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The Blue Angel Nightclub

The Blue Angel Nightclub

The Blue Angel Nightclub

106-108 Seel Street, Liverpool L1 4BL, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 151 709 1535

The Blue Angel was a popular coffee bar, owned by Allan Williams, The Beatles first manager, and where the boys would hang out and fantasize about their musical aspirations and dreams.

It became a popular “hang” as the boys gathered fans, and they would pitch in and help Allan

get the place ship shape for their night time customers.

Pete Best’s audition to join the Beatles took place in the Blue Angel on 12 August 1960. It was also where the Beatles, in 1960, auditioned for impresario Larry Parnes landing them their first tour outside Liverpool, supporting singer Johnny Gentle on a tour of Scotland.

After seeing Cilla Black performing “Bye Bye Blackbird” at the Blue Angel, eventual manager Brian Epstein contracted Black as his only female client on 6 September 1963.

Its nickname was “The Raz” and in the early 60’s, lots of up and coming muzos played there, including Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. It was a happy, if scruffy sort of place. Cheap drinks, loud music, and happy people. And lots of ciggies. But no drugs in those early days.

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