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 (£1 single)
(note that if you buy a ticket 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 (17A/B/C or 26), or SoccerBus from outside St George's Hall
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.
If it's good beer you're after then you can forget all the pubs around the ground. The Arkles is the closest pub to the away section and is the traditional away fans pub. A better bet is the Flat Iron. This will be very busy, but the bar staff are pretty efficient. A bit further down the road is the Cabbage Hall, which has recently re-opened after being badly damaged in an arson attack in 2010. It's been fully re-furbished and extended' Most of the other pubs around the ground will 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 in recent years 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. My recommendation is the Ship and Mitre, which has a vast selection of beers, from both the UK and abroad. From here 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. And the Globe is literally two minutes from Liverpool Central station! Other places you might want to try are Doctor Duncans 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.
Anfield pub map
City centre pub map
Football Ground Guide
Liverpool pub guide (very comprehensive and fairly up to date)