BAR + COFFEE SHOP
Future Yard is now open seven days a week!
We’re over the moon to announce that our new indoor bar + coffee shop is open all day every day. Now it’s even easier for you to join us for a drink or a bite to eat, without the need for constantly watching weather forecasts!
As the country gets ready for another four weeks of Step 3 restrictions allowing indoor drinking and dining, we invite you inside to experience our fresh new bar + kitchen. We’ve been dying for you to come indoors and get a taste of the full Future Yard experience, and now you can do that with us. If you’ve already been here to see us then you’ll have seen the lush greenery that adorns the space – so you’ll already have an idea of how relaxing the space is going to be for an afternoon latte or a few pints of Yard Pilsner as the sun sets over Birkenhead.
Serving a full range of coffee, beers and cocktails, our indoor bar area has ample space to welcome you in groups up to a maximum of six (all seated). We’ll have DJs setting the vibe from the raised indoor booth on Saturday and Sunday nights, and a great range of vegan and vegetarian food served by Hardy’s from The Big Dub Of Love food truck (see food service times below). Through the daytimes we’ll also have a range of pastries, cakes and savoury treats on offer courtesy of Olawa Bakery plus vegan pies and sweetmeats from Cal + Jenn.
Our Garden will still be accessible for those who want to go outside and catch some rays on the bleachers – you’ve now got even more time to enjoy it (and a place to go if the rain tries to spoil the party!). And our live room is also open for live gigs (remember them?!). In the period up to 19th July we have a handful of socially-distanced live shows taking place in the venue, and we’re so looking forward to hearing that crank back into action again. You can find all of our live listings here – and they’re all up on the listings board in the bar area. By the end of July we’ll be open at full capacity, and the whole building will be purring along like a live venue should.
We can’t wait for you to finally be joining us in the building; we’ve been rattling around the building for the last 12 months, so we’re long overdue some company! Anyone for a Schöfferhofer and a side of halloumi bites?
*also open on gig/show nights
See important access and COVID-19 safety info below. We don’t take any bookings or reservations; we’re family-friendly and dogs are welcome (so long as they’re on leads). Check our FAQ page for any other queries.
- A superb range of local craft beers and brews, from the likes of Glen Affric, Chapter Brewing, Black Lodge, Cloudwater, Top Rope, Neptune Brewing.
- Great coffee from incredible roasteries working closely with farmers, and teas made with 100% natural ingredients.
- An extensive range of soft drinks and fruit presses.
- Refreshing summer cocktails.
We’re keeping our suppliers as close to home as possible. Partly because of our commitment to keep our carbon footprint as low as possible, but also because there are so many incredible independent brewers, roasters and bakers on our doorstep!
Glen Affric are a craft brewery situated a stone’s throw from Future Yard, and have been brewing award-winning beers from their Birkenhead home for the past five years. We’ve teamed up with them on our house beer, Yard Pilsner – a classic pilsner with a biscuit malt body and zesty citrus layers. Black Lodge are based in the Baltic Triangle and specialise in adventurous and distinctive brews; and Chapter Brewing are experts in hopcraft and storytelling, which they produce from their base in Sutton Weaver in Cheshire. We’ll be mixing up our beers regularly, so you’ll have to check back in to see what’s on offer. Or have a look at the Currently Pouring board in the bar whenever you’re inside with us.
Our coffee will be served fresh from a gleaming new La Marzocco machine (😍) which puts out some of the most beautifully consistent espresso you can get. Our house espresso is currently a blend of Brazilian and Guatemalan by the brilliant Axis Coffee. Chris from Axis has been working in coffee for 12 years; since starting Axis, he has a tree planted for every bag bought, and all their coffees are bought with an additional premium on on top, which is donated to social initiatives in their +20% Programme. We’ll be getting the best milk in from local dairy Peckforton Farm, while Bates Dairy will be supplying us with an oat milk alternative. Almond and coconut milk varieties are also on offer (Alpro). Filter coffee is available as batch brew, Chemex, or Aeropress. Currently we have two filters by our neighbours just through the tunnel, Neighbourhood Cofffee, and we’ll be updating our guest filters on a regular basis.
For the easy goers, drivers and people just chilling, we’re stocked up with a massive range of teas, fruit presses and soft drinks – because not everyone wants a caffeine or alcohol hit in the sun. Our range of teas comes from ZIGZAG, so you can sip on an Earl Grey, a zesty Yunnan Green or a good old fashioned English Breakfast tea. Punchy produce a range of characterful, natural punches that will still give you a little boost – and a percentage of proceeds from each sale are donated to charities through Punchy’s brilliant sustainability arm. We’ll also have kombuchas and iced teas to pick from – and for those who want a halfway house, Schöfferhofer’s 2.5% ABV grapefruit wheat beer will be served on draught.
- A great menu of vegan and vegetarian food, served from the Hardy’s Big Dub Of Love food truck.
- Platters of cakes, pastries and sweet treats, baked freshly by OLAWA.
We want to serve a range of food for you to eat on the go, while relaxing with a cuppa, or before you head inside for a gig. In keeping with our environmental sustainability pledge, all of our food offers are vegan and vegetarian, sourced from some brilliant local providers.
Hardy’s have years of experience in creating bespoke, tantalising menus, and we’re made up that they’ll be serving up all of our food offer at Future Yard. Their Big Dub Of Love food truck has been serving up some incredible plates from their position in the Garden already this summer, and we’re made up to be extending that offer indoors as well. From flatbreads to burgers, from halloumi to falafel, your mouth will be given a real treat. And you’re going to adore the Cauli Bombs – we apologise in advance for your addiction!
From tasty pastries to traditional Polish cream cakes, OLAWA Bakery will have the sweet-toothed among you covered. Run by husband and wife team Bart and Patricia, OLAWA serve up the finest ‘drozdzowka’ (sweet pastries and sweet buns) and famous cabbage rolls, baked in accordance with long-standing Polish traditions to meet even the most demanding needs of those with a sweet tooth. We’ll be getting daily deliveries of fresh goodies from their bakery in Liscard, so check what’s on offer on the bar display when you walk in, or ask staff about what’s available.
We’ve also added some gorgeous vegan baked goods to the daytime offer, courtesy of Cookies By Cal And Jenn. Wirral-based baking sisters Cal and Jenn never fail to impress with their offerings, which include cookies, brownies, donuts and the most incredible pies. Yet another thing that we think you’ll get hooked on!
Kids are welcome, so long as they’re with big kids (18+)! We’re a family-friendly environment, and we have high chairs and baby-changing facilities. We’ll also be stocking some lovely child-friendly drinks and food options.
ACCESS + IMPORTANT INFO
75 Argyle Street, Birkenhead
Future Yard’s bar + coffee shop is open seven days a week. On Mondays to Thursdays we’ll be open from 9am to 11pm; on Fridays and Saturdays we’ll be open 9am-12am; and Sundays will be open 10am-11pm. We will not be taking any advance bookings – tables will be allocated on arrival, first come, first served. Please see specific times for kitchen service.
We know that people like to make plans in advance – and we all have one friend in the group whose organisation skills are the glue that holds it together! But with the prospect of no-shows and the fact that we’re just getting started, we just can’t take any reservations. But fear not, because we’ve got loads of room and loads of tables between our indoor bar and outside Garden spaces, so we’re sure we’ll be able to fit you in.
We are operating a fully cashless service, with orders taken through an online menu. The full drinks and food menu can be viewed by scanning a QR code when you’re sat down at your table. Staff will also be on hand to assist with taking orders.
Once you’re used to it, you won’t want to go back to ordering at the bar! The online menu has the full menu for you to view, and with a few clicks you can pick what you want and order it, and you don’t even need to move from your seat.
All service will be table service, with customers given a designated table. When you arrive, you will be seated by one of the Future Yard staff – we have tables for groups up to 6 people (maximum) indoors, and space for groups up to a maximum of 30 outdoors. Please arrive all together in your group.
Our staff will be on hand to make sure you’ve got everything you need, and we’ll bring everything direct to you. The current COVID-19 restrictions mean that mingling isn’t an option indoors right now, which is the reason for designated tables. We’ll have specific spaces for groups of sizes 2, 4 and 6 – but don’t worry about that until you arrive!
At busy periods, we stagger entry times to the outside space to manage the flow of people. Space inside is limited due to the social-distancing measure in place, but there will always be extra space outdoors. If a queue forms, we won’t be able to jump people up to join a group already seated in the Garden – this is why we ask you to arrive all together in your group as much as possible.
If you are coming to Future Yard for a live show, you will be invited to go straight through to take your place in the live room once you arrive. You’ll be able to make all your orders from your designated table in just the same way as everywhere else in the building.
All customers must check in on arrival using the NHS COVID-19 (Test and Trace) app.
All customers must wear a face covering when entering and moving about the building.
These measures are part of the safe operating procedures still in place due to COVID-19, so we ask that you follow them closely. All customers must check in on arrival, not just the lead booker. A simple paper log will be kept at the entrance for those without the app active on their phone. Customers can remove their face covering when outdoors in the Garden, or sat at their designated table indoors; but we ask that you keep an appropriate mask (not a visor) on whenever you’re moving about inside the building, e.g. going to the toilet.
You can view and download our full risk assessment and operating procedures here.
Rest assured that all of these measures we’re putting in place are for your safety and comfort, and for the safety of our staff. When you arrive, all of this will be explained to you by one of our friendly staff members.
Thanks in advance for your cooperation. We genuinely hope you can come along and relax and have a boss time here with us, and we’re pretty sure that you’ll feel at home as soon as you’re sat down. If you have any further questions then you can get in touch with us on firstname.lastname@example.org – but we won’t answer any emails asking about booking a table!
See you soon, and stay safe.