YOU'RE finishing work and its cold outside. It's far too depressing to even consider that long trek home in the rush hour.

There are the kids screaming on the bus, traffic jams more than a mile long. What you really need is a nice long drink and a cosy bar.

Who better to welcome you into the warmth than Gary Laycock and Adam Coburn at Life Cafe, their new bar in Price Street.

Open 'til 11pm throughout the working week and 'til 2am at the weekend, Life Cafe is the perfect deli bar by day and wine bar by night.

So even if you popped in for a takeaway at lunch, head back after the computer shuts down and the office door slams closed for a glass of wine, cocktail or shooter.

And if you've got that all-important deadline looming at 8am the next morning, you can take your lap-top with you and get on with your work in the relaxed surroundings of your very own booth with broadband connection.

On the most important day of the week - Friday - shake off those work blues with live acoustic entertainment between 5and 9pm or catch your favourite shows on one of their flat screen TVs. For disco divas the dance floor is the only place you'll want to be when you're not in work so the newly- refurbished Disco Fever Bar will be your best bet.

In the run up to the weekend there is karaoke on Wednesday and Thursday with prizes for the only the best singing stars.

And on Friday and Saturday nights you can dance to your favourite cheesy disco tunes on the main dance floor or if you're feeling posh, upstairs at the Fever Balcony Lounge where you can slip onto leather couches and gaze at the starlit ceiling.

Sunday nights are definitely RJ's nights. The New Brighton bar is always packed out at the weekend and with great DJs like Steve Cocky, Lee Butler and Keith Evans playing funky, Scouse and anthem house it's no surprise.

If you fancy somewhere different this week, why not make the Archers Pub in Bromborough your target?

The pub has recently undergone a £250,000 refurbishment, creating a separate lounge and dining area and a no-smoking policy throughout.

The reopening includes a commitment to live entertainment. Friday nights will showcase local bands, Saturday is comedy night with a disco and karaoke every Sunday.

Setting up the weekend for many more to come is Vixen taking to the stage on Friday and comedian Gary Skyner on Saturday. But if you can't get to New Brighton this Sunday, finish off the weekend in style at the Latin Quarter, where the drinks offers are sure to keep you smiling until you return to work on Monday morning.