Pound pub opens in Liverpool

Wavertree pub will sell beers at £1 for a half and £1.50 a pint

Half pints will be available from £1 and pints from £1.50 when the former Cuffs Bar on High Street, Wavertree becomes the fourth Pound Pub in the country to open in Liverpool.

Mike stressed: “It’s not a pound a pint as some people seem to think. And it’s not all about cheap beer because we are selling non-alcoholic drinks at £1. It’s a no frills business, that’s the best way to describe it. There will be no Sky Sports, karaoke or DJs which a lot of pubs round here have.”

Mike, who is hoping to attract more students to the pub, added: “We are not trying to encourage alcoholism or binge-drinking. It’s about people who might only have £10 being able to have a good night out. We know money is tight and people are on a budget, while this is not a high income area.”

The £1.50 pints will include John Smith’s, Foster’s, Strongbow, Budweiser and a changing cask ale, while £1 bottles include Foster’s and Carlsberg.

If you’re a stout drinker, it’s £2 for a pint of Murphy’s and £3 for Guinness.

The £1 soft and non-alcoholic drinks include large Pepsi, large R. White’s lemonade, J20 and Becks Blue.

Other Pound Pubs – which are run by Here For Your Hospitality Ltd of Leigh, Greater Manchester – operate in Atherton, Greater Manchester, Stockton on Tees and Newark in Nottinghamshire.

Joe White, operations manager with Here For Your Hospitality, said: “All our other openings have gone well so we are hoping for a busy first day.”

Regarding concerns the business could encourage irresponsible drinking, he added: “You can drink at home cheaper than you can in a pub, and you are not monitored. Here there are people to say ‘You’ve had enough’.”

Mike Wardell, director of Here For Your Hospitality, meanwhile, has already described the operation as “a quality product in a well managed, controlled environment”.

As for the 9am opening (closing time will be 11pm), this might be put back if few customers come in at that time in the early days and weeks – and Joe White said: “It’s about giving people more choice.”

Mike Dring added: “We do want to attract new customers, including students, but we also want to keep our existing customers.”

Right – so it has a range of alcohol free products so they argue that it’s product range isn’t designed to encourage irresponsible drinking but it opens at 9am – to give people more choice ………

In other news in Worcestershire, the county to the East of Merseyside:

Council slashes drug and alcohol abuse funding £500,000 in ‘pay by results’ deal

Worcestershire County Council is having to defend criticism it is “taking risks” with vulnerable people by looking to save money.

Taxpayers currently fork out £4.79 million a year on services to help wean people off deadly drugs and alcohol abuse.

It will be cut £493,000 to £4.3 million in April due to huge pressure on the council’s budget, with around £25 million needing to be saved over the next year.

So more availability of alcohol via pubs who are targeting lower prices and wider opening hours vs reduction in services that pick up the pieces.  I can’t see a problem with this picture can you?? 

13 thoughts on “Pound pub opens in Liverpool

  1. Gosh – why on earth do they need to open at 9am if not to serve alcoholics? Just seems like a backwards step in many ways…. MENTAL!
    Happy Monday. Have a good day.
    Hugs, Claire
    PS – Love the snowdrops and crocus. Spring is coming!!

  2. So in American money, that’s $1.55 for 8oz of cheap beer, $2.35 for a full pint (16oz) of cheap beer, $3.10 for a pint of Murphy’s and $4.65 for a pint of Guinness, both of which are low-alcohol beers at only 4.5% abv. (American craft beers regularly hit 7% abv.)

    Those are pretty typical bar/restaurant prices in America. So the owners are right: It’s still way cheaper to drink at home. A four-pack of Guinness pints at the grocery store is $8, or £5.17, but Guinness is so filling that I can’t imagine anyone drinking four of them anyway.

    As far as the early opening, there are plenty of sports bars in America that open early on game days. Especially during the World Cup, which was played on Brazilian time, we had tons of bars and restaurants opening early to welcome the soccer crowd. Soccer fans are nuts!

    1. But SC we’re not talking about high profile game days – we’re talking EVERY SINGLE DAY. This is way different to what you are talking about ……

      1. I should’ve clarified – in my state, bars/restaurants legally can’t serve alcohol between 2am and 6am, but the rest of the day is fair game. Most of them wait until mid-morning, like 9 or 10am, to open, but during the World Cup, 6 or 7am openings were not uncommon.

        It’s 20 minutes to 7am right now on a Tuesday, and if I wanted, I could go find a place that was open and serving alcohol or I could walk a couple blocks to the corner store and buy some for home consumption. Not that I want to.

        I guess what I’m saying is that when alcohol is everywhere and mostly unrestricted, it just becomes part of the landscape and it ceases to become a special thing. Only hard-core drinkers and rebellious college kids flout social convention by drinking this early.

  3. Dear Lucy,
    You are right on the money as always!
    And it’s all about money!

  4. At the risk of being devils advocate, I know people who think nothing of pouring a drink at 7am – they just finished work and it’s the same as anyone else doing so at 7pm – why should they be forced to drink at home and not have the social opportunity of going out after work – especially if the option of non-alcoholic drinks are available. I don’t disagree with what you’re saying for most people, but please consider people with different lifestyles.

    1. I used to work nights as a nurse too BTB but to be honest only ever drank once or twice because I was struggling to sleep – otherwise the thought was just too weird for me! 🙂

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