One reason to become a student at Liverpool University is that there are good pubs nearby.
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Be advised that opening times and choice can be reduced during holiday periods. To get to the University area walk up Mount Pleasant from by the Adelphi Hotel.
For those who need sustenance for the walk they may wish to stop at Rileys, on the right at the bottom of Mount Pleasant, The one beer on offer here was often a locale in the past, but recently it has been Thwaites Wainwright.
Walk up the hill past Hope Street (See Pub Walk number 2) and you will find on the right the Font, under student accommodation on Arrad Street. Two beers are usually available here from smaller breweries, often locales, but Purple Moose and Salopian are also regularly on tap here. This is also a good place to eat. There are plenty of games to play here.
Turn right onto Oxford Street and right again onto Mulberry Street. On the left, halfway down the street, is the Cambridge. This traditional pub has up to three ales from the Marstons group on tap. Lunchtime food is available.
Backtrack along Mulberry Street, turn left on Oxford Street and then right onto Mount Pleasant. Stay on the right hand side around the curve in the road and you will come to the Guild of Students. Here is the Sphinx, named due to the University's strong links with Egypt. Two ales are normally available, one of which could be the house beer brewed by Melwood Brewery. Good value food is available here also.
Turn right out of the Sphinx and right again and you will see the Augustus John. This is a must to visit if you like cider, having been the branch's Cider Pub of the Year several times. There are also up to five beers, a couple of which are normally locales. Note that this pub is usually closed at weekends, unless there is a big event on in the area. On weekdays this is a great place to conclude the walk.
From here you can walk down Brownlow Hill, or catch a bus outside the Metropolitan Cathedral Crypt Hall, the venue for the annual Liverpool Beer Festival.
PUB WALK number 2 - HOPE STREET
Uniquely flanked by two cathedrals and only a short walk away from the city centre, is Hope Street home to ten excellent pubs some of which are often overlooked.
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Hope Street is a short walk from the Lime Street area, or you can take any 75, 80 or 86 bus to Hardman Street alighting by the Flute.
The first pub on Hope Street is the newest, the Refinery, on the corner of Myrtle Street opposite the Philharmonic Hall. The pub is large enough for drinkers to be separated from eaters. There are usually three beers available from different local breweries. https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/409/refinery-liverpool
On the other side of Hope Street is the Philharmonic Dining Rooms, a pub that any visitor to Liverpool must seek out. Built at the turn of the 19th/20th centuries for the original Robert Cain brewery, this Grade II* listed building is an amazing building, inside and out. While admiring the building you can sup some of the eight beers usually on offer. The choice is such that there is usually a beer you have not tried before, or a beer you have enjoyed before. https://whatpub.com/pubs/MER/14/philharmonic-dining-rooms-liverpool
Next door to the Phil is Fredericks. This does not serve real ale and the craft beers on offer tend to come from the larger breweries, but usually one from Camden.
The next door again is Esperanza, a cellar bar, selling keg beer including again a beer from Camden, but brews from Liverpool Craft have also been seen here.
On the other side of the road is the Casa, famous for its Socialist history, being the place where many political meetings have been held over the years. It has always disappointed me that cask beer is not available here.
Further down the same side of the road, at number 23, is the Clove Hitch. This is primarily a restaurant, but there is a drinking area by the bar and there is pleasant garden area. Obviously, this is a good place for those who enjoy good food with good beer, but do not be discouraged from stopping just for a drink. Two cask beers, normally from local breweries, are served from the hand pumps and there is a good selection of craft keg beers.
Downstairs is the No. 23 Club where there are more keg taps and a large selection of bottled beers that are also available to take away.
The Pen Factory is next to the Everyman Theatre and is a popular venue for people just drinking and those who enjoy the small plate food as well. There are up to nine cask ales to choose from, all from smaller breweries, including a few locales. The venue has one large room, with numerous stools in the bar area good for those just wanting to drink. Should the weather be good there is a sheltered garden. Please note the Pen Factory is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
The Everyman Bistro, below the theatre has some handpumps, but they are not always in use. Should a beer be available, it is likely to be one from Liverpool Organic, or perhaps one of their swaps. The handpumps in the Street Cafe above, have yet to be plumbed in.
Should you still be in need of a further beer, you can walk around the corner, past the Liverpool Medical Institute, to the Font on Arrad Street. There are usually a couple of beers available, often from Purple Moose, or perhaps Salopian or a locale. This pub is the starting point for the University Pub Walk, that will be published sometime in the future.
There are a number of different ways in which you can explore the city centre pubs.
We are starting to compile a list of pub walks, the first is around the Georgian area.
Catharine Street Pub Walk comprises of 4 excellent pubs within easy walking distance of each other. The second is Hope Street Walk and has 10 pubs all close together. Other walks include the University Area.
We also have 5 locale pub walks for you to enjoy
If you prefer cider, we have a cider map available
You also also download a copy of our pub map. Hard copies can be found in local pubs.
More Pub walks will be added soon.
PUB WALK number 1 - CATHARINE STREET
Four excellent pubs are away from the city centre in the Georgian Quarter where the terraces in the area are regularly used for filming period dramas. Each one receives many of their cask beers directly from the breweries.
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Take any 75, 80 or 86 bus from outside the Blacklers Wetherspoon pub and alight at the Egerton Street stop at the end of Catherine Street.
Peter Kavannah's is just around the corner on Egerton Street and is one of Liverpool's classic pubs. The original pub has been extended over time into the next two houses. It was featured in the Spring edition of MerseyAle. Cellarman Arthur, as well as looking after the beers, will tell you the history of the pub if he is around. Rita has run the pub for many years, during which time the ownership has swapped between a few Pubcos.
You could take a bus one stop if you wished, there are plenty of them during the day. Otherwise, it is about a five minute walk back along Catharine Street to the Blackburne Pub and Eatery. As the name suggests, half the pub is an eatery, so you might wish to try the excellent food. The other half is normally for drinking. Four hand pulls dispense beer usually delivered directly from the breweries, so are often local. You may want to try them all before moving on.
Walk down Falkner Street and on the right is Sugnall Street. Here you will find the Belvedere. This small pub has a listed interior that saved it from conversion to another use a few years ago. Again there are normally four cask beers on tap here, usually including one from Liverpool Organic. There is limited seating in the bar room and there is a second room to sit in, plus outside tables should the weather be clement.
Retrace your steps and turn left back onto Catharine Street to find the fourth pub in the area, the Caledonia. This pub was under threat a couple of years ago, due to redevelopment in the area, but common sense prevailed and the developer realised such a pub would be an asset to their new tenants. The pub now has an ACV to help protect its future.
Here there are six hand pumps usually dispensing local beers and regional ciders. Live music is held here regularly, so you might wish to stay here.
From here you can either walk or catch a bus back into town. Alternatively, some may wish to continue with the Hope Street walk.