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Irish Pub Culture

An Irish Pub

Irish Pubs are renowned worldwide as part of their rich culture. One of the main tourist attractions for visitors is the white house pub. It gives newcomers a taste of what they have been missing. That said, for all of its reputation, the main part of this culture is its social aspect.

History of Irish Pub Culture

In rural Ireland, local football club matches, the pub and the church were traditionally the three main ways people used to socialise. The pub was where stories were exchanged as people caught up. Modern pubs now air live football matches combining these two favourite pastimes. Despite the pubs’ contribution to social integration, alcoholism became a widespread issue.

The growth of the culture happened here nonetheless. This culture even had its own slang and etiquette. For instance, the word whiskey came from the Irish Gaelic term ‘uisce beatha’ that translates to ‘water of life’. When you walk into a pub and ask for a ‘pint’, you are usually served a glass of black stout called Guinness. The pint takes about 3 minutes to fill the cup and at times the bartender may engage in other things while he waits for the froth to settle.

How to Enjoy the Experience

Part of the Irish pub culture is tipping after being served. In Irish bars, barmen are rarely tipped, but waitresses, often known as lounge ladies or lounge boys, are tipped. You should also know that drinking in Irish pubs is not a race. Take your time to enjoy the experience by socialising and drinking moderately. You can’t outdrink them.