What are pubs for?

Why do peo­ple even both­er going to the pub? Or, to put that anoth­er way, what does the pub have that you can’t get at home?

One obvi­ous answer is: oth­er peo­ple. You might be sat in the cor­ner on your own read­ing the paper, but you want there to be oth­er peo­ple around. Emp­ty pubs are depress­ing places.

Anoth­er pos­si­ble answer is: prop­er beer. For some peo­ple, that means cask-con­di­tioned beer. For quite a few oth­er peo­ple, it just means any­thing fresh tast­ing off a pump, hence the push to sell those lit­tle kegs for drink­ing at home which will sup­pos­ed­ly repli­cate the expe­ri­ence.

For me, though, the rea­son the pub is spe­cial is because it’s like home, but not home. Your local pub should feel as com­fort­able as your front room but, unlike your front room, there should be the buzz of con­ver­sa­tion, decent beer and, most impor­tant­ly, four walls to stare at that aren’t your own four walls.

4 thoughts on “What are pubs for?”

  1. I some­times like sit­ting in an emp­ty pub with a news­pa­per and a beer. I’d rather sit in a pub than a Star­bucks

  2. Well my front room is a pub, of sorts, and my local pub is any­thing but that which you would want to sit in let alone drink what they have on offer. Still I take your point and when I am lucky enougth to vis­it decent pubs all your points are true.

  3. Kier­an – thanks for stop­ping by. Weird­ly, I think I’ve used the word local in a sense which only makes sense in the con­text of pubs. My *actu­al* local is a kind of dis­co for drug deal­ers, as far as I can tell, and serves four dif­fer­ent types of Fos­ters. The pub I *think of* as my local is actu­al­ly nowhere near my house.

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