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Byline: PAUL COLE Print Editor

The new Peaky Blinders pub opens in Liverpool IT'S the stunning new Peaky Blinders bar - a must for fans of the hit Brummie gangster series.

There's just one problem. It's 100 MILES away.

The Peaky Blinders bar has opened in Liverpool, which has been doubling for Birmingham.

And that's a two-hour trip up the M6 and the M62, with all the roadworks, too.

Parts of Liverpool have been used to recreate the Birmingham streets of the 1920s and 1930s because redevelopment has all but wiped out suitable locations here in Birmingham, where Tommy Shelby & Co live in the hit show.

And although the bulldozers have now caught up with the Mersey film set, sparking calls for the show to come home to Brum, club bosses have been quick to cash in on the success of the series, created by Brummie Steven Knight.

The new bar, on Liverpool's Stanhope Street, looks like it is taken straight from the show with Victorian fixtures, period wallpaper and lighting.

There's Peaky Blinders decor throughout, with the former Cains Brewery retaining a lot of its original features.

Spread across two floors, the bar offers draught beers and a large selection of bottles, although owners warn that guests should not expect to see the usual 'brands' and instead should try the carefully selected drinks on offer.

Cocktails in a Peaky Blindersthemed Southport bar operated by the same owners include Angry Arthur (gin, cherry herring, chocolate Schnapps and ruby port), The Aunt Polly (St Germaine elderflower liqueur, mint and prosecco) and Grace's Secret (mango vodka, malibu, passionfruit, lemon and apple).

Brum hasn't been left altogether out of the picture, though. The Peaky Speakeasy has been created underneath the old Hole in the Wall pub below The Peaky Blinder, in Dale End.

Access to the bar below is gained by pulling a book on a bookcase.

Landlord Tom O'Rourke says: "It really is like walking downstairs to a different world. This is the first time I've opened up the downstairs bar and thought the idea of a secret speakeasy bar fitted in well with the theme of the show.

"All the fixtures and fittings are still there with stained glass windows and we have incorporated the best bits into our new speakeasy style bar and dining room." Fans can also pick up a new range of ales and spirits inspired by the BBC2 series, and made by Sadler's Brewery in the Black Country.

The full range has gone on sale at a special concessions stand on the upper level of the Bullring, and is also available from Amazon and other selected Lisa Carter and George Michael at the secret speakeasy in Dale End

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Date:Dec 21, 2017
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