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Going to see a film play or concert on your own is not a very attractive prospect for singles, particularly if you are a single woman. Consequently Culture Vultures' singles trips to the theatre, concert hall or cinema in Liverpool are designed to be a social experience. The reasonably priced meal before the show (or after the show if we are going to a matinee) is part of the event and gives members the chance to meet and chat. If there's time, we often end up in the pub afterwards. We have chosen the venues because they appeal to Culture Vultures members - whether single men or single women - are easy to get to and have somewhere nearby to eat.
The venues which we currently use for plays, concerts and films in Liverpool are:
Williamson Square, Liverpool
A traditional Victorian theatre in the city centre, handy for Lime Street or Central stations, with parking at the St John's Centre multi-storey (£2 after 5pm if you show your theatre ticket). The Playhouse offers a varied programme, from Shakespeare to comedy to musicals, both its own productions and plays by visiting companies like Northern Broadsides and the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Before seeing a play at the Liverpool Playhouse, we usually eat at Bistro Pierre, a French bistro in Button Street (behind BHS and near Matthew Street) which offers an early bird menu of 3 courses for around £11. Our favoured pub for after the show is Dr Duncan's, a Cains pub on St John's Hill.
The Philharmonic Hall
Hope Street, Liverpool
Art deco concert hall which is home to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic as well as staging a variety of classical and other concerts by visiting performers. We also listen to the RLPO when they visit Preston's Guild Hall. It's a good 10-minute walk from the city centre stations, sitting between the two Liverpool cathedrals. The Philharmonic Hall has its own car park (£4 after 5.30pm) and there are a number of other car parks nearby.
We sometimes eat at Everyman Theatre Cafe on Hope Street, but this can get busy, so we are looking at other venues. The after show pub has to be the Philharmonic because of its architectural splendour.
The Picturehouse at FACT
88 Wood Street, Liverpool L1 4DQ
FACT is the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, which has a modern building not far from the Liverpool 1 shopping development. There are three comfortable cinemas and two exhibition galleries. About a 5-minute walk from Central and Lime Street stations.
See the What's On page for all the singles visits to concerts, plays and films that we have planned.
Remember that Link Culture Vultures is run for members of Northern Link, the social network for single people in the North West. You can attend two of our events without becoming a Northern Link member, but after that you will need to join.
Please note we cannot be liable if any of the venues make changes, making this information out of date.