Probably one of Liverpool’s smallest pubs, the Belvedere Arms is also one of the best. Located on a small cul-de-sac, it’s certainly not easy to stumble upon, but is worth seeking out for its friendly atmosphere and good choice of ales.
In winter the grade-II Belvedere is a welcome oasis of warmth and conviviality; in summer the punters spill out into the sun-trap outside. There’s a small lounge, smaller bar and utterly tiny corridor between the two to choose from inside, but don’t let that put you off.
The staff are great, the regulars are part of the furniture and the beer is always in good nick. Ale is at the heart of the Belvedere, with a few local guest brews from the likes of Brimstage Brewery, Liverpool Craft and Liverpool Organic alongside the likes of more far-flung visitors such as Coastal Brewery.
If beer isn’t your thing doesn’t worry. The cutely-named Ginnasium has a startling number of examples of Mother’s Ruin, including all the usual suspects, a few more unlikely spirits and Liverpool’s very own. It’s Liverpool Gin – a joint venture between the Belvedere Arms’ John O’Dowd and the Liverpool Organic Brewery.
Keep your eyes peeled for gin tasting nights, where you can hear all about the refreshing spirit and how to drink it (with watermelon, juniper berries or orange). You can also take home your own bottle, but you might need a stiff one once you hear the price (nigh on fifty quid last time we looked).
Don’t expect any other entertainment in the Belvedere – there are no TVs or fruit machines – but do expect good beer and conversation. Not to mention Philosophy In Pubs, the original pub philosophers, who meet in the Belvedere Arms every second Monday of the month to discuss such topics as ‘Mankind Has Never Had It So Good’.
Spend a few hours in this lovely little Georgian Quarter pub and you might just feel inclined to agree.