Our bar was the favourite haunt of Ma’s friends and performers including Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and, later, Judy Garland. Do you know any tales or stories about the bar from years gone by or do you have a personal story to share, perhaps you fell in love at Ma’s or shared a story with one of the many stars that frequent our bar. Whatever your anecdote we’d love to hear it and share it on our recollections page.
‘Frank Sinatra stood right here once drinking a half of Guinness. And he said it was the best Guinness he had ever tasted!”
Sinatra played a run of five shows at the Empire at the end of July and start of August in 1953, and other accounts over the years about his fondness for Ma E’s suggested he was keen to experience a traditional English pub and, also, that he had to be fetched back to the Empire from the boozer moments before the curtain was due to go up on the second half of one of his shows.
— Iain Hoskins
“The last time I came here I was 14. It was in the 1960s when the Rolling Stones played the Empire. I tried to sneak in the pub afterwards because they were in here – but I was thrown out for being underage!”
The Stones played Liverpool’s former Odeon Theatre in nearby London Road, as part of their first British tour, in October 1963, while the Mersey Beat newspaper reported that they made the Adelphi Hotel their base for four days in September 1964 when they played the Empire, as well as dates in Chester, Manchester and Wigan
— Angie Flowers