Ye Cracke (Free) | Liverpool, Merseyside
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Ye Cracke (Free)
Exceptional based on 12 ratings
Type: Bar

13 Rice Street
Liverpool, Merseyside England L1 9BB [ print map ]
0151 709 4171

Hours: Mo-Th 1200-2330, Fr & Sa 1200-0030, Su 1200-2300

Mayor: Cunningham (3) | Taps: 10 |

Ye Cracke (Free)

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12 reviews for Ye Cracke (Free)
 Ambiance  83%
 Service  78%
 Selection  67%
 Food  80%
 Value  77%
 Overall  79%
 Rating  80%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
migajos  (68) Warsaw, Poland | May 2, 2014
Cosy, classic English pub. It’s a bit hidden from the crowd of a main street. The service is very nice and helpful. Mostly real ales. will be back when in Liverpool again.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton  (574) London, England | March 22, 2014
A classic back-street boozer. From the outside it looked like this place was shut down. But inside I found a lively, albeit gritty, low-ceilinged affair. The place is well beaten in (the staff and the fixtures) but everyone seemed in good spirits and the beers were good. Mostly traditional style beers on cask. Solid value. Lots of I retesting ephemera and memorabilia on the walls. Diverse clientele. I loved the low-key, salt-of-the-earth vibe of this place. I would recommend a visit.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
Beersiveknown  (71) , Northern Ireland | November 15, 2013
characterful old pub with juke box with old boy singing along. 4 cask ales on, golden ales and bitters..not the most inspiring. Friendly service and clientčle though
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
Rune  (370) Tromsř, Norway | April 18, 2013
One of many excellent pubs in the Georgian Quarter of town. We got a warm welcome when we arrived on a Tuesday afternoon in April. People at the pub were celebrating the passing away of a former prime minister in Britain. A freehouse just off Hope St offering a range of six cask ales, mostly from regional breweries. A rather cozy place with a few interesting Beatles memorabilia as John Lennon used to drink here in the late 1950s. Elvis and Pogues from a jukebox, otherwise music free (visited, 09.04.2013).
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Cunningham  (331) Halden, Norway | December 21, 2012| Updated August 3, 2013
This is a lovely small cousy pub close to The City centre. But not that many tourists find this little gem. Good beer selection, both on tap and bottles. Lovely patio!
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Brugmansia  (380) Jylland, Denmark | November 28, 2012
Visited in januar 2012 on our pre-winter-ale-pubcrawl.. Small old pub, very cosy place. Good selection of beers, served well conditioned. Staff very friendly :-) Think this pub is a must visit one, if in Liverpool, because of the history of all the famous people that had been by to have a pint or 2...
lada66  (134) Savonlinna, Finland | September 25, 2012
A very cozy place with interesting history to have real ales nowadays (2012).
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock  (308) , England | March 29, 2012
Ye Cracke is not just a pub, it is a Liverpool institution, strangely, few Liverpudlians know it exists. Those that do, don’t shout about it, prefering the local, friendly ambience which prevails, without hoards of visitors filling the place. So me writting this and informing the world, will not go down well, if they were to find out! Rice Street, is short, dirty, poorly lit and difficult to find. It is however, only about 200 metres from the Philharmonic. Ye Crake is short, dirty, poorly lit and difficult to find, just like the street it is on. You enter by climbing a couple of steps, the bar is on your left, straight on is a bare backroom drinking area. The beer choices vary each visit, plenty of Real Ales and some fizzy stuff too, Wobbly Bob is always on draught and must be tried. The War Room is more like a small, old British Railway Waiting Room, but it is where I always sit when at Ye Cracke, it is the most intimate area they have. The main drinking areas are futher into the pub, but they can’t be called cosy! Locals and students (with a few beerhunters) are the normal customers of this one-off pub. A complete contrast to the nearby Philharmonic, but it is a great little place and you will be made most welcome, as long as there are not a bus load of you. Now serving six real ales and full English and Vegetarian breakfasts. I have also just learnt that in June 1960, art students Rod Murray, Bill Harry, Stuart Sutcliffe and John Lennon, met here and set up a group called the ’Merseybeat’.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
chriso  (368) London, England | August 24, 2011
Visited in June 2011. Another Liverpool institution located in the “Georgian Quarter”. Another Victorian place with oodles of character and a slightly scruffy feel. It was always a rather “alternative” haunt back in the 70s, popular with students and invariably packed. It was my local back in the 70s. Apparently it was John Lennon’s local at one time too. Not at the same time, obviously. Sadly there were very few customers when I visited late on a Tuesday evening, probably not helped by the fact that all the students had left for the summer, so it was difficult to get a handle on the present day vibe. Half a dozen beers on offer with plenty of interest.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Boudicca  (657) London, England | August 2, 2011| Updated September 13, 2011
Ye Cracke is on a steep side street just down from the university and “Paddy’s wigwam”. It’s entered up steps and through the small public bar where, late on a quiet Tuesday evening, the friendly staff appeared rather surprised to see more customers coming in. There were just a few locals chatting around the bar to the backdrop of party music playing on the juke box and the maze of other rooms was quite deserted. No doubt it’s different during term time as it seems very much like a student pub. In the largest room, which is furthest from the door, there’s a bare wooden floor, benches and stools around sticky tables unadorned by beer mats, an interesting collection of fine sketches of old Liverpool streets and pump clips displayed on the plate shelf. In pride of place, under a “drugs – zero tolerance” sign, is a huge mirror etched with a circular plaque commemorating “John Lennon’s other band – The Dissenters (which never played a note)”. The Dissenters were four friends - John Lennon, Stuart Sutcliffe, Bill Harry and Rod Murray – who attended the Hope Street Art College round the corner and apparently used to hang out at Ye Cracke in the 1950s. In other parts of the pub there’s a mix of artwork, including some Gauginesque paintings near the ladies loo, and posters. One was advertising The Beaters duo, which was due to perform live here the following Thursday; another was promoting the scouse which would be served at a forthcoming charity beard shaving event for a children’s hospice. There was a reasonable choice of beers. We had Liverpool Organic Brewery’s Johnny Handsome and Cherry Bomb. I wasn’t sure where the latter was from but my resident walking beer encyclopaedia now tells me it’s from Wem in Shrewsbury. (Visited 7 June 2011).

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