Article by Joanna Sarah-Freedman
Here in the UK, going to the pub is simply part of the weekend itinerary for many of us.
But believe it or not, popping down to the boozer isn’t quite as familiar a concept in over seas. In fact, Americans are downright baffled about the idea on one hilarious Reddit post.
Speaking on the page Ask the United Kingdom, someone earnestly questioned: “Is ‘going to the pub’ a real thing in the UK?”
Yep, some people simply don’t get it.
Elaborating on their question, the Reddit poster wrote: “For example, here in the US if you go to bars multiple times a week and mentioned this to people they might think you are an alcoholic – which is fair because at a lot of bars the only people that are regularly there during quiet times really are alcoholics (as in they are drunk a lot of the time).
“But it seems like in the UK people might go to a pub regularly and not be an alcoholic. What’s the reality, do actual UK people ‘go to the pub’ once or twice a month usually? Or do people really ‘go to the pub’ all the time?”
“Yes, going to the pub multiple times a week is normal in the UK,” said someone in the replies.
Whilst another agreed: “Perfectly normal to go any day of the week. You would only really be considered an alcoholic if you were actually getting drunk there every night of the week. Going for a relaxed couple of drinks is pretty standard.”
“Pubs after everything,” commented a third. “Football game? Pub after. Marathon? Celebrate at the pub. Just done a 40k cycle with your mates? Well, you’re a bunch of road hogging tossers but go to the pub. Just been to the last lecture of the week? Sounds like a perfect time to go to the pub. First lecture of the day? That was a tough one, pub it is.
“You get my point, Americans need to see it to believe it”.
“OMFG! Yes! It’s like the best pastime ever!,” echoed a fourth. “Once a week a bare minimum; however, I have been 2-3 times through the week after work – a few beers before home.”
The support for the local pub in the comments was nothing short of patriotic, with one person chiming in: “These comments are making me proud to be British”.
You can read some more impassioned opinions on the subject after the conversation carried onto Twitter here:
Of course, there are so many more reasons to love the pub than drinking, like the humble pub lunch and the hilarious possibility of bumping into that person you snogged two weeks ago.
Here in the UK, we don’t realise how good we have it. Some people don’t know what they’re missing…