Things to do:

Head to Ma Egerton’s and experience a real taste of a kind of Liverpool life that has all but left much of the city centre.

The proximity of the pub to the Liverpool Empire has made it a favoured haunt of actors and other theatrical types over the years. Don’t believe us? Take in the pub’s large, glamourous lounge with dozens of pictures of the famous types who’ve paid a visit to the pub over the years.

It’s a Who’s Who of some of Britain’s best actors over the last 100 years – some of whom are set to be immortalised in a yet-to-appear Walk Of Fame outside the pub. Not for nothing is it known as Ma Egerton’s Stage Door, though exactly who has supped a pint of Guinness in Ma Eggie’s over the years seems lost in the haze of deep pint post and tall tales. Very Liverpool.

There are decent pizzas and cocktails on offer but really Ma Egerton’s is all about the history and atmosphere, particularly on show nights when there’s a very good chance you’ll be supping alongside the actors who have just decamped from the Empire or nearby O2 Academy. Show your tickets at the bar for a free shot.

If you’re really lucky you might be served by Margi Clarke – former presenter of The Good Sex Guide and as Liverpool as a Liver Bird – or Tina Malone. Only when they’re between jobs, of course. Tina does a quiz on Mondays and, failing that, there are regular pop quizzes and singalongs that seem to be hosted by a different Northern actor every other week.

Ma Egerton’s is a stone’s throw from Lime Street station too, so transport home is a short stagger away.