Fairly close to the Chinatown area, if you’re heading here from Lime Street Station you’ll see the entrance to this around about the point where you need to turn into Knight Street to reach The Grapes. It’s not that far up the hill either so you should see its hanging sign. It’s not the largest pub in the world with a bar area that comes up to the buildings perimeter on two sides, strutting out so much it gets close to both side walls and there’s not a lot of room for manoeuvre here, especially if there is a group standing at the bar. There are slightly larger seating areas in what’s left of the space in two areas at the extremities of the bar, but it will not take too long for them to fill up on a popular night. It’s all wooden in design and furniture, but has more of a feel of a Bohemian music pub than a traditional drinking joint, however the drink selection is very worthy. There’s two rows of hand pumps on different parts of the bar backed up by some worthwhile keg and bottled ales - all of which have a local or regional microbrewery focus.
Corner pub with a solid cask range. Nice relaxing place to enjoy a pint. There’s not a whole lot of seating but fine if you don’t mind propping up at the bar. Good option with so many worthwhile pubs in the area.
Small 1.5-room boozer (a charming if slightly tatty loungelet in the back) with nine real ales available. Ok, only six were available on my visit but it was match day to be fair. The likes of Salopian, Oakham and Deeply Vale breweries are available. The beer is incredible and the beer list well thought out. Good service, a bit cliquey but not enough to bother me. Straddles the divide between arty and old-fashioned. A pub for old men and young men on the fast track to oldmanhood.
Great spot, a highlight in Liverpool. They have a solid range of cask ales including locals. They also had some local stuff in bottle. Laid-back atmosphere, friendly service, average value. Pretty convenient. A must-visit.