the most famous pub on the planet, primarily due to the fact that the Beatles
used to down a pint or two here between their gigs at the Cavern. In those days
the Cavern was an alcohol free venue and you could only be served with the soft
drink of your choice. In those early days there was only one traditionall pub
on Mathew Street and that was the Grapes.The White Star was the next closest pub
being located just around the corner in Rainford Gardens. Of course the only club
on Mathew Street, at that time, was the Cavern. On many occasions the queue from
the Cavern would stretch to the Grapes, no matter what weather conditions prevailed.
Needless to say, the Grapes, being the only pub,was always crowded until closing
time around 10 o'clock.
were the days when the local police used to enter the pubs and turf out any underage
drinkers. The Cavern was basically a teenage scene with a scattering of older
fans depending on who was playing at the time.
The Beatles made the
Cavern world wide famous and they performed there many hundreds of times during
the early years of the sixties. The crowds were always huge on Mathew Street during
any of their performances and it was the overflow of the crowd that filled the
Nowadays the Grapes
has become a quasi shrine to the Beatles, not unlike the Cavern. The snug backroom
of the Grapes is filled with memorabilia, photographs and the like. There is one
particular photograph of the Beatles that was taken of them while they sipped
a beer at the Grapes. The photograph is prominently displayed and shows the "four
lads" sitting on a bench which still exists in the same location from the
early days. Even the wallpaper shown in the picture remains preserved on the wall
above where the Beatles once sat and is covered with a protective glass. The photograph
is accompanied by a small plaque on the wall, above the fireplace, describing
the event. Of course you can still sit on the same seats that the Beatles sat
on and take a break, with a well prepared meal and glass of your favourite wine
There is always a
great selection of drinks to choose from at the bar, both alcoholic and nonalcoholic.
We also have a smoking room at the rear of the pub which is very well heated and
provides covered benched seating. So you can still puff away in comfort and enjoy
your pint. The new smoking laws govern smoking inside the pub area and of course
smoking is strictly banned inside the pub.
food is on offer during the day and our menu includes down to earth dishes, nothing
fancy, but very good. During the evenings we offer good entertainment, 7 days
a week, with many varied artistes performing until 4 a.m.on most days. The Grapes
is a doubles bar all day and of course every evening. We offer live music, karaoke,
fruit machines, quiz machines, served food, Sunday roast with real ale. Also wireless
internet service.Mathew Street Webcam # 3 is hosted by the Grapes and we have
an extensive photo gallery listed on the Mathew Street Forum and this website.
As you can see, we also have this website and listings on Facebook, in order to
keep our patrons informed on a daily basis.
website manager and photographer,Tom Ryder, will gladly include your pictures
on the website photo gallery, which now exceeds more than 4,000 pub photographs.
Lots of memories.
If you like
a home from home atmosphere in a pub, then the Grapes is the place to be for that
traditional cozy feeling. A truly friendly staff, in a pub famous for its great
Open at 12
noon until 4am everyday. Drop in for a beer. ..... OR TWO