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Ma Boyle's, Liverpool Central, Liverpool

Tower Gardens
Liverpool
L3 1LG

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Jon B left this review about Ma Boyle's

busy with the suited and booted brigade, fancies itself as a continental style backstreet café bar I think. and it's a pretty nice relaxed place with good service although rebadged ale is a pet hate of mine, especially when it's clearly a bland mass market product.

On 30th August 2018 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about Ma Boyle's

This styles itself as a restarant and alehouse, which is fair enough as they do a full meal service, but although in literal terms the two real ales they had on qualified it as an alehouse, I would normally expect an alehouse to have a better selection. The two they had on were Portobello Star and Ma Boyle’s Mrs Livelihood. I was told that the latter is their own ale but the girl had no idea who brewed it. The food contained many pub grub favourites such as fish & chips (£9), steak & ale pie (£8.75), bangers & mash (£8), and burgers (£9).

This bar/restaurant is tucked away behind Our Lady and St Nicholas’ church. It’s completely modern inside, with little of interest that I noted. As you enter you go down a few steps to the bar area, and then back up a few steps on the left to what is effectively the dining area. There are a few tables and chairs outside with a nice setting next to the church gardens.

You don’t go to this bar for a genuine pub experience, but it was handily placed near our hotel for a bite to eat one evening, and did at least have a couple of ales on.

On 8th July 2018 - rating: 6
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ROB Camra left this review about Ma Boyles Oyster Bar

A rather poorer visit for us than the previous reviewers. There are 3 handpumps on the bar, but only one was on. This turned out to be a rebadged Tetleys which was just about average. We went and sat in the raised area facing the bar and were promptly joined by a group of 4 blokes who were loud and very, very sweary. The barmaid didn't know anything about the CAMRA discount that Liverpool CAMRA said that they did either. We drank up and left. Not good on this occasion.

On 1st April 2018 - rating: 4
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Ma Boyles Oyster Bar

A respectable establishment with three handpumps, which were all in use on my past couple of visits. The staff are also friendly and helpful and take an interest in cask beer. On this particular visit, they had Robinsons Borjeuros, Titanic Ale Over and Upham Golden Field. I went for the Robinsons Borjeuros, which was a refreshing citrus and zesty golden ale.
The layout consists of the bar over on the right as you step down into the pub. The bar counter is white marble, which is also used under the window to make a drinking shelf for vertical drinking. The ceilings are also an added feature as they are finished with embossed patterned copper sheeting.
The larger room on the left hand side was finished with traditional style wallpaper and brown leather booths. This pub is always worth a look in, especially when they have Rock the Boat Brewery beer on pump from Little Crosby. They have Jazz on Thursdays and roast dinners on Sundays.

On 2nd July 2016 - rating: 8
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Al Bundy left this review about Ma Boyles Oyster Bar

Now refurbished and much cleaner. 3 real ales available and seating available outside. The room to your left as you enter now has fully openable windows and the TV has been removed for now. It also has a new pub sign for those if you interested in pub signage.

On 27th May 2015 - rating: 7
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Peter Rydings left this review about Ma Boyles Oyster Bar

Greatpub when you find it called in a few times when in Liverpool

On 5th September 2013 - rating: 7
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Old Boots left this review about Ma Boyles Oyster Bar

Tucked away in the back corner of the Tower Buildings next to the histroric St Nicholas’ church it is best reached from stairs leading up from St Georges Dock Gates opposite the Liver Building. Stepping down into the small bar after negotiating the smokers around the outside tables, the counter is to one side with a cluster of tall perching tables and stools with a wide windowsill also providing somewhere to rest your drinks. To the left up a couple of stairs is a dining room with a big screen. The formerly open staircase at the back of the bar has been roofed over and provides space for 4, MacD's or Burger King style tables and seats and another big screen. Three T Bars and three handpumps provide the drinks, usual kegs plus a couple of well kept guests from Sharps in Cornwall, Youngs Special and Boddingtons, that is one more pump clip than pumps. The large glazed mural that used to hang on the staircase has been moved to a side wall but sadly is partially hidden by a table. As the name suggests it sells oysters at £4.95 for four or £12.95 a dozen, as well as other seafood and more usual pub fare. Apart from the lager drinking smokers it is also popular with suits from nearby offices and the odd tourist who happens across it.

On 4th June 2010 - no rating submitted
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