The Lisbon is a stylish basement pub, with richly moulded ceilings, wood panelled snugs and Grade II listed status, set in a stunning Victorian corner building between the city centre and Liverpool’s business district.
It’s a popular gay and lesbian drinking spot, in the heart of the gay Stanley Street Quarter of bars and clubs. The Lisbon’s relaxed, sociable atmosphere makes a pleasant change from its more frenetic neighbours, such as the cruisy Navy Bar (27 Stanley Street), and party hotspot, Superstar Boudoir (24 Stanley Street).
The Lisbon is still, at heart, a pub however. There are pool tables, big screens showing the footy and fruitees. The Lisbon also sponsors Mersey Marauders FC, Liverpool’s LGBTQ+ football team.
Food is cheap and unfussy – think soup-and-sarnies, curries, burgers, scouse, jacket spuds – none are more than seven quid. Full English breakfasts are four quid – or try the Ultimate Challenge Burger, a 12oz patty with cheese and bacon, onion rings, chips and a salad tray’s full of greens.
It may not have much of a reputation for beers – think the standard no-cask lagers – but there’s a good range of cheap ‘mini’ cocktails (buy six for well under £20).
The Lisbon also has frequent events, particularly at the weekend with some rather different takes on bingos, raffles and lucky dips – plus regular themed quizzes (Benidorm, Prisoner Cell Block H, Hi-De-Hi! are a random selection), most of which are hosted by famed Liverpool drag queen Lady Seanne. Thursday to Saturday nights feature DJs playing pop and dance.
The Lisbon35 Victoria Street,