Friday, February 7, 2014

American Bar or English Pub?

I was asked this question the other night by one of my coworkers while grabbing a pint after work. I only hesitated a moment before stating the obvious: English Pub.

I did, however, feel the need to explain the reason for my answer. It's not every day that I admit that England can do something better than America can; in fact, I spent most of my days explaining why the US is generally so much better. When it comes to drinking culture though, England is second to none, and here is why.

Most of the pubs don't have a tv, and if they do, there is only one. I know. It's shocking. What on earth are people supposed to do without a tv there to entertain them? The simple fact of the matter is that they talk to each other. Instead of staring up at a box with their mouths hanging open, people communicate with each other. They talk about work, families, and friends. They recommend plays or movies to go see and talk about the weather. (Brits LOVE to talk about weather) They also very rarely pull their phone out to check Facebook or Twitter. They prefer to simply enjoy the company around them and consider it to be quite rude if you don't do the same.

Now, you may be asking, what do they do when a sporting event is on? Don't they ever want to watch live sports? They actually have a venue for this type of thing, and it's called a sports bar. Sometimes, it's called a casino. But the point is that if you want a venue to watch sports you have the OPTION to go to that type of place. It isn't forced down your throat every time you want to grab a drink with your friends.

Admittedly, I am a bit 'behind the times' when it comes to technology and pop culture. I'm not on Twitter or Instagram, and I only have a Pintrest account because my best friend is planning her wedding and Pins ideas on there. It drives me absolutely crazy when I go to a coffee bar with a friend and the first thing they do is log onto the free Wi-Fi.

Maybe that's why I like English Pubs better. Because they are behind the times too in terms of technology (ahem, warm beer). But there is definitely something to be said for leaving that all behind and just enjoying the company of those around you, whoever they may be.