Liverpool Whisky Club


Liverpool’s first dedicated whisky club, the Liverpool Whisky Club is held at HopScotch by whisky enthusiasts, welcoming all those from the area but also from over the water, St. Helens, Manchester, etc. Matt and Beck were happy to share their story through the Inside the Cask blog.

Liverpool Whisky Club

Why did you decide to start a whisky club? How did Liverpool Whisky Club start?
In 2019, we opened up HopScotch Whisky Bar in our hometown of Liverpool, and as time went by, we found that we were meeting more and more individuals who were passionate about whisky.  Before long, those individuals met each other in HopScotch, friendships formed, and that snowballed – before we knew it there was a mini whisky community forming before our very eyes.
We had toyed with the idea of starting a whisky club, but then a few of our regulars really started to advocate for it.
In 2022 we launched Liverpool Whisky Club, which now has over 130 members.
Liverpool Whisky Club
How did you publicise Liverpool Whisky Club? What are the benefits for members?
Because we own HopScotch Whisky Bar, we already had a home, and it also meant that we could utilise our social media channels.  Of course, the people who were in the bar frequently knew that the club had been formed, and they were the first ones to sign up, but using social media alerted a wider audience.
Membership to Liverpool Whisky Club costs just £30 per year, and the benefits are as follows: 10% off all whisky at HopScotch, 5% off full bottle purchases, bottle share nights (pay a corkage fee of £13, bring a bottle along, and everyone shares what they’ve brought), and break even drams (we regularly put a bottle on the bar that is sold by the dram at cost price).
Liverpool Whisky Club
What kind of people have joined Liverpool Whisky Club?
I would say that the club is predominantly made of of working class people from Liverpool and the surrounding area, but we’ve had a fairly unexpected influx of university students from China who have joined the club while they are studying in the city, which has been great, as they fit right in and add a bit of a different culture to the mix.
There are definitely more men than women in the club, but the numbers of women joining have increased, and we’re generally getting more women through the doors drinking whisky – which is great to see, as the whisky community has for so long been massively male dominated.

Liverpool Whisky Club

What kind of events have you organised? Any trips to distilleries in Scotland or elsewhere?
So far we’ve organised around 12 bottle share nights at HopScotch, multiple whisky tastings with brands such as SMWS, Adelphi, Ardnamurchan, Springbank, Dràm Mòr, Chorlton Whisky, Buffalo Trace, Filey Bay, and more.
We do special Christmas and NYE nights each year for members, the most recent of which we opened up a bottle of pre-WW2 1939 White Horse.
Since we’ve not long been out of the COVID-19 pandemic, organising trips hasn’t been on the cards until recently – but at the moment we are currently organising club trips to Filey Bay in Yorkshire, and White Peak in Derbyshire.
Liverpool Whisky Club
Looking back, what have been the highlights of your experience with the whisky club since its launch?
The main highlight is one that we experience every week, and that is watching how friendships have been born from the formation of the whisky club.
People come into the bar on the weekend, and they see people who they’ve become mates with over the past couple of years.  It really does feel like a nice little community where we can all have a good chat and a laugh together while enjoying a few good drams.
Liverpool Whisky Club
Liverpool Whisky Club
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