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In fact despite being more than 3,300 miles apart, huge swathes of Liverpool often doubles for New York in Hollywood films due to the similarities between our respective architecture.
One of New York’s most famous streets, Wall Street, contains eight blocks; not dissimilar to the number of streets in a part of Liverpool’s business district that contains a different, yet still historic, beverage-led buzz compared with the financial focus of its stateside counterpart.
We’re talking about the newly named ‘Beer Quarter’. Donned by local publicans and situated off Dale Street it has a long history as a neighbourhood too. It was first mentioned in a deed of 1328, in the reign of Edward III.
Back in the day, it consisted of dwellings with gardens in the rear. Gradually these plots became used for other purposes and provided the structure for Liverpool’s business district layout in the early 18th century running along Dale Street.
If you speak with punters in the know in many local boozers nearby, “the streets leading off it were the real building blocks of the area and the city.”
As landlady Fiona Hornsby of The Denbigh Castle remarked: “They were lined with numerous coaching houses and inns for the many travelers coming in and out of Liverpool on business.”
Fast forward a few hundred years, and there are still many character-filled pubs in the area lending much to the city’s heritage.
Given the enchanting nature of the good humour and tales shared in these houses of high repute, there’s a strength of community that might be regarded as somewhat old-fashioned in other parts of the UK. And almost certainly in parts of New York too.
But not in Liverpool. Liverpool thrives on community. It’s in its DNA…handy, given how the pandemic and working from home has challenged footfall in the area.
Now a group of like-minded landlords and landladies have got together to stage a celebration weekend later this month to serve as a toast and awareness campaign to both Merseysiders and the city’s many visitors alike.
Fiona continued: “We’re acutely aware of the dismal headlines about 70% of pubs potentially falling this winter. Our ambition and focus is to retain all of our pubs in this great city of ours and especially in this area because what would Liverpool be like without them. It’s almost unimaginable looking back over our three decades of experience in the industry.
“We thought that collaborating together and establishing a Beer Quarter* would reaffirm the area’s canny ability to provide the kind of quality entertainment that is unique to the great British pub, albeit with a Scouse twist.”
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