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The tiny Liverpool city pub Ye Cracke that was loved by Beatle John Lennon; The Beatle was known to even take girls on dates to the pub.

Byline: Ellen Kirwin

Liverpool has plenty of links to The Beatles from The Cavern Club to The Casbah Coffee Club.

But there are some places in the city that have connections to the famous Fab Four which are lesser-known.

One of those places is Ye Cracke, hidden down a side street off Hope Street, on Rice Street.

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Landlady of Ye Cracke, Zaidia Naif, told the ECHO: "It's funny because a lot of local Liverpool people can't find the pub but The Beatles fans from as far as Mexico find it with no problem.

"Obviously the pub has a big tourist pull because of the Beatles and its connection to John Lennon.

"I have known fans to come as far as Japan, Australia, Canada and a lot from America."

Ye Cracke may be a seemingly normal, local boozer to many but to tourists it's known for being John Lennon's favourite watering hole.

When attending art school in Liverpool, former bartenders claim Lennon would drink Black Velvet, a cocktail made from Guinness and on top of sparkling wine.

He also took his first wife, Cynthia Lennon, on their first date after meeting her at a college dance.

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Even to this day, a plaque can be found on the wall of the pub, commemorating an occasion in 1960 when Lennon, Stuart Sutcliffe, Bill Harry and Rod Murray attended the pub and formed a band called The Dissenters over a beer.

The band never did get off the ground however.

The plaque isn't the only quirk in the pub, the 19th-century whitewashed building features a side tiny side room called 'The War Office' that is furnished with red leatherette benches.

There's also an area in the back leading to a sun-trapped beer garden.

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Ye Cracke Pub on Rice Street

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The plaque commemorating The Dissenters in Ye Cracke

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John Lennon outside of Ye Cracke

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Publication:Crosby Herald (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 6, 2019
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