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Clubs & Pubs
the odd spot club The Odd Spot Club - The Beatles only played the Odd Spot club twice, on the 22nd of March and the 11th of August 1962. However, the first occasion is worth a mention. They had just won the Merseybeat Poll and were preparing to fly to Hamburg the following month for a seven week season. Epstein had now taken full control and he was eager to have some photographs taken of the new image. The old leather gear had gone and had bee replace by taylor made suits, white shirts and dark ties. Alan Swerdlow, an amateur photographer and friend of Brian, accompanied the band a took twenty four black and white shots showing the Beatles, still eighteen months away from national Beatlemania, but looked just as they would when that phenomenon exploded. It is now a coffee place like Starbucks or Cafe Nero

 The Empress Pub- Ringo Starr's 'local' was certainly that, just twenty yards fromthe empress pub his front door in adjoining Admiral Grove. It is also supposedly where Ringo's mum worked. (not positive though) When in 1970, Ringo released his first solo album Sentimental Journey, he immortalized The Empress by putting a photograph of it on the front cover.

ye cracke free houseye cracke sign The local pub around the corner  from the Art College and occasionally mature looking schoolboys from the Liverpool Institute. "Black Velvets" would be sunk by John, Stuart Sutcliffe and their other student cronies in boisterous lunchtime drinking sessions. One of John's and Stu's art teachers Arthur Ballard would have his students go over to the pub to help loosen up their minds etc. However, our John Lennon and Stu Sutcliffe, didn't always come back with the rest of the group.  His romance with fellow art student Cynthia also bloomed there The most known conversation with John and Cynthia was when he asked to take her out to a College party. Her response was she was engaged, and his snapped response was "Well I didn't ask you to fucking marry me!"

 The Philharmonic Club - One of the most interesting public houses and shares the same name as the Philharmonic Hall directly opposite (home of the world renowned Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra). It was a favorite of John's. When the Beatles made it famous he was asked what it was that he didn't like about being so famouse and his answer was "not being able to go to the "Phil." The pub is also known for it's exquisite marble urinals and the que of women wanting to use the men's toilet rather than the women's.

The Blue Angel - One Tuesday morning, 10 May 1960, half a dozen of Liverpool's top bands arrived at the Wyvern Social Club to audition for leading impresario Larry Parnes, who was looking for a backing group for his brightest star Billy Furry. This was the only occasion that the Beatles played the Wyvern/Blue Angel, although they used the club to relax after Cavern gigs during 1961, and 1962. On a more personal note those who do go to Liverpool be super sure to check this place out because not only do they have a great down stairs dance floor and drinks, they also have for Monday nights a pint of beer is only 70p instead of the usual pound fifty or what ever. 


The White Star - Just across the
road from the Grapes, and famous for its draught Bass, this would have been an alternative watering hole for thirsty members of the group.

The Grapes - Because of the Cavern's Policy of selling only soft drinks, most of the musicians including the The Beatles, made their way to the Grapes for something a bit stronger. Even today, famous people from the Merseybeat era can be seen and heard in the Grapes, re-living past glories. Some have even reported seeing George or Paul in at one point or another. This is truly another great place to get nostalgic, but also a great place to get some good food, and cheap. Their fish and chips is excellent and goes well with a half rum and coke! 

The Jacaranda Club - Owned by Allen Willams 'The Jac' as a coffee bar in 1958, basing it loosely on "The Two I's in London, where Tommy Steele had been discovered two years earlier. During the day, John, Paul, George and Stuart drank coffee and ate bacon butties. At night they played amateurish rock'n'roll in the basement for 1.00 each. So short of money where they, that Willams managed to persuade them to paint murals on the walls and even clean the ladies' toilets for a few pounds. These miruals had been boarded over I guess when it went under new management, but were found when the boards were taken down in near perfect condition.


The Casbah Club - In August of 1959, a new club was open in the quite village suburb of West Durby. It was run solely for teenagers by the owner, Mrs. Mona Best, and her eldest son Peter. A friend of John Lennon's Ken Browne, introduced him to the Bests, and the Quarrymen were asked to play the opening night at the new club (named 'The Casbah', after Charles Boyer's hiding place in the 1938 film Algiers ). In 1999 the Casbah Club was reopened, just in time for the annual week long Beatles Festival near Bank holiday in August.
for more information go to http://www.casbahcoffeeclub.com/

The Cavern Club opened its doors for the first time on January 16th 1957. Initially it was a jazz club which was gradually infiltrated by skiffle groups, followed by blues bands and eventually Beat groups, playing a brand of rock n' roll which became known as Merseybeat. Between 1961 and 1963 The Beatles made almost 300 appearances. From 1963 through till 1973, many of the great names of popular music appeared at the Club. The Club closed in March 1973 and didn't open its doors again until 1984. It was during this period that the myths surrounding the Cavern began to take shape. Rebuilt and remodeled, the club re-opened in April 1984. It was not until the 1990's that the Club once again became a live music venue.  The Cavern celebrated its 40th birthday in 1997 although for many cynics it could not replace the original. This cynicism came to an abrupt end on 14th December 1999, when Paul McCartney performed his last gig of the century on the Cavern stage, giving the Club his personal endorsement and the world the recognition it truly deserves; living up to it's title 'The Most Famous Club In The World'. On 16th January 1997, the Cavern Club celebrated it's 40th anniversary by throwing a huge party and unveiling the "Wall of Fame". Click the logo to discover how the occasion was commemorated." (Copyright 2000, Cavern City Tours Ltd. All rights reserved.)

For more information surrounding the Cavern, and the other things it's a part of go their web site at http://www.cavern-liverpool.co.uk/

While I was in London for the semester abroad for school I had heard about that there was going to be a listening party for Paul McCartney's new Driving Rain album at the Cavern. I thought ooh that would be a cool thing to go to while I'm in England.  So I went and had a great time I was hoping that Paul would show up like he did for the Run Devil Run album, but he didn't none the less it was still a splendid time.


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