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The Excelsior, Liverpool

123 Dale Street
Liverpool
L2 2JH
Phone: 01512360079
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Moby Duck left this review about The Excelsior

A good traditional pub ably described by Ian below, the beer range, Ossett Blonde and Silver King, Kirkstall Three Swords, Rock The Boat Fab Four and T.T Landlord, although decent are not quite as interesting as the choice in its nearby neighbour The Ship & Mitre but is certainly worth calling in for a pint.

On 20th May 2024 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Excelsior

This is a smart, two bar pub on Dale Street with a pleasant traditional interior. The pub is bare boarded throughout with some very nice, low lincrusta wall coverings matched with a mix of plain wood panels, nice painted sections and some nautical themed wallpaper. Modern windows along two sides of the building have an etched glass-style pattern and have been fitted with heavy drapes. The rooms pop with colour thanks to attractive stained glass partitioning screens that break up the seating areas, a cool gold frieze beneath the lincrusta ceiling, and a few nice mosaic tile sections of floor here and there. Seating comes in the form of pews and chairs plus some button backed banquettes and low stools around the perimeter. The bar has a tidy, if somewhat boxy, dark wood counter which fronts a pleasant traditional bar back. The two main rooms are roughly equal in size and don’t seem to have anything that especially distinguishes one from the other, whilst a side room in a split-level space to the rear offers lots of additional seating. TV screens were showing muted coverage of a golf tournament whilst a plodding soundtrack failed to make itself heard over the modest hubbub created by a small Friday night crowd.
There were four ales available when we called in - Ossett Butterfly, Thwaites Wainwright and Taylors Landlord and Boltmaker. I ordered a pint of the Butterfly from the super-friendly barman, which was in reasonable shape but probably not as good as the Boltmaker, which I would’ve ordered had I not initially mistaken it for a double-clipped Landlord.
This is a decent enough pub that has a pretty good interior and a few solid ale options, but its location on the excellent Dale Street means that it all feels pretty average when compared to its neighbours. Some top service and comfy seating made for a pleasant visit, but it was notably quieter than a lot of other nearby pubs and would need to up its game to compete with the high standards set in this part of the city.

On 20th December 2023 - rating: 6
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Blue Scrumpy left this review about The Excelsior

With a pub like the Ship & Mitre nextdoor, we often overlook the Excelsior on trips to Liverpool. However, on a recent trip to Liverpool on a Saturday and having already had our fill in the Ship & Mitre, we decided to drop by the Excelsior. For me, this was my first visit in just over 6 years.

The real ale range in the Excelsior is much more mundane compared with its neighbour. However, there are still 6 real ales. Timothy Taylor Landlord is the regular beer. Guests on our recent visit were Ossett Butterley, Salopian Shropshire Gold, Rock The Boat Fab Four, Black Sheep Best Bitter & Kirkstall Three Swords.

The pub always seems to be busy, especially on a matchday. This occasion was no exception. Live sports are often shown on the various TVs, which clearly makes the pub a popular destination.

On 13th November 2023 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Old Boots
Moorfields, 0.23 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Moorfields, 0.23 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Liverpool Lime Street, 0.51 miles, 9 min walk (show)
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23rd May 2024, 11:44
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23rd May 2024, 11:36
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 26 December 2018 by Al Bundy
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 26 December 2018 by Al Bundy
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 26 December 2018 by Al Bundy
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 26 December 2018 by Al Bundy
  • Car Park : No last updated 26 December 2018 by Al Bundy
  • Darts : Yes last updated 26 December 2018 by Al Bundy
  • Function Room : No last updated 26 December 2018 by Al Bundy
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 26 December 2018 by Al Bundy
  • Jukebox : No last updated 26 December 2018 by Al Bundy
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 20 December 2023 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 26 December 2018 by Al Bundy
  • Micropub : No last updated 26 December 2018 by Al Bundy
  • Pinball : No last updated 26 December 2018 by Al Bundy
  • Pool Table : No last updated 26 December 2018 by Al Bundy
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 20 December 2023 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 26 December 2018 by Al Bundy
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