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Ones that have been here for decades, so depressing
all bar one if you're posh
weatherspoons if you're not
brewdog bars that like to think of themselves as beer connoisseurs
(all three chains will be owned by one company btw, called something scary like Oligarcocorps or Hexotech or something)
don't forget Scream - for people who hate pubs
Shit is fucked up.
no more Irish Bar?!?
That's the plan anyway.
The only ones that are closing are those that attract complete dickheads, all-day drinkers and generally the ones where everyone stares at you when you walk in. The others are doing decent beer, decent but cheap food, smartening up their beer gardens... I am a happy bunny in Bristol right now.
it's a former pit village in county durham
i think it's only fair to blame thatcher and the tories
Especially in villages and smaller communities.
I do wonder how much the smoking ban is to blame. But I suspect it's more down to booze being so cheap at supermarkets. Seems ridiculous that the government want to tax pubs for longer licensing hours when most trouble on the streets comes from club kick outs and teens getting smashed on supermarket takeaways. I think cheap Sky at home too isn't helping and making it too expensive for pubs (about a grand a month now I think I read?). Plus many not letting kids in.
The only vague positive is that pubs are upping their game. Ales were dead when I moved to town but now are in resurrgence. Our local does jazz nights. Another poker tournaments. Others great food.
There's less pubs about and sadly the weaker or more old fashioned ones are dying out, but I reckon a few are almost better because they've had to get better to keep their trade.
BASICALLY PUBS = GREAT
i think you're overestimating the amount of other stuff poor people do with their time.
and more to do with people just stopping going to shit pubs.
good pubs are thriving.
If you look at the state of what pubs in general were like 15 years ago and compare them to the good ones now, the old ones look a bit sparse and embarrassing. It's no longer good enough to throw open your skanky curtains at 11am and wait for the punters to roll in.
Suburban and rural pubs are suffering. 16 pubs close weekly on average, of those six are rural and eight are suburban. A lot of those places are old school with a loyal group of older regulars who end up plopped in front of the tv with nowhere near enough to go regularly.
I moved away pretty soon after. I moved back again a couple of months ago and one of my friends has bought it and done it up to 'grubby country pub' status. It's better than ever. Horse brasses and silver tankards aplenty.
On the other hand the town pub crawl has gone from 5 pubs to 2. Sad times.
The fact that working men don't generally spend all their spare time down the boozer is a major factor (death of the working class and all that)