I'd heard some murmurings for a while about "the shop" in relation to the excellent Ship and Mitre in Dale Street, Liverpool - now I know what they were all about: Ben Garner, the licensee of the pub, has opened a bottled beer shop in Liverpool called - rather neatly, I think - Ship In A Bottle. Describing itself modestly as a "bespoke off-licence unlike any other you will find in the City", it is currently selling 250 different beers from around the world (including some from Britain) and 28 bottled ciders. The website is still being developed, but you can see loads of pictures of what they're selling here. Southport has had the similar Inn Beer Shop for a couple of years now, and its success in a much smaller town suggests that there should be a market in Liverpool for this venture to succeed.
You'll find it at 45A Whitechapel, L1 6DT, close to the junction with Sir Thomas Street, and it's open seven days a week.
Map adapted from one by Dennis Jones, Merseyside CAMRA. Used with permission.
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