Another day, another varied selection of pubs in Liverpool, starting with a place I've never visited: This used to be Tom Hall's until it went bust last year, now it's Jurgen's Bierhaus:
Inside I found a large cellar bar in three rooms, decorated with lots of LFC memorabilia, and mostly painted in their colours.
Surprisingly quiet on a Saturday afternoon, just seven people in the large "boot room" where I sat to enjoy my Guinness. Live football on umpteen tellies, luckily silent, not Liverpool though. I wonder if it'll be busy in here for the derby tomorrow. Sadly I'll be 200 miles away by then.
Mercenary as always, I can't help wondering how much Herr Klopp gets paid to allow his name and picture to be used.
Next, just round the corner to a place I haven't visited since 2012, Ma Boyle's:
Quite busy with people drinking wine or cocktails, and eating - the menu looks tempting I must say.
Music at just the right volume plus happy chatter formed the soundtrack of this rather fine pub.
So, this place can go back on my list of Liverpool's hidden gems, although judging by the trade there's not much "hidden" about it.
Where next? Although not due for a tick, the Pig and Whistle's not far:
The tiny stage in the corner was equipped for a solo performer. I guess they also do Karaoke and a sign says "NO VALERIE, NO ANGELS, NO BARBIE GIRL, NO 500 MILES" That's a shame, with two of my favourites excluded. (It's left as an exercise for the reader to guess which two!) I've never sung Karaoke but one of those four is the one I'd probably choose if I was ever stupid/drunk enough to do so.
Pretty quiet in here, and by the time I'd finished my pint it was just me and the barmaid.
Finally, another Liverpool classic, not visited since 2014, the Carnarvon Castle:
A lively throng of Saturday afternoon shoppers came in and out and as soon as anyone vacated a table someone else wanted it. Sadly the ceramic frontage and the wonderful collection of dinky toys have long gone, but it's still a wonderful traditional boozer, long may it continue!
No music in here, just a hubub of cheerful scousers. When I was younger a pub where you had to stand up was fine, of course, but nowadays I need a seat! On the other hand, it's not often I'm the youngest person in the pub, but I may have been here!
I must say it's a little surprising here slap bang in the City Centre to find I've got no mobile signal. (I wanted to check my train home)
Pub of the day: Carnarvon Castle