Liverpool had a non too friendly reputation over the years and has been a bit run down to say the least.
Re generation and being the European City of Culture in 2008 has given the place a much needed face lift. The docks area is full of bars restraunts and very expensive places to live as well as being home to The Beatles Experience.
The City itself is looking much smarter than previously and most of the inhabitants are friendly.
I was up there with friends to see Aston Villa play against Everton in the FA Cup - it wasn't to be our year after all.....At least we had a good time and some drinks in a few of Liverpool's friendly public houses!