The Jacaranda is a revelation. It's a combined bar and live venue of course made famous by the swinging sixties Merseybeat and the Beatles connections. Haven't been this way for years and stumbled across it by chance whilst I was in the city for the Tall Ships weekend with a couple of friends and my girlfriend. First of all, the place is really clean and smart - even though it sits right in the middle of the part of the city for bars and clubs which attract the noisiest and most uncontrollable weekenders for the most part (could have done with avoiding the sight of one pissed up lager lad throwing up in the middle of Seel street as he sauntered down with his keks hanging around his ankles - some of these people don't know the meaning of the word dignity even if it poked them in the eyes.)
Inside the Jacaranda is a brilliant record shop on the first floor - and this was the biggest surprise. Lovely staff as well, really cool place to spend a couple of hours playing records on the turntables which feature on every bar table upstairs. How amazing is that? Drinks are reasonably priced and they do a mean capucino as well. Girlfriend Lorraine opted for one and she was not disappointed.
Had a browse through all the vinyl racks and found a couple of old 1980s indie albums which I lost from my own collection - all in all not a bad haul considering I was almost skint by the time we headed back home on the Monday evening! I would definitely visit this place again - it's a great venue.
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