‘Eyesore’ pub with topless dancers where you got a free bacon butty with a pint

Liverpool locals have shared their fondest memories of a lost city centre boozer. From free bacon butties with your pint to topless go-go dancers and “deafening silence” when an unfamiliar face walked in.

The Penny Farthing pub later renamed the New Penny Farthing, closed six years ago after nearly 45 years of pulling pints.

It held a prominent position in the city centre just off St Johns Precinct near the Royal Court Theatre.

The notorious public house, which originally opened in the 1970s, was a diamond in the ruff for its regulars and became known for the cheapest pint in town.

When the ECHO announced the pub's demise back in 2016, readers shared their memories with many saying they were glad to see the back of the "eyesore" pub.

Jackie Dawson said: "Horrible dirty looking place, needs sorting out! It's an eyesore and gives a bad impression of our lovely city if you get off the train at Lime Street it's the first pub you see!"

Stephen Halligan posted: "Remember they wouldn't serve us because after last orders. Some customer opened his coat and offered us cans to top up our glasses – never charged us. Could only happen in the Penny Farthing".

Elizabeth Bennett remembered: "My boyfriend took me there for a drink and my jaw fell to the floor when a topless go-go dancer started dancing around the pub and my boyfriend asked the barman how come the price of a pint was so dear, haha."

While Oli Melville commented: "Only pub I've ever seen anyone throwing up at the bar at midday. Gotta respect that."

And it wasn't just ECHO readers who had some colourful memories of the Penny Farthing. Comments on the beerintheevening.com pub review site are even more eye-opening.

Tommy Scotland posted: "We had some times in here! Erasure, one o'clock in the afternoon!!"

Maria Baum said: "It was full of people who liked the old pub style. I had many good laughs there years ago – everyone [was] friendly".

Anne-Marie Sherlock remembered: "Used to go here around 1981/82, before heading up to Cagney's night club in London road. [It] was great back then!"

While Peter Jason Keegan commented: "Been in there a few times and had a pint. Even though the pub looked grotty it was a decent little pub.

In 2015 the pub was taken over by the Royal Court Theatre, which completely renovated the building from top to bottom, including adding a new drinking area.

The Courtyard Bar and Kitchen opened where the famous boozer once stood – and it has received glowing reviews ever since.

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