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Tucked off Liverpool’s Hardman Street, this multi-purpose enterprise – drinking spot, kitchen, music venue and off licence – is dominated by a glittering bar set against exposed brick. A collection of fine wines, listed on blackboards, is the first of many attractions. With a loyal student clientele, Buyers Club is also a magnet for professionals from the city’s universities and creative industries. The bar menu contains a choice of deli boards plus small plates made for sharing: octopus risotto, dark from the ink, is topped by both pan-fried and pickled tentacle (a delectable contrast); crisply charred red mullet is offset by a juicy crab salad and avocado purée; and spiced culotte roast pairs marinated pink Hereford beef with a smooth chickpea purée. Cheeseboards bring new treats – a melting golden Cenarth and a tangy Welsh blue – and cocktails complete an enjoyable meal; try the El Rey Manhattan (12-year-old rum, Campari and white cacao).