Korova (Liverpool)

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Coordinates: 53°24′11″N 2°58′44″W / 53.403°N 2.979°W / 53.403; -2.979

Address Hope Street
Location Liverpool, England
Type Bar, restaurant, music venue
Genre(s) Live music, indie, rock
Opened 2009 (current premises)

Korova is a bar, music venue and restaurant located on Hope Street, Liverpool, England.[1] Before moving to its current premises, it was located on Fleet Street close to Concert Square.[2] Its name references the Korova Milk Bar from A Clockwork Orange.[citation needed]


Korova was created through a joint venture between restaurateur Rob Gutmann, promoter Steve Miller and Daniel Hunt and Reuben Wu of electronic band Ladytron in September 2005. The concept for the venue was based upon Ladytron's club night EVOL.[3]

The original Korova, located on Fleet Street, appeared on the album cover for the Arctic Monkeys first album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not.[4] The cover depicts Chris McClure - a friend of the band - in the basement of the venue posing for a photo to mark the band's good memories of Liverpool.[1]

In 2009, Korova moved to new premises on Hope Street in Liverpool city centre.[1]


On 17 April 2010, 60 firefighters fought a major blaze, which occurred in a solicitors office located above Korova.[5] The severity of the fire saw the first and second floors of the solicitor's collapse with Korova itself suffering significant water damage. Due to the structural instability of the above floors, it is expected that the venue will remain closed for the foreseeable future, although promoters stated that the venue will reopen as soon as possible.[6] Its been announced that Korova will be reopening in September 2013 by a copycat business, many visitors are unhappy with its revival.

Live music[edit]

Numerous bands have performed live concerts in Korova including: The LP, The Little Flames, Alterkicks, Hot Club de Paris, The Sunshine Underground, The Robocop Kraus, Simian Mobile Disco, Hot Chip, Loka, Paul Epworth, Djs Are Not Rockstars, Adult, White Rose Movement, Battant, The Pistolas, Rumble Strips, Fujiya & Miyagi, Doloroso, The Shortwave Set, The Long Blondes, Panico, The Spinto Band, The Kooks, Fields, Idiot Pilot, The Whip, The KBC, Neils Children, Cutting Pink With Knives, Frank Turner, Rolo Tomassi, Japandroids, The Noisettes, Jeffrey & Jack Lewis, The Virgin Tears, The Juan Maclean, Ladytron, 2manydjs, Reverend and the Makers, CSS, The Rascals, Vivian Girls, Chromeo, dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip, and Friendly Fires.


  1. ^ a b c "Pubs & Bars: Korova". Liverpool.com. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Korova". VisitLiverpool.com. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Profile: Liverpool Korova". London: The Guardian. 2 March 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Liverpool's Korova club damaged by huge fire". The Palestine Telegraph. 2010-04-19. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Massive blaze hits offices near Liverpool's Philharmonic Pub in Hope Street". Liverpool Echo. 2010-04-17. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Korova facing six-month closure after Liverpool Hope Street fire leads to massive water damage". Liverpool Echo. 2010-04-19. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 

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