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British Pubs vs U.S. Pubs

The drinking scene in the U.S. is hard to beat, with the 50 states producing some of the best cocktails and craft beers in the world. British pubs, however, are an entirely altogether different experience and one even better than that of the mighty U.S. Here are eight reasons why that is exactly the case.

Atmosphere

While this one is impossible to measure, the atmosphere in British pubs is simply the best you’ll find anywhere in the world. The pubs are perfectly designed for social interaction, with the booze heightening that experience. Of course, the booze is always going to the main point of British pubs but social interaction is a great secondary product.

Easier on the ID-ing

The average British teen has no problem entering a British pub at around 16 years old. In the U.S., however, a 21-year-old isn’t even assured of being admitted unless they have ID, such as a birth certificate or a driving license.

It’s all in the name

The Brits really know how to name pubs when you think of such names as The Hung Drawn and Quartered and Dirty Dicks. These aren’t made-up names, either. They’re real and they’re centuries old. It isn’t a cheap gag or a pun or a novelty that gets old. It’s just a wonderful part of British pub culture.

Lock-ins

At closing time, if you’re enjoying a drink at a charming country pub, it wouldn’t be at all surprising for the pub to decide to have a lock-in. This is when they close the doors to anyone unlucky enough not to have made it before closing time. Of course, that means that those already in the pub get served all night. Fat chance of that happening at an American bar.

Sunday roasts

Of course, this extends to all food. Sunday roasts could beat American bars all on their own. With the meat and potatoes and strangely named vegetables, along with beer and a football match on the telly, it’s the perfect Sunday afternoon for most British males. Then there’s the fact that gastropubs, with their Michelin stars, only exist because they had some wonderful food to build on in the first place.

History

Pretty much every pub has it. There’s even a pub called The Mayflower. The ship that from which the pilgrims set off in was the inspiration for that one. You could make a case that this is the very disappointed father of every American bar in existence.

Domestic

Beers from countries with a talent for brewing, like France, Germany, and Belgium are so commonly found that they’re barely even considered to be imports in the eyes of the consumer. If you want something other than a domestic beer in a U.S. bar, you’re paying big bucks.

Darts

Once you’ve had a couple of points and feeling competitive, there are few things more fun than picking up some darts and trying your best to hit the dartboard with everyone around you cheering you on (aside from whomever you’re playing against, of course).