Pub crawl in one of Liverpool's most picturesque areas

Drinkers inside Peter Kavanagh's on Egerton Street
-Credit: (Image: James Maloney/Liverpool Echo)

The Georgian Quarter is one of the most picturesque areas of Liverpool.

The city centre district is renowned for its stunning townhouses, two cathedrals and exquisite restaurants. Exact boundaries of the area vary, but in my mind it's roughly a square shape bordered by Roscoe Street, Hardman Street, Grove Street and Upper Parliament Street.

Within that, in my opinion, are the best pubs the city has to offer. A good pub has to be cosy but exciting, the type of place where you can sit for hours with your mates and put the world to rights and leave with a renewed lust for life.

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There are plenty of other great pubs and bars in the city centre of course, but some of those closer to Concert Square and Mathew Street can feel a bit too hectic on busier nights.

The first venue I’d go to is The Philharmonic Dining Rooms on the corner of Hardman Street and Hope Street. Step through the incredible gates and you’ll find it easy to grab a drink at the circular bar. It feels spacious but due to the number of rooms, you still feel as though you can have a drink in peace.

Its interior design is spectacular too, with elaborate carvings and stained glass windows The main reason I’d go here first however is the food. The Phil serves all the pub classics, which will give you the energy you need before embarking on several hours of drinking.

The Queen of Hope Street opposite should be your next stop. It only opened last year, but takes inspiration from the 19th-century gin palaces, with brewery memorabilia and period antiques.

The Philharmonic Dining Rooms on Hope Street
The Philharmonic Dining Rooms on Hope Street -Credit:Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo

It's huge inside, with 150 seated customers and a further 250 standing capacity. On offer are 17 beers and ales on draught, including a rotating selection of eight cask ales.

It shows live sport on the big TVs as well. If that’s not your thing, you can pass the time by playing some of the board games on offer such as Jenga and Connect Four.

The Casa should also be looked at. Standing for the The Community Advice Service Association, it was founded by Liverpool dockers who went on strike during the 1990s. Adorning the walls of the bar are the names of those from Merseyside who went to Spain to fight fascism during the Spanish Civil War. It's the beating heart of much of the city's politics, with many trade union branches and activist groups holding their meetings there.

The Casa on Hope Street
The Casa on Hope Street -Credit:Liverpool Echo

The next trip is also on Hope Street - sort of. The White Hart will definitely impress anyone who’s not been there before. Much like the Queen of Hope Street, The White Hart only opened recently but it feels as though it’s been there for over a century.

It’s got wooden floorboards and roaring fireplaces. You can watch the football if you want, but it’s shown in one of the rooms upstairs, so it doesn’t need to be a distraction.

But what makes The White Hart impressive is that it’s two pubs in one. Take a walk through the beer garden and you’ll end up in The Engineer, the front door of which is on nearby Arrad Street. It's owned by the same people, and you can take drinks between the two freely, but it’s got more of a grunge, steampunk vibe.

There’s a nice area by the bar but if you’re lucky you might be able to grab a seat inside one of the small rooms with your mates, either on the ground floor or the mezzanine level.

As the evening draws on, Ye Cracke should be your next option. It’s pronounced The Crack and is located on Rice Street, just off Hope Street, which can be easily missed when you’re taking in the delights of the Georgian Quarter.

The Crack really is an old school pub. It was where John Lennon hung out during his formative years and he was known to drink with Cynthia Powell, who he would later marry. I don’t know if it’s just a placebo, but a good pint of Guinness on a cold evening tastes very special here.

Ye Cracke on Rice Street
Ye Cracke on Rice Street -Credit:Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo

The Grapes on Roscoe Street should be next on your list. It’s often called ‘The Little Grapes’ to avoid confusion with a pub of the same name on Mathew Street.

It’s not the biggest pub, but that doesn’t matter. There’s a great selection of drinks on offer, and I often opt for one of the European beers on offer.

It’s got a truly great mix of people, from students learning about what the city has to offer to middle-aged Scousers who’ve seen it all before.

It often becomes so busy on a weekend that it spills out onto the street, leaving you to enjoy a drink within the greenery of the many plants outside.

My final stop would be Peter Kavanagh’s. Much like The Crack, it’s a pub you could easily miss, found amongst the elegant terraces of Egerton Street. But once it catches your eye, with its period lamps and red frames around the windows.

The walls are adorned with all sorts of trinkets and other items, including bikes, old radios, musical instruments and even containers filled with the ashes of former punters in the snug room.

It also boasts a fine selection of beer and plenty of great spots to drink in - with stained glass windows and snugs with wooden benches the highlights.

I put this last because it always seems to be open latest on a weeknight and it's on my way home. But you might want to swap this with The Grapes on a weekend, which is open until 3am..

The most compelling argument to go for a pub crawl around the Georgian Quarter is there’s still so many pubs I haven’t mentioned yet. The Blackburne Arms, The Pilgrim, Arts Bar and The Florist are all popular drinking spots around here too. You’ll never be short of a pub in one of Liverpool’s best districts.

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