Exquisite Cocktails, Luxury Surroundings

Steeped in history, filled with exquisite artwork and timeless cocktails with a modern twist

Afternoon Tea Liverpool

Afternoon Tea

We are now serving Afternoon Tea Friday-Sunday from 1pm – 5pm.  A range of fresh sandwiches and luxury pastries and cakes accompanied by tea, coffee or champagne.  Prices start from £29.95pp.

Liverpool Venue Hire

Private Hire

Now available for corporate meetings, birthdays, private whisky tasting all fully catered and accommodating parties of up to 80 people.  To enquire about Private hire at the Royal Institution please contact us today.

Master Classes

You can now book one of our Master Classes and choose from either cocktail or Whisky.  Our experts will guide you through the process how we create these drinks alongside some history and entertainment. From £35pp.



The Royal Institution, like its London namesake, was once the meeting place for Victorian gentry involved in the sciences, arts, literature and all that Empire-building stuff, inaugurated in 1817.The objective of the Royal Institution, as stated at the 31 March 1814 meeting, was to be a society “for promoting the increase and diffusion of Literature, Science and the Arts” Money was raised by subscription and, despite the difficulties caused in the interim by the failure of Roscoe’s banking house, by 17 July 1817 a property in Colquitt Street had been purchased and the Liverpool Royal Institution was formally opened in November 1817.”

The Royal Institution School, a boys’ grammar school, was transferred in 1837 to purpose-built accommodation on the opposite side of Colquitt Street, where it remained until 1892. The Art Gallery was housed next to the school, from 1843, and included pictures bought in from Roscoe’s sale by friends and was presented to the Institution. The Museum was housed in the main building and held mainly natural history collections. The Library was housed in the main building and was transferred to University College Liverpool in 1894.

The Royal Institution began to decline at the end of the 19th century when newer establishments including the Walker Art Gallery were founded. The art gallery and museum closed in 1892, and soon after in 1894, the library and archives of the LRI were transferred to University College Liverpool.

In 1941, the Royal Institution briefly served as a Services Quiet Club for those serving in the armed forces. By 1948, the Liverpool Royal Institution was formally dissolved and remaining property was transferred to the University.


Our Cocktail Menu

Below we have a selection of our favourite cocktails. To see our full menu please click here

  • Coco Chanel

    A simple yet elegant serving of Monkey 47, rhubarb, and lemon, topped with Prosecco, garnished with freshly roasted Rosemary in case you’re feeling classy.

  • Al Capone Fizz

    Though Vigorously evolved; this drinks inspiration was birthed in the 1920’s. Bombay Sapphire paired with subtle sweet notes of passionfruit, pomegranate, and elderflower, but with a sharpness of Lemon and the dryness of Prosecco.

  • Aunt Polly's Martini

    Our twist of a timeless classic which brings sass to any menu; Grey Goose blended with Pineapple and Lychee juice get balanced with Caramel & Prosecco to create an irresistible foamy goodness.

  • The Einstein

    Fresh Espresso meets the exquisite Patron XO, gets a kick from Grey Goose and all is mellowed down with a dash of Maraschino Luxardo liquor...Anything else to add? There is a chocolate surprise...

  • The Royal Club

    From the land of the rising sun we married Roku gin with the best French dry Vermouth, our Raspberry Jam and fresh Citrus with a thick white foam and a Smoky kick...

  • Yamazakis's Fashion

    Turn it up a notch with a healthy amount of Yamazaki Japanese Whisky, which gives a more floral vibe, that works brilliantly with some peach bitters over a never-melting clear ice cube.

  • Gatsby's Long Island

    We picked three of the best alcoholic components to create this globally revered drink that we’ve reconstructed; using Grey Goose, Bacardi Spiced Rum, Bombay Sapphire, and French orange liquor, our home-made Rosemary syrup and topped with Diet Coke to make a refreshing yet boozy masterpiece.

  • Blind Pig Negroni

    Forget mixers, this one is a gentle yet lethal sipper. Raspberry Gin with Sweet and Dry premium Vermouths form the base of this drink with hints of orange oils and a squeeze of lemon to pull out the bitter and sour flavours, rounded off with the subtleties of peach to give the perfect balance.

  • Solomon Stormy

    In a stormy the heart of the secret night life in New Orleans...C.”King” Solomon was often found sipping on this drink…Spiced home-made Ginger Beer meets Bermuda's Dark Rum and Citrus for a simple but vigorous drink that will blow your mind!

  • Mr Hoover

    This timeless twist burst with Tropical fruits flavours given by infusing the best Rums that South America can offer all masterfully balanced with Falernum liquor and Bitters.

  • Flaming Billy Hill

    Served with a flaming flair this cocktail contains four different types of Rum from around the globe balanced with lime, passionfruit, orange and “tikied” up with fresh pineapple juice.

  • The Bootlegger

    Without the `20 smugglers the speak-easy movement wouldn’t have happened, so we came up with a serve in their honour; Highland Scotch, lemon and whites meets Whisky Liquor and demerara sugar for a rich mouth watery sour to clench even the thirstier outlaw.

  • Purple Ramos

    The brilliant mind of Henry C. Ramos of Nola's Imperial Cabinet Bar came out with the classic that we twisted with Purple Bespoke Gin, Gingerbread syrup and Mediterranean Tonic forming a delightful, creamy, and citrusy experience.

  • Juan's Bebida

    Named after the biggest Mexican bootlegger we shake Premium Silver Tequila with a dash of smoky Cachaça, our spiced apple syrup with fresh limes and mint so we can chill even the equatorial heat!

  • Lindy Hop

    Got a sweet tooth and want to show your moves? Take Good Bourbon Whiskey, add a kick of Coffee & Orange Liquor with the creaminess of a Yolk and you get a delicious dessert style masterpiece.

  • House Old Fashioned

    The classic without compromises...Woodford Reserve meets our crafty Demerara Gomme, Angostura & orange bitters.

  • Royal Fashion ​

    21 years old Scotch meets Demerara sugar and chocolate bitters all served over an ice sphere topped with a Golden Leaf. A worthy sip for true Royalty

Royal Institution Takeaway

The Liquor Store

The Royal Institution, previously known as “Whiskey Business” hosts an ambit of sprits from collectable Whisky’s to refined Wines all available for collection.  Why not pop to our store and see what other bespoke collectables we have onsite.

While you’re here feel free to peruse our gorgeous decadent venue and grab a coffee or perhaps a cheeky 1920’s style cocktail from our bar area to enjoy while you check out our collection.

If there’s anything you want that we don’t have in-stock please put in a request and we will try our very best to source it for you.

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24 Colquitt St, Liverpool L1 4DE, United Kingdom



Opening Hours

11:00 AM – 12:00AM

General Manager

Matteo de Girardi

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