Drinking in Britain. British pubs

By: Tatyana Kogut.

Wherever you go, almost every country has its unwritten laws on how and where to drink alcohol. Of course, Britain also has its drinking culture, but it mostly deals with your behaviour in a pub. The problem is, finding a good pub, real British pub is sometimes not that easy. The point is, many travel routes lay aside of them. So what can we advise you then? First, if you have friends among Londoners, just ask them what pub they usually go to. If this variant is not for you, try finding it by yourself  local pubs are found almost in any district of London (people dont usually live in popular travel districts).

When you find one, dont be confused with how a pub looks, even though it might seem too simple: you are welcomed with a signboard saying that this is the place where you can eat, drink and watch football channel. True Londoners come here to relax, play darts and billiards.

Many tourists say that only after you spend an evening in a true British pub can you claim that youve been to Britain.

And theyre right. However, those are mostly foreigners who get into awkward situations since they dont know local rules. The first awkward situation is: many tourists dont know that local pubs are self-serviced. You can sit there for hours, but no one will bring your beer to you.

Another major principle is that large groups of people coming to the bar make local bartenders nervous, so better do it one or two at a time. And dont try to get your drink out of turn - local bartenders have a perfect memory, they always remember who was queuing and who wasnt. An ideal variant is: one person pays for a set of drinks for all present. This is called a round of drinks. The inconvenience is: if you plan to go Dutch, you will have to buy drinks separately, if not  a bartender will draw one check for all the drinks. And never ring a bell next to the bar (usually situated on a wall)  the bell is used by bartenders only. With the help of it they remind visitors that the pub is closing soon.

Also, never order simply beer. Britain is not Europe where they will make you lager whenever you ask for a beer. There are hundreds of beer sorts in this country, and every bar offers dozens of them, so make some specific choice. Those who know nothing about British beer yet should learn that in Britain there are: stout and porter (dark beer), ales and bitters (pale ale). There are also lagers. Information on what king of beer you prefer is essential! Beer is served in such units of volume as pints (568.26 ml) or half-pints. If you dont specify this, you will get a pint.

Also note that they dont sell alcohol to people under 18.

Of course, there are dozens of other rules about how to behave in British pubs, but this is the main ones. If you follow them, you will spend a good time in one of local pubs with your pint of stout, lagerFeature Articles, ale or porter.

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