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Traditional Pubs in Liverpool

Liverpool’s isn’t only famous for The Beatles, world-class football, radical culture and stunning cathedrals. Our traditional pubs are places of worship as well. Here’s a selection that should be on everyone’s to-do list.

Start the journey on Roscoe Street at The Roscoe Head. Step into four small cosy rooms inside this traditional CAMRA-endorsed pub, one of the only five UK pubs to appear in every edition of the Camra Good Beer Guide since it was first published in 1974. Tiled floors and a hardwood bar only add to the friendly charm and atmosphere of the pub, named after William Roscoe, 18th Century scouse historian, poet and anti-slavery campaigner. The quality of the traditional pubs in Liverpool only continues at The Dispensary on Renshaw Street. Another owner of a CAMRA accolade as a former CAMRA Merseyside ‘Pub of the Year’ and it feels just like your favourite local! Etched glass, great cask ales and anda famous warm Liverpool welcome.

Down in the Baltic Triangle, which you can find out more about in our neighbourhoods section, is the Baltic Fleet on 33a Wapping.  This bow-shaped, panelled pub is Grade II-listed and since the 1850s it has served visitors from land and sea. It’s home to its own microbrewery, a wood-burning stove, nautical odds and ends and a top menu. There’s a rumour locally that smugglers’ tunnels exist between the pub and the docks.

On Sugnall Street is where you’ll find the Belvedere Arms, a one-time John Lennon favourite when he studied just across the road. It’s well worth a visit to grab a spot by one of the two original fire places and warm your cockles with the Belvedere’s speciality Liverpool Gin and Tonics. The music posters that adorn the walls here reflect Liverpool’s creative side.

There’s even a great traditional pub on the doorstep of Lime Street Station, so you can head there as soon as you arrive in Liverpool. Doctor Duncan’s on St John’s Lane boasts intricate woodwork, gleaming tiled walls, leather booths and envious high ceilings that all together make this ale-centric hostelry a gorgeous drinking experience. It’s the perfect Hello or Goodbye to Liverpool’s loveliness.

Other city favourites include Fly in the Loaf of Hardman Street, Peter Kavanagh’s on Egerton Street and The Philharmonic on Hope Street, home of legendary men’s toilets. You’ll just have to visit to find out! 

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  1. Add The Wheatsheaf Inn Raby to your Itinerary

    The Wheatsheaf Inn Raby

    Wirral

    A thatched cottage specialising in cask ale. Serving pub food at lunchtimes and a la carte at night. It is probably the oldest public house in Wirral. In summer there is a beautiful beer garden and bistro patio area for alfresco eating and drinking.

  2. Add The Old Bank to your Itinerary

    The Old Bank

    City

    Historically a fully functioning national bank, it's now restored back to life as a vibrant drinking establishment and eatery, right in the heart of Liverpool.

  3. Add The Bridewell to your Itinerary

    The Bridewell

    City

    The Bridewell is an old Victorian lock up originally used to house over-excited seamen and dockers!

  4. Add Doctor Duncan's to your Itinerary

    Doctor Duncan's

    City

    Now, in honour of its namesake, Doctor Duncan's houses an authentic Victorian pharmacy cabinet. Known for our Cask Marque approved Real Ales and great food.

  5. Add Head of Steam Liverpool to your Itinerary

    Head of Steam Liverpool

    City

    A Large pub located on Hanover street in the heart of the city center, specialising in Beer including Craft, Cask and world Beers. 50 + Tables including booths, large tables and cosy snugs giving the perfect setting to enjoy our food and drinks.

  6. Add Abbey Road Bar and Kitchen to your Itinerary

    Abbey Road Bar and Kitchen

    Merseyside

    Abbey Road Bar and Kitchen is situated in the Cavern Quarter on Harrington Street, a stone’s throw from the famous Mathew Street. This is a family run, independent business and sister venue to Harrison’s Bar just around the corner on North John…

  7. Add Lady of Mann to your Itinerary

    Lady of Mann

    Liverpool

    Named after the eponymous Manx ferry, the recently refurbished Lady of Mann is located on Liverpool’s Dale Street in the historic Thomas Rigby’s buildings.

  8. Add Ma Boyle's Alehouse & Eatery to your Itinerary

    Ma Boyle's Alehouse & Eatery

    City

    This Historic pub dates back to 1870, originating firstly as a coffee shop, later as an oyster bar and now as Ma Boyle's Alehouse and Eatery. It served the professional traders who dealt fine goods and later established itself as a haunt for the…

  9. Add Punch Tarmeys Liverpool to your Itinerary

    Punch Tarmeys Liverpool

    City

    Punch Tarmey’s Liverpool has launched in what is one of the biggest Irish pubs in the industry.

  10. Add Harrisons Aparthotel, Bar & Kitchen to your Itinerary

    Harrisons Aparthotel, Bar & Kitchen

    Merseyside

    Harrison's is a small independent, family-run business with a big heart situated on the corner of Victoria Street and North John Street which is just a stone’s throw from the famous Mathew Street. They provide a range of fresh, home-cooked…

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