Ye Cracke is one of Liverpool’s oldest pubs and really is steeped in history. Well known for being the pub where John Lennon used to drink, Ye Cracke is a pub on Rice Street off Hope Street, Liverpool, England. The ‘Y’ is a Thorn (Þ), thus the name is pronounced ‘The Crack’. Despite the faux Old English name, Ye Cracke is in fact a 19th-century public house. The War Room is a small room in the pub, which is the oldest part of the pub.

It has historical connections with The Beatles (because it was frequented by John Lennon and his girlfriend Cynthia when they were at art school) and The Dissenters (to whom a plaque hangs in the bar).


Popular with students from the nearby Liverpool Art College, John Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe were regulars at Ye Cracke where they would drink Black Velvets at lunchtime. It was a busy, crowded pub with drinkers standing shoulder-to-shoulder, and one day, after a few beers, John Lennon is said to have ‘swam’ in spilt beer on the floor.

Ye Cracke was entwined with John Lennon’s personal life, as he came here when he learned his mother, Julia, had been killed and he brought Cynthia here after meeting her at a college dance.

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A collection of about 20 drawings of local buildings are displayed on the wall, and these all date from the late 1960s.



Doctors Thomas Cecil Gray and John Halton conceived the techniques described in their 1946 book A Milestone in Anaesthesia while in the pub.

This is a quintessential Liverpudlian pub. Over 150 years old, it’s tucked away in the slightly suburban-feeling Rice Street and remains a memento of the swinging 60s when it began to garner popularity with local students.

Once called the Ruthin Castle, the whole thing isn’t a listed building, just part of it is. A room, in fact, known as the War Room, the snug where overseas military strategy would be discussed. The features are gorgeous – leaded windows and an antique exterior.