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#41  Postby don't get me started » Mar 11, 2016 11:46 pm

Yeah, pub culture is a great way to spend social time. I remember the first time I went back to the UK after I moved to Japan. I took my girlfriend with me (Japanese).
it was her first trip to Britain and on the first day in my hometown we stopped by a pub late afternoon. She was quite confused and couldn't really work out what kind of place it was....old geezer with a pint and a newspaper in the corner, couple on a date, some young guys swearing loudly in a variety of regional accents at the bar, a few guys in suits having a moan about work, some baffled French tourists waiting for some staff to come to their table to take their order...

Later on I heard that Starbucks had branded the concept as 'the third space' as if it was a genius stroke by some maverick business leader.... I've never come home from Starbucks with a hoarse voice from shouting 'Fuck off, you fucking lunatic' at one of my mate's improbable anecdotes or philosophical assertions...
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Re: People get happier as they approach 70, study finds

#42  Postby Scot Dutchy » Mar 12, 2016 11:24 am

laklak wrote:Pub culture is a great leveler, everybody at the bar, talking shit, without reference to age. I think it's a dying culture, though. Certainly is in the States, the local pub has been replaced by specialty clubs and wine bars. The days of having a pint and a natter with the neighbors is pretty much over. Shame. We do have one or two left in the area, I am known in most.


I know it sounds odd but what killed pubs (here as well and definitely in Ireland) is the smoking ban. The idea of going out for a smoke killed any conversation built up at the bar. I know all the health risks and problems but that is the main reason. Pubs these days are dead or marginally living. I dont go to my favourite watering hole anymore as no one hangs around.
My experience was exactly the same in Ireland. I used to go to a great local where the craic was great. Now it has changed hands three times and is still floundering. In the town itself almost 80% of the pubs have closed.
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#43  Postby laklak » Mar 13, 2016 3:09 am

Yeah the smoking ban took its toll. There are still a couple of pubs here that allow smoking, it's legal if no food of any kind is served. Not even a pack of crisps. I can't go to them, since switching to e-cigs the smell of cigarettes makes me nauseous. I can't believe I smoked for as long as I did. I can still tolerate the occasional cigar, but don't really enjoy them like I used to.
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#44  Postby Macdoc » Mar 13, 2016 3:41 am

In the town itself almost 80% of the pubs have closed.


But coffee houses thrive....many establishments have morphed to be cafe/bar/late night eatery ....they do best.
Think I heard more Australians now drink flat white than beer
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#45  Postby Scot Dutchy » Mar 13, 2016 12:14 pm

Macdoc wrote:
In the town itself almost 80% of the pubs have closed.


But coffee houses thrive....many establishments have morphed to be cafe/bar/late night eatery ....they do best.
Think I heard more Australians now drink flat white than beer


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