Our Guide to Mad Friday on Seel Street

One of the most popular nights for office Christmas nights out and the last weekend before the festivities begin, we’ve put together a guide to Mad Friday on Seel Street in Liverpool.

This year, Mad Friday falls on Friday 22nd December, so it’s time to start planning where you’ll be spending one of the busiest nights of the year.

Mulholland

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One of the coolest bars on Seel Street, Mulholland is the perfect destination for a boozy Mad Friday night out.

Designed with an American theme in mind, this vibrant club is known for its amazing cocktails, brilliant beer offers and cheap eats.

Set within the Arthouse Hotel, but with a whole identity of its own, this quirky new venue transports visitors into a vintage Hollywood bar experience.

Mulholland is one of a kind.

Be At One

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A cocktail lovers heaven, set on Seel Street, Be At One is quirky bar perfect for anyone who’s into their mixology.

They offer pretty much every single type of cocktail you could ever imagine, that’s a staggering 150 different types of drink, from classic favourites, decadent ice cream concoctions and mocktails to suit every taste.

Inside it’s playful and bright, with colourful seats, faux grass hedges and neon signs that blend Liverpool’s musical heritage with pop art.

The ideal place to start your Mad Friday on Seel Street.

Kazimier Gardens

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Kazimier Garden is a rustic, botanical haven filled with mismatched furniture and outdoor décor that makes the perfect place for a night out with a difference.

This cosy wonderland is one of Liverpool’s first and best loved hidden gems, it’s one of the most unique venues in the city.

On Mad Friday, you’ll be able to sip on their delicious range of mulled drinks and really get into the Christmas spirit.

The Peacock

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The ideal destination for a late night tipple on Mad Friday on Seel Street, The Peacock features a large beer garden and various floors to enjoy a range of music genres.

Sure to be very busy, they offer offers cheap eats, delicious cocktails and amazing drinks deals that will have you dancing the night away until it closes.

Alma de Cuba

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Recently voted Liverpool’s best bar, Alma de Cuba fuses electrifying Cuban, Hispanic and Latin American culture into Liverpool’s nightlife scene.

Renowned for its delicious cocktails, you can expect everything from shimmying Salsa dancers to mesmerising petal shows and vibrant entertainment from Alma’s resident DJ.

This stunning converted church is sure to be the highlight of any Mad Friday on Seel Street.

Brooklyn Mixer

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Beers galore, delightful cocktail concoctions and a superb mix of music across three floors, Brooklyn Mixer is one of the top destinations for Mad Friday on Seel Street.

Known for its ‘big beats’ and cheap drinks, this venue hosts regular DJ’s one the different floors, perfect for having a boogie.

The bar is stocked with Brooklyn beers, as well as an extensive cocktail menu and all the spirits you could dream of.

EBGBs

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The new venture from the team behind Heebies, The Jacaranda and Jacaranda Records, EBGBs is set underneath the famous Heebies and prides itself on being both a bar and a club.

The perfect place to send an alternative Mad Friday on Seel Street, EBGBs has been designed as a chilled out biker inspired bar room with high quality drinks as well as the cheap and cheerful bottles.

With an electric atmosphere and good tunes, you’d be mad not to go.

Salt Dog Slims

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A combination of German and American culture, this popular bar is the creation of the wizards behind Santa Chupitos and El Bandito.

Serving an amazing range of beers, ales, cocktails and spirit, this resident dive bar is a favourite in Liverpool.

You can also visit their secret cocktail bar upstairs for the ultimate Mad Friday on Seel Street.

Heebie Jeebies

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Renowned for its bustling courtyard and three floors of music, there are few bars with better spaces to mingle with locals than Heebie Jeebies.

Expect eclectic DJ nights and live music with amazing drinks deals, this is one of the best places to visit on Mad Friday.

You’ll have to get in there early though, as the queue can usually go all the way around the block!

Stay in the Skyline Suites

If you’re looking for Mad Friday hotel rooms in Liverpool, then look no further than our magical Skyline Suites.

At Arthouse Hotel, we’re renowned for our dazzling party rooms and stylish group accommodation.

And what better way to celebrate this crazy night of the year than with a stay in the Skyline Suites?

Sleeping up to 12 people each, these stylish suites are interconnected, so larger groups can book the whole floor.

Fitted with everything you could wish for and luxurious features, you’ll be able to keep the drinks flowing with your own private bar.

You can also toast to the night ahead as you sink into your large whirlpool bath, perfect for pampering and partying before you head out.

They couldn’t be the Skyline Suites without a view of the Liverpool skyline, step out onto your terrace and look out across the city as you take in unrivalled views across the city centre.

To book your stay in the Skyline Suites or Arthouse Hotel for Mad Friday, get in touch with our friendly team today. 

A Student Night Out on Seel Street

With Freshers Week over and the Uni work starting to pile up, it’s time to have a break from work and start planning your next student night out.

Seel Street is at the heart of Liverpool’s vibrant nightlife, with Concert Square just a few minutes’ walk away and an abundance of quirky bars and clubs to choose from, it’s the ultimate destination for a student night out in Liverpool.

To help you choose, we’ve rounded up the best student friendly bars and their best deals, so get out of the library and check it out.

Mulholland

Best Deal: 2 for £6 beers and 2-4-1 cocktails before 10pm

Mulholland bar

One of the coolest and newest bars on the block, Mulholland is the perfect destination for a boozy student night out.

Designed with an American theme in mind, this vibrant club is known for its amazing cocktails, brilliant beer offers and cheap eats.

Set within the Arthouse Hotel, but with a whole identity of its own, this quirky new venue transports visitors into a vintage Hollywood bar experience.

Mulholland is one of a kind.

Brooklyn Mixer

Best Deal: Beer and nachos for £4

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Beers galore, delightful cocktail concoctions and a superb mix of music across three floors, Brooklyn Mixer is one of the top student destinations in Liverpool.

Known for its ‘big beats’ and cheap drinks, this venue hosts regular DJ’s one the different floors and events throughout the week.

The bar is stocked with Brooklyn beers, as well as an extensive cocktail menu and all the spirits you could dream of.

Heebie Jeebies

Best Deal: Quids in Thursday night – every drink is £1

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Known as Heebies to just about everyone that’s ever been, this famous club makes for a much loved student venue.

Renowned for its bustling courtyard and three floors of music, there are few bars with better spaces to mingle with locals than Heebie Jeebies.

Expect eclectic DJ nights and live music with amazing drinks deals, this is one of the best places to visit as a student.

With an electric atmosphere and good tunes, you’d be mad not to go.

EBGBs

Best Deal: 2-4-1 cocktails all night on Fridays

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The new venture from the team behind Heebies, The Jacaranda and Jacaranda Records, EBGBs is set underneath the famous Heebies and prides itself on being both a bar and a club.

The Lone Wolf Bar has been designed as a chilled out biker inspired bar room with high quality drinks as well as the cheap and cheerful bottles.

The club room hosts nights including Liverpool’s longest running alternative/indie night Liquidation, as well as shows from different performers every night, ranging from the House of Suarez Vogue performers, Monster Cirques fire dancers and a crew of break dancers and roller girls.

The Raz

Best Deal: Fat Frogs for less than a fiver

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The Raz is a student heaven and a rite of passage to any first year. This grimy bar is renowned for having ridiculously cheap drinks and is without a doubt the place to go if you’re looking for a very inexpensive night out.

Choose from strange concoctions like the Fat Frog or an alcoholic slushy and come home with change from a tenner.

You’ll grow to love the sticky floors, sweaty walls and the infamous Raz flu following a night out there.

Monday night is Raz night, but get there early if you don’t want to queue around the block.

Salt Dog Slims

Best Deal: Quirky deals on national days and offers for events around the city

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Seel Street’s resident dive bar may be known for its delicious steins and brine, but Salt Dog Slims also comes alive after dark.

A combination of German and American culture, this popular bar is the creation of the wizards behind Santa Chupitos and El Bandito.

Expect to pay a bit more for your cocktail, but they are well worth it and the atmosphere is always brilliant.

They also have a secret speakeasy style bar upstairs that you can only enter with a special code, ask behind the bar for more info!

It’s one of the best kept secrets in Liverpool . . . well, maybe not anymore.

Empire

Best Deal: Free entry and drinks from £2 on Thursdays

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Empire is a prime nightlife hotspot playing everything from disco, funk, hip hop, RnB, deep house and club classics mixed by local and international DJs.

A four floored wonderland at the heart of Liverpool’s nightlife, Empire is its very own little kingdom and the most popular destination for a student night out.

There’s the unique ‘States’ floor which features a chic LA bar and sleek decor, the ‘Grande’ floor with an exclusive VIP section, a quirky Tzar floor and finally the lower floor, Dojo, has a distinct oriental theme with Geisha girls and a Sintillate music policy that never fails to get feet moving.

Alma de Cuba

Best Deal: 4 bottles of beer for £10 on selected nights

Alma de Cuba

Recently voted Liverpool’s best bar, Alma de Cuba fuses electrifying Cuban, Hispanic and Latin American culture into Liverpool’s nightlife scene.

This vibrant bar was once Liverpool’s oldest Catholic Church and still retains some of the amazing original features.

The insides of the former church are illuminated by ethereal candles, stained glass windows and dazzling chandeliers, with the stunning alter still intact today.

Renowned for its delicious cocktails, you can expect everything from shimmying Salsa dancers to mesmerising petal shows and vibrant entertainment from Alma’s resident DJ.

This stunning converted church is sure to be the highlight of any student night out.

Lago

Best Deal: Jagerbombs for £2

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Located just off Seel Street, LA’GO keeps its doors open late and resident DJ’s provide a top mix of funk-fusion so you can groove into the early hours.

Free entry and great deals on booze, you can top up and soak up the lively, intimate atmosphere without spending a packet.

Follow the bar along and you’ll find sofas and a Foosball table for a fun and fair method of deciding who buys the next round.

LA’GO’s is the perfect destination if you’re looking to have a boogie into the early hours.

Arts Club

Best Deal: Just £3 for an early bird Medication ticket

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One of Liverpool’s leading music venues, the Arts Club is a hub for brilliant live music gigs and electric clubs nights.

Arguably the best night they host is Medication, the most iconic and famous student night out. Every Friday, the club is transformed into a colourful, dance lover’s heaven where confetti is thrown and laser are shone until the early hours.

With top DJs playing the most famous hits, this night is a must on the student circuit.

The Peacock

Best Deal: Every Friday, free BBQ from 5pm

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Sitting at the top of Seel Street, The Peacock features a large beer garden and various floors to enjoy a range of music genres.

They are famous for their free BBQ’s and tasty woodfired pizzas that are perfect for soaking up the alcohol.

The ideal destination for a late night tipple and a boogie on the dance floor, this student friendly bar offers cheap eats and delicious cocktails that will have you staying until it closes.

Kazamier Garden

Best Deal: Free entry to amazing events 

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Fondly known as ‘The Kaz”, this alternative hideout fuses earthy hippy vibes with electronic music, in a festival environment tucked away behind the most urban streets of Liverpool.

Kazimier Garden is a rustic, botanical haven filled with mismatched furniture and outdoor décor that makes the perfect place for a night out with a difference.

Even when the weather is chilly, you’ll find The Kaz full to the brim with music lovers and locals.

This cosy wonderland is one of Liverpool’s first and best loved hidden gems, it’s one of the most unique venues in the city.

Be At One

Best Deal: £5 cocktails Sun-Thurs with a valid Student card

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Set slightly back from the hustle and bustle of Seel Street, Be At One is a cocktail heaven for anyone who’s into their mixology.

They offer pretty much every single type of cocktail you could ever imagine, this bar offers drinkers over 150 different types of drink, from classic favourites, decadent ice cream concoctions and mocktails to suit every taste.

Inside it’s playful and bright, with colourful seats, faux grass hedges and neon signs that blend Liverpool’s musical heritage with pop art.

There’s Happy Hour every day, which lasts at least three hours and all day on Sundays, the perfect student night out.

Recover at Arthouse Hotel

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If living in halls is starting to drag, have the ultimate student night out with a stay in the amazing Arthouse Hotel.

Located in the heart of Liverpool’s nightlife, this hotel is the number one destination for luxurious group accommodation.

So, if you want to make the most of living in our glorious city, get in touch with our team today and book your stay.

Book a Spectacular Spooky Stay at Arthouse Hotel for Halloween

Follow the yellow brick road to your worst nightmares and have the scariest night of the year with a spooky stay at Arthouse Hotel for Halloween.

At Arthouse Hotel, it’s clear we love a good movie or two, but what you may not know is we also adore horror films!

With Halloween fast approaching, it’s time to start planning how you’ll be spending the spookiest night of the year.

From terrifying classics to thrilling murder mysteries, our hotel has a scary movie-themed room to suite every Halloween fan.

Which one will you choose?

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The Horrifying Hitchcock Floor

The perfect hotel for fans of classic horror films, at the Arthouse we have a whole floor dedicated to ‘The Master of Suspense’, Alfred Hitchcock.

From rooms focused around the infamous Suspicion to a stunning tribute to The Birds, you’re sure to have a frightful night.

Choose from eight Hitchcock themed rooms, sleeping between four and six guests, and get ready for an eerie Halloween night.

The Birds

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One of our favourite rooms from the Hitchcock floor is our tribute to The Bird’s.

This dark and decadent room transports its visitors into the mind of one of the greatest filmmakers, with a horrifying mural from the film set on the ceiling.

A critically acclaimed thriller, Hitchcock’s The Bird’s is a suspense-filled masterpiece revolving around a love story between a stunning blonde starlet and a handsome heartthrob, until things take a terrifying turn for the worse.

Adapted from a 1952 short story written by Daphne du Maurier, Hitchcock masterfully plays on the human emotion of fear in this all time classic.

The Birds

Known for his devious methods whilst filming, during the filming of the attic scene he forced the leading actress to work for 5 days in an enclosed space using live birds instead of mechanical.

Even though his methods were almost maniacal, The Birds goes down in history as the greatest thriller/horror movie of all time.

One of Hitchcock’s most gripping horror films, the world of The Birds is the perfect place to spend All Hallows Eve.

Suspicion

Next up is undoubtedly one of Alfred Hitchcock’s best loved psychological thrillers, Suspicion.

A twisted and spooky tale of love and betrayal, this tense film follows the story of Johnnie Aygsgarth and Lina McLaidlaw’s, portrayed by the legendary Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine.

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When handsome gambler Johnnie crosses paths with shy and bookish Lina, love blossoms and they quickly marry. However, it’s only after their honeymoon that the truth behind Johnnie’s façade begins to unravel and turn dark.

The plot twists and turns as Hitchcock builds the suspense until it is uncovered that Johnnie’s friend, Beaky, has been mysteriously murdered. Lina starts to question everything and has the suspicion that Johnnie is the murderer. Will she be next?

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From its impeccable casting to its chilling musical leitmotif, Suspicion is certainly a timeless masterpiece in cinema and the perfect backdrop to a spooky stay at Arthouse.

With dark and ghostly interiors and blood red bedding, this spine-tingling suite is sure to raise the hairs on the back of your neck.

Spellbound

Get enchanted by our mesmerising Spellbound room and come on a spooky journey to discover your psyche.

One of Alfred Hitchcock’s most psychological films, Spellbound delves into the mysterious world of psychoanalysis, a technique of bringing unconscious memories and thoughts to the surface as a therapeutic technique and treatment for some mental health issues.

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Based on the thriller The House of Dr Edwardes, the predominantly black and white film invites us to Green Manors, a mental hospital in Vermont. Here, we meet Dr Constance Peterson, a cold and emotionless female psychoanalyst, and learn that the current director of the hospital, Dr Murchison, is being forced into retirement after taking a leave of absence for nervous exhaustion. His replacement comes in the form of Dr Anthony Edwardes, a very young and attractive man.

Dr Petersen grows suspicious of the impossibly young director and discovers a mystery that will take all her psychoanalysing skills to solve.

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One of the film’s most mysterious scenes is famed surrealist artist Salvador Dali’s conception of the film’s key dream sequence. Hitchcock gave Dali free rein of the sequence, with only minimal plot pointers and the sequence ended up being 20 minutes long. It was eventually cut down to just two minutes, but it is still one of the most unique and unnerving sequences in cinema.

Spellbound is dark, mysterious and artistic, a true icon in the Hitchcock collection. Sleeping up to six people, invite all your Hitchcock aficionados to stay in the luxury Spellbound room in Arthouse Hotel for Halloween.

The Frightful Rocky Horror Show Room

Maybe less of a stereotypical horror film, the Rocky Horror Show room echoes the extravagance and darkness of the iconic movie.

A cult musical, comedy and horror classic, the film tells the story of a newly engaged couple whose car breaks down in a desolate area.

While in search of help, their journey takes an unforgettable turn when they stumble upon the weird and eerie castle of Dr Frank-N-Furter, an alien from planet Transsexual.

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When they enter the castle, they find it is full of strangers dressed in elaborate unearthly costumes and they are catapulted into a scary world of darkness.

The film is famous for having a loyal cult following with midnight showings becoming all the rage, avid fans would dress up as the spooky characters to celebrate their love for this truly unique classic.

Echoing the extravagance of the Rocky Horror Show, our fantastic themed room invites up to six guests to step into a time warp. This suite is perfect for booking group accommodation for Halloween in the city centre with family or friends.

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Featuring deluxe interiors and chesterfield walls, guests can make themselves feel right at home by sinking into one of our cosy, luxury beds or the relaxing double Jacuzzi bath.

If you’re looking for an alternative Halloween, book a stay in our Rocky Horror Show suite and delve into the mad world of Dr Frank-N-Furter.

The Spine-tingling Chicago Suite

The story of two women from the Jazz scene in prohibition-era Chicago, both accused of murder and awaiting trial on the infamous Murderess Row, Chicago is dark and brilliant classic.

Velma Kelly is a nightclub singer, accused of the murder of her cheating husband and sister. Velma is the unrivalled star of the cell block until Roxie Hart is arrested for the murder of her lover, a crime her husband Amos initially took the fall for.

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Both women fight to be represented in court by Chicago’s slickest lawyer, Billy Flynn, conjuring up a media circus in the build up to their trials and singing and dancing their way to celebrity criminal status.

With plenty of jail scenes, shadows and murderous women, this film is perfect for celebrating Halloween with a bit of razzle dazzle.

The room sleeps up to six people, you and your friends are sure to fall in love with the black leather interiors and velvet features that take inspiration from the 1975 musical.

Enjoy the comfort of our luxury beds, kitchenette, large screen TV and a relaxing double Jacuzzi bath. You’ll never want to leave.

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The Eerie Phantom of the Opera Room

Last but certainly not least, is our decadent and mysterious Phantom of the Opera suite.

Based on the French novel Le Fantome de lOpera by Gaston Leroux, the Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a bitter and badly disfigured man, known as the Phantom, who lives in the sewers underneath the Paris Opera House and haunts anyone who enters.

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He falls in love with the chorus opera singer and to get closer to her begins privately tutoring her. During these lessons he wears a long black cloak and mask to hide his scarred face.

The story was inspired by historical event at the Paris Opera during the 19th century, and the mythical tale of using a former ballet pupil’s skeleton in the 1841 production of Der Freischutz. Due to the story’s popularity, it was adapted into various film and stage adaptations, including the 1925 film.

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Hauntingly beautiful, the Phantom of the Opera has been deemed the greatest musical phenomenon of all time, offering stunning music and lyrics that has captured the hearts, minds and ears of international audiences.

Our opulent room is a tribute to this amazing story, sleeping up to six people, it features a host of unique features ensuring that Phantom of the Opera at Arthouse is nothing short of magical.

Stay at Arthouse Hotel for Halloween

Arthouse Hotel is close to Liverpool’s city centre and just minutes walk to the vibrant and ever-growing nightlife.

Pay special homage to Hitchcock’s legacy and the impact he left on the cinematic world with an entire floor dedicated to his most iconic films, or go for an alternative Halloween in the weird and wonderful Rocky Horror Show room.

Just a few minutes walk from Liverpool’s thriving nightlife, restaurants and shops, Arthouse is the perfect hotel for Halloween in Liverpool.

Call on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to book your stay at Liverpool’s best movie theme hotel for Halloween. 

Our Favourite Leading Ladies of Hollywood

At Arthouse Hotel, some of our favourite rooms are those dedicated to films featuring iconic leading ladies of Hollywood.

From Audrey Hepburn to Marilyn Monroe, our hotel is an accolade to some of the best movies from the silver screen and the famous females that starred in these classics.

Whether you love a good sing-a-long with Julie Andrews or revel in the magical mystery of the land of Oz,  Arthouse Hotel is sure to have a room you’ll love.

Here are some of the most celebrated leading ladies from our film themed rooms, which are your favourites?

Julie Andrews

One of the most iconic and loved women of our time, Julie Andrews is an English singer, actor and author.

Famed for her perfect pitch and impressive vocal range, she is most known for her roles in Mary Poppins and Maria Von Trapp in The Sound of Music.

Born Julia Elizabeth Wells in October 1935 in Walton-on-Thames, her mother Barbara was a professional pianist who was married to a woodwork teacher.

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Andrews hit fame after starring in Broadway musicals My Fair Lady in 1956, playing Eliza Doolittle, and Camelot in 1960, playing Queen Guinevere.

But it was in 1964 that she made her first film debut as Mary Poppins and shot to stardom. Andrews won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her amazing performance as the beloved governess.

Following this she was snapped up by 20th Century Fox for the film that would crystallise both the fame and the image she had gained with Poppins.

Her performance as Maria Von Trapp in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music ensured Andrews’ status as one of the few British actors truly to conquer America.

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Julie Andrews became both a gay icon, a family favourite and has remained an international treasure.

She was also made a Dame in 1999 and we love her so much, there are two rooms dedicated to her fabulous work!

The Sound of Music Room

Our beautiful Sound of Music room is a stunning tribute to arguably the greatest musical of all time.

Based on The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta von Trapp, The Sound of Music changed musicals and movies forever.

This heart-warming story of Maria, who accepts a job to become a governess to a large family and falls in love with the children and their widowed father, captured the nations imagination.

The Sound of Music was the highest-grossing film of 1965 and by 1966 the film became the highest grossing film of all time, surpassing Gone with the Wind and breaking box office records in 29 countries.

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This luxurious room, which offers a large screen TV and a kitchenette, will make you feel like a Hollywood star as you indulge in a relaxing double Jacuzzi bath, providing a truly enjoyable stay at our themed hotel.

You can guarantee the Sound of Music inspired rooms will capture your heart as much as the 1965 musical. Sleeping up to 6 people, it’s the perfect room for anyone who loves Julie Andrews.

Mary Poppins Room

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Or, if you’re more of a fan of Julie Andrews when she was ‘practically perfect in every way’, book a stay in the magical Mary Poppins suite.

The fantastical tale of Mary Poppins tells the story of one amazing nanny, who transforms family life for George Banks and his children through song, dance and sheer magic.

Marry Poppins Room

Tumble into your very own chalk painted dream and fall in love with this whimsical and wonderful Poppins themed accommodation.

The room sleeps up to 6 people and features unique Poppins murals, a large screen TV, kitchenette and a double Jacuzzi bath, you will never want to leave our movie-themed hotel in Liverpool.

Marilyn Monroe

An actress, model and sex symbol of the 1950s, Marilyn Monroe was an icon of her time.

Best remembered for her glamour, charm and perhaps the most sensual rendition of ‘happy birthday’ of all time, Monroe starred in numerous blockbuster films.

But behind the camera lens, Marilyn Monroe wasn’t just the effervescent actress who played the comic ‘dumb blonde’ characters, she was shy, clever and modest.

A hopeless romantic, Monroe was perpetually in search of love and desperate to start a family of her own, a far cry from the ditsy blonde that lit up the silver screen.

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Born and raised in Los Angeles as Norma Jeane, Monroe spent most of her childhood in foster homes and an orphanage.

She married at the age of just sixteen and began working in a radio plane factory in 1944, as part of the war effort. Whilst there she was introduced to a photographer from the First Motion Picture Unit and began a successful pin-up modelling career.

She signed a contract with Fox in 1951 and over the next two years, she became a popular actress with roles in several comedies, including As Young as You Feel and Monkey Business.

By 1953, Monroe was one of the most marketable Hollywood stars, with leading roles in the noir Niagara and the comedies Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire.

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In 1955, she starred in one of the biggest box office successes of her career, The Seven Year Itch. Following this she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in Some Like It Hot. Her last completed film was the drama The Misfits in 1961.

During her short life, Monroe struggled with anxiety, depression and the fact she was always type cast as a ‘sex symbol’.

Sadly on August 5, 1962, she died at age 36 from an overdose of barbiturates at her home in Los Angeles.

To this day, Monroe has been celebrated for her beauty and talent as an actress and icon.

Marilyn Diptych Room

Instead of celebrating the blonde bombshell’s films, we decided to showcase one of the most iconic and famous portraits of the actress, Andy Warhol’s ‘Marilyn Diptych’.

Echoing the beauty and sparkle of Marilyn Monroe, this room captures Warhol’s artistic vision, transporting you into the colourful world of pop art.

Completed in 1962, Warhol’s silkscreen painting the Marilyn Diptych is one of his most infamous and influential works.

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Following Marilyn’s death in 1962, Warhol began a four month artistic journey, creating over twenty silkscreen paintings of the engaging American star.

Warhol’s creation was based on one publicity photograph of Marilyn, taken for the film Niagara in 1953.

Warhol’s vision for the piece was inspired by the themes of death and the cult of celebrity, both of which Marilyn had become renowned for. Alluding to the media whirlwind and her mortality, Warhol created a fusion of these elements using a vivid contrast of colour combined with a fading effect.

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The repetitive image of Marilyn’s face is thought to reflect her incomparable media presence, while the contrast of colours reminds viewers that while Marilyn’s bright and vibrant status may have felt perpetual, her mortality meant that she would always fade away.

Sleeping up to 4 guests without compromising on quality and style, this stylish suite is ideal for those interested in the life of Monroe and the glamour of the 50s and 60s.

Audrey Hepburn

One of Hollywood’s greatest style icons known for her beauty, elegance and grace, Audrey Hepburn was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third-greatest female screen legend in Golden Age Hollywood.

A philanthropist, humanitarian and talented performer, she was born on 4th May 1929, in Brussels, Belgium and spent most of her childhood moving between Belgium, England and the Netherlands.

She studied ballet from a young age which led to her performing as a chorus girl in West End musical theatre productions.

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When she was 22 years old, Hepburn starred in the 1951 Broadway play Gigi after being spotted by French novelist Colette, on whose work the play was based.

Following this, she shot to stardom for playing the lead role in Roman Holiday in 1953, for which she was the first actress to win an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for a single performance.

She went on to star in a number of successful films, such as Sabrina (1954), The Nun’s Story (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Charade (1963), My Fair Lady (1964) and Wait Until Dark (1967), for which she received Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. Hepburn won a record three BAFTA Awards for Best British Actress in a Leading Role.

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As her life went on Hepburn appeared in fewer films, devoting much of her later life to UNICEF.

She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in December 1992. A month later, Hepburn died of appendiceal cancer at her home in Switzerland at the age of 63.

My Fair Lady Room

An enchanting blend of comedy, romance and singalong hits, My Fair Lady is a timeless masterpiece that fans continue to adore today.

Visually striking with an infamous score, the revival of the stage production brought the dazzling costumes and colourful sets to the big screen.

my fair lady

It tells the story of a young girl’s transformation from a working-class Cockney to a high society Victorian lady. Eliza Doolittle, played by Hepburn agrees to lessons from phonetics Professor Henry Higgins, who works with Eliza on her speech to improve her job prospects.

However, it doesn’t take long for their budding relationship to escalate into a complicated love triangle. Higgins finds himself besotted with Eliza, but only after she’s been swept off her feet by an aristocratic suitor.

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Capturing the spirit of one of the best loved musicals of all time, our My Fair Lady room is truly something special.

Sleeping up to six guests, the My Fair Lady room radiates character and charm reflective of the classic musical. Featuring a luxurious kitchenette, opulent fittings and a flat screen TV, the film’s qualities are certainly reflected in this magical hotel room.

Judy Garland

Renowned for her contralto vocals and youthful glow, Judy Garland was an American singer, actress and vaudevillian.

She attained international stardom that continued throughout a career spanning more than 40 years as an actress in musical and dramatic roles, as a recording artist, and on concert stages.

Born as Frances Ethel Gumm in June 1922, Garland began performing in vaudeville with her two older sisters and was signed to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as a teenager. Signed by MGM, she made more than two dozen films with them, including nine with Mickey Rooney.

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However, in 1939, Judy shot immediately to stardom with The Wizard of Oz, in which she portrayed Dorothy, an orphaned girl living on a farm in the dry plains of Kansas who is whisked off to the magical world of Oz on the other side of the rainbow.

Her poignant performance and sweet delivery of her signature song, ‘Over The Rainbow’, earned Judy a special juvenile Oscar statuette on 29 February 1940 for Best Performance by a Juvenile Actor.

Following this, she continued to star in successful films including Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), The Harvey Girls (1946) and Easter Parade (1948) until she was released from the studio.

Judy went on to make record-breaking concert appearances, a successful recording career, and her own Emmy-nominated television series.

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In later years, her film appearances became fewer only starring in A Star Is Born (1954) and Judgement at Nuremberg (1961). At 39, she became the youngest and first female recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in the film industry.

From an early age, Garland struggled with the pressures of adolescent stardom and her self-image which was constantly under the spotlight. Throughout her life, she married five times, with her first four marriages ending in divorce.

Sadly Judy had a long addiction with drugs and alcohol, which ultimately led to her death from a barbiturate overdose at the age of 47.

Still celebrated today, Judy Garland was one of the greatest actresses with one of the most unique voices of our time.

Wizard of Oz Room

The Wizard of Oz is undoubtedly a timeless classic, notable for its innovative use of technicolor, this amazing film captured imaginations all over the world.

An iconic film in popular culture, it won Oscars for Best Original Song with Over the Rainbow and Best Original Score by Herbert Stothart.

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Our stunning Wizard of Oz room makes the most of the characters that delighted it’s audiences, with an amazing picture of Dorothy and her friends on the ceiling.

Featuring plush champagne interiors, a stylish kitchenette and a double Jacuzzi bath, the Wizard of Oz suite has everything you’d expect from a room inspired by the magical musical.

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Sleeping up to six people in two luxury doubles and two single beds, this room has been designed with a fabulous adventure in mind and guarantee you’ll never want your Arthouse adventure to end.

If you enjoyed our marvellous round up of the best leading ladies of Hollywood, why not book a stay in our magical movie-themed hotel and be transported back to the golden era of film. 

Get in touch with one of our friendly team today to book a stay worthy of Hollywood. 

Become a Master of Mixology with our Cocktail Masterclass

Have you always fancied yourself as a cocktail connoisseur? Or maybe you just enjoy a tipple or two. At the Arthouse Bar we offer an amazing cocktail masterclass that will have you and your friends mixing up a storm.

Set within the amazing movie-themed hotel bar, this masterclass is a brilliant gift for a birthday celebration, a hen party and many other occasions.

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How much: £20pp

This brilliant cocktail masterclass is perfect for learning the tricks of the mixing trade.

You might already be an expert at drinking cocktails, but wouldn’t it be great if you could craft some concoctions of your own? Learn to mix, muddle and mash at our brilliant cocktail masterclass.

During the class our expert bar staff will teach you how to make a variety of cocktails, from the traditional mojito to some of our Signature combinations. By the end you’ll know all there is to know about your favourite tipples.

cocktail masterclass

Each cocktail masterclass includes the following per person;

  • A cocktail upon arrival, prepared by one of our talented bar staff
  • The chance to each make a cocktail of your choice from our menu with the guidance of our trained bar staff
  • A glass of prosecco to enjoy while you learn the art of cocktail making
  • Some shots to use for some fun drinking games

The classes last around 90 minutes each, so there’s plenty of time to shake things up and have a fantastic booze-fuelled evening.

Our Cocktails

At the Arthouse bar we serve a range of creative cocktails that are themed around stars of the silver screen. From Ginger Rodgers to Marilyn Monroe, our inventive medley’s are perfect for any film lover.

Here are some of our famous movie-themed cocktails that you could get the chance to create yourself.

Charlie Chapgin

The larger than life Charlie Chapgin offers the perfect mix of elderflower, lemon, blueberry, apple and G’vine Gin. It is inspired by the great comic actor, filmmaker and composer Charlie Chaplin.

charlie chagpin

Marlon Brandy

This stunning concoction made up of cream, brandy and banana is named after Marlon Brando, it’s sure to get your taste buds tingling.

Marlon Brandy

Liz Taylor Fizz

A great of the silver screen, our delicious Liz Taylor Fizz is a refreshing zesty cocktail that is perfect for a summer’s evening.

Liz Taylor Fizz

Cherry Grant

Dedicated to Hollywood leading man Cary Grant, this wonderful mix of amaretto, coconut rum, overproof rum and cherry is so delicious we can’t get enough of it.

cherry grant

Yellapepperita

For a cocktail that packs a punch, we recommend the Yellapepperita, which is created from tequila, passion fruit, lime and yellow pepper.

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Try a Movie-Themed Pizza

After all of that cocktail making, you’re sure to have worked up an appetite.

At the Arthouse Pizzeria, we serve some of the most delicious, film-themed pizzas in Liverpool.

Choose from the spicy Some Like it Hot with pepperoni and chilli, or try the West Side Story with half chorizo and roasted peppers and half pastrami. If you’re a vegetarian there’s the Margherita Hayworth or the Casablanca which is topped with artichoke, olive and roast pepper with rocket and harissa.

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These tasty pizza’s are the best way to refuel after your cocktail masterclass.

For more information or to book in a cocktail masterclass call our friendly team on 07792109394 and we’ll be happy to help!

Book a Stay at the Arthouse Hotel for Liverpool’s Independents’ Week

Liverpool is famous for its wealth of independent eateries, shops, boutiques, bars and pop ups, so it’s no surprise that our city is dedicating a whole week of celebrations to these unique businesses.

The party kicked off on Monday and runs all the way up to Sunday 9th July, when Bold Street will come alive with an exciting celebration of the very best of Liverpool’s independents’.

Expect plenty of outdoor activities, food markets, mini festivals and food and drink offers as the city honours this ever-growing community.

Why not treat yourself to a stay at the Arthouse Hotel for Liverpool’s Independents’ Week and really make the most of the Bold Street festivities.

The Arthouse is just a few minutes’ walk from the heart of the festival so you’ll be in the perfect location to really enjoy the merriment.

Celebrating Bold Street

When: 10am-6pm, Sunday 9th July

Where: Bold Street

Bold Street

On Sunday 9th the spotlight will be set over Bold Street as the Independent shops, bars and restaurants put on exclusive offers and events for one day only.

There will be a farmers marker, arts and crafts stalls, a pop up kitchen featuring some of Bold Street’s favourite chefs, street theatre and much more.

Check out the best offers and events to look out for on the day.

Fab Food and Drinks Offers

East Avenue Bakehouse

One of the favourites on the Bold Street Independents’ circuit, East Avenue Bakehouse have teamed up with the Bombed Out Church to offer a brilliant picnic deal.

Pick up a ready-made picnic in a tote bag from £9.95 and enjoy it in the gardens of the Bombed out Church.

Let’s hope the weather is nice!

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Leaf

This popular tea and music emporium will host a pop up tea stall where you’ll be able to create your own individual tea blend and take part in fun activities.

There will also be DJ sets from Crackle and Dust who play a vinyl only excursion into hip hop, boogie, funk and disco.

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Miyagi 

A delightful Japanese restaurant, Miyagi will be celebrating Liverpool’s Independents’ Week by offering diners a brilliant 25% off their food bill and 2 for 1 cocktails all day.

Don’t forget to try some of their fantastic Sake, it’s delicious.

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Red Dog Saloon

Red Dog will be carrying on the party with an outdoor seating area and food stall selling their Kansas City BBQ style food.

They will also be giving away some of their signature American chicken to lucky passers-by!

The Italian Club Fish and Restaurant 

Fan of all things fishy or maybe you want to try something new? Don’t miss out on the Italian Club Fish’s oyster giveaway, only available on Sunday.

There will also be an extended outdoor seating area, so you can soak up the rays whilst you knock back an oyster or two.

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Mattas

The hugely popular International Food Supermarket will be offering special food tasting events all day.

If you’re not familiar with Mattas, they specialise in international, vegan and healthy foods you won’t find in your average supermarket.

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Top Retail Treats

Dig Vinyl 

This music emporium is a firm Bold Street favourite, and to prove it they’re putting on a massive 50p vinyl sale on hundreds of single and LP’s.

It’s not just on Sunday either, it’s already started! So if you want to miss the crowds, head there this week and bag a bargain.

Independents' Week

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Cow 

Cow Vintage will be hosting a range of outdoor activities for all the family, plus there will be great deals on their vintage fashion.

What’s not to love?

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News From Nowhere 

This Liverpool institution will be holding their famous “Bolshy Bargain Bookstall” outside the bookshop.

With an amazing array of bargain books on all subjects, books to entertain you, inform you and empower you to change the world.

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Fun Events

Uncle Sam’s 

Uncle Sam’s will be hosting their famous burger challenge for anyone who is brave enough to take on the gigantic feast.

If you think you can eat the colassal burger that also features fries inside it, give it a go! If you’re successful you won’t have to pay a penny.

There will also be a few local celebrities there, you’ll have to attend to find out who.

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Whisc

Why not treat yourself to a mini massage or nail treatment?

Whisc will be there for all your beauty and pampering needs, plus Tai Chi and Yoga classes, tasters and dancing demos.

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Maray

Located in the heart of Bold Street’s restaurant scene, Maray specialises in small plates that are perfect for sharing.

On Sunday, they will be putting on a BBQ with outdoor seating and a live demonstration from their talented chefs.

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With an array of homegrown treats, handmade keepsakes, chef demonstrations and secrets on signature dishes, street theatre, games, face painting and much more, Liverpool’s Independents’ week is set to be a fantastic celebration.

Book a Stay at Our Movie-Themed Hotel

Just a few minutes’ walk from Bold Street you’ll find the Arthouse Hotel, perfectly located to enjoy the best of Independents’ Week.

Each room in our unique hotel is themed around a classic film, director or icon, making it a hotel like no other.

Independents week

It’s perfect for couples, families or groups who want to stay together as we offer accommodation that can sleep up to 8 people.

Take a walk down the yellow brick road and book a weekend stay to remember at our magical movie-themed hotel.

5 Steps to the Best Father’s Day at the Arthouse Hotel

Dads are notoriously hard to buy for, so this Father’s Day why not surprise him with a gift that’s a little different. Forget the usual pair of socks or jazzy tie he’ll never wear, instead take him out for a Father’s Day he’ll never forget at the Arthouse Hotel.

Follow these 5 easy steps and your Dad is sure to have the best Father’s Day yet.

Book a Stay in our Movie-Themed Hotel

Is your Dad a film fanatic? If so, the Arthouse Hotel is the perfect place to celebrate a wonderful movie-themed Father’s Day.

Each room in our unique hotel is inspired by a classic film, director or icon, making it a hotel like no other. From Hitchcock to Warhol, whatever your Dad’s favourite film, you’re sure to find a room that suites him.

Here at the Arthouse Hotel we offer a range of different offers to suit everyone’s needs, from Stay and Play deals that include a mini ping pong session to discounts on Sunday check ins, we’ll find an offer to suit you.

Take a walk down the yellow brick road and book a weekend stay to remember at our magical hotel and really impress your Dad.

Father's Day at the Arthouse Hotel

Have a Sunday Lunch to Remember

If you’re feeling peckish, why not feast on a special Father’s Day Sunday Roast.

Loads of restaurants across Liverpool offer tasty Sunday lunches, but, arguably one of the best comes from Alma de Cuba. Just a short walk from the Arthouse, this former Catholic Church is one of the most breath-taking buildings in Liverpool.

The vibrant restaurant and bar is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building and features an original alter and beautiful chandeliers, making it the perfect backdrop for a hearty family Sunday roast.

Plus, Alma are doing a special ‘dads eat free’ offer just for Father’s Day. For every table booked, one dad will eat completely free!

Don’t forget to pre-book as it’s sure to be very popular!

Father's Day at the Arthouse Hotel

Alma de Cuba

Go on a Themed Tour of Liverpool

After both you and your Dad have refuelled, it’s time to take a tour of this great city.

There are several different themed tours you can enjoy, from football stadium visits and musical delights, to Beatles-mania and cultural sightseeing. There’s something for every Dad.

The Shankly Hotel offer a range of football themed tours that all centre around the famous footballing legend Bill Shankly. Choose from the ‘Liverpool was made for me’ tour that includes a visit to Anfield Stadium and Shankly’s favourite places in Liverpool, to the Fab Four and Shanks tour that incorporates some of the most interesting places both the great man and the Beatles frequented.

Or if you prefer something a bit different you can experience the Beatles magical mystery tour or take a thrilling trip on the Liverpool city sights open top bus!

Father's Day at the Arthouse Hotel

Bill Shankly

Head Out for a Few Drinks

The Arthouse Hotel is perfectly located in the heart of Liverpool’s vibrant bar scene and so the choice of destinations to buy your Dad a pint is endless.

A walk down the trendy Ropewalks area will take you past Salt Dogs, Brooklyn Mixer, the Peacock and Heebie Jeebies to name but a few.

Why not treat your Dad to a free beer at Slims Pork Chop express as they are giving out free boilermakers, a PBR and American whiskey, to all Father’s on the special day.

Father's Day at the Arthouse Hotel

End the Day with Pizza and Beer

After a jammed packed Sunday filled with great food, quality memories and the best of Liverpool’s culture you’ll be in need of a rest.

Head to the Arthouse Bar and Pizzeria for a unique film-themed pizza, a great movie and an early night in your beautiful suite.

Enjoy the amazing surroundings as you tuck into a wide range of freshly cooked pizzas all with a movie-themed twist.

Choose from Some Like It Hot with chilli and pepperoni to the Margherita Hayworth which as you may have guessed is cheese and tomato. Or feast on the Casablanca, topped with artichoke, olive, roast pepper and rocket.

Don’t forget to wash it all down with our amazing selection of beers, cocktails and wines.

Father's Day at the Arthouse Hotel

To book your perfect Father’s Day at the Arthouse Hotel and prove to your Dad how much he means to you, get in touch with our friendly team today.

Call on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to book your stay today.

Spooky Facts You Didn’t Know About Hitchcock’s The Birds

Unquestionably one of the world’s most renowned and influential directors of all time, Alfred Hitchcock is famous for his unique directorial style that earned him his ‘Master of Suspense’ title and paved the way for Hitchcock’s pioneering evolution of the thriller genre.

One of his most famous films was of course The Birds, a disturbing tale of a pristine city woman who comes undone in a rustic northern California seaside town by an onslaught of seemingly unexplained, arbitrary and chaotic attacks of birds.

The Birds

With shots framed to maximise the feeling of suspense and claustrophobia in his audience, this film has become one of the most eerie and terrifying in Hitchcock’s repertoire.

At the Arthouse Hotel we are huge Hitchcock fans, which is way we’ve dedicated many of our rooms to the directing legend and one of the most popular is The Birds room.

To celebrate this classic we’ve decided to delve into the spooky facts and secrets that surround the filming of The Birds.

It was Loosely Based on a Daphne Du Maurier Book 

The title of the film and the plot came from the short story called The Birds written in 1952 by Du Maurier.

The Birds

Hitchcock Was Inspired By a Spooky Incident He Saw in the Paper

In 1961 Hitchcock read a newspaper article about hordes of dead birds washing up onto the streets in the seaside California town of Capitola and a story about flocks of frenzied, dying birds flying into the windows of homes in Monterey Bay.

Leading Lady Tippi Hedren Had Never Acted Before

Hitchcock spotted her in a TV commercial for a diet drink during NBC’s Today show. He would eventually groom her into one of his classic icy blondes, choosing her clothes, hairstyle, and even her lipstick for her role as Melanie Daniels.

Hedren Met With Executives About a ‘Secret Film’ on Friday the 13th

She had several meetings with executives and an agent, with no one willing to divulge the director or film for which she was being considered. She was finally told it was Hitchcock and met with the director for dinner; they didn’t discuss film, but rather food, travel and wine.

The Film is Full of Suspense But There is no Musical Score 

Hitchcock hired his long time musical partner and favourite composer Bernard Herrmann for ‘The Birds,’ but he didn’t write a single piece of music for the film. Instead, Hitchcock wanted him to focus on sounds to make the entire film infinitely creepier by using the chirping and flapping of the birds’ wings just before they attacked.

The Bird Noises Were Made Using Electronic Sound Machines

They were created on the mixtrautonium, an early electronic musical instrument, by Oskar Sala.

The Schoolhouse That Was Used For Filming Was Haunted 

Tippi Hedren said the entire cast was spooked to be there, they had a feeling like it was full of people when it was completely empty. When Hitchcock was told about this, he was even more encouraged to film there.

Raw Meat and Fish Were Used to Attract The Birds

The actors often had ground meat or anchovies smeared on their hands and raw meat was hung from the cameras.

Not All of The Feathered Friends Were Real

Hammers with fake bird heads were used to peck through the wooden doors and give the effect of birds breaking through.

The Birds Were Fed a Mixture of Wheat and Whiskey

During filming the crew needed to keep the birds standing and flying for hours, so they were fed this combination to keep them going.

The Birds Were Not Allowed to be Released or Kept as Pets

Ray Berwick was head bird trainer on set and later admitted that the birds were too dangerous to be released after filming had finished as they had been trained to attack.

Live Birds Were Attached to Hedren’s Clothes During Filming

They were attached using long nylon threads so they couldn’t get away and to give the scene more of a manic feel.

Hedren Really Slaps Doreen Lang who Played Her Hysterical Mother

Hedren was hesitant, having never slapped anyone before, but Lang convinced her to do it.

The Post-Attack Makeup Was Too Horrifying for Hedren

She looked at herself in a mirror and had to go outside to throw up.

The Leading Lady was actually cut in the face by a bird in one of the shots

On the last day of shooting, a bird clawed Hedren’s face just below her eye, and she broke down in tears.

One Scene Took Seven Days To Shoot 

The intense scene where Hedren’s character is attacked in the attic was filmed over seven long days, even though it only runs about a minute on scree. Hedren has spoken often about how hard the harrowing scene was to film, Hitchcock insisted on having real trained gulls attack her.

Following This Scene Hedren Was Admitted to Hospital for a Week

She said it was the worst week of her life and took a physical and emotional toll on her well-being.

Hitchcock Was Known For Playing Sick Practical Jokes 

Hedren’s daughter Melanie Griffith was given a present by Alfred Hitchcock during the filming, it was an eerily accurate doll of her mother wearing a dress from The Birds and lying in a miniature coffin.

Hitchcock Had A Trick Up His Sleeve For When The Film Was Over

When audiences left the film’s UK premiere at the Odeon in Leicester Square, London, they were greeted by the sound of screeching and flapping birds from loudspeakers hidden in the trees to scare them further.

The Birds Created an Unending Terror for the Audience 

The film does not finish with the usual “THE END” title because Alfred Hitchcock didn’t want the horror to end once the film was over.

Something Spooky Happened To Daphne Du Maurier’s Son 

In May 2001, Du Maurier’s son reported that he and his wife were being terrorised by seagulls nesting outside their cottage in Cornwall, England.

It Was Voted the Seventh Scariest Film of All Time

By a poll carried out on the British public by Channel 5 and “The Times” in 2006.

The Birds Themed Hotel Room

If you’re a Hitchcock fan, why not book a stay in one of our eight different themed rooms, on a floor that is dedicated to this iconic director.

Sleeping between four and six guests, indulge in the luxury of a bygone era of cinema in our fabulously opulent room dedicated to The Birds.

The Birds room at the Arthouse Hotel is dark and decadent, transporting you into the mind of one of the world’s greatest filmmakers with a glorious image from the film, crushed velvet fixtures and luxurious unique features.

The Arthouse Hotel is in a perfect location in the heart of Liverpool’s centre and just minutes walk to the vibrant and ever-growing nightlife.

There is no better place for group accommodation that the Arthouse Hotel.

Call on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to book your stay at Liverpool’s best movie-themed hotel.

A Magical Weekend Stay at Our Movie Themed Hotel in Liverpool

Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of film at the Arthouse with a weekend stay at our movie themed hotel in Liverpool.

If you’re a film fanatic, or maybe you know someone who is, the Arthouse Hotel is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion, enjoy a great night out in the city or just sit back and relax with a classic movie in stunning surroundings.

Each room in our unique hotel is themed around a classic film, director or icon, making it a hotel like no other.

Take a walk down the yellow brick road and book a weekend stay to remember at our magical hotel.

Weekend Stay at our Movie Themed Hotel

The Rooms

At Arthouse Hotel, there are three fabulous floors each designed with a movie themed concept in mind, from musicals to thrillers, there’s something for everyone.

The first floor is for iconic musical movies such as Grease, Mary Poppins and Chicago, delve into the glorious world of the T-birds and Pink Lady’s at Rydell High or test out your tap dancing with Bert and Mary.

On the next floor you enter a haven for horror fans, with rooms based around Hitchcock’s thrillers Vertigo, The Birds, Suspicion and many more.

Finally, the third-floor rooms are inspired by the iconic master of mixed media, Andy Warhol. Not instantly known for his movie making skills, Warhol’s movies were controversial of course, which gave them their underground appeal.

Whether you enjoy a musical singalong, a thrilling horror or something a little more provocative, Arthouse Hotel has the room for you.

Magical Musicals

Are you fan of classic musicals? Well we are sure to have a room that suits you down to the ground.

From beautiful tributes to the amazing Sound of Music, to suites dedicated to Grease, the classic Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady and the magical technicolour Wizard of Oz, our hotel has music running through its veins.

Perhaps you like a bit of razzle dazzle, our beautiful Chicago themed room will have you feeling as glamorous as the notorious Roxie Hart, or why not transport yourself into one of the greatest musicals of all time, the stunning Phantom of the Opera.

Our magical musical suites will have you tap dancing down the hallways.

Beatles Mania

Yellow Submarine room at The Arthouse Hotel Liverpool

It wouldn’t be a themed hotel in Liverpool without a nod to the fab four, so it felt only right to dedicate one suite to John Lennon and one to the animated musical comedy Yellow Submarine.

Inspired by Andy Warhol’s iconic Menlove Ave. album cover, the spectacular Lennon room encapsulates the creativity of Warhol that the world fell in love with.

Be transported to the infamous yellow submarine and recall the story of The Beatles’ submarine journey as they travel to save “Pepperland” and its Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band from the Blue Meanies.

For Horror Fans

The perfect hotel for fans of classic horror films, at the Arthouse we have a whole floor dedicated to ‘The Master of Suspense’, Alfred Hitchcock.

From rooms focused around the infamous Notorious to a stunning tribute to The Birds, you’re sure to have a frightful night.

Maybe less of a stereotypical horror film, the Rocky Horror Show room echoes the extravagance and darkness of the iconic movie.

Our fantastic room invites up to six guests to step into a time warp, to celebrate the brilliance of this musical, comedy and horror film directed by Jim Sharman.

Wonderful Warhol

Last but certainly not least are the glamorous and colourful Andy Warhol rooms.

You will find an entire floor dedicated to this legendary pop artist, with suites based on his famous films Chelsea Girls, Empire and Kiss, a special homage to his famous ‘15 minutes of fame‘ quote and rooms that showcase the stunning pop art collection including the Marilyn portraits and the Mona Lisa.

Weekends at the Arthouse

Whether you fancy a trip down the Yellow Brick Road or a visit to the wacky world of Rocky Horror, there’s truly something for everyone at Arthouse Hotel.

Rich crushed velvet covers and intricate interior make a stay at Arthouse Hotel truly something else. Our rooms feature deluxe interior features, luxury beds and glistening whirlpool baths.

Perfect for a weekend stay in Liverpool with the girls or a getaway with the lads, the layout of our hotel rooms offers sociable and spacious group accommodation.

Have an Ultimate Friday in Liverpool

Celebrate the weekend in style with your girls or boys on a Friday night you’ll remember forever.

Enjoy a luxury overnight stay in one of our fabulous themed suites, a delicious breakfast in the morning and two-course dinner.

If you’re heading on a night out, you can choose between a booth in either Bar Signature or Noctua with £25pp, with added extras including pampering and party bonuses.

This fun Friday offer is just £99 per person, with a minimum of four guests.

Stay and Play

Enjoy the amazing movie themed surroundings as you tuck into a wide range of freshly cooked pizzas and jumbo hot dogs or for something different, why not test your skill at table tennis?

For weekend stays this offer is £20pp for Fridays and £35pp on Saturdays.

The Perfect Location

Arthouse Hotel is tucked away behind the best bars and restaurants in Liverpool. You’ll be right in the heart of the city, with just the right amount of quiet.

Everything you could wish for is right on your doorstep, from leading nightlife spot Seel Street to independent shopping and dining hub Bold Street.

Many of the most famous landmarks in Liverpool are only a short walk from Arthouse Hotel, so you can explore everything from the Anglican Cathedral to the infamous St Luke’s ‘Bombed Out’ Church.

Call on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to book your stay today.

66 Facts You Didn’t Know About The Film ‘Grease’

One of the most famous and greatly loved musicals of all time, Grease is the story of the friendships, romances and adventures of a group of high school kids in the 1950’s.

But no matter how many times you’ve seen it, there are still loads of interesting facts you probably didn’t know. Even the biggest Grease fans will tell you that they discover something new when they watch it for the umpteenth time.

Here at the Arthouse Hotel, Grease is one of our all time favourite films, which is why we’ve dedicated an entire suite to the classic 50’s high school flick.

We’ve done our research and found a staggering 66 undiscovered Grease film facts.

See how many you knew already!

Grease film facts

Inspiration

Grease the movie is based on the 1971 Broadway musical of the same name.

The Broadway musical was written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.

Jacobs was an advertising copywriter and Warren Casey was a high-school art teacher. They met through an amateur theatre group in Chicago in the early 1960’s, at high school Jacobs had been a greaser and Casey had been bookish and studious.

Grease film facts

The film is set in 1958, 20 years before the actual release date on 1st June 1978.

It was directed by Randal Kleiser and written by Bronte Woodard.

Casting

Sandy

The wonderful Carrie Fisher was considered for the role of Sandy.

Both Marie Osmond and Susan Dey turned down the role of Sandy, Osmond apparently didn’t want her future children to see her in the film, especially the last scenes.

Before Olivia Newton-John was cast as Sandy, she insisted on having a screen test to make sure she would be the right fit for the character and to determine whether she had onscreen chemistry with Travolta.

Danny

Henry Winkler, a.k.a ‘The Fonz’ turned down playing Danny Zuko because the character was too similar to Fonzie, the tough guy with a heart of gold he was already playing on Happy Days.

The Guardian Angel

Elvis was asked to play the Guardian Angel role in the film, but he didn’t accept the role. It was taken by Frankie Avalon instead.

An Art Teacher

Andy Warhol nearly played the part of an art teacher, but various misunderstandings meant the role could never be decided on.

Held back a few years?

None of the actors were anywhere near high school age, John Travolta was 23, Olivia Newton-John was 29, Jeff Conaway was 26 and Dennis Stewart aka ‘Crater face’ was 30.

Stockard Channing was the eldest of the teenage performers during the filming, she was 33.

The two closest to high school age were Lorenzo Lamas (Tom) and Dinah Manoff (Marty), they were both 19.

On Set

Beauty School Dropout

This scene nearly didn’t happen, Frankie Avalon had an intense fear of heights, so the slippery three-storey staircase didn’t seem so dreamy after all. To solve the problem they put mattresses alongside the steps.

The Dance Scenes

All of the background dancers were named, which doesn’t usually happen in films. Among them were Sauce, Bart, Bubba, Midge and Moose.

Most of the extras that featured in the dance scenes had won a nationwide contest to be in the film.

Dinah Manoff who played Marty couldn’t dance so she sat out every single dance scene.

Rydell High

The high school name Rydell High is a reference to Bobby Rydell, a teen idol known for his 1960’s pop and rock singles.

Rydell High is actually three different real Los Angeles high schools. The facade is Venice High School, the interior is Huntington Park High School and the field is John Marshall High School.

It took a week to shoot the dance contest scene and originally Sandy was not intended to dance, it was supposed to be just Danny and Cha Cha.

Hair dye

Jamie Donnelly (who played Jan) was already growing grey hair when she signed onto “Grease.” To play the part of a high schooler, she had to dye her strands dark brown.

Originally Lorenzo Lamas who played Tom Chisum had black slicked back hair which made him look too much like a T-Bird, he was told to dye his hair a lighter colour, so he was sent to Rodeo Drive to dye his hair blonde.

Travolta wanted his hair dyed blue-black, inspired by Elvis.

Arguments and illness

There was originally an extra fight scene between Kenickie and Rizzo to explain why she throws the milkshake at him in the diner, but producers decided it was too heavy for the movie, calling it the “Martin Scorsese scene.”

John Travolta argued with Randal Kleiser, the director, over the end of the song “Sandy”. He wanted a close-up of himself instead of the cartoon shot of a hot dog diving into a bun, Kleiser disagreed.

A number of cast members got ill whilst filming the drag race scene, the water was stagnant and dangerous.

The Rydell prom scene was shot during a heat wave in California and several of the extras had to be treated for heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses.

Grease is the Word

Grease may be the word, but it’s never actually said once in the entire script, only the word ‘greased’ is sung during the song ‘Greased Lightnin’.

Originally Kenickie was supposed to perform ‘Greased Lightnin’, but Travolta fought to sing the number himself and won.

Name Changes

Producers utilised Olivia Newton-John’s popularity by allowing her to keep her Australian accent and changing Sandy’s last name from American ‘Dumbrowski’ to Australian ‘Olsen’.

In the stage version the boy’s group is called the Burger Palace Boys, this was changed to the T-birds for the film.

‘You’re The One That I Want’

The song ‘You’re The One That I Want’ was filmed at a travelling carnival that was only in town for one day, close ups had to be recreated by the set department.

Olivia Newton-John’s leggings were so tight that the zip was broken, she had to be sewn into them.

Not everyone could handle the carnival rides, Eddie Deezen who played Eugene was on a spinning ride after a scene was ended and threw up.

The ‘You’re The One That I Want’ scene only took one afternoon to film.

Trivia

The character of Danny could have been a busboy, the producer Allan Carr also imagined the greaser working at a gas station, singing a song called “Gas Pump Jockey.”

John Travolta started rehearsals for Grease just four days after completing filming for Saturday Night Fever.

It’s reported that the cast chewed their way through 100,000 pieces of bubblegum during the filming.

Originally Grease was supposed to be an animated film, but the idea was scraped. To honour the idea they kept the opening credit animations.

The ‘Hickey’s from Kenickie’ that Rizzo tries to cover up were real, given by Jeff Conaway who played Kenickie, to make them look more authentic.

Jeff Conaway had a really big crush on Olivia Newton-John and was nervous around her on set, he ended up marrying her sister.

In Mexico and Venezuela Grease in known as Vaselina.

Because Jeff Conaway was taller than John Travolta, Kenickie was often slouching when filming so that the lead actor of the movie seemed taller.

Cameos and almost camoes

When a coca-cola product placement deal fell through during post-production, multiple shots of coca cola products and advertisements had to be digitally removed or blurred out.

The Beach Boys almost made a guest appearance, Allan Carr originally imagined the surf rock quartet performing ‘Greased Lightnin’.

Danny’s blue windbreaker at the beginning of the film was intended as a nod to James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause.

John Travolta’s sister, Ellen Travolta, plays a diner waitress with a single line – ‘Oh, there’s Danny and Sandy’ while watching the dance on TV.

The gang that played the famous trio, Sonny, Putzie and Doody, wanted to honour the Three Stooges and so they asked the producers to pay a small tribute prior to the bonfire scene.

Terminator star Michael Biehn makes an appearance in Grease in the scene where Danny and Kenickie put the frog in Patty’s bag.

The Soundtrack

Two number one hit singles came from the Grease soundtrack, “Grease” and ” You’re The One That I Want”.

The title song ‘Grease’ was written by Barry Gibb, sang by Frankie Valli and Peter Frampton played the guitar.

Lots of songs were cut from the final film, however they can be heard in the background of certain shots.

The “Alma Mater/Parody” instrumental from the stage version of Grease can be heard in the office on the last day of school and during the carnival scenes.

Sandy’s solo “Hopelessly Devoted To You” almost didn’t make the cut and was only added after the film was made. The song was nominated for an Oscar.

Reception

Grease was the highest grossing film of 1978.

Olivia Newton-John attended the film premiere in a prom dress and then for the after party, she changed into her second look, a hot pink spandex.

The official premiere after-party was at the famous Studio 54.

Grease won every People’s Choice Award for which it was nominated – Favourite Motion Picture Actress (Olivia Newton-John), Favourite Motion Picture Supporting Actress (Stockard Channing), Favourite Musical Motion Picture, and Favourite Overall Motion Picture.

Sequels and The Musical

Producers originally wanted to create 3 movies and a TV series but when the first sequel, Grease 2, flopped with $15 million at the box office the other movies were cancelled.

There was a planned sequel called Summer School which was completely different from Grease 2.

Didi Conn was the only one of the Pink Ladies and T-Birds to make an appearance in Grease 2.

Grease the musical is still a successful show and you can still get tickets to see it.

Reunions

Travolta and Newton-John reunited in 1983 for the romantic comedy Two of a Kind. 

They also released a duet Christmas album in 2012, called This Christmas.

There is a crazy fan theory that suggests that the entire musical is actually Sandy’s journey to the afterlife, the story goes that she died when she drowned at the beach and the car is taking them to heaven at the end. Make of that what you will.

The Grease Room At The Arthouse

At the Arthouse Hotel we know that Grease is a classic that should be celebrated.

Our unique Grease-inspired room has been designed as a tribute to the hit 1978 musical, with Sandy and Danny immortalised on the ceiling.

Relax in style, as our Grease room features a large screen TV, kitchenette and a double Jacuzzi bath.

Sleeping up to 6 people, our stunning room is the perfect way to stay in Liverpool city centre, as we’re closely located to the city’s finest restaurants, bars, shops and attractions.

There’s nothing left for you to do but book a stay with us by calling our friendly booking team on 0151 541 9999.