 years old.
The Hitchcock Floor at Arthouse Hotel
Arthouse Hotel, close to Liverpool’s city centre and just minutes walk to the vibrant and ever-growing nightlife, pay special homage to Hitchcock’s legacy and the impact he left on the cinematic world with an entire floor dedicated to his most iconic films.
Choose from eight Hitchcock themed rooms, sleeping between four and six guests, and indulge in the luxury of a bygone era of cinema.
Experience an elegant take on Bates Motel in Pyscho, or indulge in Notorious, there’s glamour in Suspicion and dark decadence in The Birds.
Be enchanted in Spellbound or experience life on the run in Stage Fright, there’s also the mystifying magnetism of Vertigo and a 1920s vibe in Easy Virtue.
There’s stylish accommodation for everyone whatever your favourite Hitchcock film, and with an amazing location in the heart of cultural Liverpool, there is no better place for group accommodation that the Arthouse Hotel.
One of the most famous and greatly loved musicals of all time, Grease is the story of the friendships, romances and adventures of a group of high school kids in the 1950’s.
But no matter how many times you’ve seen it, there are still loads of interesting facts you probably didn’t know. Even the biggest Grease fans will tell you that they discover something new when they watch it for the umpteenth time.
Here at the Arthouse Hotel, Grease is one of our all time favourite films, which is why we’ve dedicated an entire suite to the classic high school flick.
We’ve done our research and found a staggering 66 undiscovered Grease film facts.
See how many you knew already!
Grease the movie is based on the 1971 Broadway musical of the same name.
The Broadway musical was written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.
Jacobs was an advertising copywriter and Warren Casey was a high-school art teacher. They met through an amateur theatre group in Chicago in the early 1960’s, at high school Jacobs had been a greaser and Casey had been bookish and studious.
The film is set in 1958, 20 years before the actual release date on 1st June 1978.
It was directed by Randal Kleiser and written by Bronte Woodard.
The wonderful Carrie Fisher was considered for the role of Sandy.
Both Marie Osmond and Susan Dey turned down the role of Sandy, Osmond apparently didn’t want her future children to see her in the film, especially the last scenes.
Before Olivia Newton-John was cast as Sandy, she insisted on having a screen test to make sure she would be the right fit for the character and to determine whether she had onscreen chemistry with Travolta.
Henry Winkler, a.k.a ‘The Fonz’ turned down playing Danny Zuko because the character was too similar to Fonzie, the tough guy with a heart of gold he was already playing on Happy Days.
The Guardian Angel
Elvis was asked to play the Guardian Angel role in the film, but he didn’t accept the role. It was taken by Frankie Avalon instead.
An Art Teacher
Andy Warhol nearly played the part of an art teacher, but various misunderstandings meant the role could never be decided on.
Held Back a Few Years?
None of the actors were anywhere near high school age, John Travolta was 23, Olivia Newton-John was 29, Jeff Conaway was 26 and Dennis Stewart aka ‘Crater face’ was 30.
Stockard Channing was the eldest of the teenage performers during the filming, she was 33.
The two closest to high school age were Lorenzo Lamas (Tom) and Dinah Manoff (Marty), they were both 19.
Beauty School Dropout
This scene nearly didn’t happen, Frankie Avalon had an intense fear of heights, so the slippery three-storey staircase didn’t seem so dreamy after all. To solve the problem they put mattresses alongside the steps.
The Dance Scenes
All of the background dancers were named, which doesn’t usually happen in films. Among them were Sauce, Bart, Bubba, Midge and Moose.
Most of the extras that featured in the dance scenes had won a nationwide contest to be in the film.
Dinah Manoff who played Marty couldn’t dance so she sat out every single dance scene.
The high school name Rydell High is a reference to Bobby Rydell, a teen idol known for his 1960’s pop and rock singles.
Rydell High is actually three different real Los Angeles high schools. The outside is Venice High School, the interior is Huntington Park High School and the school field was at John Marshall High School.
It took a week to shoot the dance contest scene and originally Sandy was not intended to dance, it was supposed to be just Danny and Cha Cha.
Jamie Donnelly (who played Jan) was already growing grey hair when she signed onto “Grease.” To play the part of a high schooler, she had to dye her hair dark brown.
Originally, Lorenzo Lamas who played Tom Chisum had black slicked back hair which made him look too much like a T-Bird, he was told to dye his hair a lighter colour, so he was sent to Rodeo Drive to dye his hair blonde.
Travolta wanted his hair dyed blue-black, inspired by Elvis.
Arguments and Illness
There was originally an extra fight scene between Kenickie and Rizzo to explain why she throws the milkshake at him in the diner, but producers decided it was too heavy for the movie, calling it the “Martin Scorsese scene.”
John Travolta argued with Randal Kleiser, the director, over the end of the song “Sandy”. He wanted a close-up of himself instead of the cartoon shot of a hot dog diving into a bun, Kleiser disagreed.
A number of cast members got ill whilst filming the drag race scene, the water was stagnant and dangerous.
The Rydell prom scene was shot during a heat wave in California and several of the extras had to be treated for heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses.
Grease is the Word
Grease may be the word, but it’s never actually said once in the entire script, only the word ‘greased’ is sung during the song ‘Greased Lightnin’.
Originally Kenickie was supposed to perform ‘Greased Lightnin’, but Travolta fought to sing the number himself and won.
Producers utilised Olivia Newton-John’s popularity by allowing her to keep her Australian accent and changing Sandy’s last name from American ‘Dumbrowski’ to Australian ‘Olsen’.
In the stage version the boy’s group is called the Burger Palace Boys, this was changed to the T-birds for the film.
‘You’re The One That I Want’
The song ‘You’re The One That I Want’ was filmed at a travelling carnival that was only in town for one day, close ups had to be recreated by the set department.
Olivia Newton-John’s leggings were so tight that the zip was broken, she had to be sewn into them.
Not everyone could handle the carnival rides, Eddie Deezen who played Eugene was on a spinning ride after a scene was ended and threw up.
The ‘You’re The One That I Want’ scene only took one afternoon to film.
The character of Danny could have been a busboy, the producer Allan Carr also imagined the greaser working at a gas station, singing a song called “Gas Pump Jockey.”
John Travolta started rehearsals for Grease just four days after completing filming for Saturday Night Fever.
It’s reported that the cast chewed their way through 100,000 pieces of bubblegum during the filming.
Originally, Grease was supposed to be an animated film, but the idea was scraped. To honour the idea they kept the opening credit animations.
The ‘Hickey’s from Kenickie’ that Rizzo tries to cover up were real, given by Jeff Conaway who played Kenickie, to make them look more authentic.
Jeff Conaway had a really big crush on Olivia Newton-John and was nervous around her on set, he ended up marrying her sister.
In Mexico and Venezuela, Grease in known as Vaselina.
Because Jeff Conaway was taller than John Travolta, Kenickie was often slouching when filming so that the lead actor of the movie seemed taller.
Cameos and Almost Camoes
When a coca-cola product placement deal fell through during post-production, multiple shots of coca cola products and advertisements had to be digitally removed or blurred out.
The Beach Boys almost made a guest appearance, Allan Carr originally imagined the surf rock quartet performing ‘Greased Lightnin’.
Danny’s blue windbreaker at the beginning of the film was intended as a nod to James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause.
John Travolta’s sister, Ellen Travolta, plays a diner waitress with a single line – ‘Oh, there’s Danny and Sandy’ while watching the dance on TV.
The gang that played the famous trio, Sonny, Putzie and Doody, wanted to honour the Three Stooges and so they asked the producers to pay a small tribute prior to the bonfire scene.
Terminator star Michael Biehn makes an appearance in Grease in the scene where Danny and Kenickie put the frog in Patty’s bag.
Two number one hit singles came from the Grease soundtrack, “Grease” and ” You’re The One That I Want”.
The title song ‘Grease’ was written by Barry Gibb, sang by Frankie Valli and Peter Frampton played the guitar.
Lots of songs were cut from the final film, however they can be heard in the background of certain shots.
The “Alma Mater/Parody” instrumental from the stage version of Grease can be heard in the office on the last day of school and during the carnival scenes.
Sandy’s solo “Hopelessly Devoted To You” almost didn’t make the cut and was only added after the film was made. The song was nominated for an Oscar.
Grease was the highest grossing film of 1978.
Olivia Newton-John attended the film premiere in a prom dress and then for the after party, she changed into her second look, a hot pink spandex.
The official premiere after-party was at the famous Studio 54.
Grease won every People’s Choice Award for which it was nominated – Favourite Motion Picture Actress (Olivia Newton-John), Favourite Motion Picture Supporting Actress (Stockard Channing), Favourite Musical Motion Picture, and Favourite Overall Motion Picture.
Sequels and The Musical
Producers originally wanted to create 3 movies and a TV series but when the first sequel, Grease 2, flopped with $15 million at the box office the other movies were cancelled.
There was a planned sequel called Summer School which was completely different from Grease 2.
Didi Conn was the only one of the Pink Ladies and T-Birds to make an appearance in Grease 2.
Grease the musical is still a successful show and you can still get tickets to see it.
Travolta and Newton-John reunited in 1983 for the romantic comedy Two of a Kind.
They also released a duet Christmas album in 2012, called This Christmas.
There is a crazy fan theory that suggests that the entire musical is actually Sandy’s journey to the afterlife, the story goes that she died when she drowned at the beach and the car is taking them to heaven at the end. Make of that what you will.
The Grease Room At The Arthouse
At the Arthouse Hotel we know that Grease is a classic that should be celebrated.
Our unique Grease-inspired room has been designed as a tribute to the hit 1978 musical, with Sandy and Danny immortalised on the ceiling.
Relax in style, as our Grease room features a large screen TV, kitchenette and a double Jacuzzi bath.
Sleeping up to 6 people, our stunning room is the perfect way to stay in Liverpool city centre, as we’re closely located to the city’s finest restaurants, bars, shops and attractions.
There’s nothing left for you to do but book a stay with us by calling our friendly booking team on 0151 541 9999.
Looking for the perfect date night in Liverpool? Well here’s Liverpool dating for movie lovers made easy at Arthouse Hotel.
We’ve got the perfect location in the city to enjoy some of Liverpool’s most popular nightlife. From the trendy hip bars on Seel Street to the relaxed restaurants of Bold Street, Arthouse Hotel is the ideal place to spend date night in the city and here’s why.
Amazing Accommodation Offers at Arthouse Hotel
Let’s start with the superb offers we have for couples wanting to spend some quality time in the city together.
If date night falls midweek book our Dream and Dine stay and enjoy an overnight stay in one of our luxurious movie themed hotel rooms.
Each floor in Arthouse Hotel has a unique theme and our guests can chose from popular musical movies, Hitchcock thrillers or artistic Warhol masterpieces to form the backdrop to their night of romance.
Our Dream and Dine offer includes a deliciously romantic two course meal as well all for just £99 per couple, you and your special someone can spend a night together in the heart of the city.
This amazing deal is perfect for super special occasions where its important to show your special someone just how much they mean to you.
For just £169 per couple the Date Night offer includes an overnight stay in impressive city centre accommodation, a tasty two course meal and an arrival surprise, our popular love suite love package.
Our staff will scatter rose petals across the room, place two scrumptious cupcakes on the bed and chill a bottle of Prosecco so you can toast your love in style.
Liverpool dating just got a whole lot easier and more affordable with Arthouse Hotel’s amazing offers.
Romantic Places to Eat and Drink in Liverpool
There’s something about the twinkling lights of the big city that screams romance and this couldn’t be truer in and around Arthouse Hotel.
Go for a romantic tipple inside Alma de Cuba and let the Latin theme inspire a fiery passionate night on the town.
Or perhaps enjoy some drinks alfresco in the nearby Kazimer Garden or Moloko where quaint and quirky outdoor courtyards are lit by hundreds of fairy lights perfect for enjoying the warmer spring evenings or bundling up under a blanket together when it gets chilly.
If you’d like to explore the culinary wonders of Liverpool there’s no better place to start than at Arthouse Hotel where our own in house kitchen serve delicious movie themed snacks such as yummy nachos and gourmet pizza.
Around the corner on Bold Street are some of the city’s newest and most popular eateries. Here visitors can enjoy Ibizan inspired experiences at La Finca Evissa, a tapas bar with a Spanish flare or if your taste take you to more exotic destinations a meal in Kasbah or Bakchich is sure to tickle your taste buds.
All these venues have mastered food from around the world and brought delicious dishes to Liverpool for everyone to try.
The best and easiest way to someone’s heart is often through their belly and a romantic meal in Liverpool will certainly make for a wonderful date night.
Have a Movie Night to Remember
If your date is a movie buff then you’ve brought them to the right place. Arthouse Hotel has been built to celebrate some of the best cinematic and artistic masterpieces of our time.
Better still Arthouse is within easy walking distance of FACT cinema, Liverpool’s leading example of exhibiting art, new media and films both new and old.
FACT will show the latest blockbuster releases alongside silver screen movies and unique art installations. You could be watching a classic like Gone with the Wind on one screen whilst the latest gory scare-fest plays on another.
There’s all the trimmings of your average cinema with the added chance of seeing something extraordinary.
Liverpool dating couldn’t be easier than when you choose to spend your date night at Arthouse Hotel.
Call and arrange the perfect date night in Liverpool on 0151 601 8801 or email email@example.com.