As well as beer, you can sample Belgian style food like bitterballen, bicky burger and waffles

BEER, waffles and the Smurfs. We love Belgian culture and were made up to get an invite to the opening party of Belgica - a new Belgian-themed beer bar and bistro.

Downstairs is a medieval Bruges vibe club called the ‘Monastery of Sound’

The venue on Wood Street, which previously housed Lucha Libre, is the new place to go for the finest Belgian beers, authentic comfort food, and good vibes. 

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Belgica bar on Wood Street, Liverpool Image: Geoff Davies

Split across two levels with a Brussels beer bar atmosphere upstairs and downstairs is a medieval Bruges vibe club called the ‘Monastery of Sound’, Belgica is all set to transport guests to the beer-loving nation from which the venue takes its inspiration.

Belgium inspired interiors feature throughout with playful nods towards its culture wherever you turn, including a 1980 road cycle bike complete with Smurf village, bespoke cycling artwork with miniature peloton figures, and a striking medieval-style stained glass window feature above the bar.  

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Beer is the star of the show from the extensive drinks menu which offers a range of local beers and an impressive variety of Belgian beers including Leffe, Hoegaarden and Duvel to name a few, which are categorised by their ABV strengths ranging from +4% ABV Blonde and Amber beers, up to +11% ABV Quadruples. 

A selection of classic cocktails and wines are also on offer with a happy hour from Sunday to Thursday, along with beer tasting paddles ideal for those wanting to sample a selection, with four draught beers for £10.

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The full food menu will be available from mid-December, offering a variety of hearty comfort food dishes with small plates including bitterballen - Belgian beef croquettes - as well as salt and pepper siu mai, and loaded Belgian frites. 

Bigger dishes include French onion soup, moules frites, vegan bicky burger (a unique Belgian hamburger) and six hour slow-cooked Flemish stew, along with six indulgent desserts including biscoff cheesecake and warm Belgian waffles. 

Downstairs at the Monastery of Sound it’s all neon signs, modern pop art and atmospheric vault seating with a soundtrack of hip hop and R’n’B funk.

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The full food menu will be available from mid-December Image: Deana Kay

Belgica is open Sunday to Wednesday midday until midnight, Thursday to Saturday midday to 1am. Follow Belgica on Instagram: @belgicaliverpool

Belgica, 96 Wood Street, Liverpool L1 4DQ

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