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Type: Bar

2-4 Rainford Gardens
Liverpool, England, L2 6PT
United Kingdom

+44 (0)151 231 6861 | map

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Photo of JohnW
3.86/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Lovely small traditional pub just off WhiteChapel and Button Lane. Tiny bar and small cosy back rooms with lots of photos and painting's of the White Star Line liners, including the Titanic, and also sporting photographs from days gone by. Lively but friendly atmosphere.

Good beer selection (5 hand pulls) including beers from Bowland Brewery that you may not see anywhere else, plus some foreign beers too. Good service despite being busy and popular with locals.

Very tiny mens room (as mentioned below) but was clean at time of our visit!

Definately worth a visit when in Liverpool, though being very small, can be very busy and tricky to get a seat mid-day or in evening rush hours.

JohnW B'ham UK
Aug 2010

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Photo of benmiliron
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

We stumbled upon the White Star after leaving that awful "The Beatles played here, so pay 5 pounds for a Carlsburg" place around the corner. Kind of a refurbished old-style but new layout pub, the White Star has a good look to it. Lots of beers available, high brow to low, some Belgians, really good service. It is usually standing room only, but there's a lot of space between the booths and the bar, so you shouldn't be too cramped until it gets late I would expect.

One thing though, the bathroom here is one of the worst I have ever seen. They went with the 5 inch deep, full-wall-width urinal, and of course it serves just to splash back and there's piss everywhere. It's Mississippi truck stop nasty. Consider yourself warned.

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Photo of wl0307
3.86/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Visited the pub during my trip to the Manchester NWAF, late January 2006. After reading the previous fantastic reviews of the place, I'll be brief here.

The bright and neat tile on the outside says nothing about the nostalgic interior one's about to see. The main area at the front is centred around a big and old U-shaped bar. Tiled flooring, hanging lamps, lots and lots of photos and memorabilia about maritime history (related to the White Star Line I presume?). The clientele is basically local drinkers, both young and old, seeing no tourists (bar me) around... Yet almost all punters were enjoying two different sporting programmes on two huge TVs. Bowland ales seem to be the regulars here, on 4 handpumps upon my visit, plus two guest real ales (Bass and London Pride). All fresh, although Bowland ales don't seem to fascinate me that much. The service from the young barmaid is not a bit in the same league as some pretty but indifferent (to real ales) female barstaff at the JDWetherspoon's--she sure knows how to serve a good pint and retains a good spirit and all.

All in all, this is a straight-forward good local wrapped in an old-ish decor. Maybe it's not so strong on the quality and selection of its real ales, as compared to the other pub I visited that day, the Ship and Mitre, but this surely is a memorable and decent one in central Liverpool which I would've felt sorry to miss.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is another awesome Liverpool pub that is quite close to Stanley street, and Matthew street. The atmosphere is great. Fancy going on a magical pseudo-titanic boat ride, come to this ere' pub Macca. The quality of the ales is good, and they have a nice range of guest ales and draught bass seems to be on at all time as well. I had a Bowland brewery white star, that is brewed specifically for this establishment, it was damn nice, and they had quite a few other Bowland beers on the hand pumps as well. This place is very old, and very working class scouse. I chatted a few nice lads up in ere' and one of them even looked like a slightly pudgy Paul McCartney with the proper accent and all. Nice. Another pub that the beatles drank in apparantly, but they drank in every effin pub in Liverpool anyways! The leather back room and beatles corner is quite nice though, although I preferred the more quaint, and local front room. Service was fast, and typically good. An excellent, and very scouser friendly pub.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Named after the White Star Shipping Line, this is actually quite a small cramped affair. However, what this lacks in size, it *more* than makes up for in Quality.

Located in a side street that is a 2 minute walk from the Paradise St. Bus Station, just off Stanley Street. It’s quite easy to find on foot, you cannot fail to miss the absolutely stunning frontage. The ground floor is bedecked in hand crafted dark red ceramic tiles; with a hanging sign showing the White Stars most infamous Ship, the Titanic. A red flag also hangs outside with a White Star & the flags of Norway & the Czech Republic*.

Inside, WOW, am I actually on the Titanic? You could be forgiven for thinking so. A copper topped curved wooden bar fashioned from high quality carved dark woods. Standing on the original thick terracotta tiled floor – you can order a Draught Bass from the black Handpump, or any of the 4 Guest Beers from the white Ones. Don’t bother with the other Taps – they just serve fizz. The beers are ever changing & always on top form. I distinctly remember the Harviestoun Schiehallion I had here – so good, it’s a pseudo-regular guest beer.

Small & Historic, it is at least 130 years old, from a time when most Pubs were Working Class drinking environments that never admitted single Women due to the problems with Prostitution. This is reflected in the fact that it only installed a proper indoor Ladies Restrooms in late 1987, the absolute latest that UK Law would allow for it to remain open as a Public House. No warm food – who needs it when you have Cold Pork Pies & Brown Sauce for 50p (80cents) ?

Although it’s in the center of Liverpool, make no mistake, this is still thankfully a Locals Pub. A breathtaking original interior – pure Victoriana. The front room has many sporting pictures as well as those of famous Ships from the defunct White Star line (now Cunard). The back room has leather seats & a Beatles Corner, as well as a huge original Bass Mirror.

Come here, ‘gan’ with the local jovial Scousers about the first Beatles Album you ever bought, bask in a Pub that still has all of its original high quality fittings, look at the pictures of Liners from the glory days of the White Star line & drink from an excellent range of quality Cask beers.

*Twinned with “White Star” Bars in the Czech Republic & Norway.

Scousers are supposed to be a canny lot – don’t believe me? Just click on their Website to see how they use a Soccer Ball to ingeniously avoid the bi-annual floods in the Cellar!!

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White Star in Liverpool, GB2, United Kingdom
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