The little cafe at the ‘top of the hill’ has been a Liverpool institution for more than four decades.

Established in 1974, in the style of the great Bohemian cafes of Europe, Cafe Tabac has always been a hub for the creative residents of Liverpool, attracting artists, actors, singers and performers amongst its varied and colourful clientele, as well as many of the city’s best known sons and daughters including Frankie Goes to Hollywood frontman Holly Johnson and actress Margi Clarke, who starred in the cult film ‘Letter to Brezhnev.’

If I ever had any money for food back then, it was always spent on a sausage and apple sauce sandwich at Tabac, whether it was with the kids from the Everyman Youth Theatre or Anne Yvonne Gilbert who illustrated the cover for Relax!
— Holly Johnson
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Rita’s Tabac

For many years, Cafe Tabac was presided over by the formidable Rita, who was never shy to tell customers what she thought of them or turf out those who made a cuppa last three hours. 

The cafe has never shut its doors and is now the longest running cafe bar in Liverpool, still independently owned by Rita’s family, and retains the charm and authenticity that only comes with serving the city for forty-odd years.



From smart and snazzy cocktails to hangover-quenching jugs of Dirty Shandy, we offer a wide  range of drinks including wines, craft beers and our own 1974 Pilsner, which is brewed exclusively for us. While you’re with, why us not try a Cafe Tabac Espresso Martini? Made to our own secret specification, it’s our most asked for cocktail, and considered to be the best in the city by those in the know.

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Private Hire

Hidden away at the back of Cafe Tabac is our cinema room which is available to hire for free. Intimate and private, it’s perfect for gatherings and get-togethers of up to 25 guests. With a cinema screen and casual seating, it’s a great little space that works well for parties, away-days or even group movie nights! 

For larger events, full hire of Cafe Tabac is also available, please drop us a line and we’ll be happy to give you more details and a price on request.


Contact Us

Address :

126 Bold street, Liverpool, L1 4JA

Phone :

0151 709 9502

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