I’m just about old enough to remember when pubs had separate saloon bars and lounges. In particular, I recall several miserable afternoons sitting on torn and stained couches in unheated ‘lounges’ because those were the only bits of the pub where kids were allowed. The fun bit — the bit of the pub where the action was, and the laughing, and the fruit machine — was the saloon.
These days, most pubs have knocked rooms through to make one big drinking hangar, or turned the lounge into a restaurant area.
Do I miss the lounge? No, not really. I’d rather drink my Panda Pop with everyone else.