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  • Writer's pictureWill Lyons

The best pub crawl in Liverpool?

Updated: Sep 14

With around 250 pubs and bars in Liverpool City Centre, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to your next pub crawl.

But if you want to see the best of what Liverpool has to offer, then there's nowhere better than The Georgian Quarter.

Here are your 7 recommendations for a pub crawl that puts you at the heart of the city's history and guarantees a brilliant night filled with perfect pints.

The Bridewell

The Bridewell Pub, Liverpool. Exterior shot of the former police bridewell, listed building on Campbell Square. Imposing brick building.
Photo Credit - The Bridewell, Facebook

Walking into the Bridewell on Campbell Square is like stepping back in time.

Now a stunning pub, the beautiful Grade II listed building was originally a police 'bridewell' (hence the name) dating from the mid-19th century.

Run by much-loved Liverpool licensees Fiona and Dominic since 2019, the original Bridewell cells - where local seamen would be locked up after one too many - now make unique and cosy seating areas.

With a superb range of draught, cask & bottled beers, it's the perfect place to stop off for a pint and imagine what it must have been like when Charles Dickens was sworn in here as a special constable in 1860.

Tell your partner you're spending a night in the cells, and they'll have no idea you're at the Liverpool & Districts Pub of the Year 2022.

The Caledonia

Exterior of The Caledonia, Catharine Street, Liverpool
Photo credit, The Caledonia, Facebook

The Caledonia - or The Cali as it's known locally - is best known for its friendly atmosphere and fantastic community spirit.

Perched on the corner of Catharine Street, this dog-friendly boozer is where to head for a pre-theatre pint or to catch grassroots live music.

And the food is well worth a look, too. The Caledonia is entirely meat-free, offering vegan burgers, wings and loaded fries.

Which, of course, you'll want to wash down with a craft beer or real ale. Need a break from the booze? The Cali has got you covered with the city's most extensive range of alcohol-free beers.

Blackburne Arms

Exterior of The Blackburne Arms Hotel, Liverpool.
Photo Credit, Blackburne Arms Hotel, Facebook

One of the city's finest gastropubs, The Blackburne Arms is a gem in the heart of Liverpool's Georgian Quarter.

Licensees Stephen and Lina Sinclair have taken everything they learned working down south (Stephen honed his culinary skills under Marco Pierre White, no less) to turn the Blackburne into a Northern community pub with a difference.

Located on the corner of Catharine Street and Falkner Street, The Blackburne is where to head for great drinks and excellent pub grub.

If you need a lie down after all that food and drink, you can book into one of The Blackburne's fabulous boutique hotel rooms - each painstakingly designed by Lina herself.

Peter Kavanagh's

Exterior of Peter Kavanagh's Pub, Liverpool
Photo Credit, Peter Kavanagh's, Wiki Commons

Peter Kavanagh's is brilliantly bonkers. And I mean that in the nicest possible way.

When you walk through the doors, you'll notice that the interior hasn't been changed since it was fitted by eccentric inventor Peter Kavanagh in 1929.

With mosaic floors, stunning stained glass windows and original murals, PK's is as beautiful now as it was almost 100 years ago.

Choose a seat in the snug, bar or lounge and get stuck into local ales from Liverpool Craft and Organic Breweries for an authentic old-fashioned pub experience.

You'll be making friends with strangers in no time. PK's is that kind of place!

Ye Cracke

Exterior of Ye Cracke Pub, Liverpool
Photo Credit, Ye Cracke, Facebook

With its name coming from Old English, Ye Cracke is pronounced 'The Crack.' And it's certainly the place to be for a cracking night.

Originally known as the Ruthin Castle, Ye Cracke has a fascinating history, including a tiny snug known as 'The War Room', built to keep war veterans from boring other drinkers with tales from the battlefield.

It's also arguably the pub with the strongest claim to being a Beatles pub; the Craic was a regular haunt of John Lennon and his girlfriend Cynthia when they were at art school.

Unfussy and simple, Ye Cracke is best described as 'an honest pub' where you can enjoy the atmosphere and free-flowing conversation.

Make sure you check out the mural of Wellington greeting Marshall Blucher at the Battle of Waterloo. You'll find it in the lounge.

The Pilgrim

Close up of The Pilgrim signage, featuring theatre masks
Photo Credit, The Pilgrim, Facebook

Standing in the shadow of the Anglican Cathedral, The Pilgrim takes its name from a pirate ship with links to the Liverpool docks.

This subterranean pub was formerly an art gallery, paint-storage warehouse and chocolate factory.

And, as you enter through the seated courtyard and down the spiral staircase to find walls lined with Fab Four mirrors and 1950s penny jukeboxes, you'll notice that The Pilgrim does have a Willy Wonka vibe about it.

Fun, madcap and with some of the best value drinks in Liverpool, it's the ideal spot for a good old knees up.

The Monro

Exterior of The Monro, Liverpool, evening.

Yep, it's us. I couldn't put this list together without including your favourite place, could I?

We're situated in one of Liverpool's oldest buildings (we've been around since the time of George III) and, as you know, The Monro is a warm, welcoming public house with an authentic Greek kitchen, Ethos.

Step inside, pull up a pew by our open log fire and relax. The next stop on your pub crawl can wait.

Bonus boozer - The Philharmonic

Exterior of Grade I listed, Philharmonic Dining Rooms in Liverpool
Photo Credit, The Philharmonic Dining Rooms, Facebook

If you've still got it in you at the end of your epic pub crawl, then a visit to The Philharmonic Dining Rooms is recommended.

Built between 1898 and 1900 for legendary brewer Robert Cain, it's the most ornate pub in Britain and an architectural masterpiece.

From the stunning Art Nouveau outside to the Grade I listed gents toilets (rumour has it that they're valued at £1 million!) The Phil is Liverpool's Georgian Quarter at its most flamboyant.

But with an exquisite ever-changing selection of cask ales and a classic British Pub menu, it's not just a pretty face.

The Phil is the perfect pre and post-theatre pit-stop, as the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall is just over the road.


So what do you think? Is this the best pub crawl in Liverpool?

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