Bar Guide: 2017 British Open At The Royal Birkdale

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With the British Open returning to the Royal Birkdale for 2017, Sunny Southport receives a much needed breath of life. Whilst the town seems to have been stuck in a sort of limbo as of late – it’s not exactly bad but it isn’t great either. One of the things that it’s famed for however is the vast array of bars and pubs dotted about the town centre and in some lesser known hotspots.

This bar guide will help ensure you get the best the town has to offer during your short stay at the 2017 British Open.



Renowned for its variety of Gins and Whisky’s it has something for everybody with its choice of 50 gins, 30 malt whiskies, 10 bourbons, 10 rums, wine and bubbles, home-cooked food as well as free wi-fi and board games. A really chilled vibe and a spacious beer garden just of the high-street.

Tap and Bottles

Within a 30 second walk of Remedy, the Tap and Bottles is another great pick. Offering a wide range of cask and craft ales from quality breweries, this place is perfect for experienced beer drinkers. With over 100 bottled beers on offer you will be spoilt for choice. Not to mention the 90s game consoles set up in the back. (We once spent 3 hours playing on the Nintendo 96 with a few friends).


Peaky Blinders

Peaky Blinders is a must visit beer mongers in Southport. With 16 draught beers and a large bottled selection don’t expect to see all the usual “brands”. Ideal before a night out or simply relax and watch the world go by. Just in case you don’t believe me – the team at Rolex are staying in the accommodation.

Inn Beer Shop

Four doors down is The Inn Beer Shop. A tiny space that is simply filled with an unlimited supply of beers from across the world. You name any beer, they have it. If you’re into your drink or miss your hometown beer, this is the perfect place for you, no question. Free tasters and great music, what more could you ask for.


Birkdale Village

Essentially the best place closest to the Royal Birkdale is Birkdale village. With a host of quality bars and pubs from Bar Verve, The Allotment, The Park, The Tea Rooms and many more, all within a 1-minute walk of each other, it’s a drinker’s paradise.


The Firepit

Probably the best restaurant in Southport, the Firepit is a bar and grill steakhouse perfect for a complete evening. Start off with a steak on the stone and finish off with a cocktail masterclass, endless wines, fizz and whisky’s from the upstairs bar. Essential for a classy night out and literally next-door to the only 2 nightclubs in Southport worth going to.

The Office

Similar to the Firepit, we have the Office. A bar in the front and a restaurant in the back, this place is really worth a visit. Reasonable prices and an outstanding reputation for food and drinks, this snazzy place is adored by local lawyers, dentists and doctors as well as visitors. 1-minute stroll from Southport train station yet tucked away on Houghton street, it’s highly accessible and provides a laidback, educated atmosphere.


The Vincent

Owned by Liverpool Legend Steven Gerrard, the Vincent is the centre of Southport. A contemporary boutique hotel with a restaurant and essentially 3 bars, staffed by master craftsmen of food and drink. The Vincent has it all. Popular amongst celebrities and housing multiple pros playing in the Open, it’s the perfect opportunity the wine and dine with the greats of the game. Slap bang in the centre of lord street, this location is perfect.


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