If there's one thing that most visitors to the Merseyside region
will always comment on - its the area's pubs and bars. The Merseyside
region and especially Liverpool is awash with them, with one on
almost every corner (so to speak).
Merseyside is, without a doubt, a bar hoppers paradise (ask any
ex-student!), so whether you're into club bars, bistros, Irish
pubs, theme bars, working men's clubs or you just prefer, well,
'normal' pubs, then Merseyside is definitely the place for you.
Its in Merseyside's pub and bars that you'll discover the 'real'
Merseyside, the 'alternative' Merseyside. In these pubs and bars
(especially the older ones), you'll find little pieces of history
everywhere, Whether it be John and
Paul's favourite drinking den to the pub where Nelson recruited
his crew, it is this side of Liverpool and Merseyside which is
almost always overlooked, but nethertheless is the most fun.
Dockside pubs tell of Liverpool's history as a port. These pubs
can be found by some of Liverpool's older areas, i.e. in and around
Dale Street, near China Town and on Waterloo Road.
The Baltic Fleet located near the Wapping Dock (see pic
left) is a perfect example of one of these pubs and is also a
joy to visit.
The more famous and historical pubs can be located in the Dale
Street area, Hope Street and near Duke Street. Examples include
pubs such as: Ye Cracke (Rice Street)and the Jacaranda
(Slater Street) are old Beatles haunts. Rigby's Hotel (Dale
Street) has a massive collection of old Nelson relics. And the
Poste House was where Napoleon used sink one or two between
Liverpool is also home to some of England's most beautiful Edwardian
style pubs. Classics include the Vines (or the Big House
as known to the locals) in Lime Street, the Philharmonic
(Hope Street) and the Crown. These pubs are truly magnificent
in architectural design and have great feel about them.
Bar culture has also thrived in the Merseyside region. Bars of
various types have popped up all over the region in recent years
as the peoples tastes have diversified. These tend to cater for
the younger customer, but more and more Americanised bars have
emerged which seem to attract young and old alike. A brief overview
of the city's bars can be viewed here