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Type: Bar, Eatery

36 Hope Street
Liverpool, England, L1 9BX
United Kingdom

+44 (0)151 707 2837 | map

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by ReluctantScooper:
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3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

It's a tourist's wet dream. Stained glass? Check. High ceilings? Check. Pewter / settles / fancy tiles to pee up? Check, check, check. But the Phil is about more than architecture; the beer quality has improved since Nicholson's took over and I love the number of nooks and crannies. To go hide in the semi-secret bar around the back. To sit right by the bar, opposite the front door, and still feel like you're in the half-shadows.

It's a great people-watching pub. But that opulence comes at a price; beer and food seems to be a few points north of other places. Worth it just to go pee on the posh porcelain, though.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

While the Philharmonic can get crowded, or at least busy, and is also quite touristy and slightly pricey, it certainly remains a "must-see" as it's "Famous for being one of the most lavish and ornate pubs in the country" according to their own web site. The rooms are nice, the decor fabulous to look at, and apparently the massive marble urinals in the men's room are a thing - twice now I've found women in there, or asking for men to wait so they can look in and get a quick peek. Enjoy what you can see, because it can be hard to get around in when it's busy (try looking at the mosaic beneath the bar when it's two or three deep!) - or try to get there midday when it's not as busy. But let's forget about all that, in addition to "something to look at" they've got beer! 8 casks on hand-pump! And they happen to be mostly beers you won't find close by, which gives you greater variety if you're "crawling" around. Of course they've got the regular stuff as well, just in case you've never had a Stella Artois, Kronenbourg, or Heineken - seriously though, they might have something you've never had, which could be nice. I cannot speak for the food, but here are some examples: Soup of the Day £4.75, Fish & Chips £12, burger or veggie burger £9.50, Macaroni & Cheese £8.95, Beef, Ale & Mushroom Pie £11.75. The only other thing that I'll add is that it's right up the street from the Fly In The Loaf, Roscoe Head, and Dispensary and makes a perfect pub crawl of just a few blocks.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Elleyo9
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of JohnW
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Easy 15 minute walk from Lime Street Station, and only 5 minute walk from the RC Metropolitan Cathedral which is at junction of Mount Pleasant and Hope Street.

Impressive exterior, and even more remarkable interior which is amazing. Has to be seen to be believed! Central Bar area, semi circle, with 8 hand pulls plus the usual lager and Guiness taps. Two Cains beers plus 5 guest beers were on at time of our visit and the four beers we tried were all good and fair price for city centre and location.

Several rooms off the central bar area, the Grand Lounge being the largest and most impressive, with comfortable leather sofa's, chairs and variety of tables for 2 to 6 people.

Daily menu of reasonably priced food, and what we had was good, and fair value.

This is - as others have said - a MUST visit when in Liverpool, and within easy reach of Lime Street Station, and an easy circular tour of the Cathedrals and other famous Liverpool pubs, south of the Station.

The Liverpool/Merseyside Camra group Web site has maps and guides to the pub scene in Liverpool, see www.merseycamra.org.uk

B'ham UK May 2009

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

My daughter went to University in Liverpool, so I got to know the pubs fairly well. This wonderful place is just fantastic, the decor is original and so opulent it takes your breath away.

When I took a bus load of CAMRA members on a Liverpulian pub crawl, this is where I started and finished the trip.

If it is quiet and you ask, your wife can pop into the Gents toilet and have a look round, trust me, she will love it!

Anyone who loves life, Real Ale and is visiting Liverpool must walk up to the Phili.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

The Philharmonic Dining Rooms, or "The Phil, as Lennon called it, is an experience, not just a pub. Located by the Philharmonic Hall and Liverpool University in a beautiful part of "scouser land" this place is a historical landmark that was designed, as mentioned, by Walter Thomas.

The atmosphere is amazing. High ceilings, huge chandeliers, old fireplaces, multiple rooms all with class, elegance, and decadence. Beautiful victorian furniture in pristine condition, and just oh-so-much more. Your really cant describe it all in words, you just have to sit back and take it in. Oh, and the marble toilet, what a sight. I almost felt bad pissing in here!

The beer range was not the best, but 2 or 3 local cask beers were on offer when we came here for a mid-afternoon brunch/lunch. I settled into a couple of pints of OHanlons Firefly. The ale was of a high quality and was delivered to me very fresh off of the hand-pump.

The food here was absolutely amazing. I had some fresh tomato soup, which whilst simple was the best bowl of Tomato soup i've had in my entire life. The bangers and mash here is a real treat as well with a selection of 3 local sausages, fresh onions, awesome gravy, and quality mash. 5 star dining if you ask me, and considering that you are eating a fine meal, and drinking some fresh cask ale in a great Victorian setting, the prices are unreal. Very, very reasonable let me tell ya!

Service was also insanely good. Our server was quick to fill up our glasses, bring our food, and ask us if we needed anything. He always had a smile on his face, and seemed very pleased with the big ole' tip we gave him. Really, one of the best servers I have ever had while out dining.

Simply unmatchable in atmosphere, food quality, service, and price.

I don't want to come off harsh, but if you don't come here for a pint and a leisurely meal whilst in liverpool you are a fool!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

The Philharmonic Dining Rooms, the Philharmonic, or the ‘Phili’ is probably Liverpool’s best known Pub. Designed by Walter Thomas, it opened in 1898 & stands opposite the Philharmonic Hall.

The 'Phil' appears in Liverpool Pub Guides on the virtue of its quite stunning Architecture. The beer quality is good, but it always takes 2nd place to the Pub. So I’ll spare the beer description until last, because a visit here means that you may well spend an inordinate amount of time before you order, or even finish your first pint, as you marvel at the luxurious splendor of the interior fittings in this museum like edifice to the imbibing of the greatest fermentable fluid on Earth.

The exterior is a marvel, castled turrets, large bay windows, including an oriel & massive balustrades. Legend has it that the interior of the 'Phil' was crafted by the same tradesman that fitted out many of the famous Liners that left the nearby shipyards, including the Titanic. Either way, the exterior & interior of the 'Phil' is something to worship, an ode to the long gone days of quality workmanship. Under the granite archway & through the Art Nouveau black/gold wrought gates, there are many rooms. A large horse-shoe shaped bar area with 3 other rooms at the back (called the Brahms, Liszt & Grand Room). Inside you are greeted by stunning mosaic floors, dark wood-paneled walls, Art Deco lighting & engraved Copper décor. The Gents toilets is an orange colored Marble Palace that has to be seen to be believed – so much so, expect to see women in here taking Photographs – I kid not !!

The Beer range includes Cain’s Bitter; often the Mild is on sale. In addition, usually at least one Guest beers is on offer.

Sitting here marveling at the gorgeous opulent architecture, drinking a Cain’s Bitter & people watching, this is just an experience that belies descriptive words. The native language of Liverpool known as “Scouse” can be hard to fathom for some foreigners, so learning “A pinta dat der Kaynes” will get you a Cask Beer with no worries.

John Lennon once famously complained that the price of fame meant "not being able to go to the Phil for a drink". Although I am still aspiring to spend several days in bed with an oriental woman, thankfully, I have very little chance of becoming as famous as Lennon, so I always manage a quiet pint in here whenever I can, & always when in Liverpool.

This is probably the very best late-Victorian Gin Palace in the North of England.

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Philharmonic in Liverpool, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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