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
Bierhaus
Not visited.
Price 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
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 John Smith's, Worthington / Carling, Coors, Foster's A plain cheerful down-market boozer, with just a few regulars in on a Tuesday afternoon.
Last visited February 2018.
Cleveland Street / Maddock 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
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John Smith's / Carling, Stella With a splendid two room interior which retains many Victorian features, this used to be a favourite pub of mine. Sadly, the quality real ales I enjoyed when it was called the Crown Ale House has gone, and it's now a basic drinkers' pub. Beer garden at the back.
Last visited March 2018.
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.
Now closed.
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
Desi's (Yates's)
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Not visited.
Exmouth Street / Oliver Street West
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 (Chester Arms) (Hamlet) (Dispensary)
GBG
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Hand pumpvarious The small well preserved decor of the Dispensary was better than the Liverpool branch, and included a splendid stained glass lantern. Spot on 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.
In 2010 it became Gallaghers, a combined pub and barber shop. This rather unusual combination seems to work well, and the pub part provides an excellent range of real ales, in friendly cheerful surroundings. The beer garden is particularly pleasant.
The hairdressing ceased in 2017, the excellent real ales continue.
Live music upstairs.
Last visited July 2018.
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.
Noted shut in 2014.
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
ATM
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.
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
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
Lion (Caledonia Inn) (John H Stracey's) This plain, nicely decorated, friendly corridor bar had stained walls and a wooden floor.
Not visited during its time as a sports bar - Part owner John H. Stracey was World Welterweight Champion in the mid '70s.
In its latest incarnation its a plain pleasant pub and in May 2017 I was surprised to see four real ales on offer, all from Porthmadoc's Purple Moose brewery. The one sampled was excellent and very cheap. Returning in October the same year, no real ales were available.
Last visited May 2017.
Market Street / Argyle Street
Livingstone Closed 2001 but reopened about August 2002. Demolished by 2010.
Not visited.
Livingstone Street / St Anne Street
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 An impressive ceramic exterior. 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
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
Molly's Chambers (Old Colonial) Hand pumpCains, Hand pumpguests Old Colonial: 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. Closed in 2008.
Re-opened in 2018 as a music venue, initially only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Last visited 2006.
Bridge street / Taylor Street
Moodz Bar
Not visited.
Bank Buildings, Whetstone Lane
Myrtle John Smith's / Carling, Coors, Foster's A plain friendly boozer knocked through into one room.
Last visited February 2018.
Cleveland Street / Arthur 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.
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
Open Arms (Avenue) Boddingtons, Trophy / 4X, Budweiser (US), Carlsberg, Stella A pleasant plastic modern knocked through food-oriented pub. LSTV. Not visited since it was renamed.
Now closed and demolished.
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 / Carling, Foster's A plain spotless comfortable friendly boozer.
Last visited March 2018.
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 John Smith's, Worthington / Carling, Coors, Foster's A large open airy bar plus a side room in this cheerful boozer. Most of the building is no longer a pub, I think.
Last visited March 2018.
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.
Now closed.
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 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
Riverview (Queens Hotel) (Worsley Arms) "Cuckoo"
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Hand pumpDoom Bar The Worsley was a pleasantly faked antique one bar pub, the techno music not really in keeping with the decor! (The music was more "appropriate" on a subsequent visit.)
Post the 2013 refurbishment we find a rather well done fashionable interior with fake wooden beams. The glitter ball in the middle doesn't really seem to fit in.
As the name suggests, a splendid river view is available from one end of the room.
Last visited 2014.
Chester Street / Bridge Street
Rose and Shamrock Tetley / Foster's A plain well cared for two bar pub.
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 A sixties (or maybe seventies) pub.
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 Closed.
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.
Now closed.
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 and good value as well. In stark contrast to the splendid interior, the beer yard was somewhat tatty but has now been much improved.
Last visited July 2018.
41 Price Street / Adelphi Street
Swinging Arm (Ross Royal)
Hand pumpguests, Marston's In 2003 this was a busy friendly plain clean and tidy boozer. Returning in 2014 I found the interior layout changed and the decor is now biker-oriented, with loads of lights, posters, sculptures etc. Perhaps not the place for a quiet pint, but I rather like it. What remains unspoiled is the availability of quality real ales, and if they are not for you there's a good range of foreign brews on draft and in bottle.
A fine river view is available from the rear windows. Beer garden/play area.
Last visited July 2018.
Church Street / Water Street
Tranmere Park Hotel
Not visited.
Church Road / Chesnut Grove
Turleys Reported in 2006 as closed and demolished.
Not visited.
Borough Road/ Harrowby Road
Vale Closed.
Not visited.
Oxton Road / Cartmel Close
Vittoria Vaults "The Piggy" John Smith's / Carling, Foster's A very comfortable friendly three-room pub.
Last visited March 2018.
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 good large Wetherspoon's busy with people eating on a Thursday evening. Only one real ale - Courage Director's - was on when I visited in 2003, a vastly improved range of quality ales has been found on subsequent visits.
Last visited July 2018.
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. It always seems to be busy in here, you may not be able to find a table.
Noted closed in 2017.
Last visited May 2017.
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 2013.
Oxton Road / Windsor 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