Part of the fun of going to the pub is giving up control and submitting to the taste of your host.
That’s why, as part of our increasingly elaborate pub-at-home rituals, we’ve taken to listening to Spotify playlists we didn’t put together ourselves.
We love our own playlists – they’re labours of love – but they’re also predictable, reliable… part of being at home.
But other people’s playlists are mad. The absolute state of some of them, honestly.
Why does everyone seem to love Roy Orbison so much? What’s with all the Oasis? How have we never even heard this Bon Jovi song before?
This is exactly what being in the pub is like, where you’re subject to the preferences of the publican, bar manager or bar staff.
Songs you’d never choose yourself, or don’t know, or don’t like all that much, form part of the background texture, along with the lampshades and naff nick-nacks.
This week, though, we worked out an even better trick: as more pubs use Spotify to supply their music, there are more playlists available from real pubs.
Here’s the daytime playlist for The King’s Arms, Borough, for example:
You can find these by searching common pub names or even the name of your local.
When we Tweeted about this, a few publicans and bar managers told us where to find their playlists, too.
- Hop Hideout, Sheffield one | two
- Brass Castle Taphouse
- Beer Shed, New Mills
- Tapster’s Promise, Colne one | two
But we reckon there’s another step yet: simulating the sheer crowd-sourced chaos of a pub jukebox.
With that in mind, here’s a quid.
You can all choose five songs – comment below!
We’ll put them all on a playlist and, next time we’re pretending to be in the pub, play it on shuffle – raising a glass to you, or maybe rolling our eyes, asking, Christ, who put this on?
Updated 22 June 2020
Thanks for your suggestions, everyone. Here’s the playlist!