QE2 TOUR AND
BARS AND LOUNGES
One of the most popular bars on QE2 was the Yacht Club located
aft on Upper Deck. It was used for receptions and parties as well as
a nightclub (above left and below). It was created during the 1994
The previous Yacht Club was also a popular venue but of a much
different character (below left). It was an intimate piano bar with a
white piano that had a glass top.
The Chart Room on Quarter Deck was decorated with nautical memorabilia including a panel over the bar
depicting the route of the QE2 on her voyages across the Atlantic. In the evenings, there was live music with a
harpist and/or a pianist.
This bar replaced the Midships Bar in 1994. That bar was done with dark green velvet walls and was intended to
invoke the feel of a Manhattan lounge. During the refit, the wall separating the bar from the outside corridor were
replaced with glass panels, which give the room a lighter feel.
The Champagne Bar on One Deck was an
intimate room apart from the other public
areas. It was originally the Grill Lounge
intended to serve as the bar for the Grill Room
(later the Princess Grill), which is one deck
above via a spiral stairs.
A major success story of the 1994 refit was the introduction of the Golden Lion Pub. Designed as an English style
pub, the room was popular throughout the day both with those having a pint and those participating in various
activities. Adjacent to the Theatre, the Golden Lion replaced the Theater Bar, which struggled to find a following
during the course of its tenure.
The Crystal Bar on Upper Deck was next to the Mauretania
Restaurant and was popular for before dinner drinks. There
was often a piano player and when he or she was not around, a
computer was programmed to play popular tunes on the
instrument. The decor was intended to invoke the Art Deco
design of the first QUEEN ELIZABETH and included artifacts
from that ship.
Part of the area occupied by the Crystal bar was for a brief
period the Princess Grill Starboard Lounge. This room was
introduced in 1990 to complement the new Princess Grill
Starboard (later the Britannia Grill) in the same way the
Princess Grill Lounge served the Princess Grill passengers.
This was the last room introduced on QE2 that was restricted
to first class passengers.
Left: The Queens Grill Lounge remained restricted to Grill
category passengers until the end of the ship's career. It
overlooked the outdoor promenade on Boat Deck and joggers
and walkers could sometimes get a peak at rock stars and
other celebrities who were gazing out to sea.
This room underwent many changes over the years. It
started out as the Teenage Juke Box Room and the Coffee
Shop which a Cunard brochure of the time proclaimed had
"the eight prettiest waitresses on the North Atlantic."
Another room that disappeared was the Q 4 Room (above left), later the Lido Lounge. This was a nightclub adjacent to the outdoor pool on
Quarter Deck. In 1983, the pool was enclosed with a retractable glass ceiling known as the Magradome and the Q4 Room was connected to the
pool area. For part of its career, there was a glass dance floor covering a series of flashing lights.
During the 1994 refit, the entire area was converted into an alternative buffet dining area called The Lido. After that, there was a bar in The
Lido (above right), which served passengers dining in The Lido.
Right: The Pavilion Bar served passengers
eating in the Pavilion and those using the
outdoor pool which was immediately outside
the room. It was created in 1994 and
replaced an outdoor bar.
Above: When the ship left service, the only outdoor bar was on
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