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SamHayden



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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2006 2:21 pm    Post subject: Pub Criteria Reply with quote

If you are choosing your favourite pub, or you are setting up one of your own, what is the list of things you just absolutely HAD to have in it?

For me it is simple:
jukebox,
pool table,
IT Box,
dart board,
cheap drinks,
friendly barman who seems to know everything,
strange old man who is always drunk,
pink elephants.

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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2006 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Make it a smoke free zone!! Yeyy for oxygen!
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Berry



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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2006 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A friend behind the bar is good too when getting spirits + chaser Laughing

Apart from that, the music shouldn't be too loud, it shouldn't be over-full and it shouldn't be rowdy, or have sport on the television...

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Make it a smoke free zone!! Yeyy for oxygen!


Its like that now, at least in Scotland... For the win!

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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2006 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Berry wrote:


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Make it a smoke free zone!! Yeyy for oxygen!


Its like that now, at least in Scotland... For the win!


I know - I was able to sit in a pub and breathe! It was great! No fair Scotland is so far ahead of us. Why does England have to be so backward? Sad

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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2006 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am not a smoker but I actually enjoy going into a smokey pub simply because it relaxes me.
I have never been a smoker but I do like having an occassional puff when I've had a few, it really relaxes me.

Long live the smoke I say.

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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2006 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The problem with smoke free pubs is that you realise how many people have poor personal hygiene.
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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2006 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At least you have it better than we do, Clara, they aren't even talking about a smoking ban in Michigan for restaurants much less bars. Montreal did it, and they are devout smokers, so I don't understand why we're so behind.
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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2006 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SamHayden wrote:
I am not a smoker but I actually enjoy going into a smokey pub simply because it relaxes me.
I have never been a smoker but I do like having an occassional puff when I've had a few, it really relaxes me.

Long live the smoke I say.


Makes you smelly afterward though...

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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2006 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it's a sunny day like today it just has to be by the river in Hammersmith with a beautiful View fine ales and a big bay window in which to sit reading the paper and slowly sucumbing to the sleepy power of the sunbeam comming through said window. Bliss Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2006 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A jukebox which has been filled by the regulars, not the landlord (rare but not unheard of)

A good (make that GREAT) cellarman

Peanuts

No TV

A 'zero signal' zone for mobiles (maybe some form of Faraday Cage)

Comfy seats

Cool
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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2006 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SamHayden wrote:
I am not a smoker but I actually enjoy going into a smokey pub simply because it relaxes me.
I have never been a smoker but I do like having an occassional puff when I've had a few, it really relaxes me.

Long live the smoke I say.



Yes but everything smells disgusting! You may as well put your nose up a car exhaust if it relaxes you - at least then the rest of you is still safe and smell free to hug (because hugs are important).

It would be nice to have the choice when you go out for a drink whether you want to be able to breath freely.

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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2006 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here in Ireland we've been smoke free longer than any of ya (there's noone from New York on the forum is there?), and I have to say it's great to come home from the pub and not have to throw all your clothes straight in the washing machine. I agree that's it's only since the ban came in that we've discovered how many other smells the smoke was covering up. Not many pubs have carpets any more, because pub carpets sans smoke smell of stale beer.

I like a pub to be quiet enough to hold a conversation.

I like there to be no tellys or annoying boxes with silly games on in my line of sight, because when there are, I can't help staring at them.

I like the beer to be good, and preferably cheap too.

I like to be able to find a seat in a quiet corner and chat with mates.

I like friendly bar staff.

Have I missed anything?

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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2006 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surely you've all missed the most important aspect of a pub. It has to be near. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2006 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It needs to have a good chippy/place that does ridiculously many different types of pakora nearby
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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2006 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good Beer (real beer, not lager)
Good Food.
Pleasant helpful staff/good service.
Enough staff so that you don't have to wait long at the bar.
No Chavs.
Decent music (rock/metal/blues, no pop, punk, ska, indie, dnb or rnb) played at a volume you can talk over without having to shout. Preferably from a well stocked jukebox (no fecking NOW albums)
Sufficient seating/tablage that you don't have to stand unless you want to.
No smoking.
Air-con in summer.
Real fire in winter.
Pool tables with enough space around so that you can actually play without hitting walls or having to continually ask people to move.
Bar billiards (see criterea above)
No TV, or any gaming machines that flash repeatedly or make a noise (particularly when not in use)
Clean, non-smelly loos.
Nice beer garden.

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