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What do you most look forward to in a good pub experience?

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What do you most look forward to in a good pub experience?

Before we begin, I'd like to eliminate one possibility primarily in order to maintain a level playing field. There are certain specialty pubs found all over Ireland which double as live performance centers of one kind or another. Independent of those specializing in the category of entertainment and found intermittently all over Ireland, what do you most enjoy, whether as traveler or local, about an evening of solid quality spent in a more typical pub?

Additionally, if willing to amplify involving any particularly memorable night in this context, please feel free to do so.

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1. Re: What do you most look forward to in a good pub experience?

A wide selection of beers and good company to chat to.

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Small, cosy, range of beers, NO TV !!!!! music in the corner . Cant beat it

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Bar staff make eye contact with customers and if the bar is busy acknowledge their presence..Clean uncluttered bar... If the place didn't have the right feel I wouldn't have got as far as the bar and staff certainly not twice.

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Good quality and good choice of drinks, good company for conversation, good friendly staff, clean pub and facilities, no TV except for sports, then turned off, I'm bias. Not much to ask for really.

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Interesting--not one word on food as an important factor just yet--and thus far whisky runs quietly as well compared to the suds. I'm encouraged by the fact that the engagement of media is judged an unworthy displacement of tradition by some.

I was also wondering about locals inclination (or frequency) regarding engagement with visitors. Ireland and the United Kingdom, more than most, are so clearly countries where visiting outsiders in pubs often make for a core presence. Do locals more often tend to initiate engagement or wait for visitors to do so?

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Decent beer, no hens or stags (batchelorette/batchelors parties), reasonable prices, a seat at the bar, no loud music/tv and friendly barstaff.

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Food is generally finished when the locals get out but good food is a key element early doors (before 9pm) and good pub grub beats mediocre restaurant food any day in my personal view.. that said there are a couple of pubs I won't use because of the overpowering smell of fish or cheese lurking behind the front door.

Visitors, I talk to anyone, sometimes play the visitor (easier than explaining the accent) There are though a breed of visitors who are uncomfortable with the Irish approach generally found huddled together somewhere or right at the front by the musicians with a glass of coke to last the night.

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Food is an increasingly important part of the pubs offering and does in my opinion lead to a healthier and more convivial approach to drinking.

I personally like meeting visitors from all countries but due to cultural similarities and living outside of tourist central I usually get to meet UK visitors. Which I greatly enjoy. Those who insist on going on the sheeps tour of Ireland will end in up in pubs offering faux traditional music aimed solely for and populated solely by tourists. It's along way to come to meet people from the neighbouring state.

However if you choose to socialise in Irish pubs do not hover over one shared drink for the evening. You do not need to consume copious amounts either but there is a happy medium.

In a pub in Bunratty on day having lunch when two tourists from N.America. When asked what she would like to drink the lady replied loudly that "today I'm just gonna watch"

Edited: 26 July 2013, 15:42
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Ahh! These are gems coming my way.