Liffen's Saloon

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Venue Type & Location


Site Name: Unknown site
Location: Aberdeen
County: Aberdeen
Location Type: Town - multiple sites at uncertain locations


  • Alternate Names: possibly Mrs. Liffen’s Hall

  • Audience Composition: Mrs. Liffen’s is described as one of a number of rooms in Aberdeen that were particularly popular with young, business men.

  • Performance Space Description: Contemporary accounts suggest that Liffen’s was similar in character to a London supper club. Maloney quotes one author who notes that “Liffens was ‘quite an an after-business resort’ which boasted ‘the best native oysters from the London markets’.” (30)

  • Typical Fare: An evening at Liffens usually involved performances by a variety of singers and musicians. Maloney suggests that favourite acts included Sam Cowell, W.G. Ross, tavern singer Charles Sloman, and “the banjo player little Barlow” (30).

    Please see the 'Bibliographic Sources' link at right for a complete listing of materials (both primary and secondary) from which the above information was compiled.

    Beth Marquis

  • Troupes at Liffen's Saloon

    Troupe Troupe Type # of events
    Barlow, W.R. Minstrel 1

    Events at Liffen's Saloon

    Event Date Venue Location Troupe
    Variety 24 November 1851 - 29 November 1851 Aberdeen, Aberdeen Barlow, W.R.

    Bibliographic Sources

    • Carnie, William. Reporting Reminiscences. Aberdeen: Aberdeen UP, 1902.

      See especially p46-7.

    • Maloney, Paul. Scotland and the Music Hall, 1850-1914. Manchester: Manchester UP, 2003.

      See especially p30.