The Greatest Showman has become a musical phenomenon. The infectious feel-good film dazzled the world with its catchy soundtrack and all star cast. Proving the critics wrong, the hit film topped the box office charts and has since made over $165 million in the US and over $217 million across the globe.
Liverpool now has its very own singing waiter diner, where you can be served American food and drink while enjoying hits from the movie and more musical favourites.
The Best of The Greatest Showman
To celebrate one of our favourite musicals, we thought we’d take a look at what makes The Greatest Showman so special…
It goes without saying that The Greatest Showman has a star-studded cast of actors, singers and dancers. The hit film is brought to life by A list favourites such as Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams and Zac Efron.
The film has also introduced the world to spectacular talents including the fabulous Keala Settle, previously known for stealing the show on Broadway.
A Heartwarming Story
The Greatest Showman is inspired by the fascinating life of P.T. Barnum, the American showman famous for founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Starting from humble beginnings, Barnum’s businesslike character and entrepreneurial spirit were evident from an early age.
The story showcases Barnum’s unlikely rise to success and many of the twists and turns along the way. An inspiring tale about following your dreams, it’s no surprise that the feel-good film struck a chord with its audience.
Celebrating Our Differences
Arguably the film’s most powerful theme is diversity. The Greatest Showman celebrates what makes us different and shines a light on our most unique qualities.
Though Barnum’s circus performers are dismissed as “freaks” by high-society, the uplifting musical sees them power through adversity and come out on the other side. What better way to lift your spirits?!
The Ultimate Feel-Good Soundtrack
The Greatest Showman’s toe-tapping soundtrack saw singalong cinema events sweep the nation, while the soundtrack itself spent over 10 weeks at Number 1 on the Official Album Charts in the UK.
The jam-packed album is one that we’re sure will stand the test of time. From power ballad ‘This is Me’ to the lively sounds of ‘The Greatest Show’.
Mulholland Bar & Restaurant
Mulholland is perfect for fans of The Greatest Showman. The UK’s first singing waiter diner brings the magic of Broadway and musical movies to Liverpool. Choose from classic American food and million-dollar milkshakes as you watch our showstopping singing waiters in action.
Our talented team perform a variety of dazzling hits from your favourite musicals, including The Greatest Showman, Disney classics and more. You’ll find yourself singing along or up on your feet in no time!
What better way to celebrate a special occasion or simply catch up with friends and make lasting memories?
Arthouse Hotel in Liverpool
Situated on dynamic Seel Street, Arthouse Hotel is a unique movie themed hotel in Liverpool. Our stylish rooms are inspired by films including Grease, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Sound of Music.
With their chrome counters, bubble-gum chewing waitresses and menus filled with classic American delights of key lime pie, fluffy pancakes and plenty of filter coffee, the diner is an icon of state-side culture.
Not unlike a British pub, the humble diner is a staple of American life. It’s no wonder they pop up in all genres of American movies from cult classics, to comedies and even our favourite rom-coms.
From the Frosty Palace in Grease to Jack Rabbit Slim’s in Pulp Fiction, diners have been the backdrop for some of the most famous scenes in movie history. And with the opening of Arthouse’s new diner experience in the centre of Liverpool, we though we’d take a deep dive into some classic movie diners we all love seeing on-screen.
Open now, Mulholland offers a brand new singing waiter diner experience, where you can enjoy fantastic US-inspired food and drink with a musical accompaniment of all the best power ballads, movies hits and musical showstoppers. From indulgent milkshakes to rainbows nachos and sizzling hot-dogs, it’s the ultimate Hollywood hangout.
But to get you in the mood for some diner-excellence, let’s take a look at the most iconic burger joints in movie history. These are our favourite movie diners on screen…
Pulp Fiction’s Double Trouble Diners
Who hasn’t wished they could visit the fictional diner of Jack Rabbit Slim’s in Pulp Fiction? With it’s slot car race tracks, classic-car shaped booths and waiting staff dressed as Hollywood stars, we all wanted to take Mia Wallace out for a meal at this “wax museum with a pulse” (Vincent’s words, not ours). And of course, it’s the location of that very famous dance…
But Slim’s wasn’t the only diner that made it into this cult classic. Who could forget the iconic opening (and closing) scenes set in a bog-standard US diner with Pumpkin and Honey Bunny? Tarantino’s love-letter to pop culture found the perfect setting to start the film inside America’s favourite dining establishment.
Rydell High students’ favourite out-of-school hangout might not have technically been a diner but we all still call it one. Officially a ‘malt shop’, this icy palace looked like a classic, old-school diner to the untrained eye, with its uniformed waitresses, 50s chromatic furnishings and menu of fries, shakes and burgers (always with not enough ketchup).
But whether a diner or not, it undoubtedly makes the list of the most famous movie diners on screen thanks to the iconic Beauty School Dropout musical number that took place within its tiled walls, as well as all the Sandy-Danny dates that went to disasterously wrong at its tables.
Call yourself a Grease mega-fan? Why not stay in Arthouse’s incredible Grease suite for a (summer) night you’ll never forget. Sleeping up to six guests, with luxurious amenities including kitchenette, large-screen TV and a Jacuzzi bath, you’ll have the chills and they’ll be multiplyin’ when you book this incredible movie suite in Liverpool’s city centre.
The Diner in The Big Lebowski that’s More Famous than the Film
You might recognize the movie diner spotted in The Big Lebowski – it’s a bit of a location star. Featuring in numerous mega movies, music videos and TV shows, including Reservoir Dogs, Gone in 60 Seconds and the video for Sean Kington’s top hit ‘Beautiful Girls’, it’s arguably had more success than most of the actors who’ve filmed inside it.
The diner was, at the time of filming The Big Lebowski, still an operating diner called Johnie’s Coffee Shop Restaurant. Today, it’s only used as a filming location but you can still see visit the iconic exterior on Wilshire Boulevard in midtown Los Angeles.
Blade Runner’s Futuristic Food Establishment
Again, not a traditional diner, but the noodle bar in Blade Runner offers a 1980s interpretation of what an LA diner in 2019 might look like and it sure is iconic.
The cramped chrome-clad restaurant with its steaming bowls of broth and unsociable customers still provides weary travellers and hungry cliental the same classic American service that a traditional diner does – just with a significantly Japanese twist.
And anyway, it’s one of the best examples of the film’s incredible set design that looked seriously futuristic but still recognizable as downtown LA.
The Home-From-Home Diner in Pineapple Express
One of Hollywood’s best loved bromance comedies, Pineapple Express puts the American diner to good use in its closing scenes. Like all best friends, Dale, Saul and Red end the movie with a classic diner breakfast – eggs, bacon and plenty of coffee – while rehashing their action-packed night before.
There’s no fancy 50s-style thrills here – director David Gordon Green made sure the movie diner was a bog-standed US food stop, perfect for a greasy food fix after a night running away from mobsters and corrupt police officers.
The Notorious Goodfellas Diner
When Martin Scorsese was looking for a location to film his then titled ‘Wiseguy’, his eyes settled on a small, space-age style diner in Maspeth, Queens (New York City).
Then called the Clinton diner, it was owned by Dimitra and Michael Diamantis who were about to see their small establishment become a famous tourist hotspot, with avid fans including the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and Pierce Brosnan heading to the location to grab a selfie and experience the atmosphere.
The movie, of course, was the legendary Goodfellas, which filmed two of its most memorable scenes inside the diner, making the Diamanti’s family business one of the most famous diners in movie history. The famous phone-bashing scene was set at a phone booth outside the diner.
Lou’s Cafe in Back to the Future
Who could forgot Marty’s famous trip to Lou’s Café in Back to the Future? This perfect example of a 1955 diner was where Marty first realizes how different the past can be after attempting to order a Pepsi Free and being told by an irate server “You want a Pepsi, pal, you gotta pay for it”.
An integral location in the film, Lou’s is undoubtedly one of Hollywood’s most iconic movie diners, with it’s minty colour scheme and retro interiors.
The History Behind American Diners
They’ve been a stable of American culture for over a generation, but did you know that the very first food diners had wheels?
The word diner can officially be defined (according to Webster’s Dictionary) as ‘a restaurant in the shape of a railroad car’, harking back to the origins of these classic US food-spots.
A classic 1950s diner in New Jersey. Credit: Wiki Commons | Jaboyce
Back in the 1800s, the first iteration of diners were called ‘lunch cars’ and we can thank Rhode Island’s Water Scott for their invention. Scott re-purposed a horse-pulled wagon into a cart that served sandwiches, coffee, pies and eggs to people heading home at night and his side-line hustle was so successful that he ended up quitting his day job to sell food from the wagon all-day, everyday. Soon, other companies followed suit.
Buoyed by the success of these businesses, T.H. Buckley from Massachusetts decided that manufacturing purpose-build ‘lunch cars’ was more profitable than doing the actual food selling. He started the Worcester Lunch Car Company which produced ‘dining cars’ fitted with basic stoves and an ice box for foodie entrepreneurs. Soon, these portable cars were popping up all over America, offering food to weary travellers and tired workers.
One of the classic Worcester Lunch Cars in Somerville, Massachusetts. Credit: Wiki Commons | Vistawhite
But as the number of lunch cars jumped higher, many towns and cities passed civil laws restricting their hours of operation. Attempting to loophole these restrictions, lunch car owners started permanently parking up their cars in busy locations and the diner as we know it was born.
By 1913, the idea was really starting to catch on and Jerry O’Mahoney established the first ever purpose-built stationary diner in the United States. He would go on to become the largest manufacturer of diners ever, producing a rumored 2,000 diners between 1917 and 1941 across the country.
As the years ticked by, the traditional diner became more and more extravagant and by the time the 1950s hit, the stream-lined silver space age carriages were all the range, cementing what we all now think of when someone says the word ‘diner’.
Visit the UK’s Only Singing Waiter Diner Today
To celebrate the launch of the UK’s only singing waiter diner at Arthouse Hotel, we’re offering you the chance to get 50% off all food at the newly opened Mulholland bar for this month only!
Enjoy out-of-this-world milkshakes, Spice Girl-inspired pizzas, rainbow nachos and much, much more all for half price this October by showing this Facebook voucher on ordering.
A magical eating experience like no other in Liverpool, our musical-minded singing waiters will serenade you with classic ballads, musical showstoppers and movie top hits, transporting you straight to LA and the silver screen musical numbers we all love so much.
Make sure you’re following Mulholland on all our social media channels to keep updated on all the lastest news, competitions and offers from this incredible new eating experience. We’e hanging out on Facebook and Instagram. Be our guest and join us today at the brand-new Mulholland!
This Friday is officially National Pizza Day and what better way to celebrate than with a visit to Mulholland, Liverpool’s favourite pizza parlour.
Our amazing restaurant serves up a brilliant range of flavours that are sure to have mouths watering, from classics to some wacky twists on the traditional.
So, what are you waiting for? Take a look at some of our unique topping combinations and start planning your pizza-packed Friday.
Meatball and Spaghetti
One of the most popular pizzas on our menu, the Meatball and Spaghetti merges two Italian favourites to create a tasty pasta-pizza combination.
Enjoy perfectly cooked meatballs on a base of delicious pasta, creamy cheese sauce and a tomato base, sprinkled with basil.
It’s the ideal pizza to indulge in this National Pizza Day.
If you’d prefer something a little more simple, why not go for our Margherita?
Made from a classic base with a rich tomato sauce, lots of cheese and a good helping of black pepper and basil, you won’t be disappointed.
Chilli, Jalapeno, Spicy Beef, Cajun Chicken and Tabasco
Looking for a pizza with a spice explosion? Look no further than our Chill, Jalapeno, Spicy Beef, Cajun Chicken and Tabasco pizza.
Loaded with flavour and hot sauce, this appetising main dish is perfect for chilli lovers.
To cool your mouth down, try it with an ice cold bottled beer and really make the most of National Pizza Day.
Artichoke, Olive and Roasted Pepper
One of the veggies, our Artichoke, Olive and Roasted Pepper is a fresh and flavoursome pizza that is always a crowd-pleaser.
A delicious mix of Mediterranean toppings, mixed with traditional Italian flavours and a good helping of cheesy goodness, this pizza pie is the ideal treat.
If you’ve still got room for more …
Chocolate and Marshmallow Pizza
If you’re still not done stuffing your face with pizza, we also offer an amazing dessert pizza.
Yes, that’s right.
You can enjoy our stuffed marshmallows and chunks of dark and milk chocolate on top of a sweet pizza base.
A mouthwatering option that is sure to make your day.
National Pizza Day at Mulholland
Really make the most of National Pizza Day this year with a visit to Mulholland.
Set within the Arthouse Hotel, but with a whole identity of its own, this quirky venue transports visitors into a vintage Hollywood bar experience.
An American themed establishment, Mulholland is a distinctive bar and restaurant serving delicious food from brunch to pizza. Plus, a wide range of tasty drinks and cocktails all expertly mixed by talented mixologists.
Named after the street and road in the eastern Santa Monico Mountains of Southern California, Mulholland’s unique logo represents the star of Hollywood and the wheat used to brew beer.
The famous road has featured in numerous movies, songs and novels, making it the perfect name for a trendy bar that celebrates Hollywood and its culture.
Indulge in some of the most delicious pizzas in Liverpool this National Pizza Day.
To book a table, get in touch with our friendly team today and celebrate in style.
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.
Best Deal: 2 for £6 beers and 2-4-1 cocktails before 10pm
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.
Best Deal: Beer and nachos for £4
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.
Best Deal: Quids in Thursday night – every drink is £1
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.
Best Deal: 2-4-1 cocktails all night on Fridays
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.
Best Deal: Fat Frogs for less than a fiver
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
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.
Best Deal: Free entry and drinks from £2 on Thursdays
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
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.
Best Deal: Jagerbombs for £2
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.
Best Deal: Just £3 for an early bird Medication ticket
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.
Best Deal: Every Friday, free BBQ from 5pm
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.
Best Deal: Free entry to amazing events
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
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
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.