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Down the Pub

HalfEatenSurprise

Registered Member
I love pubs. They're great places for socialising, and they serve booze, and have quiz machines and the like.

Anywho. What is your favourite pub? you don't have to give a specific location or anything, but just generally let us know what it's like and that. I mean, I'm sure there a loads of people that frequent some sort of casual drinking place, with certain company.

For instance, my 'local' is The Social, and it's a great place. There are regular people in there that I often strike up the odd conversation with, some of who gradually become people I consider friends, or at least people who are more than bog-standard acquaintances. It's cool having these people, never mind the people I go with, be it mates, or my mum. Everything is so relaxed and amiable, the pool table is great, as is the very skanky quiz machine, and if I'm really inclined (although I haven't been yet) I can even use their Nintendo Wii. There's TV displaying football and music channels too. And every so often they'll have a live music night which is usually good depending on the quality of the act. It's a great place, and a quaint place. Last year I went to a 'Horse-Racing Meet' organised by The Social, it was awesome.

Anyway I'm rambling, but that's probably because I love my local drinking house. And I'm sure some of you have a place like this. I really appreciate the place, and I'm sure some of you do too. So please elaborate on what the place is like, who you go with, what's there, what you do. It'd be pretty interesting (to me at least) to hear about your pub. Perhaps you have more than one place you like to drink in, if so please detail it. I have more than one, so I'll be back later with those, although the Social is the best place for me.

And to end I just want to say in capital letters:
I FUCKING LOVE PUBS.
 

Major

4 legs good 2 legs bad
V.I.P.
I don't know that I have a specific favorite bar/pub, but there are definitely some things I look for.

1. Beer selection. There has to be a variety of microbrews instead of just the standard domestics and imports.

2. Food. Obviously the food has to be good.

3. Atmosphere. I like it more laid back. I just want to be able to sit at a table and talk to my friends, and I can't do that if there's loud music.

4. It's nice if there are some TV's to watch sports.
 

HalfEatenSurprise

Registered Member
I don't know that I have a specific favorite bar/pub, but there are definitely some things I look for.

1. Beer selection. There has to be a variety of microbrews instead of just the standard domestics and imports.

2. Food. Obviously the food has to be good.

3. Atmosphere. I like it more laid back. I just want to be able to sit at a table and talk to my friends, and I can't do that if there's loud music.

4. It's nice if there are some TV's to watch sports.
I can't stand foodie pubs. Luckily where I live, there's a distinct difference between the two, or you at least know where's what. I mean fair enough, a pub has to have a good selection of nuts and crisps and the like, but general meal type food is a no-no for me. If I want a proper meal, I go to a restaurant.
Although, the beer selection is right, which I left out, the Social has some brilliant ales, be it Ruddles or a bit of crowd pleaser like Guinness. although my favourite drink in there atm is Stella Artois 4%. It's refreshing, and wonderful.
 

Impact

Well-Known Member
V.I.P.
I don't have a favourite pub so to speak, but there is my local which is the best out of all the nearby pubs, mainly because it has the best crowd of people there.

It's called Herveys. It's pretty small as pubs go, there's the main bar area then around the corner there is a seating area. It also has an awesome smokers area that is undercover and heated which is great as most people I drink with are smokers and I don't freeze when I sit out there with them. The bar staff are awesome, and I don't even need to order my drink any more, they just know. It has a good mix of people from the weird old man to youngsters. The food is good, the music is crappy but it isn't too loud so you can actually talk. It's busy but not too busy that you can't get a seat or move except weekends and even then it thins out around 10 when people move on to other bars. Oh and the lock-ins are awesome

I definitely prefer the pub environment to a nightclub or something like that. Although small cocktail bars are definitely my favourite place to drink. Back in NZ there was this amazing place called Petite Wine and Dine. Amazing selection of cocktails, amazing gourmet food, and really friendly bar men (a little too friendly if you catch my drift). It was tiny, could maybe seat 20 people but it was a perfect size. They'd have awesome live gigs sometimes too. The music was amazing and you could hire the place out for private functions. Damn do I miss that place. It was my Thursday night watering hole for me and the girls. It was expensive though so luckily the drinks were so strong you'd be smashed after a couple.
 
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Babe_Ruth

Sultan of Swat
Staff member
V.I.P.
I love to go to pubs, the atmosphere, the drinks and the food are usually fantastic. I don't have a favorite one, since most of the ones I go to are really good. I used to go three times in the week a couple of years, just got there and have a few pints and watch sports. The service was great, and the food was delicious. I still go there occasionally.
 

Crouton

Ninja
V.I.P.
I hate pubs, they are always sticky. Sticky floors, sticky tables and they always smell bad! My Mum has been taking me to pubs since I was really young and I'm now 20 and I still hate them.
 

LifeinthePond

Mark ov teh Pond
I hate pubs.

Especially the people, and atmosphere. Sometimes the food is all right, and most our bars do have a kitchen. Mostly just burgers & chips, pizzas, crisps, etc.

Not to mention everything on the radio makes me want to bleed my ears out. Noise pollution from people talking too loud because they are drunk, mixed in with bad music, makes me want to punch every head in sight.

Which is odd, really. My whole family are white trashy/redneck pub crawlers and when I lived out in the farm and had no neighbours the nearest social building was a pub with a arcade and pool tables. All I did was play pool, because my dad wouldn't leave us alone at the house and would drag us there on occasion.

I do, on occasion, play sobercab for my brother and a few others I know. And yes, I have gone into a bar and purchased alcohol for minors (bugger off, they are decent kids). I'm not completely lame, but in all honesty, I'd only ever go to a bar to see some tits. If there are no tits to be had I am pretty much gone, not going to lie.

Nobody fights in bars anymore, either. Always a squad car near by.
 

Tucker

Lion Rampant
Authentic pubs are scandalously rare in Southern California. There's only one that I know of within bothering distance from here, and it's Irish.

Even in the UK, it wasn't a snap of the fingers. I walked for two or three miles alone in London one night for some of that famous atmosphere, only to find that I was too close to O2 and everything was shi-shi. That quest ended with me drinking whisky in a sterile, glass-walled place that could have been in any city in the world. Peterborough had one suitable-looking spot, but it was filled with cronies and a friend and I weren't warmly welcomed. None of the first eight or so watering stops I made hit the mark.

Eventally my travels took me to York and the house Guy Fawkes was born in, now the Guy Fawkes Inn. That's where I got my first tight bellyful of real Yorkshire ale, warm like summer rain and black as the ace of spades. Yum, yum. But that turned out to be a tourist trap as well:

Tucker: Can I get one of those pickled eggs?

Spotty, underaged bartender: Uh, sir, sorry, those are mostly for show.

Cruel barmaid: Go on, Nigel. Sell him one.

The payoff came in serendipitous fashion, as payoffs often will. Months of depression and fatigue had caught up with me by the time I moved from the swanky Radisson in Leeds to a thrifty but seedy hotelhole nearby. Dragging myself out for a chicken burger and Coke, I ran into a little old nook called the Scarbrough Hotel Pub. Old wood furnishings, low light, game pies on the menu and an array of regional brews on tap, none of which I'd ever pulled from a keg - this was the place. Talk about a mood change! If it hadn't been for a crooked gambling machine taking me for thirty quid in a flash, without so much as a "By your leave," I might have rated the experience a 10.
 
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Babe_Ruth

Sultan of Swat
Staff member
V.I.P.
I hate pubs.

Especially the people, and atmosphere. Sometimes the food is all right, and most our bars do have a kitchen. Mostly just burgers & chips, pizzas, crisps, etc.

Not to mention everything on the radio makes me want to bleed my ears out. Noise pollution from people talking too loud because they are drunk, mixed in with bad music, makes me want to punch every head in sight.

Which is odd, really. My whole family are white trashy/redneck pub crawlers and when I lived out in the farm and had no neighbours the nearest social building was a pub with a arcade and pool tables. All I did was play pool, because my dad wouldn't leave us alone at the house and would drag us there on occasion.

I do, on occasion, play sobercab for my brother and a few others I know. And yes, I have gone into a bar and purchased alcohol for minors (bugger off, they are decent kids). I'm not completely lame, but in all honesty, I'd only ever go to a bar to see some tits. If there are no tits to be had I am pretty much gone, not going to lie.

Nobody fights in bars anymore, either. Always a squad car near by.
No offense, I doubt I could ever hang out with you :lol: Me and you are the total opposite. Pubs are not meant to be a quiet place where you go to read a book. It's a place to go for drinks, watch sports and have a great time.
 

LifeinthePond

Mark ov teh Pond
No offense, I doubt I could ever hang out with you :lol: Me and you are the total opposite. Pubs are not meant to be a quiet place where you go to read a book. It's a place to go for drinks, watch sports and have a great time.

None taken. As you said, we are total opposite. I don't see either of us willingly hanging out with one another.

I never said pubs are suppose to be a place for reading books.

My idea of a great time isn't going for overpriced drinks, or listen to Katy Perry and Lady GaGa on the radio 15 times an hour. Atmosphere and people half the time are not worth the trip. Bars that are not themed, will always cater to pop culture. I've been to 'cowboy' bars, sports bars, and even gay bars (the things women make you do). Sports being the definite worst.
 
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