BOOTLE

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14 Bar and Grill
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Mainly a restaurant but they'll serve you a pint. Beautiful decor and great views in this greenhouse on top of an apartment block.
Last visited January 2024.
Daniel House, Trinity Road
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Addison Arms (Yates's)
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This was a large standard modern Yates's, very noisy.
Now run by Stonegate, it has been well looked after and is surprisingly busy whenever I call in.
Last visited January 2024.
Stanley Road / Medway
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Aintree Sadly I failed to visit this wonderful-looking 1930s roadhouse before it closed.
Not visited.
Fernhill Road / Aintree Road
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Albion
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A very large knocked round corner house with some nice woodwork and mirrors in a well done and well cared for interior.
Last visited May 2024.
Hawthorne Road / Earl Road
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Alexandra (Alexandra Hotel) (Dickie Lewis's) (Seaburn Inn)
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This popular, well looked after 60s boozer has tried a number of names since I first visited the Alexandra Hotel back in 2000, but it's back to the original name now. Other than names, nothing much seems to have changed, although it has been re-decorated and kept tidy in the intervening years, most recently resulting in a very attractive comfortable room.
I'm pleased to report that they've added a sign on the door of the gents, as I was confused on my original visit.
Last visited November 2023.
Marsh Lane / Capricorn Close
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Aurora (Iona House)
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Iona House was a rather plain looking social club, which closed early on quiet evenings, and closed permanently in the 2000s.
After spending time as a restaurant and then a coffee shop, in 2021 it became Aurora, a rather beautifully decorated bar.
Last visited May 2024.
Merton Road / Stanley Road
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Beaky (Beaconsfield)
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A pleasantly done out social club with a comfortable small lounge bar, a larger games room and a function room.
Last visited November 2023.
Strand Road / Cedar Street
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Borough
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When I passed this way in 2000 this place was shut. In 2003 I found a plain two-sided pub, clean and tidy but a little tatty.
Now closed.
Last visited 2003.
Marsh Lane / Bibbys Lane
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Cat and Fiddle (Jutland)
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From the outside this appears to be a tiny bar in the bottom of an office block. The very nice fake antique interior is larger than expected.
Last visited January 2024.
Stanley Road / Trinity Road, in St Martin's House
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Chaucer Vaults Closed.
Not visited.
45 Sea View Road / Chaucer Street
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Clarence
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Closed.
Not visited.
Canal Street / Bridge Street
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Coronation A pleasant enough bar and a lounge side not visited in this large free standing building. LSTV.
Reported as closed in 2007.
Last visited 1999.
82 Linacre Lane / Fernhill Road
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Elm House A plain, clean and tidy two-sided pub with a nice ceramic exterior. Now closed.
Last visited 2004.
14 Derby Road / Campbell Street
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Hyper Bar
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This rather plastic friendly corridor bar is popular and pleasant.
Last visited December 2022.
320 Stanley Road / Ash Street
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Jawbone Tavern
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In 2003 I noted the decor had a maritime theme with ropes and lobster pots. That seems to have gone, and this one roomed "tardis", much bigger inside than the frontage suggests, now has pleasant plain decor.
Established 1802, this is Bootle's oldest public house, according to the menu.
Last visited January 2024.
Merton Road / Litherland Road
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JFK's Closed. This impressive free-standing pub building is now a day nursery.
Not visited.
Strand Road / Irlam Road
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Jollys
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A plain nicely done clean and tidy friendly boozer with two bars.
Last visited December 2022.
Stanley Road / Marsh Lane
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Kerries Bar
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Closed.
Not visited.
Regent Road / Miller's Bridge
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Kingies (King Dick's)
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This impressive 30s building was closed and the windows boarded up in February 2000, but I was pleased to report in 2003 that it had re-opened. Inside was a nicely done lounge and a bar side not visited. Also some tables in the front car park. LSTV.
Noted closed and boarded up in 2016.
Last visited 2003.
114 Litherland Road / Waterworks Street
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Knowsley Arms Closed and under demolition
Not visited.
Derby Road / William Henry Street
Laburnum "Blobber"
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This gem is splendid outside and in. The traditional layout features a bar at the front, and a large lounge and small back room served from hatches in the back of the servery, in a partition featuring stained glass, cut glass, and ceramic panels. Well cared for throughout although the tone is slightly lowered by numerous posters against drug taking, and a mop and bucket stacked in the corner. A small stage in the corner for live entertainment.
Noted closed and boarded up in 2019.
Last visited 2016.
92 Litherland Road / Laburnum Place
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Langton Castle Closed and demolished.
Not visited.
Regent Road
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Linacre This impressive free standing building contains a plain bar, a pool room and a comfortable lounge in the traditional layout with the lounge served from a hatch across the corridor. A splendid Higson's pub sign complete with Liver Bird is now mounted in the corridor.
Now closed.
Last visited 2004.
46 Linacre Lane / Litherland Road
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Lock and Quay (Little Merton)
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Hand pump
One knocked through room with fun decor and friendly people. Live music is important here.
Last visited May 2024.
Merton Road / Ashcroft Street
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Madigan's Lighthouse
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A large hall with nice fairly plain decor, very lively with a mixed clientele and a live band on a Friday night, and only slightly less busy on a Thursday. Late licence. I don't usually put music reviews in this guide, but the unpromisingly titled "Funky Monks" were excellent. A band who can follow a fine cover of James' Laid with Tom Jones' It's Not Unusual performed with equal aplomb are well worth seeking out!
Now closed.
Last visited 2004.
Knowsley Road / Scott Street
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Mayflower
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This plain, clean and tidy pub has apparently changed little since it was built in the sixties.
Sadly, now closed.
Last visited 2019.
Washington Parade
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Merton (Wetherspoon's Merton Inn)
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The Merton was an enormous knocked through one bar pub decorated with American memorabilia and aimed at a young clientele. LSTV and umpteen small ones. I re-visited on a Thursday evening in 2004 and they wanted to charge me 3 quid to get in.
Taken over by Wetherspoon's in 2009, it became a pleasantly decorated and popular member of the chain.
In 2016 it was sold by Wetherspoon's. It retained their style inside but without the food and range of real ales.
Closed and boarded up in 2024.
Last visited 2019.
Merton Road / Stanley Road
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Mons (Mons) (Hill Top)
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An enormous post-war roadhouse, one room with a very long bar, nicely decorated in traditional plastic pub style. When I visited the Hill Top on a Thursday evening the kids side was full of families dining.
More recently, refurbished and returned to its original name and concentrating on food including a carvery in one side, ale and bar snacks in the other.
The pub is said to be named after the take-off airfield of the bombers which made the land available for redevelopment.
Last visited January 2024.
Breeze Hill / Southport Road
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Muncaster Arms Hotel This impressive building with a fine coat of arms above the door contains a knocked through one room pub decorated nicely in modern style. There's a small dance floor and stage in one corner.
Now closed.
Last visited 2004.
102 Irlam Road / Atlas Road
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North Park Tavern
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This pleasant new (2021) micro-pub offers a good choice of craft beers.
Last visited December 2022.
Stanley Road / Hornby Road
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Pacific
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A large friendly nicely done clean and tidy pub knocked through into one high ceilinged room around the bar.
Last visited July 2023.
168 Linacre Road / Alpha Street
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PSD Sports Lounge (Qudos) (Riley's)
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Riley's: This enormous, extremely smoky, rather tatty pool and snooker hall in the former Bootle Odeon Cinema was, perhaps fittingly, pub number 666 in my researches when I visited it in 1999. Revisiting in 2004 I found it a lot less smoky but no less tatty, and no-one was playing pool at all. A sign outside said "genuine free house" but I can't see the point if they're only going to offer the bog-standard selection of beers.
PSD: In 2023 I found it very pleasant inside with plenty of people playing pool, snooker or darts - Hence the name.
Last visited July 2023.
Stanley Road / Malvern Road
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Q Sports Club Now closed.
Not visited.
Merton Road / Oriel Road
Queens
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A plain traditional friendly two-sided boozer, quiet early on a Saturday afternoon.
Last visited November 2023.
Knowsley Road / Gray Street
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Rubber Duck I'm told this is closed.
Not visited.
Strand Road / Arctic Road
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Salisbury "Solly"
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My visit in 2003 recorded a three-room pub full of friendly locals. It's been opened up somewhat since then creating a large open pleasant place. The decor is nicely done and understated and the peculiar bar-stools look comfortable.
Last visited November 2023.
Marsh Lane / Salisbury Road
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St George's Tavern
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A two-bar house, with a nicely done out lounge side much larger than expected. The bar side was shut. In 1998 I found a very unexpected and impressive choice of beers including Orkney Skullsplitter here but the hand pumps have since disappeared.
Now closed.
Last visited 2003.
Marsh Lane / Washington Parade
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Stanley Arms
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A nicely decorated and well cared for large knocked-round one bar pub.
Noted closed and boarded up in 2016.
Last visited 2014.
74 Litherland Road / Coral Street
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Stanley Bar
Not visited.
Stanley Road
Stanley Social Club The bar in this social club is plainly decorated, clean and tidy and rather pleasant. Lined glasses for a full pint.
Now closed.
Last visited 2004.
Under Bootle New Strand Station
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Star This plain one-room boozer is well kept, but was very noisy and smoky when I visited. The interior is well faked and looks surprisingly old considering it's in a 1960s shopping centre.
I believe this is now closed.
Last visited 2004.
New Strand, entrance next to Yates's
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Strand Tavern A pleasantly decorated one bar corner house with a nice stone flagged floor and a large dance floor. Noted closed in 2014.
Last visited 2003.
Litherland Road / Strand Road
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Sullivans
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This night club has a stone floor and rather nice decor. When I visited on a Thursday evening it was totally deserted. There's another bar on a mezzanine floor, called Mezz. Late licence.
Now closed.
Last visited 2004.
Merton Road / Stanley Road
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Talbot This popular nicely done pub has been knocked through to create one large room with an island bar. There's a raised dance floor area at one side. LSTV.
Now closed.
Last visited 2004.
Derby Road / Church Street
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Top Rope Brewery Taproom
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This brewery tap was only open once a month or so, offering a chance to sample their wonderful brews. Closed June 2024.
Last visited May 2024.
Lipton Close
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Walnut Tree Now closed.
Not visited.
Orrell Road / Cinder Lane
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Wharf Inn
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One bar knocked round in this busy friendly local, very nicely done out with restrained traditional decor, including a nice stone and wood floor. Noted closed in 2014.
Last visited 2004.
Irlam Road / Berry Street
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Wild Rose (Wetherspoon's Wild Rose)
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Very nice decor in this standard Wetherspoon's place which is smaller than most of their branches.
Wetherspoon closed this in December 2022, it has since re-opened.
Last visited December 2022.
Stanley Road / Vermont Way
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Wyndham (Clarence) (Renaghan's)
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This two-sided pub is pleasantly decorated and kept spotless. The beer is cheap and live entertainment is often provided - On my first visit late on a Sunday afternoon a young girl was singing her heart out to an audience of about ten people. There is a snooker room at the back.
Not visited since it became the Wyndham.
Observed closed and tinned up in 2016.
Last visited 2004.
Oriel Road / St. Edmond's Road
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