If you’re on Hope Street in Liverpool and if you want a drink or snack then try the Philharmonic Dining Rooms at number 36. The Phil, as it’s known, is a Grade I listed pub that’s over 100 years old. The two smaller rooms are called the Brahms and Liszt rooms. The gentlemen’s toilets are the most famous part of the pub, with their marble urinals and toilets being part of guided tours. The rest of the interior has chandeliers, wood paneling, and mosaic floors. Real ales, guest beers, and lagers are served at the bar, along with hot and cold food.

Diagonally opposite ‘The Phil’ is the home of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The original building opened in 1849 and the acoustics were described as ‘the best in Europe’ by Sir Thomas Beecham, a local lad. The present art deco style hall opened in 1939 and is a Grade ll listed building. The orchestra gives 70+ concerts here each year. Pop concerts, jazz sessions, and chamber music also take place. Classic films are screened on the hall’s unique Walturdaw cinema screen, which rises from under the stage.

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