Old Grapes, Little Quay Street. (c) beerintheevening.
Sat just off Quay Street, this pub is owned by Liz Dawn aka Vera Duckworth of Coronation Street fame and is adorned throughout with pictures of current and former cast members. These can regularly be spotted having a quick drink in here, due in no small part to its proximity to Granada Studios just across the road and the ownership by their former colleague. Sadly the pub itself doesn't live up to its casting. Despite there being an untold number of pumps, there is no real ale, just the keg rubbish and usual cider and Guinness accompaniments. When cask ale is just about the only segment of the on-trade that is growing, it's baffling that well-known city centre pubs like the Old Grapes can't be arsed to offer proper beer these days.
The Old Grapes is housed in a grey concrete monolith which was a hotel back in the day but seems empty these days. In the '80s the frontage was less impressive as well, as shown in these three 1987 photos. Inside it's a huge pub with an impressive outdoor drinking area, but inside it's nothing more than a number of identical looking opened-out rooms with little character other than the pictures hung, which also includes snaps of many B-list celebs (think Bob Hoskins) and some Man Utd stars (think John O'Shea). With its lack of real beer, sadly this pub is not one we would be likely to frequent, with little else to drag us in I'm afraid - we'll leave it to the celebs and Corrie tourists.