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The Philharmonic Pub

Hope Street, Liverpool, England
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Ranked #7 of 139 nightlife in Liverpool
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bar/ Clubs
Activities: Drinking
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Lancashire, England
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203 reviews 203 reviews
42 attraction reviews
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

Took some friends to the 'Phil' for a drink to show them how grand the interior design is. They were very impressed with the ornate plasterwork, mosaic floor, wood panelling and fireplace. The lady's also had a quick 'visit' to see the gents toilets. There is so much nostalgia, it should not be missed. The beer is good with a... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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65 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is a magnificent pub with amazing architecture. It may seem strange but it is well worth a look at the gents toilets. It feels as if you have stepped back in time. They do not overcharge you for drinks. I cannot comment on the food as we only stopped for a drink.

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318 reviews 318 reviews
96 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Well as pub goes this one is outstanding. Not only a pub but a bit of history. You will not be disappointed with plenty to see inside.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Its my favourite destination,in Liverpool. It has the only,grade one ,mens toilets in England,which can smell quite strong,in the Evening!(urinals,)but well worth a look! The food and Beer choice,is great,although the,Sausage,Black pudding and mash,(the Black Pudding,is in the sausage!)was a bit of a disappointment,to my foreign friends,it could not be tasted! Its situated,between,the two Cathedrals,and that makes it a must,for... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Stopped off for a look around. Decided to have a beer and a sandwich, both were Really good. It felt really special sitting in such surroundings. It give you a brief insight into the past. Well worth a visit and the bar staff that afternoon were really nice and helpful. Well done.

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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

First went to the Phil in 1970. Has not changed at all except they no longer do Walkers Bitter which was horrible. Met up with some old friends. On Friday evening after everyone else had left, I was standing outside the Phil having a smoke of a La Paz small cigar. There was a large metal ashtray at my feet.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Great evening out with friends for beers pre & post dinner. We sadly did not make reservations for dinner in the restaurant so we had to go elsewhere. I found the staff to be laid back but attentive and the beer choice very good.

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Bradford, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

For all of those who remember the pubs with stained glass and pine fittings, this pub must rank as the best one in the north, mid-way between the two cathedrals on Hope Street you will be taken back in time. (and it's not as expensive as some of the pubs in the centre)

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Thornham, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Not a great exterior, but it is the interior which is really impressive.The pub equivalent of a baroque church. Plenty of real ale as well. Didn't eat here, but it looks far more of a pub than a restaurant serving beer - long may it continue to be so.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We were completing a day of sightseeing on the red bus and decided to stop off here for lunch. We went upstairs to the restaurant and looked at the menu and there was some really yummy food to choose from. Things like burgers, pies, roasts, etc. I thought I would go for the roast lamb (shank) and my partner had... More

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