Pub Hopping 101

Irish pubs have become so popular these days.  They have been popping up everywhere and in all shapes and sizes.  The Irish pub is not the sports bar that is seen in many of the large cities of America.  There are a few traditional pub that are what a Irish pub is in the truest sense. It is a social place!    A place where friends and family can , eat, listen to live music, and most of all talk.  The Irish pub is a place where regulars can sit with a drink for hours and talk with others.  It is also a warm and welcoming place for new comers to learn the local tales and the local news of the community. If you are a new comer to the pub scene, here are a few rules to help you to the fun of a traditional Irish Pub.

  1. When ordering a drink in a pub in Ireland, order by a pint or glass. A glass is half the size of a pint. In American, there are several sizes in which to order your favorite brew.
  2. Don’t order fancy drinks or cocktails in an Irish pub in Ireland. Pubs are not big on mixed drinks. In American, that is more relax and you can find a bartender that will service up simple mixed drinks.
  3. If you want to meet regulars, sit at the bar. You will learn a lot by meeting and talking to the regulars.  It is a great way to learn about the community and the local activities.
  4. If you want more privacy, sit in a booth.
  5. In Ireland, tipping is done by buying the bartender a drink when placing your order. Leaving cash on the bar in very uncommon in the older more traditional pubs. In American, tipping is giving cash when closing out the bill.
  6. Pub hours in Ireland vary depending on the day. Generally pubs run from 10:30am to 11:30pm. In the America, the pub is open for lunch at about 11:30 am and locks up at about midnight.
  7. In Ireland, everyone is expected to have or give an opinion on anything and everything. In American it is a bit more reserved.  Americans have learned that being politic correct is safer.


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