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You won't Beat (le) the Cavern
Cavern Club (Liverpool)
Member Name: Leannie1000
Cavern Club (Liverpool)
Advantages: Good atmosphere
Disadvantages: Grotty loos
Th Cavern is a club on Matthew Street in Liverpool, made famous by the Beatles playing there often in the early 1960s, although it has played host to a lot of other famous names too - it was where Beatles manager Brian Epstein first saw the boys.
The club that stands these days is not the original and has actually moved in location slightly, but it has been made to look as it did in the sixties.
To get into the Cavern Club (there's a Cavern pub too, so check you're in the right one) you have to go down a few flights of stairs, with the club itself being on the basment, with a bar, some tables, a tiny stage and a few standing areas. It's pretty dark, sweaty and a bit dingy in there. There's a fair bit of Beatles memorabilia around as well as lists of some of the names who have played there. You will struggle to find somewhere to sit so be aware of that. The toilets are not good - bit grotty. The lack of air can make things a bit sweaty. It's authentic sixties though - it must have been very similar back in the Merseybeat days.
The Cavern regularly has live music, often local bands, covers groups and yes, of course, plenty of Beatles songs get sung! They often have bands in the daytime and it gets pretty full in there, mostly tourists. At ngiht, there are often bands, and the crowd includes more locals. The age range in there is very mixed - teenagers up to people in their sixties - and generally, everyone rubs along together quite well. I have never seen any trouble in there and eveyone joins in having a sing-along. I have taken people in their early 20s and in their 60s there and they have all enjoyed it.
The quality of bands varies and you do usually have to pay a small entrance fee - usually £1 to £3. I don't think this is too bad though, especially if you stay for a couple of hours.
Drinks aren't cheap, but they aren't expensive either, considering the touristy nature of the place. Three drinks probably come in at about seven quid but depends what you have.
I haven't been in the Cavern in the week for years but back in my student days, I used to go and it was fairly typicalweek night fare - cheesy music, cheaper drinks etc. Music on the weekend - if not live - tends to be Beatles, Oasis and so on.
The Cavern is not an attractive bar and is probably not for you if you're into posh, trendy places but I've always had a good night in there. It's always busy, it's a great place to get some music in the day and I have always found it to have a great atmosphere. I wouldn't go in there every weekend (but then, there's no bar that I would do that!) but it's worth a visit and it's a must for any Beatles fan. I would defintely recommend it but have to take a star off for the loos!
Summary: Cavern - my view