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I could pretty much copy my last review from August 2017. We came here after the Ship & Mitre and the Dead Crafty Beer Company. Ales were a similar choice too - Brains The Rev James, Stamps Rum Porter, Phoenix Rip-Rap, Big Bog Hinky Punk, Black Edge US Pale & Liverpool Brewing Bier Head. The cider is still Black Dragon. Reasonably busy as ever, without having the feel of being too overcrowded.
blue_scrumpy - 3 Dec 2018 19:19
Yet another pub in this area that feels like a step back in time, a really homely place and with a mixed clientele on my visit. Incredibly cheap food too. Ale quality variable though.
JonNgog - 12 Jan 2018 14:09
Paid a quick visit to the Vernon on Thursday evening after equally swift visits to the Ship & Mitre and the Dead Crafty Brewing Company. I still like the Vernon as a pub and it has a reasonable selection of ales, in addition to Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon cider. But sometimes the quality of what is on offer can be a little suspect. Ales on during our Thursday visit were Brains The Rev James, Liverpool Organic Johnny Handsome, Stamps Gitane Zarah''s Rum Porter, Coach House Blonde & Cross Bay Nightfall. Still a decent pub in a good area of Liverpool for pubs.
blue_scrumpy - 19 Aug 2017 10:40
I wonder how long this traditional delight will survive gentrification. This is a gastropub but not as we know it, with meals at less than £5. About 5 handpumps with at least 3 of them brewed locally. Just because the floor doesn't seem to be level doesn't mean you're not under the influence anyway; it is in line with Vernon Street outside. Enjoy while it lasts!
16jamesdoc - 15 Apr 2017 13:02
Really excellent, friendly pub with a large range of mainly local ales.
reynedd - 25 Feb 2017 01:03
Two rooms in this pub, the bar area with a bit of seating and then the restaurant part.
Quite a few ales on and a few of those were from Local breweries.  I had a pint of the Rev James as I have never had it before and at 2.90 seems quite well priced and it was well kept (i didn't really rate the taste of the beer though).  The barman was quite friendly when I came in and the pub was quite tidy.  There is a presence of CCTV in the pub though but I wouldn't say this should put anyone off.  Is it a proper pub?  It is a disputable issue, worth a visit either way
Wezzielad - 14 Dec 2016 21:47
The Vernon was one of 6 pubs visited yesterday in Liverpool. Still a fairly reliable place that does an interesting selection of ales. Yesterday, there was Black Edge Zinc, Stamps Penny Black, Cottage Sticky Wicket, Brains The Rev James, Coastal Summer Bloom & Sandiway Hop Schism. My Penny Black was nice enough. But a few in our party questioned the quality of their choices. Cider is still Black Dragon. But I note the Rum Porter is now longer a permanent ale. Scottish football was being shown on the TVs in both rooms. Probably in my favourite 7 or 8 pubs in Liverpool. But there are better.
blue_scrumpy - 14 Aug 2016 10:41
Good basic drinker's pub with a good range of ales at good prices. Unfortunately my pint of porter was not in good condition.
baxterfish - 4 Aug 2016 20:34
Hadn't been in the Vernon for a few months. So I decided to return yesterday. It's the same dependable range of ales in a pub with a touch of character. Whilst you'll get a far better selection of ales in the Ship & Mitre just down the road, the Vernon is a pub where you're more likely to find a table. Ales on yesterday were Boggart Rum Porter, Cheshire Brew Brothers Cheshire Gold, Liverpool Craft Fox Cub, Blakemere Summer Breeze & Deep Dark Secret & Brains The Rev James. Cider is still Black Dragon. Still one of my 5 favourite pubs in Liverpool.
blue_scrumpy - 25 May 2015 19:47
No flash stuff, just honest beers served by nice people.
A decent selection of grub to go with your pint and not expensive.
Worth dropping in to try at least a couple of jars.
Essex_Bear - 29 Apr 2015 15:26
A great pub, excellent well kept real ales. Great for an after work pint.
Bigjenno - 14 Sep 2014 18:08
After a swift half in the Ship & Mitre, I continued along Dale Street to the Vernon. This is still a reliable two room pub, with as people have said, a sloping floor. The front bar is generally busy, especially when there is a football match showing on the big screen. There are also TVs in the room at the rear. But you can generally find a table here. Beers on during my Saturday evening visit were Coastal Del's Delight, Lancaster Lemon Grass, Hart Experiment Ale, Brains The Rev James & Boggart Rum Porter. The cider is Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon. I regularly pop in here for a half of Rum Porter and/or Black Dragon. My only criticism is that they will serve people out of turn at the bar.
blue_scrumpy - 5 Mar 2014 20:22
We walked through the centre of Liverpool and arrived at this incredible sloping pub. The landlady immediately offered to take a photo of us even before we'd ordered our drinks. We settled for a pint of Reverend James and a pint of Liverpool Organic. We had a long conversation with the landlord about all and sundry. After ordering a couple of pints more, we set off to see the Western Approaches Museum just around the corner and which is well worth a visit.
shouldersarms - 25 Oct 2013 07:41
A friendly old-fashioned boozer with a good selection of north-western beers, especially the Beartown Bearly Spring. Maybe it was my imagination after the beer but it has an unusual sloping floor! When I was in, a certain non-Merseyside Premiership team was playing in the Europa Cup, so not much interest from the locals but the barmaid kindly tilted the screen to give me a good view.
16jamesdoc - 29 Apr 2013 21:52
After the Dispensary and the Ship & Mitre, I staggered into the Vernon on Saturday evening. The Ship still has a better range of beers. But you can always rely on the Vernon to have a decent selection itself and unlike the Ship & Mitre, you can generally find a seat. Beers on were Boggart Rum Porter, Peerless Triple Blond & Whiteout, Liverpool Organic Johnny Handsome, Sandstone Onyx & Brains The Rev James. Cider as always was Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon. Consistently good and worth its place in any Liverpool crawl.
blue_scrumpy - 14 Jan 2013 20:57
A basic 2 room corner pub. Good selection of ales which are well kept. Their down side is the numerous large tv screens.
covman45 - 28 Oct 2012 12:14
Definately a worthy candidate for the Dale Street Pub Crawl. Normally a good selection of ales available in two bars (main and rear). The footy is shown here and in fairness its not a bad place to watch it, the barstaff are quick and friendly and you should be ok for a table/seat if you get in handy enough.
Scousefire - 17 Jul 2012 17:02
Now a very regular haunt of mine (too regualar in fact!).

Always a good choice of ales, staff are excellant, they show the footy but it doesn't get as "in-your-face" as some other pubs.

It can get busy in here but not as rammed as Rigbys and the Ship & Mitre often get.

You can't come to Dale Street and not go to the Vernon Arms. But shhh, don't tell everyone!
mattbeer - 5 Apr 2012 02:00
Great pub, until the staff turned the music so high, you have to scream to your mates! Went to the Lion.
NorwegianFlyer - 17 Jan 2012 19:01
Good pub thankfully saved from the bulldozer. Well worth a vist
founddrunkinyourgarden - 18 Jul 2011 17:35
Now this really is a find. Don't let the slope put you off though. I've squandered many hours in bars but never in one where the barmaid gets smaller as she passes along the bar.Real spit and sawdust feel and the staff friendly and helpful. I had two pints of one of the several on offer and they were gone within minutes.I'll be back in a couple of months to carry on where I left off
shouldersarms - 27 Apr 2011 17:30
This pub has come along nicely since re-opening a couple of years ago. We visited again yesterday after a brief stop in the newly opened Bier Keller across the road. The Vernon now appears much more popular since my last review. The front bar is regularly busy, as it was yesterday with people watching FA Cup football on the big screen. The rear bar is generally a quieter retreat. 6 real ales were on, in addition to a real cider. York Centurion's Ghost Ale & First Light, Boggart Rum Porter, Cottage HST, Phoenix Wobbly Bob & Brains Reverend James were the ales. Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon was the cider. With the likes of Rigbys, the Lion Tavern and the Ship & Mitre all nearby, this is a great area for a crawl and the Vernon should definitely be included.
blue_scrumpy - 17 Apr 2011 10:38
Terrific Pub. One of the best pints in Liverpool if not the best.
I sampled their menu with my missus, 2 Rump Steaks with all the trimming for 7.00!!! It was great as well.
Lovely Staff, Great Ale.
anonymous - 17 Feb 2011 15:37
In here last night and usually come here when in Liverpool. Had the Rev James on (delicious) and 5 others. Great pub, very unpretensious.
kernott1 - 23 Dec 2010 14:52
A favourite on the odd occassion I get to Liverpool. Good, clean unpretentious boozer with separate room to the back. Excellent range of cask beers : 6 on tap. Tried Villain from Denton and Liverpool Organic - both in good form, but a little chilly. I imagine this pub has changed little over the years beyond a lick of paint and opening out the front room, which has a "tap room" feel. It's stripped down to basics : wood screen by entrance, iron columns, floor boards and moulded plaster ceiling. Behind the bar there's a nice set of display shelves with a fearsome looking stuffed mammal of indeterminate type resplendent on the top. Could be a badger - definitely not roadkill.
ulverstoned - 5 Oct 2010 20:55
They are trying of that there is no doubt but I think they may do better to stick to getting one or two ales spot on rather than do so many when the custom just doesn't seem to be there.
Snarling_Mallard - 27 Sep 2010 20:45
Pleasant and friendly corner pub. Nicely kept beer - I think there were about 6 beers on of which our group tried 4 - all enjoyable. Well worth a visit.
chick - 8 Mar 2010 16:26
Visited on a Saturday evening to watch the football, (as recommended by someone in the Ship & Mitre down the road). About four hand pumps on including a Rum Porter from Boggart brewery. Friendly staff, nice decor (part trendy bar / part posh old house) and good beer.
JonnyWhitefield - 20 Jan 2010 20:59
A welcome edition to the Dale Street crawl. 6 handpumps including one of my favourites - Reverand James as well as Fruli Strawberry Beer. Traditional decor with a bar at the front leading to a lounge at the rear which is quite cosy with red velvet seats & large mirrors.
happytyskie - 11 Nov 2009 19:08
Last stop on Friday's initial exploration of Liverpool's boozers. Quirky sort of place, with a sloping main bar (a bit disconcerting after a few) and great big pillars. Place continues with a room out the back. Stand-up drinking predominates in the front bit, where there is plenty of space, and that's fine by me. Yet another place in Liverpool for decent and less frequently encountered beer. Good mix of customers (a group of five blokes in black leather jackets, roll-tops and thick glasses, were straight out of Shoreditch central casting) and efficient staff. A bit pissed by this time, I found enormous interest in the huge map of Liverpool's docks on the wall under the TV screen......

Well worth a visit
barlick - 2 Nov 2009 10:38
Nice little pub on Dale Street. Six real ales were served - George Wright Dream, Reverend James, Allgates Summer Gold, Boggart Rum Porter, Liverpool Organic Shipwreck Organic IPA and Sandstone Buxom Barmaid. I was disappointed to see the lack of real cider. Although the barman did say they had 2 in the cellar waiting to come on. Instead they were trying to sell the ales that were nearing their best before date. Football is shown on the big screen, as well as a on a couple of smaller TVs. Would give this another go.
blue_scrumpy - 19 Oct 2009 17:45
For anyone relying on the map to find this pub the post code is wrong and therefore its map position comes out wrong. The Vernon is on the corner of Dale St and Vernon St and the Post Code is L2 2HJ. Still an excellent pub although the service was a bit off last week when I called in.
oldboots - 12 Oct 2009 10:02
Called in here for the first time on Sunday as I had been made aware it was now open again. oldboots has described the interior well, so I wont add anything except to say that the big screen was showing Utd vs City which seemed strange as Everton were also playing. We ate here, the food is basic but very good value for large portions. 2 steak baguettes with crisps & salad + one portion of chips (enormous) for 7.80. There are 6 handpumps with Brains Rev James being a permanent and the others are changing guests. I had a couple of pints of the Betwixt Sunlight as Id had the other beers on the bar previously. Its a good pub, well definitely be calling again.
ROBCamra - 22 Sep 2009 16:08
Have been here several times since it re-opened (in February?)

Always a decent selection of ales on offer and I've never had a bad pint. Could do with more advertising because customers were scarce each time I visited.

Anyway - the crawl between Dr Duncans, Ship & Mitre, Lion Tavern and Rigby's has finally been filled with the Vernon Arms!
mattbeer - 28 Aug 2009 19:51
Great to see the Vernon opena again. It looks very well and on my visit had an interesting choice of real ales from independent brewers. The two I tried were very good and well-kept. Well worth a visit.
wobblybob - 27 Aug 2009 09:10
Classic Liverpool pub of the plainer Victorian variety thankfully reopened after a long period in limbo and gently refurbished. Two rooms, a large front bar that may have had a small snug at the front at one time and a small lounge without a counter but looking bigger due to all the wall mirrors. Between the two is an unused encrusta tiled entrance and the toilets. The main bar has a sloping floor, not quite as steep as I remember and certainly not like the Globe, a classy ceiling and a classically styled barback. There is a big pulldown screen for the sport which attracts a big crowd on match nights. The etched windows appear to date from a 1980s existence under the Liverpool Brewing Co, anyone know more about this? Six pumps arranged along the counter selling well kept beers from micros and smaller regionals, Reverend James, Henry's IPA (a long way from Devizes), Betwixt Sunlight, Trappers Hat, and a special brewed for the pub by Wapping. Euros from Hoegaarden, and Fruli with Becks, Worthington Smooth, Stella, Carling, Guinness and Strongbow providing something for everyone. A broad spectrum of customer ages and types, tourists, locals, workers and layabouts.

oldboots - 22 Aug 2009 11:11
I went in here last night with a bunch of mates. A lively pub but being just outside of the touristy city centre there were no young drinkers.
5 real ales available. I had a couple of pints of Wirral's Betwixt Brewing Co. 'Sunlight', a light summer ale. It was very nice.
I'll visit again.

wirraldrinker - 26 Jul 2009 12:39
This former GBG regular shut its doors in 2004 and looked to be lost forever but happily reopened earlier this year to complement the already impressive Dale Street real ale scene. It's a basic corner boozer with two rooms, a large, opened-out bar room at the front and a cosier room at the back. These are separated by a corridor with some original tiling on the walls. The bar room is unusual because of it's uneven floor and warehouse-style pillars that prop up the ceiling. 6 real ales available, most from local microbreweries such as Betwixt and Liverpool and several from further afield. Tried the local ones which were decent. Really glad it's reopened and custom seemed to be picking up. Well worth a visit if you've done the rest, or just on any visit to Dale Street.
Carlurmston - 8 Jun 2009 13:22

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