LIVERPOOL

(Including CITY CENTRE)

PubBeerCommentsLocation
62 Castle Street (Trials) A spectacular interior, formerly the Midland Bank. Seems to be closed on weekday evenings.
Not visited since it was re-done as a hotel in 2006 and re-named.
Last visited 1997.
By Queen Victoria statue
Abbey (Old Monk) (Barracuda Bar) (Varsity) Hand pumpvarious, John Smith's / Carling, Foster's Visiting the Old Monk on a Sunday afternoon in 1999 I was disappointed to find that none of the twelve hand pumps were on - or was it just that the barmaid (The till said her name was Barbie) found the plastic easier to serve? An impressive interior with a wooden floor and high ceilings. Having missed its Barracuda and then Varsity phases, I returned in 2010 to find the Abbey. The interior was still excellent and the place was packed with a Liverpool home game on the big screens. The real ale was spot on and they were doing a good trade in pub food. Revisiting in 2013 I found a ten percent discount for CAMRA members, and quality real ale once again. The menu ("Smith and Jones" chain) looks good.
Last visited April 2013.
Hanover Street / Wood Street
Abbey Road Now Flares.
Not visited.
Mathew Street
Albany Flowers / Heineken, Stella Mainly a restaurant but with a very twee fake half timbered front bar, all in a half basement. Completely deserted on a Tuesday night. A separate "Irish Doubles Bar", closed when I visited, is attached.
Noted closed in 2008.
Last visited 1999.
Old Hall Street
Aldo's Place
Not visited.
Victoria Street / Peter Street
All Bar One (Queens)
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Hand pumpThwaites The Queens, also known as Goose at the Queens, was a pleasant Wetherspoon's-style pub on two floors, serving very nice ale.

It became All Bar One in September 2010, and I enjoyed a nice pint of the only real ale available in comfortable up-market surroundings with stylish modern wooden furniture. They are mainly interested in food, and the posh menu seems reasonably priced.
Last visited 2011.
Derby Square
Anderson's Bar
Not visited.
Exchange Street East
Angels Paradise
Not visited.
Cumberland Street
Aphrodite's Lap dancing. Located underneath the Pen and Wig.
Not visited.
Harington Street
Arriva Club (Mersey Bus Social Club)
Not visited.
Hockenhall Street
Athica (George Stubbs)
Not visited.
Tithebarn Street
Atlantic Bar John Smith's, Theakston / Foster's Typical business hotel bar on the second floor.
Last visited 1998.
Atlantic Tower Hotel
Atlantis Closed.
Not visited.
Grand Central, Renshaw Street
Atrium Bar
Not visited.
Exchange Station
Augustus John
GBG
Hand pumpGreene King Abbot, Hand pumpguests, Hand pumpTetley This sixties construction in the university precinct is a busy student pub. It has lots of large windows overlooking the campus and tables outside. The beer is excellent.   QuizDay3
Last visited 2009.
University Precinct, Brownlow Hill / Mount Pleasant
Baa Bar
Not visited.
Slater Street / Fleet Street
Baa Bar (Varsity) John Smith's, Worthington / 1664, Foster's, Stella This 1998 construction with a high ceiling and wooden floor has various balcony and basement areas, and is furnished with bench seats and large wooden tables. When I visited on a Thursday evening the place was almost empty and all eleven hand pumps were off.
Spent a period closed, then as a Thai Restaurant before reopening as Baa Bar in 2009.
Last visited 2004.
Hardman Street
Baby Croc Mainly a music venue, I think, located next door to the Crocodile.
Not visited.
Harington Street
Baltic Fleet
GBG
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Hand pumpguests, Hand pumpown stuff The decor is mainly bare brick, inside this peculiarly shaped building, with a pleasant lounge in the bullnose. The top notch beers used to include specials from the nearby Passageway Brewery, but when that closed they bought the kit and set up their own Wapping Brewery in the cellar. The beers continue to be excellent. Located on the wrong side of the road for the Albert Dock grockles (Great news if you want a quiet drink and a read of the paper), who consequently have to make do with the Pump House. The menu looks good - pies and scouse etc.
In 2014 the layout in the main room was altered.
Grade II listed building.
Last visited June 2014.
33a Wapping / Grayson Street
Bar 111 Now closed.
Last visited 1997.
Hardman Street / Rodney Street
Bar 34
Not visited.
Temple Court
Bar Azure
Not visited.
Slater Street / Wood Street
Bar Ca Va Worthington / Carling This small popular bar was selling lots of tequilla and Jagermeister (not in the same glass) when I visited on a Saturday night. The music, played by a DJ in the front room was loud but not excessively so.
Last visited 2004.
Wood Street, Hanover Street end
Bar Cava
Not visited.
Mathew Street / North John Street (Underneath The Loft)
Bar Celona Boddingtons, Hoegaarden A small one room busy bar. Go through to the enormous and truly spectacular Grand Central, a multi level night club with amazing over the top decor. Now closed.
Last visited 1999.
Grand Central, Renshaw Street
Bar DeMille
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John Smith's / Carlsberg, Foster's A nicely done plain one-roomed pub in the former Gaumont cinema, conveniently located next to the coach station. Now closed.
Last visited 2004.
Fraser Street
Bar Fresa
Not visited.
Colquitt Street / Seel Street
Bar Med John Smith's / 1664, Stella A lively noisy disco bar, very popular on a Friday night.
Last visited 2000.
Queen Square
Bar Monaco (J Bar) (Jazz Bar)
Not visited.
Albert Dock
Bar Prima
Not visited.
North John Street / Victoria Street
Bar Racine A small one room bar, another way into Grand Central. Now closed.
Not visited.
Grand Central, Renshaw Street
Bar VR (Lolas) John Smith's / Foster's This plain bar is slightly down at heel, and had customers to match when I visited on a Saturday afternoon. As well as the main room there's an area with bench seats at the back, and a balcony bar upstairs. The beer is remarkably cheap.
Last visited 2004.
Bold Street / Slater Street
Bar Zero No bitter / Carling Service - zero, bitter - zero, atmosphere - zero in this "trendy" cocktail bar. The place was not busy but after ten minutes we had not been served so we left.
Last visited 1998.
North John Street
Basement Night club.
Not visited.
Harrington Street / North John Street
Beaconsfield (Cains) John Smith's / Carling, Foster's, Stella Cains was a very nicely preserved basement bar serving excellent beer and was well known for live music.
The Beaconsfield is plainly decorated, well looked after, and has some comfortable leather armchairs and sofas on a raised area. Unfortunately the handpump on the bar seems to be purely decorative. Very quiet when I visited mid-afternoon on a Thursday, in fact I was the only customer.
Last visited 2010.
North John Street / Victoria Street
Bear's Paw Closed.
Not visited.
Dorans Lane
Bed (Bar Red)
Not visited.
Wood Street / Slater Street
Beehive Hand pumpBlack Sheep, Hand pumpLandlord, John Smith's / Foster's A long narrow traditionally decorated bar, with a food counter at the back. Some original features remain, including a ceramic dado in the standing area by the bar.
Menu looks good.
Last visited October 2012.
Whitechapel / School Lane
Beehive
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Tetley / Heineken, Skol Small, busy, nicely kept town centre boozer with an impressive high ceiling and a nicely tiled entrance and chimney breast. The walls are covered with pictures of old movie stars.
Last visited August 2013.
Mount Pleasant
Beluga Arty-farty basement bar. Excellent draught Hoegaarden Wit.
Last visited 1998.
Wood Street
Belvedere
GBG
Hand pumpguests, Hand pumpHydes, Flowers IPA, Hoegaarden / 4X, Budweiser Budvar, Leffe Blonde, Stella This tiny nicely done out traditional two room one bar pub is clean and tidy, if a little worn in places. The "smoke room" is served across the passageway through a little hatch in the rather good glazed partition. After a long period of closure it re-opened in 2006, with fine real ales served by friendly staff.
Grade II listed building.
Last visited 2008.
Faulkner Street / Sugnall Street
Bier (Old Rope Walk) Hand pumpGreene King Abbot, Hand pumpguests, Hand pumpLandlord The Old Ropewalk was a bog standard nicely decorated knocked through pub with one bar and some side areas, and served only keg beer.
In 2011 it was re-launched as Bier, concentrating on real ale from six handpumps, some continental lagers on tap, and a long list of bottled beers. The unusual interior decor is a combination of plain grey paintwork and white tiling.
Last visited March 2013.
Newington / Back Bold Street
Bierkeller Hand pumpguests / Becks Rather good understated decor (Some might say plain.) in this large cellar in which white painted ceiling, columns and walls are enlivened with the occasional mirror, TV or brewery sign. Somewhat lacking in atmosphere on a wet Monday afternoon but I bet it's lively on Friday night. Bierkeller style benches one side and some comfortable-looking booths on the other. A good range of bottled beers from all over the world, as well as a couple of real ales on hand pump.
Opened 23 May 2010, and sadly closed in November 2011.
Last visited 2010.
Stanley Street / Dale Street
Bierkeller A complex containing three bars: Bierkeller Main Room, Shooters Sports Bar, and Round The World Bar.
Not visited.
Thomas Steers Way, Liverpool 1
Big Easy
Not visited.
Hardman Street
Blackburne Arms
GBG
Hand pumpvarious, Hoegaarden / Carling, Leffe Blonde, Stella A major refurbishment in 2006 has left this pub with a very nice traditional interior, with a wood and stone floor and a nice wooden bar front - All totally fake. When I visited in 2006 they had about seven real ales available, and the Adnams Bitter was top notch. Revisiting in 2008 I found new management and there was less choice of real ales, but still in good nick. In 2013 quality real ale continues, and the all-you-can-eat weekend breakfast looked very tempting.
Last visited May 2013.
Catharine Street / Blackburne Place
Blend
Not visited.
Mount Pleasant / Roscoe Street
Blind Tiger Bar
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Hand pumpBlack Sheep A large open flat house with a high ceiling and a strange glass floor. The decor is nicely underdone with some fine pictures of Liverpool landmarks. Popular with the local student population. I'm told real ale is no longer available.
Now closed.
Last visited 2002.
Pembroke Place / Great Newton Street
Blitz
Not visited.
Stanley Street
Blob Shop (Yates's) John Smith's A very nice, if a little worn, rustic interior in this former Yates's Wine Lodge which still sells Aussie White and Red Biddy from barrels behind the bar. The one large open wooden-floored room is always busy.   Live entertainmentDay1 Day4 Day7
Last visited 2004.
Great Charlotte Street
Blue This trendy fashionable bar in the Albert Dock warehouses has a fine interior with the original stone floor and vaulted brick ceiling. The toilets feature a unisex washbasin area. Licence 'till 2.
Last visited 1999.
Atlantic Pavillion, Albert dock above Hartley's
Blue Angel Night Club
Last visited 1997.
Seel Street
Blundell Street Live music nightly, international cuisine and relaxing lounge bars, according to the adverts.
Not visited.
57 Blundell Street
Bonapartes Closed. In my student days, a pub on the edge of a University campus was a guaranteed money-spinner, but it would appear this is no longer the case.
Not visited.
Clarence Street
Boogie Nights Similar in style to Flares, I'm told.
Not visited.
Mathew Street
Borough Hotel
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Closed.
Not visited.
Great Crosshall Street / Standish Street
Brink A "dry" bar. I'm not sure whether this belongs in my guide.
Not visited.
Parr Street
Brownlow's
Not visited.
Mount Pleasant / Brownlow Hill
Bumper
Not visited.
Hardman Street / Pilgrim Street
Cabin No draught bitter in this slightly tatty club with two dance floors. Entry is by ringing a bell on a secret door at the top of Wood Street.
Last visited 1998.
Wood Street / Berry Street
Cafe Buro
Not visited.
Bold Street / Heathfield
Cafe Tabac
Not visited.
Bold Street
Caledonia (Boodha) Tetley / Carlsberg, Foster's, Stella This refurbished knocked through high ceilinged one room pub was previously closed and burnt out. On a Thursday evening in 2004 I found a superb live DJ mixing to a pub full of people, most of whom were watching the footie!
Revisiting in 2013 on a Saturday lunchtime, I was the first customer. There were five real ales available.

Reported to have been sold for redevelopment in 2013. Let's hope the campaign to save it is successful.
Last visited May 2013.
Caledonia Street / Catharine Street
Cambridge
ATM
Hand pumpMarston's Bitter Traditionally styled decor and a wood floor in this compact two roomed corner house, serving excellent beer and famous for its Sunday Breakfasts. Very popular with the local students.   QuizDay7
Last visited June 2013.
Mulberry Street / Cambridge Street
Camp and Furnace
Not visited.
Greenland Street
Carnarvon Castle Hand pumpDirectors, Hand pumpPedigree, Hand pumpTheakston, John Smith's / Foster's Originally opened in the late 1800s, this small beautifully kept pub is the only survivor of eight on this street. Outside, the pub has a splendid ceramic frontage in a row of boring modern shop fronts. Inside, the well preserved traditional interior includes a wood-panelled back room. Excellent beers and friendly service.
Refurbishment in 2008 has taken away most of the external tiles, I'm afraid, but it's still a very pleasant pub, the only fault being its popularity which means I usually end up standing.
Last visited November 2014.
Tarleton Street, by M&S
Carousel Closed.
Not visited.
Myrtle Parade
Casa Bar
Not visited.
Hope Street / Hardman Street
Cavern Club John Smith's / 1664, Foster's A recreation of the world famous Cavern Club where the Beatles played hundreds of times, so needless to say this is an important stop on the Mathew Street tourist trail. Deep underground an atmospheric dark cellar decorated with historic concert posters. Live music most of the time. Not to be confused with the Cavern Pub on the other side of the road, although the two are connected.
Last visited 2008.
Mathew Street
Cavern Pub Hand pumpBlack Sheep, Hand pumpDeuchars IPA, John Smith's / 1664, Foster's, Heineken A rather good cellar bar with a stage for live music. The walls are covered in music memorabilia. They serve an excellent pint of Black Sheep. Part of the same organisation as the Cavern Club across the road.
Last visited July 2012.
Mathew Street
Central Hotel Hand pumpThwaites, Tetley / Carling, Carlsberg, Stella This beautiful ale house (a grade II listed building) has a wonderful interior with cut glass mirrors and partitions in one large room. The impressive ceiling includes a nice domed lantern over the door. First licensed in 1863 as The Albion, this was renamed the Central Commercial Hotel in 1888.
Revisiting in late 2009 I was pleased to see the addition of two hand pumps serving Thwaites' beers.
The lunchtime food looks good.
Last visited 2009.
Ranelagh Street
Chambers
Not visited.
Ormond Street
Charlies
Not visited.
off Bold Street
Chauffeurs Club I'm told this former night club is now an up market restaurant.
Not visited.
Hope Street
Cleveland
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Closed. In November 1998 the sign said Lease for sale. Reported demolished in 2006.
Not visited.
Price Street / Paradise Street
Clove Hitch
GBG

Not visited.
Hope Street
Compass Inn (Shaftsbury Hotel) John Smith's, Tetley, Younger's / Foster's, Stella A rather nice, comfortable and popular one roomed pub. Now closed.
Last visited 1999.
Mount Pleasant
Conti Night Club
Not visited.
Wolstenholme Square
Coopers (White Star) Worthington / Carling, Stella The former White Star became part of this chain of railway station pubs in July 1999. A nice wood panelled interior with an open balcony overlooking the station concourse. The food menu looks good, but expensive, and the beer is not cheap.
Last visited 2003.
Lime Street Station
Coopers (Sefton)
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Boddingtons / Stella No matter what time you're in town (Tuesday 10pm or even Wednesday 2pm) this wonderful, cheerful city centre boozer is lively with friendly regulars and well worth a visit. There is a tiny front bar plus a minute back lounge served from a hatch, and the gents is microscopic! The live singers seem to be on all day every day! The pub was renamed after licensee Ada Cooper in 1925. Every time I visit this tremendous place I want to add some more superlatives to this review!
Last visited 2011.
Cases Street
Coopers Emporium
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John Smith's, Theakston / 1664, Budweiser (US), Foster's, Miller Mixed rustic and disco decor in this one room friendly lively bar with a stage at one end for live music. There are also tables on the pavement outside. The food looks good value. Apparently now closed.   Live musicDay4
Last visited 2004.
Strand Sreet / James Street
Cornmarket
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Hand pumpBlack Sheep, Hand pumpDeuchars IPA, Hand pumpguests A very long but quite narrow multi room one bar pub with very nice traditional decor (Although the impressive wood carvings date back only to 1956, I'm told). Food lunch time. There's a beer garden. The menu looks good.
According to the sign, this is one of Liverpool's oldest pubs, est. 1794.
Last visited December 2011.
Old Ropery and Moor Street
Cot'n Bar (Brokers) Closed weekday nights.
Not visited.
Old Hall Street / Fazakerley Street
Court House Closed and demolished.
Not visited.
Commutation Row
Crazy House
Not visited.
Wood Street
Crocodile Tetley / Carlsberg, San Miguel This long corridor bar is nicely done out and has a wood and stone floor and some fine ceramics on the wall. They have been known close early on quiet evenings.
Last visited June 2012.
Harrington Street
Cross Keys Hand pumpDeuchars IPA / 1664, Foster's A large pleasant open knocked through pub with modern pastel decor and some nice wood panelling. Busy with local office workers on a Thursday lunchtime.
Last visited 2011.
13 Earle Street / Prussia Street
Crown Hotel (Florin & Firkin) (Crown Hotel)
GBG
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Hand pumpguests The building has a rather nice well preserved exterior. The inside has been totally restored since the Firkin era, and a very nice job they've done too: The Firkin's spoof rustic decor has been replaced by something a lot closer to the original design I think, with beautiful original ceiling plasterwork. Fine beer with up to six cheap real ales. After many years of selling Cask Tetley Bitter at £1 a pint the price finally went up in 2007, but it's still a bargain. In early 2008 an interior refurbishment provided new carpets and made a very good job of tidying up the ceiling.
Grade II listed building.
Last visited October 2014.
Lime Street / Skelhorne Street
Cunarder Tetley This was a nicely decorated basement bar, looking a bit like "Cheers" and full of kids. Now closed to become part of yet another Wetherspoon's - see Fall Well.
Last visited 1998.
Under St John's Centre
Czar Bar Another part of the impressive Grand Central complex. See Bar Celona. Now closed.
Not visited.
Grand Central, Renshaw Street
Daly's Dandelion
Not visited.
24 Dale Street
Dart and Shamrock (Dart) John Smith's, Theakston A recently pleasantly refurbished place popular with the Irish community, but not a fake "Irish" pub. One bar plus a nice side lounge.
Last visited 1999.
Gildart Street / Kempston Street
Dawsons John Smith's / Carling, Foster's, Heineken Opened in 2014 in the former Dawson's music shop, a pleasant, plain, one-room bar, busy on a Saturday evening.
Last visited May 2014.
Ranelagh Street
De Coubertin's Sports Bar John Smith's Nice lively atmospheric basement bar with plenty of tellies and loads of sports memorabilia. Lined glasses mean you get a full pint. Now closed, for redevelopment until August 2005 according to the sign.
Last visited 1998.
North John Street / Harrington Street
Dispensary (Grapes)
GBG
Hand pumpguests Superb beer in this small split-level one bar corner house which was the first of the small chain of Cains pubs to open. The only problem is that it's usually very busy - Not the place to sit down for a quiet chat, unless you go on a Monday afternoon.
Last visited March 2014.
Renshaw Street / Oldham Street
Doctor Duncan's
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Hand pumpguest A small front bar and a number of back rooms in what was originally the Pearl Assurance offices. At one end is a superb high ceilinged tiled room complete with tiled arches and a miniature ceramic balcony over the living fire. Good beer, but beware the high prices and short measures. Opened March 1999.
Last visited March 2014.
St John's Lane
Dom-1's Worthington / Carling I visited this dark one room corridor bar / disco mid-evening on a Thursday. The bar staff were too busy chatting to serve us, so after five minutes we left.
Last visited 2003.
Slater Street / Seel Street
Doyles Bar
Not visited.
Off Duke Street
Dreamers Fantasy Bar Say no more!
Not visited.
Old Hall Street
Durty Nelly's (Monument)
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Large nicely done out fake Irish bar, less plastic than most, looking a little tatty in places. There's some nice plasterwork on the extremely high vaulted ceiling. Three hand pumps not in use.   KaraokeDay5
Last visited 2002.
London Road
Edward's Noisy. Disco. Late licence.
Last visited 1997.
Mathew Street
Empire (Empire) (Scruffy Murphy's) (Bar.com) John Smith's / Foster's, Stella I am told the original Empire was a pleasant pub with real ale before it was "Paddified". Scruffy Murphy's was a tiny one roomed "Irish" bar, much cosier and slightly cheaper than O'Neill's across the road, in which bitter was not available when I visited. I never visited Bar.com. The latest incarnation, once again called the Empire, is a pleasant, plain and well cared for boozer with a friendly atmosphere.
Last visited 2010.
Hanover Street / Wood Street
Est Bar Attached to the Italian restaurant Est Est Est.
Not visited.
Albert Dock
Ethical Glass This wine bar donates 5 percent of its profit to charity.
Not visited.
North John Street / Harrington Street
Eurobar (Streets) Boddingtons, Flowers This pleasant Irish pub had a small wood panelled downstairs bar plus another bar / function room upstairs. Now closed and converted to a coffee bar.
Last visited 1999.
Maryland Street / Baltimore Street
Everyman Bistro Hand pumpCains, Hand pumpguests, Hand pumpLandlord Very good food and excellent beer in this remarkable cellar canteen, but not recommended for a quiet chat because you can't hear yourself think! Late licence.
Now closed for rebuilding of the theatre.
Last visited 2007.
Hope Street / Mount Pleasant
Excelsior
WWW
Hand pumpvarious / Carling, Foster's, San Miguel, Stella In 1999 I described this as a rather scruffy old knocked through pub with a two-sided bar with friendly staff serving well cared for beer. Revisited in 2002 it seemed to have lost the scruffiness while retaining the friendly staff and top notch ales.
Re-opened after a period of closure in December 2010 having had a good refurbishment and offering an increased selection of real ales in good nick.
Last visited February 2014.
Dale Street / Hatton Garden
Exchange Bar Hand pumpThwaites, Thwaites / 1664, Carling, Foster's A rather pleasant large semi-basement pub down a few steps from the street. The real ale was vinegar when I visited. The lunch-time menu looks good value.
Last visited 2011.
Old Hall Street
FACT "Film, Art and Creative Technology". There's two or three bars in here as well as the galleries, cinemas and so on, I'm told.   QuizDay3
Not visited.
88 Wood Street
Falkland Arms
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Tetley A plain pleasant lounge side served from a hatch, and a rather scruffy bar side with customers to match. The hand pumps are no longer used.
Now closed and boarded up.
Last visited 1999.
London Road / Falkland Street
Firehouse (Edward's) (Clayton Bar) John Smith's / Foster's This disco bar was virtually empty when I visited on a Thursday evening. The rather pleasant interior is rather dark, with plenty of disco lights. The leather sofas are very comfortable. The menu looks good. Closed and boarded up in May 2005.
Last visited 2004.
Great Charlotte Street
First National Wine Bar
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Hand pumpBass, Worthington This pub, in what was "The National Bank", has a splendid interior with marble columns and a tiled dance floor, plus a balcony above the bar. When it was just called the First National it was disappointingly scruffy inside, but along with the Wine Bar suffix has come a nice repaint and tidy up.
Last visited 2002.
James Street / 24 Fenwick Street
Flanagan's Apple "Flanagans" Hand pumpBombardier, Hand pumpMarston's EPA, Worthington / 1664, Carling, Carlsberg, Stella A rather good, never changing, plastic fake Irish bar where the decor is perhaps more genuine than most, on three storeys. There's usually a band on in the basement.
Last visited November 2013.
Mathew Street
Flares A rather good two floor club playing 70s disco music to a clientele the majority of whom weren't even born then! It was always packed when I visited. Now moved to Mathew Street
Last visited 1998.
Wood Street
Flares
Not visited.
Mathew Street
Flares (Guinans) (Wonderbar)
Not visited.
Slater Street / Fleet Street
Flute (Flute & Firkin)
GBG
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Hand pumpguests, John Smith's / Carling, Carlsberg, Stella A large room with a high ceiling and a wooden floor nicely decorated. The menu looks good value.
Last visited December 2013.
Hardman Street / South Hunter Street
Fly in the Loaf (Kirkland's)
GBG
Hand pumpguests, Hand pumpOkells I understand Kirklands was a bar/club with no draught beer. It has now been taken over by Okell's Brewery and re-launched as a quality pub. The interior is nicely decorated with mosaic and parquet flooring and wood panelled walls with some church style features. The excellent ales include Okell's and guests, and there is a fine range of bottles from around the world.
The unusual name comes from the original use of the building, as Kirkland's Bakery.
Unusually for this guide, a purely personal comment: There is something about this pub I don't like but I can't work out what it is. The beer is superb, the staff friendly, and the interior pleasant and always spotless; and yet there's something wrong with the atmosphere. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Last visited 2008.
Hardman Street / Baltimore Street
Flying Picket Bar Hand pumpCains, Hand pumpPedigree, Tetley Through a narrow alley off Hardman Street, across the music venue's lobby, and in to a nice single room bar serving excellent ale.
I understand this has now closed.
Last visited 2002.
Hardman Street / South Hunter Street
Font Hand pumpvarious / 1664, Amstel, Foster's, Heineken Rather nice 'modern' decor in this large one room pub, full of students. On my most recent visit, I wasn't just the oldest person in the pub, I was the oldest by a factor of two - It comes to us all eventually! My prejudices against these youngsters were proved unfounded as the real ale was excellent.   QuizDay4
Last visited June 2013.
Oxford Street / Arrad Street
Friday's
Not visited.
Adelphi Hotel, Brownlow Hill
Fudge (Baton Rouge)
Not visited.
Wood Street
Garlands of Liverpool Never visited, but someone once described this as "one of the best venues in Liverpool".
Not visited.
Fleet Street
Gladstone Hotel A typical hotel bar.
Last visited 1997.
Lord Nelson Street
Glass Onion John Smith's / Carling This plain corridor bar opened in 2012 in what used to be part of Hardy's next door, I think. In July 2012 I was somewhat startled to find that bitter, lager, Guinness and mild were all £1.50 a pint! As you might expect at those prices, the clientele were somewhat down-market.
Last visited July 2012.
Mathew Street / Rainford Square
Globe Hand pumpCains, Hand pumpguests, John Smith's / 1664, Carling, Foster's A splendid old traditional small pub, beautifully kept, serving excellent beer, and always busy. Watch out for the sloping floor! The tiny back room has a plaque commemorating the founding of the Merseyside branch of CAMRA here on 18th January 1974.
Last visited 2009.
Cases Street
Globe Cafe Bar
Not visited.
Cook Street
Goblin
Not visited.
43 Canterbury Street, off Islington
Golf Bar John Smith's / 1664, Foster's The plain modern interior in this sports bar is kept clean and tidy, although the wooden floors are looking a little past their best. The small ground floor bar has plenty of TVs and the much larger basement bar features more TVs, a food counter and a golf simulator.
I noticed this was closed in April 2009.
Last visited 2004.
Tithebarn Street / Tempest Hey
Grand Central
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An impressive building, originally the Methodist Central Hall, containing a number of separate bars and clubs. See Atlantis, Bar Celona, Bar Racine, Czar Bar and San Susi Bar.
It seems to be closed.
Last visited 1999.
Renshaw Street
Grapes (Grapes) (Sick Lizard)
GBG
WWW
Hand pumpTetley, Hand pumpvarious The Grapes in 1999: It is hard to tell how much is faked in the fine antique interior which includes a nice wooden and tiled floor. This purported to be a "Porters Ale House" and had plenty of hand pumps, but only plastic Tetley was available when I visited.
In May 2000 it was taken over by new management who renamed it and concentrated on live music.
More recently, however, the Grapes name has returned and on my most recent visit I found a choice of no less than nine real ales, both national and local brews, including three from Liverpool Organic, and a friendly, if somewhat quiet, atmosphere in this small traditional boozer.
Last visited 2011.
Knight Street / Roscoe Street
Grapes (Famous Grapes)
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Hand pumpDirectors Very nicely preserved/done up old pub, famous because the Beatles drank here before performing at the Cavern Club. A bit dark in the back room where there's plenty of Beatles memorabilia but pleasingly they don't overdo it. A popular haven of (relative) peace and reasonably priced decent real ale amongst the techno noise and expensive fashionable bottles on Mathew Street.   Live musicDay5 Day6 Day7
Last visited May 2014.
Mathew Street
Guinan's Worthington Live music or disco. Late licence. Closed in February 2000 and joined together with McSorley's to become the Wonderbar.
Last visited 1998.
Slater Street
H Coffee and Bar Pleasant-looking cafe/bar located on platform 7.
Not visited.
Platform 7, Lime Street Station.
Ha! Ha!
Not visited.
Albert Dock
Haigh
Not visited.
John Moores University, Hardman Street (In the union building)
Hannah's (Montana's)
Not visited.
Hardman Street / Rodney Street
Hardy's
Not visited.
Mathew Street / Rainford Square
Hartley's Closed. Formerly an up-market plastic basement bar, this has now been converted into a very posh private club called Baby Blue. Yorkshireman Jesse Hartley was Dock Surveyor from 1824 and was responsible for the construction of the Albert Dock warehouses.
Last visited 1997.
Albert Dock
Hartley's (Why Not) Worthington / Carling The Why Not was a two storey pub in which the upstairs was a tatty friendly bar dominated by an LSTV. Hartley's is apparently closed midweek evenings, and I haven't visited since the name change.
Last visited 1998.
Harrington Street / North John Street
Havana
Not visited.
North John Street / Cook Street
Head of Steam Hand pumpvarious This place opened in Autumn 2000. Three bars and a "diner" downstairs plus more on the balcony. The three downstairs bars are very different: Studio 58 is a trendy plastic beer bar, the display bar contains a nice collection of railway signs and models, and the third bar is the best of all - Traditional decor and a dozen hand pumps with an impressive range of real ales, both common and unusual. In 2006 I found half the bars were closed and the real ale quality was very poor. Returning in 2011 revealed the real ale choice was down to three, but the one I sampled was in excellent nick. Even more recently the choice of ales has been smaller and the quality lower.
Last visited May 2013.
Lime Street Station
Heebeejeebies Night club.
Not visited.
Seel Street / Back Colquitt Street
Hell & Hev'n
Not visited.
Fleet Street / Roe Alley
Holy Joe's
Not visited.
Bold Street / Concert Square
Hope and Anchor "Scream" Tetley / Carling, Carlsberg Opened 23 September 1999, this large open noisy one-roomed pub is aimed firmly at the student market, and I found it surprisingly empty on a Thursday night in March 2004. The quirky decor, including oil drums and cable bobbins, is rather fun. LSTV.
Last visited 2004.
Maryland Street / South Hunter Street
Hope Street Cafe Bar
Not visited.
Hope Street / Rice Street
Horatio's
Not visited.
Lord Nelson Street / Hotham Street
Horseshoe John Smith's / Foster's The plain grubby bar side of this two room pub was busy with plain grubby friendly regulars. The five globe light fitting above me had only one working bulb, and the one at the other end of the room had three missing globes.
Last visited 1999.
Pitt Street / Duncan Street
Hub
GBG
Hand pumpvarious, Flowers IPA, John Smith's / Becks, Staropramen More of a posh restaurant, but with a comfortable bar area for drinkers. The interior decor is the standard pale wood floor below and naked air ducts above, and large windows onto the streets give a very open feel. Five real ales were on when I visited, and I had an excellent pint of something with elderflower in, from the Liverpool Organic Brewery.
Last visited 2011.
Hanover Street / Duke Street
Hub Cafe
Not visited.
Berry Street
Inn Hand pumpvarious New in 2012, this place is decorated like a trendy poser's bar, but serves decent real ale, a range of imported draft beers, and an even wider range of bottles. Worryingly empty when I visited on a Wednesday lunchtime.
Last visited July 2012.
Renshaw Street / Mount Pleasant
Innfluence Lounge
Not visited.
Wood Street / Slater Street
Inntro
Not visited.
In Jury's Inn by the Echo Arena
Irish Bar 2 (Sheridans)
Not visited.
Bold Street.
Jacaranda "The Jac" Worthington / Carling, Stella A traditionally done out lively friendly pub with three floors and two bars, well worth a visit.
Last visited 2003.
Slater Street / Seel Street
James Monro (Brunswick Vaults) (Brunswick Bar)
Pic
Hand pumpvarious / Carling, Carlsberg, Foster's In 1999 the Brunswick Vaults had a pleasant and friendly bar side with a high ceiling and some rather nice stained glass and wood panelled partitions. The comfortable looking lounge side, served only from a small hatch, was completely deserted when I visited. Soon after, it would appear to have been substantially remodelled and gained an LSTV along with a change of name to the Brunswick Bar.
In 2009 an even greater change produced the James Monro, a New York themed bar / restaurant with pleasant up market decor, which is run by the same people as the Monro on Duke Street. One thing is very unlike New York: You can get a decent pint of real ale!
Last visited 2009.
69 Tithebarn Street / Highfield Street
Jaxx Club
Not visited.
Hardman Street
John Lennon Bar
Not visited.
23 Mathew Street
JR's Bar and Grill Tetley / Carlsberg This well looked after one room bar has the standard late 90s decor with naked heating ducts above. The menu of standard pub dishes looks good value. On a Saturday early evening, the singer was deafening.
Last visited May 2014.
Great Charlotte Street
Jupiter's / Carling Plain, pleasant enough decor in this open one room bar with a small counter in one corner. The quality ale I found in 2000 is long gone. Very quiet on a wet Thursday afternoon.
Last visited April 2012.
Hackins Hey
Kent Gardens Bar
Not visited.
Argyle Street / Campbell Street
King's Arms Closed.
Not visited.
London Road / Moss Street
King's Arms
Not visited.
28 St. James Street
Kiosk (Rococomodo) Caffrey's, Hoegaarden / Stella A rather impressive basement bar with a tiled floor, busy even on a Tuesday night.
Last visited 1998.
Fleet Street / Concert Street
Kiss The Red (New Streets) Streets was a noisy busy Friday night disco. Not visited since the renaming.
Last visited 1997.
Hardman Street / Baltimore Street
Kitty O'Shea's (Flares) Reverted to its old name when Flares moved to Mathew Street
Not visited.
5 Fleet Street
Korova (Blakes) (Roadkill) John Smith's / 1664, Budweiser (US), Foster's, Grolsch, San Miguel My notes for Blakes say: The modern decor features a wood and tile floor and the inevitable bare air conditioning ducts. Plenty of pool tables and pinball machines keep the students occupied. Opened February 2000.
Not visited since it became Roadkill, and noted closed in 2009 before being taken over by Korova, which was itself closed by a major fire in April 2010.
Last visited 2004.
Hope Street next to the "Phil"
Kozys John Smith's / Carling, Foster's A somewhat down-market boozer with unremarkable modern decor, serving cheap beer and therefore very popular. A sign offers free toasties.
Last visited January 2014.
Whitechapel / Peter Street
Krazy House (Powerstation) (Sloanes) Boddingtons / Heineken A friend reported: Dark, cheap, loud and pretty basic. All drinks 2 for 1 but bottles of Newcastle Brown are usually warm. Dancefloor gets a bit fruity (violent at times!), hard core rockers only on Saturdays, students on Thursdays. Don't mess with the bouncers! Thanks Paul, I couldn't have put it better myself.
Last visited 1998.
Wood Street / Roe Alley
L2 Night club.
Not visited.
Hotham Street / Bridport Street
La Tasca Tapas Bar
Not visited.
Queen Square
La'Go
Not visited.
Seel Street / Colquitt Street
Lady of Mann Hand pumpguests, Hand pumpOkells A nice one-room pub a little dark inside, across the large shared courtyard from Rigby's and run by the same management.
Last visited 2009.
Dale Street / Hackins Hey
Last Night Venue (McSorley's)
Not visited.
Slater Street / Fleet Street
Late Lounge
Not visited.
Victoria Street / Princes Street
Le Bateau
Not visited.
62 Duke Street
Leaf Tea Shop and Bar
WWW
More an arty-farty cafe bar concentrating on tea than a pub, but they do serve quality real ale.
Last visited March 2013.
Bold Street
Legs of Man Tetley / 4X, Carlsberg A two room pub plus cocktail lounge upstairs. The ground floor lounge was threadbare and smoky. Now closed and demolished.
Last visited 1998.
Lime Street / London Road
Life Bar (Lyceum) Marstons Horrible fashionable plastic bar. Not visited since it changed its name but I doubt there's been any improvement.
Last visited 1998.
Bold Street
Liffey Bar Tetley / Carlsberg, Stella A nice wood and tiled floor and a splendid wooden ceiling in this popular open and airy one room pub which is pleasantly but not excessively "oirish". There's a small stage at one end.
Last visited 2011.
Renshaw Street next door to Grand Central
Lion Tavern
GBG
Hand pumpLandlord, Hand pumpLees, Tetley / Carlsberg Splendid traditional decor in this three room preserved gem which has the classic L-shaped corridor layout. The small bar side is rather cluttered while the two room lounge side, comfortable and well cared for, only has two tiny hatches across the corridor for service. The corridor has fine tilework and a mosaic floor. The ale is always excellent.
Grade II listed building.
Last visited October 2012.
Moorfields / Tithebarn Street
Lisbon Stones, Worthington / Carling A splendid wood panelled cellar with an impressive plasterwork ceiling in this very gay bar.
Last visited 1999.
Victoria Street
Liverpool
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John Smith's, Tetley / Carling, Stella A pleasant large one room flat house, decorated with pictures of the various HMS Liverpools. Live music most nights. I have been told that during exceptionally high tides the barrels in the cellar are floating.   KaraokeDay5
Last visited January 2012.
James Street
Liverpool One Bridewell (Colin's Bridewell)
GBG
Fine real ales from the Liverpool One Brewery and guests in an excellent pub in an old police station, where you can even drink in the cells.
Last visited 2011.
Argyle Street / Campbell Street
Loft (Baty's) Closed and boarded up.
Not visited.
North John Street / Mathew Street
Lord Nelson Bar In the Lord Nelson hotel.
Not visited.
Lord Nelson Street / Hotham Street
Lord Warden
Pic
Hand pumpvarious, Tetley / Carlsberg This nice small traditional one-bar city centre boozer has a wide range of clientele, from 18 to 80, and is popular with racing fans on Saturday afternoon.
After a period of intermittent beer quality, a new licensee in late 2007 brought excellent real ale. This disappeared in 2009, and shortly afterwards came a temporary period of closure.
Open again under new management in 2010, the interior has been remodelled and redecorated. The real ale seems to be back on, I have had some excellent pints of Timothy Taylor's and others on recent visits.
Sir Winston Churchill, depicted in caricature on the pub's sign, was appointed Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports in 1941, one of the higher honours bestowed by the sovereign. Wellington, whose column is nearby, also held this title.
Last visited October 2014.
London Road / Camden Street
Ma Boyles Oyster Bar Rather quaint multi level pub hidden on a back street. Seafood a speciality. Excellent beer. I am told this operation dates back a long time, but it only moved to the current location in the 1990s.
It was here in June 2000 that I finally realised a lifetime ambition and pulled my own pint!!
Following a major refurbishment in late 2004 some of the quaintness has been lost, and the floor area has increased. Fortunately the fine ales remained. Unfortunately on my most recent visit no real ale was available.
Last visited October 2012.
Tower Gardens, Off Water Street
Ma Egerton's
Pic
Hand pumpTheakston, John Smith's / 1664, Foster's A well preserved old boozer (and there's quite a few of them in the back room!). The bell pushes for waitress service are still in place (but not in use). Live singer on Saturday night. Grab a granny! The bar staff are very efficient.
Mary Ellen Egerton, born in Ireland in 1863, lived in London before taking over the American Bar on Lime Street. Later she moved to the Eagle on Pudsey Street. She was extremely well known, especially in theatrical circles, and was a friend of Charlie Chaplin. There are some pictures of her on display.
Spent a brief period closed, from May 2012, but has now re-opened, and gained real ale.
Last visited September 2013.
Lord Nelson Street / Pudsey Street, beside Lime Street station.
Magnet (Sunnyland Slims) Sunnyland Slims was a Tex-Mex restaurant, but I'm told this place is a bar now.
Not visited.
Hardman Street
Majestic Closed.
Not visited.
Smithdown Lane / Paddington
Manhattan
Not visited.
South John Street / Harrington Street
Mardi Gras
Not visited.
off Bold Street
Masque Venue
Not visited.
Seel Street / Colquitt Street
Masquerade
Not visited.
Dale Street / Cumberland Street
McCartney's Bar (Hanover) Hand pumpguest, John Smith's / 1664, Foster's, Heineken My notes on the Hanover from 1999 say a very large, mostly opened out, one bar pub with pleasant decor. I ordered Directors from the one hand pump amongst a large array of keg fonts with some trepidation, but it was in fine condition.
Returning to what was now McCartney's I found something very similar, with Beatles-themed decoration, and once again the solitary hand pump provided a fine pint.
Last visited March 2012.
Hanover Street / Fleet Street
McHales Irish American Bar John Smith's / 1664 A plain, fairly narrow one bar pub with a disco. I went there one Saturday night and all the draught beer was off due to a power failure. On a Thurdsay evening visit it was a bit quieter than at the weekend and I was able to get a look at the rather nice dark wood decor with a slight maritime theme. Connected internally to Shamrocks next door.
Last visited November 2013.
Lime Street next to the Crown
McSorleys Worthington Live band Friday night. Late licence. Closed early in 2000 and now part of the Wonderbar.
Last visited 1998.
Slater Street
Mello Mello Not visited, but a friend reports: No draught ale/lager at all. Ridiculous prices. Full of people who like to look cool, drink coffee etc. Thanks, Paul. Now closed.
Not visited.
Slater Street
Merchants (Shufflebottoms)
Not visited.
Hardman Street
Mersey Tavern
Not visited.
Lord Street
Metropolitan (Trader Jacks) (Black Horse and Rainbow) (Brewery) Hand pumpBombardier, Hand pumpOld Speckled Hen, Hand pumpown stuff, Hand pumpTheakston / Stella The Brewery served excellent beer, brewed on the premises (The brewery was on display at the front of the building) as well as ales from elsewhere. A plain pub in one large wooden-floored room, quiet in the early evening but probably buzzing later. The Lemon Lounge night club is upstairs.
Not visited since it became Metropolitan, but I understand the brewery and the real ale has gone.
Closed in 2011. Reportedly to be converted to an hotel.
Last visited 2003.
Berry Street
Metz
Not visited.
Mathew Street
Midland Hotel
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Tetley / Carling, Carlsberg, Stella First licensed in 1875, this is a little plainer than the Central Hotel next door, but still has some fine leaded glass, cut glass mirrors, and woodwork.
Grade II listed building.
Last visited January 2013.
Ranelagh Street / Cases Street
Milky Bar
Not visited.
Wolstenholme Square
Miller & Carter
Not visited.
Albert Dock
Modo (Arena Bar)
Not visited.
Wood Street / Concert Square
Mono's Pub Theakston, Younger's / Foster's An enormous two-sided knocked through pub, rather worn in places. I wonder where the unusual name comes from?
Last visited 1999.
51 Marybone / Marlborough Street
Monro Hand pumpBanks's / Carling Traditional decor in this pleasant wooden-floored pub/restaurant with a large dining area at the rear.
Grade II listed building.
Last visited 2007.
Duke Street / Suffolk Street
Mood Indigo
Not visited.
Mathew Street
Moorfields (Yates's) John Smith's / 1664, Carlsberg, Foster's Now closed and boarded up. A former Yates's taken over by Century Inns. The nice decor was beginning to look worn in places in this large one roomed pub. The benches outside were popular. A number of hand pumps, but none in use when I visited. LSTV.
Last visited 1999.
Moorfields, opposite the station.
Mosquito Bar
Not visited.
Victoria Street
Navy Bar Located above the Sugar Fantasy Bar.
Not visited.
Stanley Street
Nectar (Quays) Tetley / Carlsberg, Stella The decor in the long stone-floored ground floor bar is nicely understated but perhaps a little sterile. Some nice views of the tunnel entrance and the back of St George's Hall can be had from the fully glazed frontage. I didn't visit the "cocktail lounge" upstairs. Opened October 1999. Became Nectar in 2001 I think. Closed by May 2002.
Last visited 2000.
St John's Lane / Victoria Street
New Central Closed.
Not visited.
Pembroke Place opposite TJ's
New Penny Farthing Worthington / Carlsberg, Heineken A rather grubby pub absolutely wedged early Friday evening for free butties and cheap beer. Live music in the upstairs bar. The wood panelled decor is very 60s in style.
After spending most of 2010 closed, this re-opened in November unchanged in general style but having lost the wood panels and gained a good tidy up, new carpets etc. I didn't check upstairs this time.
Last visited 2010.
St. Georges Place
Newz From the outside this looks like an up market club, situated in New Zealand House.
Not visited.
Water Street / Covent Garden
Nook John Smith's / 4X, Carling, Stella A pleasant clean and tidy two room pub with a front bar and a rear lounge served from a hatch. Perhaps a little threadbare in places. In 1999 I described the exterior as very scruffy but this has since been very nicely done up.
Last visited 2008.
Nelson Street / Griffiths Street
Not Sushi
Not visited.
Fleet Street
O'Briens (Marlborough) John Smith's / 1664, Foster's A plain but nicely decorated friendly one room pub with a very high ceiling. Not visited since it was renamed.
Last visited 2003.
Slater Street / Seel Street
O'Neill's Caffrey's, Tetley / Carling, Foster's, Stella The decor in this cavernous basement with a stone floor is very pleasant and more subtle than in most "Irish" bars. The menu looks good, and there's white pudding in the Irish breakfast. Live music most nights.
Last visited 2010.
Hanover Street / Wood Street
Office Bar (Hogshead) (RSVP) My notes on the Hogshead say "Pale wood floor, orange girders and the now standard exposed heating ducts in this branch of the chain opened in October 1999. The usual choice of excellent ales and food from their standard menu." There have been two renamings since then.
Last visited 1999.
Bold Street / Concert Square
Officers Mess Hand pumpBlack Sheep, Hand pumpguests A pleasant atmosphere in this basement bar. There's a large selection of imported bottled beer along with a small range on hand pump. The menu looks good. I found it disappointingly empty on a Friday afternoon.
Reported closed in 2011.
Last visited 2011.
Victoria Street / Temple Lane
Old Post Office John Smith's / Carling, Foster's Tiny well preserved pub with a U-shaped knocked through area around the bar, and a separate dining room. Sizzling steak menu. Very busy Saturday lunch time, especially if there's football on the TV.
Last visited 2007.
School Lane / Old Post Office Place
One 4 Club I think this is a snooker club, in which case what happened to the "7"?
Not visited.
Fleet Street / Roe Alley
OSQA An up-market-looking bar in a new apartment block.
Not visited.
Oldham Street / Roscoe Street
Oxford
A plain, well cared for tiny traditional friendly corner house with two rooms. The lounge has only a serving hatch. Sadly the hand pumps seem to be no longer in use. When I visited the barmaid was also providing a manicure service in the lounge.
Closed in 2009.
Last visited 2004.
Oxford Street / Grove Street
Pacific Bar and Grill
Not visited.
Temple Street
Paco's Bar
Not visited.
25 Stanley Street
Paddy's Bar (Clock) (Dixie Dean's Bar)
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Falstaff, Tetley A one room corridor bar, plus a pool room at the back. This place used to be extremely scruffy but it has now been tidied up.
Last visited 2002.
London Road
Pan American Club
Not visited.
Albert Dock
Partington's
Not visited.
Cook Street
Peacock
Not visited.
Seel Street / Slater Street
Pen and Wig John Smith's / 1664, Foster's, Stella This large open one-roomed pub is pleasant and friendly, and has plain-ish decor including a number of large mirrors.
Last visited January 2013.
Harrington Street
Peter Kavanagh's
GBG
Hand pumpGreene King Abbot, Hand pumpguest, Hand pumpPedigree This wonderful preserved Victorian multi-roomed pub has a slightly eccentric interior including a collection of old transistor radios suspended from the ceiling!
Peter Kavanagh took over the pub in the late 1890s and named it The Grapes. He became well known in the Liverpool area, serving as a councillor for many years, and was also responsible for a number of successful inventions. By the time of his death in 1950, his pub had become known as Peter Kavanagh's.
Grade II listed building.
Recommended reading: Peter Kavanagh's - A 150 Year History of a Liverpool Pub by Patrick A Kavanagh. Walton Hall Press.
Last visited 2009.
Egerton Street (near Upper Parly)
Philharmonic Dining Rooms "Phil"
Pic
Hand pumpvarious This well known pub has a front bar plus a couple of side rooms (named Brahms and Liszt!). A second bar counter has been removed from the former billiard room at the end of the corridor, leaving a very comfortable lounge. The spectacular and well preserved Edwardian interior is a deservedly famous tourist attraction, especially the mosaics and ceramics in the gents. (Female tourists are encouraged to go in to the gents to take a photo!) Six or seven real ales are on offer. The food is very good.
Grade II* listed building.
Last visited 2011.
Hardman Street / Hope Street
Philharmonic Hall Hand pumpCains, Hand pumpCains Seasonal The foyer bar (Actually it's upstairs) is open to the general public during performances. I don't recommend you nip in for a quick one just before the show, or during the interval!
Last visited 2009.
Hardman Street / Hope Street
Picturehouse (Spencer's Bar) Worthington / Carling Spencer's was a scruffy bar selling cheap beer. After being closed for a number of years it has been nicely refurbished and reopened as the Picturehouse. The decor is plain traditional in one main room and two side areas. Large windows look out across London Road. Following the demolition of the adjacent cinema, the pub now stands in isolation.   QuizDay2
Last visited 2003.
London Road / Hotham Street
Pier Head (Mersey Tavern) Closed. After years as a Chinese restaurant this is being redeveloped in 2009.
Not visited.
Pier Head
Pig and Whistle Hand pumpLandlord, John Smith's / Carling, Stella This pub had a superb traditional interior with a real fire in the main bar, and a side room up a few steps. A refurbishment in 2005 sadly stripped out the wonderful dark wood panelling, but retained the basic layout and the fire. The menu looks good.
An "Emigrants Supplied" notice refers back to when provisions for the journey had to be obtained by passengers before sailing to the New World, as the passage they had purchased from the ship owner did not include food or drink.
Last visited October 2012.
Covent Garden / Chapel Street
Pilgrim (Friends of the Academy of Arts)
Pic
Hand pumpvarious, Boddingtons / GB, Heineken, Stella Down the steps to a wooden floored bare brick walled one room bar where I was refused a top up on a very short pint, but that was some years ago. More recently I visited the upstairs bar, another large room with a small counter at one end serving a small range of well kept real ales.
Last visited 2002.
Pilgrim Street / Rice Street
PJ's
Not visited.
Wood Street
Platinum Lounge Very trendy and up market, I'm told
Not visited.
Drury Street
Plummers Closed.
Last visited 1997.
Hardman Street
Pogue Mahone Tetley / Carlsberg In 1999 I described this "Irish" bar as rather tatty, but it's been very well tidied up since then. Probably the nearest you'll find to a real Irish pub in Liverpool, and they do the proper pour-stand-pour procedure on a pint of Guinness.
Grade II listed building, I'm told.
Last visited 2008.
Seel Street / Back Berry Street
Pontack
Pic
Thwaites / Carlsberg A rather nice, plain, slightly worn but clean, knocked through pub with a high ceiling, totally empty when I visited on a Wednesday evening. An impressive array of darts trophies and some interesting old photos of the pub and its environs are on display. I'm told this in now closed.
Last visited 1999.
56 Christian Street / Tom Mann Close
Popworld (Howl at the Moon) (Reflex)
Not visited.
Wood Street / Hanover Street
Porthole Club (Smoky Joe's)
Not visited.
Mathew Street / Stanley Street
Post Office
Pic
Tetley / Carlsberg In 1998 I wrote: A rather odd layout with the S-shaped bar running diagonally between the lounge and bar sides to make the most of the long narrow shape. Pleasant enough decor looking a little worn in places. This place doesn't keep to the opening hours on the sign, but keep trying and eventually you'll be rewarded with some excellent ales.
Sadly, by 2002 the real ale had disappeared. So had most of the customers, as the place was deserted, unlike the Blind Tiger next door.
Last visited 2002.
Pembroke Place / Great Newton Street
Poste House Hand pumpCains, Hand pumpFlowers IPA, John Smith's / Carling A minute traditional two bar pub with nice decor and excellent beer. Always busy and friendly. The second (reputedly haunted) bar is upstairs, its counter is apparently only in use lunch times. The pub has been saved from demolition as part of the redevelopment of the area - Obviously my signing the petition was worthwhile. It is said that Adolf Hitler drank in here during his alleged stay in Liverpool in 1912/13!
Last visited January 2014.
Cumberland Street
Prince of Wales Hotel
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Closed. In September 1999 a large sign on this impressive grade II listed building described it as a development opportunity. Years later there has been no progress.
Not visited.
London Road / Moss Street
Pulse Club Previous names include Metro, Zub Club and Buzz Club. Now closed and demolished.
Not visited.
Skelthorne Street
Pump House Inn Hand pumpGreene King Abbot, Hand pumpGreene King IPA, Hand pumpOld Speckled Hen / 4X, Carlsberg, Staropramen, Stella In 2003 I described this as a tacky plastic tourist trap selling food and expensive beer to the Albert Dock visitors.
In 2008 I found it nicely refurbished and substantially improved, with friendly helpful staff serving very good food. By 2011 they'd also gained real ale.
Last visited 2011.
Albert Dock
Punch & Judy John Smith's A strange layout with three front doors in this popular friendly down market two-bar boozer selling cheap beer. Burnt out and then demolished in 2012.
Last visited 2006.
Bolton Street
Quarter Bar
Not visited.
Mathew Street
Qube
Not visited.
Slater Street / Wood Street
Queens Closed. Boarded up when I passed in November '99.
Not visited.
Hardy Street / Upper Frederick Street
Queens (Famous Old Porterhouse) (Queens) Hand pumpCains, John Smith's / 1664, Foster's My notes on the Famous Old Porterhouse said "Trendy, up market place. Food served upstairs. The decor is rather odd but nice. The cask conditioned ales are, unusually for Merseyside, served by electric pump. An impressive display of bottled beers in glass cases - It's a shame they don't sell them!"
After spending a period closed in July 2002 this has now re-opened under its old name Queens. The beer bottle collection has gone but otherwise the interior style looks pretty similar to me. The real ale is now delivered by a traditional hand pump. Surprisingly quiet on a Friday evening.
Reported closed in June 2010, and now a bookie.
Last visited 2003.
Williamson Square
Railway
ATM
Hand pumpBombardier, Hand pumpDeuchars IPA, Hand pumpguest A large well cared for pub with a high ceiling. It's unusual to find a place which still has this many separate rooms, with opening out limited to widening some doorways. They serve excellent ale and and the food looks good - they were doing a roaring trade in breakfast fry-ups when I visited on a Friday lunchtime.
Once, arriving as a darts match was ending, I enjoyed some fine free scouse.
Last visited 2010.
18 Tithebarn Street / Stephens Lane
Rat 'n' Parrot John Smith's This new construction, opened February 1999, has three very nicely decorated storeys inside. There are plenty of hand pumps, but all were off when I visited. Ordinary bitter was £1.90 a pint.
Last visited 1999.
Queen Square
Raven
Not visited.
Albert Dock
Red Box Lounge Club
Not visited.
Stanley Street
Reflex (Edwards)
Not visited.
Concert Square / Bold Street
Rehab Bar
Not visited.
Skelthorne Street / Hilbre Street
Remeniss (Labinsky's) Labinsky's was an arty-farty cocktail bar. The small dance floor had a sign saying "dance floor", possibly indicating the intelligence level of the clientele.
Not visited since it was renamed.
Last visited 1998.
Mathew Street
Renshaw's (Newington House)
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John Smith's / 1664, Carling, Foster's Appears slightly scruffy from the outside, but the interior is well cared for when you get past the bouncers. In the evenings this lively popular bar is always busy, noisy and great fun, and often has a live singer or karaoke. At less busy times it's good for a quiet pint. Licence to 02.00 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.   KaraokeDay4   Live musicDay5 Day6 Day7
Last visited 2009.
Renshaw Street / Upper Newington
Revolution
Not visited.
Victoria Street / Temple Court
Revolution "Vodka Bar" Hoegaarden, Tetley / Carlsberg, Leffe Blonde, Stella The decor inside this bar which specialises in flavoured vodka is not as arty-farty as I feared. The walls are partially bare brick and the leather sofas are comfortable. It is fashionably dimly lit, which helps hide the rather worn state of the parquet floor. Three pounds sixty for a pint of Hoegaarden - ouch!
Last visited 2004.
Wood Street
Ricci Bar Cafe
Not visited.
Wood Street
Richmond Pub
GBG
Hand pumpBass, Hand pumpguests, John Smith's, Tetley This tiny gem has friendly staff and customers and serves an excellent pint of real ale. The rather good decor includes a couple of fine chandeliers and some stylish curtains. There are also a number of tables outside. The only thing wrong with this great pub is that it is way too small and therefore almost always crowded.
Last visited October 2013.
Richmond Street, off Williamson Square
Riley's
Pic
Hand pumpHigsons, Tetley / Carling, Carlsberg A well looked after one room boozer, nicely decorated. Busy with racing fans on a Monday afternoon.
Last visited August 2013.
Mount Pleasant
Rios
Not visited.
Fleet Street
River Bar & Brasserie
Not visited.
Albert Dock
Rockford's Long closed, this was in the same block as Doctor Duncan's.
Not visited.
St John's Lane
Roscoe Arms (Roscoe Arms) (Roscoes Bar)
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Hand pumpGreene King Abbot, John Smith's / Carling, Foster's, San Miguel The Roscoe Arms was very scruffy from the outside, inside were two worn but clean and tidy bars in a friendly traditional town centre boozer.
Some years later I found what appeared to be a posh cafe-bar called Roscoe's Bar, although I never went in to check it out.
In 2010 it's back to the Roscoe Arms and is now a very pleasant one bar pub, nicely decorated with a wooden floor and lots of high chairs. I enjoyed a fine pint of Abbot, the other two hand pumps had the clips turned round.
Last visited 2010.
Renshaw Street / Oldham Street
Roscoe Head
GBG
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Hand pumpguests, Hand pumpJennings Cumberland, Hand pumpTetley This superb preserved gem has four tiny rooms, and your chances of a seat are low at busier times. The wonderful collection of ties was removed during redecoration summer 1998. Excellent real ale is always on offer, two regulars and four guests.
One of only seven pubs to have been included in all editions of the Good Beer Guide.
Last visited 2011.
Roscoe Street, off Hardman Street
Rose & Crown Boddingtons, Tetley / Carling, Stella A pleasant plainly decorated one bar pub partly knocked through but the pillars separate the rooms. There's some nice (original?) woodwork, I particularly like the arches.
Last visited 2009.
Cheapside / Dale Street
Royal Closed. For sale as a pub.
Not visited.
Bridgewater Street
Royal Court Theatre Not strictly within the purview of this guide since it is open only to the audience, but worthy of a mention. The lounge has wooden panelled walls and comfortable leather seats and the bar a tiled floor, all in the basement of this theatre. On my visit only bottled beer was available, Budweiser, Heineken or Stella.
Last visited 1999.
Queen Square
Royal George Buchanan Best / Foster's, LCL A fairly decorated corridor bar with completely fake etched windows.
Last visited 1999.
Pembroke Place / Gill Street
Royal William Closed.
Not visited.
2 Crown Street
Rubber Soul This disco with a late licence was buzzing on a Friday night.
Last visited 1998.
Mathew Street
Saddle
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Tetley, Worthington / Carling, Stella A rather nice, well looked after and lively pub in two traditionally decorated rooms sharing a common bar counter. The lunchtime food looks good.
Grade II listed building.
Last visited 2009.
Dale Street / Hackins Hey
Saint George Trophy A plain one roomed corridor bar. The customers were friendly but the parrot wouldn't talk to us (A sign warned that he bites!) It has since been tarted up with graffiti all over the front in 2000, presumably to appeal to a younger market. Now closed.
Last visited 1999.
48 Berry Street
Saint Paul's Closed and demolished, with no trace remaining.
Not visited.
Earle Street / St Paul's Square
Sams Bar and Grill
Not visited.
Tithebarn Street / Old Hall Street
San Susi Bar Closed.
Not visited.
Grand Central, Renshaw Street
Santa Chupitos
Not visited.
Slater Street / Parr Street
Sapphire's
Not visited.
77 Bold Street
Shakespeare Hand pumpBombardier, Hand pumpDirectors, John Smith's / Amstel, Foster's Opened in November 2008 on the site of a previous pub of the same name, it has tastefully done modern decor with a dark wood bar front and bar back, and wood and tiled flooring. The ground floor bar has a high ceiling and large windows affording a view of the taxi rank. More seats on the balcony and there's another larger bar upstairs, more comfortable and with excellent views. In their first week I noted two hand pumps apparently "just for decoration" but I'm pleased to report that a week later they were in use serving excellent real ale.
Last visited 2009.
Williamson Square
Shamrocks John Smith's, Tetley, Worthington / Carling, Carlsberg Joined to McHales bar, effectively they're two halves of the same pub. This side is a plain cheerful corridor bar, with live music every day. On my most recent visit a rather fine guitarist/violinist/singer was performing.
Last visited November 2013.
Lime Street next to the Crown
Shenanigans (Rising Sun)
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Cains / Carling, Carlsberg A pleasant small "Irish" bar with a tiny main room and an even smaller back room. The quirky decor includes lots of painted brickwork.
Last visited 2009.
Tithebarn Street / Smithfield Street
Ship and Mitre "The Flaky" "Flakies"
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Hand pumpvarious, Hoegaarden An impressive selection of excellent beers is always available along with a wide range of imported beers on draught and in bottles, and the occasional festivals are well worth a visit. The inside is very nicely decorated and well looked after, but sadly the real gas lamps in the back room are now electric. There is also a splendid Art Deco wood-panelled "cocktail bar" upstairs, used as a function room. The nicknames came from the flaking paintwork on the exterior, but this has now been tidied up.   JazzDay7   QuizDay4
Last visited September 2014.
Dale Street / North Street
Shipping Forecast Hand pumpCains, Hand pumpguest / Becks, San Miguel Opened in May 2010, this pub has quirky decor in which the now traditional bare air ducts and ceiling joists mix with odd bits of radio equipment and old illuminated signs. Plenty of bare brick and a wooden floor complete the excellent effect. The chunky speakers suggest a lively evening atmosphere but it was very peaceful and comfortable when I visited on a Thursday afternoon. My real ale was served in a "dimple" mug.
Last visited 2010.
Slater Street / Fleet Street
Sir Thomas Hotel (Henry's) John Smith's / 1664, Heineken, Stella Henry's was a nicely decorated - art deco and potted plants - up market cafe bar, part of a national chain. The draught beer fonts had no labels on and we had to ask what the beer was. The barman rang the bell every time a tip was received, but he didn't get one from me. (Not at these prices!)
Not visited since the name change.
Last visited 2000.
Victoria Street / Cumberland Street
Slaters Slater's Bitter, Worthington / 4X, Budweiser (US), Stella This two room pub is a bit of a dive, but not as bad as I had been lead to expect. Cheap ale and late opening until 2am.
Last visited 2003.
Slater Street / Seel Street
Slaughterhouse (Bennet's) (O'Neill's)
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John Smith's The "music room" is a dark and dingy but rather atmospheric cellar used for live music. The upstairs is a nicely done fake antique "Irish" bar with wooden floor and some ancient looking ceiling beams. The floor vibrates with the noise of the band downstairs! The two handpumps were out of use when I visited.
Up to the early 60s this was a Bass house called Bennet's Wine Merchants.
Last visited 2004.
Fenwick Street
Slug and Lettuce A split level interior pleasantly decorated. The food and drinks seem more expensive than local competitors.
Last visited 2010.
North John Street / Cook Street
Smokie Mo's (Dickie Lewis's) (Dickie's) John Smith's Dickie Lewis's was a slightly grubby split level shed, noisy and busy with friendly drunks. There were two serving counters in the main room and another in the raised side area. Not visited since it was renamed.
I think this has closed and moved across the road.
Last visited 2004.
Mount Pleasant / Brownlow Hill
Smokie Mo's
Not visited.
Lime Street / Hanover Street
Society
Not visited.
Duke Street / York Street
Sound Factory UK
Not visited.
Mount Pleasant, above Dickie Lewis's
Sound Garden
Not visited.
Dale Street
Spiral Staircase Closed weekday evenings.
Not visited.
Old Hall Street
Square John Smith's / Foster's Opened in May 99, this night club/bar has a very impressive interior with wood panelling and an amazing revolving multi-screen video display above the circular bar. There is another bar on the balcony. Now reported as closed.
Last visited 2000.
Old Haymarket
Stags Head John Smith's / Foster's This was a clean and tidy, plain one bar boozer. Pool table. Now closed.
Last visited 1998.
Pembroke Place
State (Garlands) Temporary home of Garlands until November 2003.
Not visited.
Dale Street / Eberle Street
Stella 66 Tetley / Carlsberg, Stella Quarry tiled floor and wooden tables in this basement bar with a basic and cheap food menu. Lots of TVs on different channels as well as a radio playing. The bitter was sour and the barrel needed changing.
Last visited 2004.
66 Mount Pleasant / Roscoe Street
Stowell's Cafe Bar
Not visited.
Victoria Street / Manchester Street
Sugar Fantasy Bar
Not visited.
Stanley Street
Swan Trophy / Heineken Now closed and demolished. When I visited in 1999 I wrote: The 1950s style interior has seen better days, although it's not as rough as the "toilet wall" tiled exterior would suggest. A large bar and lounge plus a small front room served from a hatch. An unusual feature of this pub was that it had doors on three streets.
Last visited 1999.
London Road / Seymour Street / Vincent Street
Swan Inn Hand pumpCains, Hand pumpothers This basic back street pub has been very nicely refurbished. The excellent beer and the excellent rock jukebox remain, I'm pleased to report. Beers include about eight real ales and a fine selection of Belgian bottles including Westmalle Tripel, Delerium Tremens and Busch Blonde. There's another bar upstairs where they hold the quiz.   QuizDay4
Last visited 2007.
Wood Street / Colquitt Street
T.P.Molloy's
Not visited.
Victoria Street / Temple Court
Tavern on the Green Hand pumpJennings Cumberland, Hand pumpMarston's EPA Opened in December 2010, although the distressed varnish on the wooden floor looks a lot older than that. Along with the old wooden tables, the naked plywood ceiling and battleship grey walls it creates a pleasant fun ambience, sadly not matched by any atmosphere when I was the only customer on a Wednesday afternoon.
Last visited March 2013.
Liverpool ONE
Tea Factory
Not visited.
Wood Street / Slater Street
Temple Bar Tetley / Carlsberg A nice deserted basement bar, plain tasteful decor with a wooden floor, a living fire and impressive mirrors. Cheap beer and spirits. Disgusting bogs!
Last visited 1999.
Dale Street / Temple Street
Tess Rileys Tetley / 4X, Carlsberg A busy pub with pleasant "ordinary" decor, very lively on a Saturday night with a generally older clientele. Live music monst nights.
Last visited July 2013.
Great Charlotte Street
Thomas Rigby's (Rigby's)
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Hand pumpguests, Hand pumpOkells / Carling 1999: A scruffy exterior and rather nice half timbered interior with wood beams and bare bricks in this two-sided pub. A little run down and slightly tatty in places.
2003: Having been taken over by Okells, the pub has been very well re-done while retaining some nice original-looking features, including leaded glass in the bar front, and the old Rigby's sign displayed above the bar. In addition to the main space there are a number of side areas and separate rooms. The excellent beers include Okells seasonal brews and guests, and a good range of bottled beers from around the world.
Nelson is reputed to have met with Lady Hamilton in the back room here, at which time it was a coffee house.
Grade II listed building.
See also the Lady of Mann which shares the rear courtyard.
Last visited August 2012.
Dale Street / Hackins Hey
Time Out
Not visited.
Pownall Square
Tru Cafe Bar
Not visited.
Trueman Street
United Powers Hand pumpvarious / Heineken This nice opened out one-bar pub was decorated with WW2 memorabilia. The quality of the beer was mediocre when I visited. Now closed and boarded up.
Last visited 1998.
86 Tithebarn Street
Vault Basement bar.
Not visited.
Hardman Street / Pilgrim Street
Velvet Lounge (Cafe Buro)
Not visited.
Bold Street / Heathfield
Vernon Arms
GBG
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Hand pumpvarious, Hoegaarden, Worthington / Carling, Stella A confusingly sloped wooden floor and a high ceiling. The counter itself is dead level, but your table slopes with the floor. The excellent ales include a wide range of guests, with six available when I visited. After being closed for five years, they re-opened in April 2009 with almost no changes apart from a good redecorating job. The food, basic pub fare, looks good.
Last visited August 2013.
69 Dale Street / Vernon Street
Victoria Cross (New Court) (Ned Kelly's) (Ruben's Bar) Hand pumpBass Ned Kelly's: Plain decor complete with stuffed crocodile, boxing kangaroo etc. I particularly like the Ned Kelly lampshades.
Its latest manifestation as the Victoria Cross has scrapped all the Australian stuff, and has pleasant modern understated decor. There are six hand pumps on the bar, but when I visited only two were in use. Both provided excellent ales.   KaraokeDay5 Day6 Day7
Last visited November 2013.
Victoria Street / Sir Thomas Street
Vines "Big House"
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Tetley / Carling, Carlsberg The interior, especially the spectacular ballroom, is in my opinion easily a match for the more well known Philharmonic(qv). Make sure you take a look at the beaten fire surround, wood carving, plasterwork panels and semi-booth seating in the end lounge. The exterior is also impressive. It spent a period closed in 2013, but is now back in operation.
Grade II* listed building.
Last visited December 2013.
Lime Street / Copperas Hill
Walkabout Plastic beer in impressive surroundings, I'm told.
Not visited.
Fleet Street / Concert Square
Walter
Not visited.
Hackins Hey
Wave Bar Tetley / Carlsberg, San Miguel A large hotel bar in the famous Adelphi, very busy on a Thursday afternoon with most of the customers being pensioners. The wise-cracking barman kept them entertained.
Last visited August 2013.
Adelphi Hotel, Lime Street
Wetherspoon's Fall Well (Cunarder) Hand pumpusuals Opened in July 2002, this is a stylish up-market bar carrying Wetherspoon's Lloyds No. 1 brand, built by joining the former Cunarder and City Pets next door. Unlike the standard 'spoons locations it has TV screens and music. I re-visited here late on a Friday evening, and Wetherspoon's are to be congratulated, I think, for providing youth oriented loud music, DJ and flashing lights and yet still managing to serve excellent real ale.
Visited.
Queen Square
Wetherspoon's Lime Kiln I first attempted a visit on a Saturday afternoon but they were closed due a power failure.
A subsequent attempt found a range of quality real ales on sale at very low prices in this Lloyds No. 1 variety of the Wetherspoon chain.
A large two floor pub with rather strange decor in which the wood panelling and stylish, rather twee, lampshades contrast with enormous metal heating ducts.
Very quiet on a weekday lunchtime.
Last visited December 2013.
Fleet Street / Concert Square
Wetherspoon's Richard John Blackler
GBG
Hand pumpvarious A very large place converted from the former Blackler's department store in 1995, its central location makes it a very popular meeting point before a night out in town. A wide choice of beer in excellent condition and reasonably priced. Good food served all day until 22.00. Service can be excruciatingly slow, and not only at busy times.
Last visited May 2014.
Great Charlotte Street / Elliot Street
Wetherspoon's The Welkin Hand pumpvarious A slightly up-market version of Wetherspoon's with their usual excellent beer. You may find quicker service at the upstairs bar.
After two years in the USA it was a bit of a shock to be nearly turned away on a Saturday night in 2002 for wearing trainers.
Last visited July 2012.
Whitechapel
White Star "Quinns"
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Hand pumpBass, Hand pumpguests / Carling, Grolsch, Staropramen The White Star never changes, thank goodness. This compact one bar gem is possibly my favourite Liverpool bar, especially for a quiet lunchtime read of the paper. (It's much more lively in the evenings.) A small range of guest beers are always well kept. Visit the back room to see plenty of Beatles memorabilia. Sadly, someone broke the enormous Bass mirror.
Last visited November 2013.
Rainford Street, off Mathew Street
William Gladstone (Hog's Head) John Smith's / Carling, Foster's, Heineken, Stella Hog's Head: The music was a little loud in this otherwise pleasant modern bar with one main room plus more tables on a balcony. My notes from 1998 recorded a large selection of excellent hand pulled ale; by 2004 they were down to a choice of only two now, but the Fuller's London Pride was very nice, so no complaints. Unusually, waitress service was provided.
Now renamed but pretty much unchanged, and on my most recent visit there were three handpumps but no real ale.
Last visited 2010.
North John Street / Cook Street
Windsor Tetley / Carlsberg The outside is a little tatty, inside is a large well looked after one room pub, partially wooden floored. LSTV.
Last visited 1999.
Pembroke Place / Greek Street
Woody's
Not visited.
Wood Street / Slater Street
X in the City (Baraka) When I visited in 1999, Baraka was a trendily styled but a little tatty one room pub/club. I got the impression that being trendy and up market had not paid well, as the message on the umpteen TV screens was "Home-made scouse and red cabbage £1 a bowl", and a big sign at the door advertised cheap beer.
I haven't been back since it was re-launched as X in the City.
Last visited 1999.
Lime Street
XS Bar
Not visited.
Bold Street
Yard Bird After the Whitehaouse had been closed and derelict for many years, perhaps because of the external decoration allegedly by Banksy, it has finally been refurbished and is back in use.
Not visited.
Berry Street / Duke Street
Yates's (Rat 'n' Parrot) (Norwegian Blue) Hand pumpBombardier, John Smith's / Foster's 4 hand pumps - 3 off, one pure vinegar was what I found in the Rat 'n' Parrot in 1998. Returning to visit Yates's twelve years later I found three hand pumps but no real ale "because the cooler is broken".
The decor has an almost sixties feel to it, with dark wood floor and panelling, plus purple carpets. A second bar upstairs was shut on a Thursday afternoon.
Last visited 2010.
Bold Street / Concert Square
Yates's Wine Lodge Closed.
Not visited.
Preston Street
Yates's Wine Lodge Hand pumpBombardier, John Smith's / Carling, Foster's, Heineken This new construction, opened 8 September 1998, has a rather impressive interior which is not as large as the outside suggests. It was unexpectedly full of Spanish football fans when I visited but I was still able to enjoy a fine pint of Bombardier.
Last visited 2010.
Queen Square
Ye Cracke
GBG
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Hand pumpvarious A wide range of well kept real ales in an unusual pub with two bars and a number of side rooms. The decor is plain and perhaps a little tatty in places. The food looks good. There's a pleasant beer yard at the back.
(Some signs call it Ye Crack)
Last visited 2004.
Rice Street
Ye Hole in Ye Wall Hand pumpGeorge Wright, John Smith's / 1664, Foster's A small multi-roomed pub with an wonderful preserved interior - wood panelling, brasswork and leaded glass partitions. Check out the brass studded door on the telephone cubical. Possibly the oldest surviving pub in Liverpool, this place opened in 1726. Only one real ale, but it was excellent so who's complaining.   Live country musicDay7
Last visited 2009.
Hackins Hey
Zanzibar
Not visited.
Seel Street
Zen Cafe Bar
Not visited.
East Exchange Street
Zeus (Eagle) Closed I think. There's a rather fine US coat of arms in stone on the front of this scruffy building.
Not visited.
Hanover Street / Paradise Street