This is why I'll be going for a pint in this city centre pub this weekend

The Caledonia pub in Liverpool's Georgian Quarter
-Credit: (Image: Liverpool ECHO)


There cannot be many parts of the city with a higher concentration of great pubs than Liverpool's Georgian Quarter.

The Grapes, The Belvedere, Ye Cracke, The Philharmonic, Peter Kavanagh's, The Pilgrim, The Cambridge and The Blackburne Arms are all brilliant in their very own ways. Newcomers The White Hart and The Queen of Hope Street are also welcome additions.

Frankly, it is an area primed for a pub crawl. You have an abundance of historic pubs, all of which offer something distinctive and different.

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Among them is The Caledonia - yet another fine venue. A handsome, bohemian street corner pub situated at the junction of Catharine Street and Caledonia Street, it is exactly what you want from a city centre boozer. It is a compact and intimate space, welcoming for all, with a fine range of world beers and interesting local ales behind its bar. It's also known for its live music which is always a treat.

So it was disheartening to see the pub share a plea for help on its Instagram page on Thursday. The Caledonia said: “This is a bit of a humbling post to write but we really need your help. Times they are biting us at The Caledonia and it’s starting to get tricky to keep the old girl afloat.

“We were hoping we could ask you all a favour. If you’re out and about please could you pop by and say hi for a drink? Or maybe add us to your pub crawl. If you’re hungry could try our new menu? We’ve got loads of amazing, completely free, live music & events in our calendar, could add one to your schedule?"

The ECHO has frequently highlighted the impact of the cost of living crisis on our region's hospitality industry. We've seen a number of venues and breweries close so far this year - that can't go on. For me, supporting our pubs is vital. They are more than just businesses - they are the cornerstones of their communities, bringing people together to enjoy themselves.

The Caledonia is a wonderful space to lose a Saturday afternoon to, especially a drizzly one such as today. It is a true community pub - it is not backed by a chain. Losing it would be a travesty. If you have the money to spare, pop into The Caledonia for a pint this weekend. You won't regret it.

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