The Pan American Club
Britannia Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AD
Tel: 0151 709 1156 „
The Pan American is owned by Lyceum restaurants who own Blue Bar and Baby Blue in the Albert Dock. There website is http://www.lyceumrestaurants.co.uk/ with a variety of trinkets of information and online booking operating soon. Where is it? The Pan American is an approximately 60 seater restaurant and bar in the Albert Dock down by the waterfront in Liverpool overlooking the dock directly with stunning views of the old Victorian grade I listed architecture and of the Museum of Liverpool Life. It is a two storey bar with cement flooring and all the old ceiling features of an old dock building with great red brick work and coves. The upstairs is used solely for the restaurant and the downstairs bar area is for drinks and food including some snacks - they do good japanese crackers. You can watch Fred (from This Morning) on the floating weather map if you are early enough from the front bar downstairs! Or you can sit is private booths to the rear (although these are a little uncomfatable). The best seat in the house is the one under the stairs for a bit of privacy. It is really easy to get to because the Albert Dock is sign posted from all round Liverpool - just follow the seagulls. Food & Drink I have eaten at the Pan American only twice, although I have had several drinks in there on the way home from work. It only opened a few months ago so I have not seen a change of menu to comment on variety. There are good vegetarian options such on the menu though such as pasta, tofu, soya, vegetable dishes. The food is a bit fancier than that of Blue Bar its sister restaurant. More yor haute cuisine than your fish and chips! My recommendation on the fish options would be the hot and cold sushi dish with ginger and seaweed. Not sure what it is about it but it is moreish and has a rich tangy sauce drizzled over it. Meat dishes are also plentiful ranging from tip top steaks done to perfection - the chef will take note of whether you really want it rare or well done. The sweets menu is superb too - watch out for the dime bar cake(not the biscuit) which tastes fabulous or the fresh fruit salad with cointreau and sorbet, or if you simply want cheese and coffee they do that too. The bar is good for cocktails of which there are be a couple of dozen to choose from or you can make your own up; they come in all shapes and sizes. But they are not your umbrella type - these are swarve sophisticated cocktails for the discerning cocktail drinker. Lagers are mostly bottled but you can buy Kronenbourg on tap. Watch out for the Myer's Rum!!! I was not a fan of rum until I stumbled upon it in the Pan American. This is a dark, caramelly, brown sugar flavour rum and the only other place I have found it is on the drinkon.com website. A plea from me to all you publicans.. Myer's rum is the best, get it in, I'll drink it if no one else will!! The wine list is great as is the champagne list - all you could want from £12 to £300 (yes I did say a cool £300!). The prices are a little pricey for Liverpool but if you compare like with like across the trendy Liverpool bars then this is well priced and still half the price of a drink in London. Ambiance There are three rooms to the bar as above- the top floor restaurant has semi circular black couches (very sleek) round the tables and there is a balcony to look at the drinkers/ eaters below. The lights are dim and the shades are red and sexy to offset the black couches. The tables are set out as I like them, they are very private and spaced out. Try my sambuca trick in private and light it in your mouth!! There are no naff chandelliers as in Blue- the lighting effect of dusky red come from Japanese style cylindrical lanterns. During the day suited workers from the local offices at the dock eat snacks and drink coffee there and it isn't too full (in fact almost empty - why!!?). In the early evening local business men and women pop in for after work drinks and later on the place - especially Thurs - Sun gets busier, but again never heaving although you may not get a table unless you book to eat. The toilets also deserve a mention as they are communal - even more so than blue because you grab a cubical with the blokes - a bit like Ally McBeal. Dress is smart, except in the day when anything goes. Service The staff are very friendly, clean and smart. If you fancy something that is not on the menu then they will also try and get the chef to knock up your requirements with no fuss. However the chef is abismally slow! Although they did give us free cocktails when the food was delayed (by an hour!) and were very apologetic. I was amused when a waiter said the chef had fallen and was concused and needed hospital treatment to see him come out 10 minutes later to apologise to us for the wait saying he was very busy - a little white porky I feel, but forgivable. Prices Comparable to other bars in Liverpool. As an example I have had a coffee and nibbles for a fiver but I also spent £80 per head on a meal of three courses with a bottle of wine and after dinner drinks. Not bad I think considering what I drank (you wouldn't want to know!) Parking is free too so you can work that into your price as well. Recommend Yes I have to really, all the Lyceum restaurants are excellent and do the big ambience thing. The food prep does need to speed up and the menu could do with having some more 'normal' things on it, like chicken with veg etc. for people who don't like the fancy stuff. But for me it was fine. Thumbs up for a coffee to soak up the place or for a meal if you don't mind a bit of a wait.