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user reviews of The Caledonia, Liverpool

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This is a pub that we don't visit often enough. Whilst only fairly small, there is always a nice atmosphere in here and there is generally a decent choice of real ales, with the added advantage of a real cider. Slater's 1 Hop, Republic Of Liverpool Northern Powerhouse, Melwood Dark Matter & Cross Bay Zenith were the 4 ales. Black Bart was the cider. One of Liverpool's best pubs, in my opinion.
blue_scrumpy - 6 Dec 2019 21:32
Old fashioned city pub with old fashioned crowd - ale was drinkable rather than good.
Snarling_Mallard - 26 May 2018 15:29
Saw a gig by the excellent Benji Kirkpatrick and the Excess the other night. Had a few pints on Derby stout which was on form. A good evening. Gents bog still stinky though! C'mon Laura, sort it out.
founddrunkinyourgarden - 17 Jul 2017 01:17
On the edge of the Georgian Quarter, this pub should benefit from the gentrification of the area. I was going to have only one pint but stayed for three. The Ship & Mitre Silhouette should cut down on my Guinness intake in future! When I was there (a Wednesday) there was a three-piece Cajun band, who reminded me how closely related that style is to Irish music. Also a cut above the one-man-and-his-guitar types around the Cavern Quarter. Strongly recommended.
16jamesdoc - 15 Apr 2017 12:53
5 ales on when I was in, including Prainger Danger which was very pleasant and priced at 3.40. Reasonably quiet on my visit, quite dimmly lit, gives it a bit of 'ambiance' I suppose, Christmas music on in the background as well. Okay but not  as busy as expected, no indication of any bands intending to play, may be it has an extra room for this, I didn't see anything though. Worth a vist.
Wezzielad - 17 Dec 2016 12:28
The Caledonia was much busier than on our last visit and was seemingly more popular on a Sunday evening than many city centre pubs. This was no doubt helped by a jazz band performing. Live music seems to be a feature on most days know and this is obviously a big draw for the large student crowd. The ales were Plassey New World Pale, Empire Mad Dogs and Englishmen & Burscough Hold Your Plums. Cider was Orchard Pig Explorer. There were also some craft beers. I tried the Tickety Brew Coffee Anise Porter, which was quite frankly awful - the first craft beer I have tried that was off, despite being served at a cold temperature. An unusual feature was a vending machine selling cans of 3 kinds of Heavy Industry beers. At £3.80 each, we decided not to partake. I'll give the pub the benefit of the doubt, despite the poor quality beer. This is still a pub I should probably visit more often.
blue_scrumpy - 25 Jan 2016 19:03
A quick visit the other week for a nice beer and a chill. Marred by the smelliest pub toilet I've visited for a while. Bleach is cheap so what's the excuse?
founddrunkinyourgarden - 28 Jul 2015 13:18
I like to come in this Authentic Liverpool pub on Sunday night to listen to good live music. Very nice real ales selection. Congrats to the Landlady for all the job she does.
Jey - 23 Sep 2014 12:44
Glad to see the Caledonia manage to stave away the threat of closure. Made a return visit here on Saturday. To be honest, the jury is still out on this pub for me. Only 2 ales were on when we arrived. Although a 3rd was added shortly after. In addition, they had Rosies Triple D Cider. Will get here again, if still open in the next couple of years. But I'm still to be convinced that it's worth the effort getting here.
blue_scrumpy - 26 Nov 2013 21:57
Owners have withdrawn their notice to quit although Landlady Laura still thinks her tenure is unsure. Moves are afoot to have the pub listed as an Asset of Community Value which may help it to stay open.
founddrunkinyourgarden - 30 May 2013 17:32
About to close according to a story on the Liverpool Echo website today.

wirraldrinker - 25 Apr 2013 16:35
Drank pints of Peerless "Jinja Ninja" whilst listening to the Blind Monk Trio jazz band.... Nice!!

A cracking, chilled establishment well woth a revisit.
founddrunkinyourgarden - 27 Jun 2012 16:59
Like the other reviews, definitely a different pub these days, but does maintain its charm and personality! In the afternoons its a nice quiet pub to read the paper and enjoy the food on offer (tasty, good portion sizes and a simple but varied menu, love the moroccan meatballs). We often go on Fridays for the jazz (although not as you know it!) every other week and alternate Sundays for amazing bluegrass and fun with Loose Moose String Band. But fear not the live music is always carefully selected in here (no rubbish!) and is not every night anyway and is well advertised. The real best bits of the Caledonia are the warm welcome and excellently kept, frequently changing real ales. WISH this was my local, as my only complaint is its not near enough my house!
tillybean - 29 Mar 2012 08:28
Quite a nice little pub. A group of us usually end up here on Tuesday after going to a university society. As the other reviews say, the pub has improved a lot under the new management and the ales are good and seem to rotate often enough to keep us interested.
SeanP - 20 Mar 2012 16:21
Four handpumps, wide selection of breweries and good cheap pub food. Made a disgrace of myself while listening to a long set by Marley Chingus (one of the regular Jazz bands) recently but will be going again. Yet another pub for the Catherine Street - Hardman Street crawl, might need to be a 2-night affair at this rate.
paul_ove_walldner - 17 Jan 2012 15:30
This pub has improved beyond measure since the change of management c 18 months ago. The beer choices are normally unusual ones for Liverpool and the staff will look familiar to anyone who is a regular "town drinker" as they have all worked in some of the most popular hostelries around. Although the place can be very quiet at times it pays to get there early on the regular music nights, as the pub gets VERY full. Live music has been such a success at the Cali that the local CAMRA Branch gave an award for it at its most recent "Oscars Night".
pintofplum - 29 Dec 2011 15:22
Just like the Belvedere around the corner, this place was empty on our arrival yesterday lunchtime. The barmaid was busy making sandwiches for a later party. 4 real ales were on - Bateman's Willy's Crown Jewels, Blakemere Summit Special, Liverpool Organic Josephine Butler and Timothy Taylor Golden Best. The cream walls create a warm and welcoming drinking environment, and I would suggest that a recent makeover has given the pub a new lease of life. There is a piano in the corner and regular live music is advertised, which undoubtedly appeals to the local student population. The gents have some very green tiles! I'd never visited here before, but have a feeling we may return at some point.
blue_scrumpy - 8 May 2011 13:12
This pub is becoming an important hub on the local music scene as well as being a great place to go for a pint. The Caledonia has really changed in the last few years and is now high on my list of regular haunts. I would recommend combinibg a visit with any of the regular music nights that are put on. Always a good atmosphere and lots of great ales!
chickennchips - 17 Apr 2011 23:02
This pub has gone through so many different owners and managers in my years in Liverpool that I thought it would never become a staple to my drinking circuit.

It has improved so much under the current management. They have a good choice of ales, lagers, cider and softies for those who wish a non alcoholic drink. The staff are incredibly friendly to any visitor, live and diverse music is available on a regular basis, and they show sports when it's called for without taking away from the nature of the pub.

It has not only become a staple to my drinking circuit, it is now my first port of call and often I'll just stay there all night. Compared to other pubs in the immediate area, it has bags of character and a soul you wish to experience again and again. I would highly recommend it has a must see pub for first time visitors to the city, and to anyone looking for somewhere new to add to their list of regular pubs.
Mazzini - 11 Apr 2011 15:10
Much improved inder new management. Good beer, great music. 'nuff said!
SirLanesalot - 7 Apr 2011 17:18
Probably now the most improved pub in Liverpool. After being closed down a few years ago it had a few different people running it who let the wrong sort in. This has all changed with the new landlady, who has attracted the right kind of clientel, through good management and good beers. Best of all are the brilliant live music nights notably the jazz every Friday and bluegrass every other Sunday. Please dismiss any previous negative comments, this is now a fantastic little boozer.
punkypete - 7 Apr 2011 16:48
I remember this pub when it had a bizzarrer 1990s makeover into a internet cafe / greasy-spoon / laundrette / pub, so local students hardly needed to leave the place!

It's been left as an open plan pub, but the old washing machines with goldfish inside have sadly gone :-)

What's been added is tasteful decor, a small range of decent cask beers, a friendly welcome, and a small stage for some truly fantastic live music (regular jazz & bluegrass - check Facebook page for details).

It's a great addition to the city.
mic_mac - 20 Mar 2011 09:52
Ignore all previous comments. New licencee has picked the pub up by the scruff of the neck and brought it back to life. Four handpumps, one of which Timothy Taylor best bitter is a regular, and all of a high standard. Very friendly barstaff, free Wi-access. An excellent pub to relax in or on a week-end night boogie on down to live jazz or blue grass.
DNADAVE - 9 Mar 2011 15:18
Had been closed, but now up and running again under new management.

Just finding its feet as people get to know it's there, but it has a good selection of ale on four handpumps, as well as a quiz machine and a TV for sports (not in use at the minute).

Worth a visit.
Northern_Ale_Monkey - 5 Aug 2010 13:44
Oldboots nailed it - I go to The Caledonia pre gig at The Phil - as its usually empty - not long to wait to get served - unlike other places closer to The Phil.

The beers / lagers are fine - but would not pass a real ale afficianados scrutiny - the juke box is great - and that barman needs to vay his diet...
adge1956 - 11 Oct 2009 12:13
An interesting old exterior which is not reflected on the inside. Two rooms have been knocked into one with a slight attempt at designer style. A basic drinking den near the university, normal range of kegs, unused handpump and bottles. Bench seating round the sides of the front area and tables and chairs in the rear. A very big screen showing a music channel takes up a lot of the back wall. There is a raised area at the back possibly used for live music, there were posters for Free Rock & Roll on the wall. Probably very studenty in term time but just a few chavs and an Harold Ramp type in when I was there. I also interupted the barmanís teatime kebab.

oldboots - 5 Sep 2009 13:28

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