A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a reveller who was celebrating his 21st birthday at a nightclub.
Carl Madigan, 22, is accused of stabbing Sam Cook in the basement area of the Empire Bar in Liverpool city centre just before midnight on October 21.
He is also charged with possession of a bladed article.
Madigan, of Adam Close, Garston, Liverpool, blew a kiss to the public gallery at Liverpool Magistrates' Court and said "Love you, mum" as he was remanded in custody on Thursday.
Julian Linskill, defending Madigan, indicated that he would plead not guilty to the charge of murder.
Lewis Langfield, 20, of Skipton Avenue, Anfield, was charged with the assault occasioning actual bodily harm of Mr Cook.
He was bailed to appear alongside Madigan at Liverpool Crown Court on January 11.
A trial, expected to last four to five days, was provisionally listed for June.
Mr Cook, from Crosby, Merseyside, died in hospital after he was stabbed at the bar in Seel Street.