Getting to and from the ground
Anfield is two and a half miles walk from Lime Street station. Walking is therefore not a serious option (although walking back after the game can sometimes be as quick as catching a bus). The alternatives are:
- train from Liverpool Central or Moorfields to Kirkdale, then a a 25 minute walk to the ground
- train from Liverpool Central or Moorfields to Sandhills, then 'SoccerBus' to the ground; note that if your train ticket is to "Liverpool stations" then you're covered to Kirkdale or Sandhills
- taxi (good value if there are five of you to fill a black cab)
- bus from Queen Square bus station (17), or SoccerBus from outside St George's Hall (917)
If you're driving over then there is limited street parking in the area around if you arrive early enough. Note that a residents only parking scheme now operates in some streets around Anfield, so have a good look for signs before you park. You may find you're better off parking over towards Goodison. This gives you the option of having a pint on one of the pubs over there, and also allows you to make a quick getaway on the A580 after the game.
The good news for beer connoisseurs is that real is now available in some of the pubs around the ground. The Arkles, which is the traditional away fans pub, is a Greene King pub which has three ales. However, the place gets chocka, and you won't get in if you don't get there early. And that's assuming that the ban on Toon fans that was in operation a few years back has been lifted. In any case the Flat Iron, just down the road, is a better pub and now serves real ale on match days. Likewise the Cabbage Hall. The Sandon officially welcomes away fans, and most of the other pubs around the ground should be friendly enough if there are small numbers of you. If you want somewhere that's not too busy then your best bet is to head for the pubs around Goodison, including Wetherspoons' Thomas Frost, and allow 15 minutes to walk to the ground.
If you get the train over then you may prefer to drink in the centre until late on, in which case you're spoilt for choice. We have often gone to the Richard John Blackler just down from the station. However, it's notorious for bad service so I would give it a miss. You'd be better off going to the Crown, which you pass on the way to the Richard John Blackler. It's a traditional pub which has a decent selection of beers and pub food at reasonable prices. Also recommended are the Ship and Mitre, which has a vast selection of beers from both the UK and abroad, and the nearby Excelsior, which is very much like the Crown. From both of these it's a five minute walk to Moorfields station. Another option is the Globe. This a traditional cosy little pub, with great staff and friendly customers, not to mention a good range of beer. Plus it's literally two minutes from Liverpool Central station. Other places you might want to try are Doctor Duncan's and the Poste House, both of which have a good range of beers and get decent reviews. Finally, Wetherspoons have recently opened a new outlet right next door to the station, the North Western. It's got a similar feel to the Union Rooms.
All the pubs mentioned, plus a few others, are shown on the pub maps below.
Anfield pub map
City centre pub map
Football Ground Guide
Liverpool pub guide (very comprehensive and fairly up to date)
Official Liverpool site guide on getting to Anfield