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Roscoe Arms, Liverpool

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After a visit to the ever-reliable Grapes, we decided to finish in this newly re-opened pub. As the Roscoe Arms, this place was nothing out of the ordinary and I must have walked past it hundreds of times. As the Butterfly & Grasshopper, it is now something very much out of the ordinary. The interior has been nicely done out. Whilst there is a focus on attracting a more upmarket clientele, there are still a couple of real ales. These were Sharp's Atlantic & Laine's Doubloon. Cocktails and sprits seem to be a mainstay though. We were the only customers. The 3 members of staff outnumbered the 2 of us. On heading up the stairs, one of the owners politely informed me that I was a grasshopper. All became apparent at the top of the stairs.
blue_scrumpy - 6 Dec 2019 21:44
Yes, you - and the snarling lady - are a hoot in the Head!

If you could both wait a few years - before telling us again, that a pub posted as closed, is still not a pub anymore - it'd be appreciated by many.

Happy Xmas.
tradervic - 3 Dec 2019 13:05
I’ll stick with the Roscoe Head up the road thanks. Drinkable beer, unpretentious, and people laughing and talking to each other rather than counting the customers to relieve the boredom.
JonNgog - 3 Dec 2019 12:38
Get out more Nog - Wetherspoons was new, 40 years ago. With no - pool tables, dart boards, music, sitting at the bar etc.

The B&G type outlet is the future now. Forget about old beer guides and real ales; have a few cocktails and some brightness in your life.

And some fun - in the strategically located beer garden, for example...
tradervic - 3 Dec 2019 07:46
But definitely suitable for posing, pouting yuppies based on my visit the other night. Still, at least it makes a change from sitting in Wetherspoons all day.
JonNgog - 2 Dec 2019 19:35
The Butterfly and The Grasshopper - recently opened after an extensive renovation and refurbishment - is what a modern eating and drinking venue should be like.

Innovative in every way. Design, decor, atmosphere and character - all unique. Over three floors - the ground floor is a traditional pub; the second opens out to a magnificent beer garden.

Cocktails, great food and beer - and excellent food. Well worth a visit, if you can get in. Though not suitable for Camra flat-cappers or traditionalists!
tradervic - 2 Dec 2019 09:37
The Mallard was quite right in declaring it 'not pub-like' - it's more of a wine/gin/upmarket restaurant now. Still not really a huge loss as it was always somewhere I walked past in favour of much better places.
JonNgog - 30 Nov 2019 13:13
On the contrary, this pub will soon be renamed The Butterfly and Grasshopper - after the ongoing 11 week refurbishment, costing £750,000.
randolf7 - 10 Sep 2019 07:48
Was always an also ran kind of place but it is presently undergoing some kind of conversion into something not looking pub-like.
Snarling_Mallard - 9 Sep 2019 20:34
I am surprised no one has said anythimg about this place, considering that there are a few reviews on the two bars down the road (Liffey and The Blarney Stone (Renshaws on this site)). This place is a long room, with a bar in the middle and steps down to some seats and then in tbe opposite direction, an extra part of the room which feels a bit more secluded (you could even argue this is a room in itself). There were two ales on the bar, Doom bar and Sharps Atlantic. I tried Doom bar for 2.95 and it was okay but there was definitely something wrong with it, I have never worked in a bar but I would assume they had left the barrell on for too long. The locals in there were friendly enough and the lass behind the bar was friendly and had to deal with some disgruntled customers (mostly complaining about the price of John Smiths, which was probably fair enough). A statue of Elvis in the corner was quite interesting. An okay place but I would probably stick to keg beer if I was to ever return.
Wezzielad - 21 Jan 2017 10:38

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