This drinking den would be a good choice for a post-lockdown pint
THIS is, I hope, the last of my “recycled” older articles to remind drinkers of some of the great pubs that await them as lockdown eases, writes Neville Grundy.
This was first published in November 2018, since when they have opened an outdoor drinking area to the front.
The Beer Den, Southport’s newest real ale micropub, opened for business a fortnight ago.
It is operated by the Parker Brewery of Banks, north of Southport.
My friend Mick and I went along as it opened: in fact, we were the first customers through the door. We were made welcome by Kie who was just about to unlock the door as we rolled up.
There are four hand pumps offering two beers from Parker Brewery and two guest ales. On my first visit the Parker beers were Golden Samurai Ale and Dark Spartan Stout, while the guest beers were Melwood Paleface from Knowsley and Red Star Hunky Dory from Formby.
On my second visit last weekend the guest ales were Melwood Knowsley Blonde and Bowness Bay Tern IPA from Kendal.
I managed to try most of them, finding that all were well-kept and the prices very reasonable.
The bar is in a former computer shop which has been pleasantly refurbished in a light and airy manner.
As well as real ale, there is a craft beer and a lager on fonts and the usual range of spirits, including speciality gins, a good wine list, Prosecco and coffee.
In one corner there is a large cabinet with a wide range of bottled beers from various breweries, including some in gift packs and, for Parker beer fans, T-shirts in various colours displaying the brewery’s name.
On the opening day, the Beer Den became quite busy and Kie was soon joined by Sarah behind the bar.
On my second visit, it was even busier.
Clearly this bar meets a need in the local area as there are no pubs or bars in this part of Southport.
Although the bar is new, I found people were willing to have a friendly chat.
The Beer Den is at 65/67 Duke Street near the corner of Shakespeare Street; the 46 bus passes nearby.
If you get peckish after a few drinks, there is a takeaway just next door.
You can find 37,644 other real pubs across the UK at: whatpub.com.
The Beer Den in Duke Street is open for business again