BIRKENHEAD

PubBeerCommentsLocation
@75 (Rocky's) Night Club.
Not visited.
Argyle Street / Conway Street
AURA (Latin Quarter) Became AURA in 2010.
Not visited.
Conway Street / Burlington Street
Bacco's Bar and Bistro Closed, now offices.
Not visited.
Hamilton Street
Bam-Buddha Lounge A late-night pub new in 2006. Now a function suite.
Not visited.
Conway Street / Burlington Street
Beach (Ma Bakers) (New Orleans) (Ice Bar)
Not visited.
Conway Street / Burlington Street
Bidston "Ham and Eggs" John Smith's / 1664, Foster's, Stella A plain well-cared-for friendly two-sided local.
Last visited 2009.
Hoylake Road / Challis Street
Blue Bell Tetley / Carlsberg A plain but well looked after knocked through one bar pub, pretty quiet on a Wednesday evening.
Last visited 1999.
Cleveland Street / Freeman Street
Carlton Noted closed in 2010.
Not visited.
Borough Road / Carlton Road
Cavendish
Not visited.
61 Grange Road West / Henthorne Street
Charing Cross
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Hand pumpJohn Smith's / Foster's A very nicely decorated two room flat house built in 1852. Subdued lighting and impressive mirrored ceiling and walls in the lounge. LSTV.
Last visited 1999.
Exmouth Street / Grange Road West
Christies Bar
Not visited.
Cleveland Street
Club Image (Sheridans) Night club converted from shops, originally a cinema. Closed in 2006 and now a carpet showroom.
Not visited.
Whetstone Lane / Salisbury Street
Comet Inn John Smith's, Welsh / 4X, Carling, Stella Two bars plus a back room in this slightly scruffy popular local.
Noted closed and tinned up in 2010.
Last visited 2003.
Laird Street / Lansdowne Road
Commodore
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Now closed.
Not visited.
Lord Street
Cool Room Night club in the basement of The Beach.
Not visited.
Conway Street / Burlington Street
Copperfield
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John Smith's / Foster's Rather pleasant but perhaps a little run down "60s twee" decor in this one room knocked through corner house. After a period closed and tinned up, in 2008 this was refurbished and re-opened but it was tinned up again by 2010.
Last visited 2003.
Market Street / Hamilton Street
Crown Ale House
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John Smith's / Carlsberg What a superb two room pub, with the lounge served from a small counter. A good selection of real ales were on when I visited, and those sampled were excellent. Beer garden at the back.
Sadly, the real ale has now gone.
Last visited 2006.
Conway Street / Conway Place
Cush (Crown and Cushion)
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Hand pumpBlack Sheep / Carling A compact plain two bar pub. The back room has a good collection of football scarves.   Live musicDay4 Day5 Day6
Last visited 2003.
Market Street / Hamilton Street
Cygnet John Smith's / Carlsberg A plain worn bar side and a deserted lounge with LSTV in this early 60s free standing pub. Now closed.
Last visited 1999.
Watson Street / Price Street
Decades (Boot Hill Tavern) (am:bar) (Liquid Lounge) (Bunker) Disco bar.
Reported as closed in April 2010. Now merged into JPs.
Not visited.
Argyle Street next to George and Dragon
Deja Vu (Fever) (Slices) Disco bar reported closed.
Not visited.
Conway Street / Bank Street
Dell
Not visited.
Prenton Hall Road / Goldsmith Road
Dock Hotel
Not visited.
4 Freeman Street / Rendel Street
Esia (Picture House) First floor late night venue in a former cinema.
Not visited.
Conway Street / Burlington Street
Fireman's Arms John Smith's A plain clean and tidy knocked through one bar pub.
Last visited 1999.
Olive Street / Walton Street
Gallaghers Pub and Barbers Shop (Chester Arms) (Hamlet) (Dispensary)
GBG
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Hand pumpCains The nice decor of the Dispensary was better than the Liverpool branch, and included a splendid stained glass lantern. Excellent Cains' beer, and I enjoyed a nice Sunday roast dinner. There's a beer garden at the back. A sign in February 2006 said under new management.
Not visited since it opened as a combined real ale pub and barber's.   KaraokeDay6
Last visited 2006.
20 Chester Street / Albion Street
Garrick Snug
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Hand pumpBoddingtons, Tetley, Trophy / 1664 A fine small traditional one bar pub in a side street off the main shopping precinct. Full of female darts players on my first visit!
Last visited 2003.
St John Street / Grange Road
George and Dragon Hotel Falstaff, Tetley / 4X, Carlsberg A rather fine traditional interior in this well cared for pub with an L-shaped bar, lounge and a separate back room.
Last visited 1999.
Argyle Street / Oliver Street
Grand Trunk Hotel John Smith's, Trophy / Carling, Foster's A plain but pleasant one bar pub, knocked through with arches.
Last visited 2003.
Duke Street / Old Bidston Road
Great Float Demolished.
Not visited.
Upper Beckwith Street / Pattern Street
Hamilton's
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Tetley / Carlsberg A beautiful art deco and wooden panelling one bar pub with some alcoves. The decor is somewhat marred by the disco lights. This listed building was formerly a bank.
Reported tinned up in 2010, and now a coffee lounge.
Last visited 1999.
Whetstone Lane / Grange Road
Harvey's Tetley / 4X A large pleasant plastic one bar pub. After a period of closure this re-opened in October 2003. Demolished in 2008.
Last visited 1999.
Woodside Hotel, Bridge Street.
High Society (Xanadu) (Promises) (Post Office Hotel) (Sophie's Bar) Five names so far, and I still haven't been there! Too late now, as it's closed.
Not visited.
Argyle Street / Oliver Street East
Hornblowers
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John Smith's / Foster's This very large knocked through one bar pub was formerly The Market Inn and Barristers, now combined. The interior includes a fine dark wood bar front and does not have the strong maritime theme one might expect, given the name. That's because the hornblower referred to is on a stagecoach and not the fictional character from Forester's novels.   Live musicDay4
Last visited 2003.
Market Street / Albion Street
Indigo (Lola's II) (Bar Fifty 4) Lola's II was a night club style gay bar with a tiled floor and a loud drag queen running the disco/karaoke. In 1999 when we walked in he announced "here comes the talent"!
Passing more recently I observed Bar Fifty 4 to be very dark inside with candle-lit tables, but I never visited.
Last visited 1999.
Market Street / Hamilton Street
Iron Door Club Reported as closed in April 2010.
Not visited.
Argyle Street / Marion Street
John H Stracey's (Caledonia Inn) Worthington / Carling This plain, nicely decorated, friendly corridor bar has stained walls and a wooden floor.
Not visited since the rename, it's now a sports bar. Part owner John H. Stracey was World Welterweight Champion in the mid '70s.
Last visited 2003.
Market Street / Argyle Street
Josie Ryans (Durrans) John Smith's, Tetley / Foster's Durrans closed March 2002, Josie Ryans opened early November the same year, I'm told. A pleasant quiet comfortable knocked round two bar pub in which the back bar was shut when I visited. Reported closed and demolished.
Last visited 2003.
Old Chester Road / Princes Place
JPs (Boot Hill Vaults) (Billy's Bar) In the basement of the Liquid Lounge.
Not visited.
Argyle Street
Kelsie's (Astons Bar) A night-club in a rather intriguing old building, originally the Trustee Savings Bank. Spent a period closed before re-opening as Kelsie's in 2010. Closed again at the end of the year.
Not visited.
Argyle Street / Clifton Crescent
Leprechaun (Tut & Shive) (Park Hotel) (Blu) (Dickie Lewis's Sports Bar) John Smith's / 1664, Foster's When I first visited, the decor was typical Tut & Shive, with a wooden floor and a green ceiling made out of old doors. After a change of style it re-opened as Blu, but by December 2002 it was closed again. It has now been refurbished again and joined the Dickie Lewis's chain, and is a plainly decorated knocked round bar with lots of TVs and one LSTV. Well cared for but in need of a hoover when I visited. Reported closed in 2007, it has since re-opened as an Irish Bar. Reported closed again in December 2009.
Last visited 2004.
Oxton Road / Whetstone Lane
Life Cafe (Club 57) John Smith's / Foster's Club 57 was a jazz club. Life Cafe is a pavement cafe, I'm told.
Not visited.
Price Street / Hamilton Lane
Livingstone Closed 2001 but reopened about August 2002. Demolished by 2010.
Not visited.
Livingstone Street / St Anne Street
Lord Napier Hand pumpBoddingtons, Tetley, Worthington / Carling, Foster's A bit tatty on the outside, with a number of letters missing from the name. A two sided interior with a plain but well cared for bar side.
Last visited 2003.
28 St Pauls Road / Meadow Lane
MacKenzie
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John Smith's / 1664, Foster's This plain modern well cared for pub has some rather good fake (I think) wood panelling in one large L-shaped room. This was the thousandth Merseyside pub to be visited in my researches.
Last visited 2004.
Claughton Road / Exmouth Street
Meadows Closed and converted into flats.
Not visited.
Conway Street / Watson Street
Mersey Arms Noted boarded up in 2009.
Not visited.
2 Neptune Street / Corporation Road
Mersey Railway
Not visited.
 
Miltons Reported in 2007 closed and for sale, and now an Asian restaurant.
Not visited.
Claughton Road / Coventry Street
Molly Malone's Closed.
Not visited.
Corporation Road / Cathcart Street
Moodz Bar
Not visited.
Bank Buildings, Whetstone Lane
Myrtle Inn
Not visited.
Cleveland Street
New Dock "Blood Tub" John Smith's This large pub has a pale ceramic frontage in the bottom of a four storey 50s apartment block. Inside, the two bar pub is plain but well cared for.
Now closed and demolished.
Last visited 2003.
Stanley Road / Tyber Street
North Star Tetley / Carling, Foster's A nicely done plain two-sided boozer, rather too green for my liking. The Thursday night bingo is very popular.   BingoDay4
Last visited 2003.
Laird Street / Lansdowne Road
North Western John Smith's / Becks, Foster's A small pleasant clean and tidy bar which looks like it hasn't changed inside for forty years or more, plus a side room. Unusually, there are fonts for both ordinary keg John Smith's and the Smoothflow version - The devil and the deep blue sea indeed!
Last visited 1999.
Cleveland Street / Watson Street
Observatory
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Now closed.
Not visited.
Oxton Road / Tetbury Street
Old Colonial Hand pumpCains, Hand pumpguests Outside this is a rather plain building. Inside however, is a very nice alehouse with friendly staff serving Cains' and others' brews - I had a very nice pint of Eccleshall's Top Totty. There are tables in the car park at the rear, where you can enjoy the sunshine and watch the trams running by. The tram museum/workshop next door is worth a visit as well. Reported as closed in 2008, and now converted to offices.
Last visited 2006.
Bridge street / Taylor Street
Old House at Home
Not visited.
Queen Street / Holborn Hill
Open Arms Boddingtons, Trophy / 4X, Budweiser (US), Carlsberg, Stella A pleasant plastic modern knocked through food-oriented pub. LSTV. Not visited since it was renamed.
Last visited 2003.
Bidston Avenue / Norman Street
Pacific John Smith's / Carling, Foster's This plain clean and tidy two-sided pub was quiet when I visited on a Thursday evening. Unusually we had the choice of ordinary or smoothflow John Smith's.
Last visited 2003.
Price Street / Old Bidston Road
Paddy Monaghan's Hand pumpTetley, Tetley / 4X, Carlsberg A three roomed pub with a small comfy lounge at the front, a large wooden floored bar with an impressive lantern, and "Monaghan's Pantry". The fine decor in the bar is closer to real Irish than to the expected paddified plastic.
Last visited 1999.
Central Hotel, Clifton Crescent
Park View John Smith's, Tetley / Foster's, Stella A plain spotless boozer. The lounge side was shut when I visited.   BingoDay5   QuizDay5
Last visited 2003.
Price Street / Duke Street
Pilot Now closed and demolished.
Not visited.
Beckwith Street / Duke Street
Prince William (Harp) Worthington / Stella This knocked through one room pub is pleasant, plain and noisy. It looks like it is in a very old building? Reported closed in 2010.
Last visited 2003.
Old Chester Road / Chamberlain Street
Queens
Not visited.
Conway Street / Park Road East
Queens Arms
Not visited.
Storeton Road / Newburns Lane
Recession Bar (Metro) (Marlow's Bar) (Paddy's Bar) Boddingtons, John Smith's / Foster's, Stella This plain and slightly tatty bar has a late licence every day. Watch out for the weird springy chairs which are very uncomfortable and will give you a bad back if you're not careful! LSTV. Renamed Paddy's Bar in 2006 and Recession Bar in 2008.
Last visited 2004.
Oxton Road / Grange Road West
Residents' Club Closed.
Not visited.
Duke Street / Saint Anne Street
Richmond (Maritime Inn)
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Tetley / Foster's A plain interior looking a little untidy in places, in this one-roomed boozer.
Last visited October 2013.
Oxton Road / Maritime Park
Riley's Snooker Club.
Not visited.
Argyle Street
Rinty Monaghan's Tetley / Carlsberg This was a large fake Irish one bar pub in which the decor was less overpowering than most. It seemed rather tatty and un-cared for. After a period of closure it re-opened in October 2003, but is now closed and demolished.
Last visited 1999.
Woodside Hotel, Bridge Street
Rose and Shamrock Tetley / Foster's A plain well cared for two bar pub.   BingoDay1   KaraokeDay3
Last visited 2003.
Laird Street / Vulcan Street
Rupert's Night Club. Closed and converted to office use.
Not visited.
Argyle Street
Schooner (Weighbridge) Closed and demolished.
Not visited.
Park Street / Brook Street East
Sea Dog Hotel
Not visited.
Cathcart Street / Beckwith Street
Seamus O'Donnell's (Exmouth Arms) John Smith's, Marstons / Foster's, Harp A rather nicely done "plastic paddy" pub in a modern low brick building. LSTV. The beer yard looks nice.
Last visited 2004.
Exmouth Street / Claughton Road
Sherlock's
Not visited.
Conway Street / Bank Street
Sonny's (Sonny's Bar) (O' Hanlons) (Sonny's on the Cross) Boddingtons, John Smith's / Budweiser (US), Foster's, Stella This former shop has slightly odd stylish decor in two rooms plus a back area with a pool table. Now closed for conversion to an Asian restaurant.
Last visited 2004.
Grange Road West / Exmouth Street
Sonny's on the Square (Letters Inn)
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Hand pumpCains IPA, Hand pumpDirectors, Hand pumpWebster's Green Label, John Smith's / 1664, Budweiser (US), Foster's, San Miguel The Letters Inn was a high ceilinged knocked through pub in traditional style, now totally redone with a Mexican look as Sonny's. They continue to provide good real ale and the menu looks good value.
Last visited 2003.
Argyle Street / Douglas Street
Static (Lenin's Bar) Reported in 2007 as closed and for sale.
Not visited.
Argyle Street / Oliver Street
Station A bistro bar with wine / coffee / food but no beer I'm told.
Not visited.
Hamilton Street
Stork Hotel
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Hand pumpvarious Outside, some impressive ceramics on this corner house. The wonderful interior has more ceramics, a mosaic floor and a splendid wood and cut glass partition, and is deservedly included in CAMRA's Inventory of pub interiors. The beer is excellent and the menu looks good as well. Tables in the yard at the back.
Last visited 2008.
41 Price Street / Adelphi Street
Swinging Arm (Ross Royal) Hand pumpBombardier, Hand pumpDr Duncan's IPA, John Smith's / 1664, Budweiser (US), Foster's A busy friendly plain clean and tidy boozer with a fine river view from the back windows. Beer garden/play area.
Last visited 2003.
Church Street / Water Street
Tap (Yates's) "Desi's"
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Not visited.
Exmouth Street / Oliver Street West
Tranmere Park Hotel
Not visited.
Church Road / Chesnut Grove
Turleys Reported in 2006 as closed and demolished.
Not visited.
Borough Road/ Harrowby Road
Vale
Not visited.
Oxton Road
Victoria Lodge Hotel
Not visited.
 
Vittoria Vaults "The Piggy"
Not visited.
Vittoria Street / Brook Street
Vu (Stairways) Reported as closed in April 2010.
Not visited.
Oliver Street / Argyle Street
Warwick Arms
Not visited.
Westbourne Road / Warwick Close
Waterloo Trophy, Welsh A nice, very well cared for two-sided local.
Last visited 1999.
Grange Road East
Westbourne Hotel Closed and converted to flats.
Not visited.
Westbourne Road / Belmont
Wetherspoon's Brass Balance (La Piazza)
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Hand pumpusuals A small-ish Wetherspoons busy with people eating on a Thursday evening. Only one real ale - Courage Director's - was on when I visited.
Last visited 2003.
Argyle Street / Douglas Street
Wetherspoon's John Laird Hand pumpusuals The very nice interior in this smaller than average member of the Wetherspoon's chain includes an odd half balcony on one side.
Last visited October 2013.
Claughton Road / Hemingford Street
Windsor Castle Hotel
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John Smith's / Foster's This busy, plain, well cared for pub knocked round into one room has a rather impressive ceramic exterior.
Last visited October 2013.
Oxton Road / Windsor Street
Worsley Arms (Queens Hotel) "Cuckoo"
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Hand pumpBoddingtons, Trophy / Heineken A pleasantly faked antique one bar pub, the techno music is not really in keeping with the decor! (The music was more "appropriate" on a subsequent visit.)
Last visited 1999.
Chester Street
Yard (Katie Mulligans) (Queens) Reported closed in 2010.
Not visited.
Queens Road / Green Lane
Zicos Part of The Latin Quarter, and reported closed in 2010.
Not visited.
Conway Street / Burlington Street