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    Can anyone help me discover the name and location of a pub in the Toxteth area. We knew it as the Snakepit. I don't know if that was it's real name or where it was. I seem to remember it being behind Upper Parliament Street somewhere. I went ther a few times in the seventies, and if I remember right it used to be a right place. I thank you in advance, knowing that someone will know it


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    Will check it out but a stripper in the Gladray did use a boa constrictor.
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    It might be the Alexandra were you shopping?
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    Though I sang in my chains like the sea.

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    Thanks Ged, I remember spending many a Friday afternoon in the Gladray. One of the many shebeens around the city in the seventies and eighties. This was before all day opening, for our younger friends

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    Maybe Paddy, didn't ever know the real name. My dad took me there to show me where he was brought up. He was from Upper Hill Street. My dad used to drive and I never noticed where we were going. But I do remember it was like the Alamo. It was the only building standing at the time. It was also an extremly rough house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy View Post
    It might be the Alexandra were you shopping?
    yeah, first place I thought of was the Alex. it was like a rough cowboy saloon form the wild west !

    it was standing on it's own when everywhere else was being pulled down.

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    What was being pulled down?
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    Thanks Lindy. It certainly was all that. When we used to go there, i was amazed at how full it was. Where did they come from? It was as though they had come from Central Casting. It was full of characters. What was the name of the road it was in?

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    Ged, if I remember right, there was nothing around it. All the houses were gone. I reckon a cry for help in that bar was a cry in vain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pablo42 View Post
    Thanks Lindy. It certainly was all that. When we used to go there, i was amazed at how full it was. Where did they come from? It was as though they had come from Central Casting. It was full of characters. What was the name of the road it was in?
    I think it was Northumberland st. The pub was tucked away at the back between Northumberland and Stanhope st if I'm not mistaken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    What was being pulled down?
    I can't remember the names of all the roads but I do know they pulled down Arnold Close and Carter st. They built new property there eventually.

    I'd have to look at an old A to Z to refresh my memory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    What was being pulled down?
    Ged ! I've only just got what you mean !!! !

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    Thanks Lindy. I never got Geds comments. I'm getting slow and old

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    You came in at Stanhope Street it was a for connoisseurs of grass
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    Quote Originally Posted by lindylou View Post
    Ged ! I've only just got what you mean !!! !
    Ah, oh so innocent.
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    aaah, we never heard of such things in the seventies. Our drug in those days were a brown mild.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    Ah, oh so innocent.

    Yikes, went right by me until it was pointed out. I have to sharpen my thought pattern!
    Earth is the insane asylum for the universe.

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    Well if it was the Alexandra, this pic might jog your memories?






    This stood on the corner of Upper Parly and the now abolished Oliver Street. When photographed here c1960, the manager was Peter Condon and it was known locally as the 'mad house', it was demolished in the 70s.



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    I think there must have been 2 pubs of that name in the area, cos the 'Alex' I knew was in Upper Hill St.

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    Ged, I may be mistaken, it was a long time ago, but I'm pretty certain that wasn't the pub I was asking about. I got the impression it was further up, nearer Upper Parliament Street. Coul;d be wrong though.

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    Here's the other Alex Dave.






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    Ged, you're a gem. I'm sure that was the pub. I've been looking at a lot of your photos and I'm really impressed. All I got is cheesey photos of me and the kids. Gonna have to go out and take some pics of this great city. Any places you aint got photos of, I'll start there. Thanks.

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    Thanks Pablo. Here's another view of it.






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    Excellent Ged. Last time I was there the houses in the background weren't there. Magic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pablo42 View Post
    Excellent Ged. Last time I was there the houses in the background weren't there. Magic.
    I don't think it was magic Pablo, they probably just hadn't been built yet.

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    Nice one Dave. I was meaning the photo, not the fact that the houses miraculously appeared. Is the pub still there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    Thanks Pablo. Here's another view of it.






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    yes that's the one. Down Upper Hill st (not Northumberland like I said).

    That's the new property that was built at the back. (Carter st.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronijayne View Post
    Yikes, went right by me until it was pointed out. I have to sharpen my thought pattern!
    ha,ha, I've got to know what Ged is like with his jokes now ... you gotta' be on the look out for them .. but sometimes they still slip past.

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    Thanks Lindy. Seen his replies on a few post now. I shall reply accordingly. How do you know so much about pubs like that. I've seen a few of your replies and I'm intriuged on how you would know thes things. I seen your replies about nightclubs, and reckon you must be around my age. Yet, you know about pubs like this. I'm a big lad, yet I never liked going into this pub. Tell me more...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pablo42 View Post
    Can anyone help me discover the name and location of a pub in the Toxteth area. We knew it as the Snakepit. I don't know if that was it's real name or where it was. I seem to remember it being behind Upper Parliament Street somewhere. I went ther a few times in the seventies, and if I remember right it used to be a right place. I thank you in advance, knowing that someone will know it
    The Snakepit was a Bents Brewery pub. I think it was in Berkeley St Toxteth could have been called The Berkeley. It was the only Bents pub that sold there famous tipple Bentox (redbiddy) over the counter by the bottle. In all the other Bents pubs you had to buy it by the measure.

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