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Everyman Bistro, the final countdown

It's the last ever drink at the mother-ship this Saturday. Even the road is being closed

Written by . Published on June 27th 2011.

Everyman Bistro, the final countdown

AND now the end is near....

The countdown is on if you want to say goodbye to the Everyman Bistro. It closes forever on July 2, this Saturday, and there won't be a dry eye in the house.

So it's time to drink the place dry instead. But don't forget to raise a glass to Paddy Byrne, co-owner and the most recognisable face of the Bistro - and one of the people who genuinely understands and cares about food in this city.

'This is a time for renewal, refreshment,
ejuvenation and re-education' - Paddy Byrne

Over the phenomenal 40 years it's been going, The Ev has won a raft of food awards and is in practically every restaurant guidebook in the land.

It is where many people first learned that taramasalata was not, in fact, a big fuzzy spider, yet it has always been much more than a cheap eats place.

The Everyman Bistro has been a catalyst for life changing things, for so many of us, for whom nay a morsel has ever passed the lips or a theatre ticket ever bought. The place where, for many, no matter where you started a night out, you would always end up gravitating to the Ev. The mother-ship.

Paddy ByrnePaddy ByrneWhat now? Well apart from still being able to enjoy a pint of Everyman's Ale at pubs around the city,  there is the glimmer of a possibility that it may not entirely be the end for those denim aprons after all.

Paddy, who owns the place with brother Tim and Dave Scott, tells us he is not retiring. “This is a time for renewal, refreshment, rejuvenation and re-education,” he says somewhat cryptically. Watch this space, but not yet.

He says his primary concern, right now, is the 30 or so staff being made redundant by the closure, brought about because the Everyman Theatre upstairs is being demolished and rebuilt (see Liverpool Confidential features past). There are some good people going spare here (in the literal if not figurative sense) so anybody hiring in Liverpool bars and restaurants, you know where to look. 

Time and going-out trends have changed from the days when people would queue down the road to get into the Bistro, but the weekend just gone saw the place bursting at the seams. Ex-Lawnmower man Alan Peters and a rollicking blues band performed on Friday night; Saturday saw the hugely successful Everyman Youth Theatre reunion and Celtic music. This week it builds and builds with people coming from all over the UK for the final hooley.

However, it won't be JCBs at 3am. Sunday sees Paddy's loyal team thanked with their own private party - with outside bar staff and caterers doing the work.

Until then it's business as usual. The Bistro blurb says: “Our philosophy sees no compromise. We'll be serving the same top quality food and providing the same top quality liquid refreshment as we have for the last 41 years throughout the whole week.”

The whole building is going out with a bang.

Even the road is being closed.

Everyman Bistro - The Last Hoorah

Tuesday June 28: Last ever Everyman Folk Club - Third Room 8pm. Free Entry but normal cap collection.

Wednesday June 29: Appreciation of Wine Night - Third Room 8pm. Call for table availability. (0151) 708-9545.  

053Thursday June 30: The Last Supper Club - Third Room, 8pm. Sold out.

Friday July 1: Main Room Music Night – 6pm-11pm featuring harpist Stan Ambrose, Frank Maudsley's Thoughts; The Loose Moose String Band; Beatnik Hurricane, Grapes Band and John Head Midnight Special, 11pm-2am Third Room: Norman 'The Cat' Killon. Free.

Saturday July 2: All day multi-room spectacular - Midday till 2am: More Stan Ambrose, The Parade Jazz Band; The Sixteen Tonnes; Choral Voices; Helen Accordion; Sense of Sound Singers; Street Party ("unadopted"); More Grapes Band; More Norman the Cat! Free entry all day and night.


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23 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Kevin DonovanJune 27th 2011.

And see me snaps from MY last supper on the Bistro Facebook page. Blinking heck... seems only minutes since I got the bus from Page Moss to see Hiroshima Mon Amour... and that ace band playing Why Should We Not (answers on a postcard) in Hope Hall... and the burgers... the Pernod night... the other Hope Street Wake... Les... As I enter the springtime of my senescence it's a bitter-sweet week.

Angie SammonsJune 27th 2011.

The first gig I ever went to see there was Echo and the Bunnymen in the third room. And the Moderates later on. Bloody hell, what happened to the Moderates?

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Mark McNultyJune 28th 2011.

I saw The Moderates in there too. Other than John Brady, I don;t know what happened to them though I have got their e.p. somewhere

CuriousJune 27th 2011.

Didn't one of them end up running the Biennial?

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Mark McNultyJune 28th 2011.

Aye, John Brady. He used to sing a song called 'I don't want to go bald'

Absinthe & TurksMay 3rd 2014.

♫ “I would rather be dead Than have a shiny head” ♫

Huge TeaMay 3rd 2014.

He's now running a rather good B&B in Devonshire Road, apparently. Whether or not the mirror faces the wall, I don't know, but the other in the hall is no good at all.

Colin MillsJune 27th 2011.

Many people connected with the Everyman ended up doing something amazing. Culture grew organically then.

AnonymousJune 27th 2011.

Utter utter mistake this.

AnonymousJune 28th 2011.

Any idea what time The Sixteen Tonnes are on? I'll be in Town this weekend. Fantastic band. Remind me of The Soggy Bottom Boys from O' Brother Where Art Thou? Dig.

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Mark McNultyJune 28th 2011.

Before 4pm I think but don;t count me on that. Shot a vid with them the other week for http://www.routesjukebox.com

mrsmarsaJune 28th 2011.

Surely they can open up somewhere else???

mrsmarsaJune 28th 2011.

I mean the food is too good not to isn't it?!

KnowledgeableJune 28th 2011.

There is talk of it, but as I understand it they want to take stock for a few months....

HelpfulJune 29th 2011.

I don't want to go bald/it's no good at all/I don't want to be called.../an old-age teenager

MikeJuly 1st 2011.

Remember-The only building EVER to be demolished in Mathew st was the Cavern--HA! This is short sighted vandalism of a similar breathtaking scale.
The gaping hole left in Liverpools social food and drink scene will be unfillable--!
Thanks to Paddy Dave and Tim and the jovial crew who have served us down the years.

May the worst of your tomorrows be better than the best of your yesterdays!------ Rustumlongpig

Crown JulesJuly 1st 2011.

I don't particularly give a toss about the theatre, nothing has appealed to me since the Playhouse took it over, which was the big nail in the coffin for me because I am not sure they understand what the Everyman or the people of Liverpool are about, less its place in the cultural fabric of the city.

However, their supreme arrogance is to get rid of the bistro which has never stopped engaging with the people. For what? So actors can have better showers??? Do me a favour.

Only in fkn Liverpool.

Absinthe & TurksJuly 1st 2011.

I would rather be dead/Than have a shiny head.

AnonymousJuly 1st 2011.

All this and T.J.'s closing too? There's left in this dump apart from this unpleasant professional scouserism

AnonymousJuly 1st 2011.

All this and T.J.'s closing too? There's nothing left in this dump apart from this new, unpleasant, professional scouserism and a load of pseudo-estuarine incomers.

You might as well live in Wirral!

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Pissed offJuly 1st 2011.

I hope they are proud of themselves. This is crazy.

MargueritaJuly 3rd 2011.

thanks to all the friendly staff in the everyman bistro for all your hard work to making the bistro what it was good food good selection for the vegetarians and gluten free will be very much missed, hope you all find employment elswere soon,will miss going to the everyman,very much had a good day yesterday,although sad it was not to be missed.very busy all the way through,music good food.

Champagne socialistJuly 4th 2011.

I still feel ill

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