Update Abroad: Pub vs. Bar Culture – What’s the Difference?

After a long day at the office, London’s local pubs are filled with workers who are looking forward to winding down, enjoying a pint, and having a chat with their fellow colleagues.

Pubs, otherwise known as Public Houses, have a sense of history and comfort to them where anyone can come in, enjoy a meal, and each other’s company. But how do pubs compare with American bars?

According to Londoner Ami Kaura, “It’s more of your part of a family. So it’s like you have a group of friends, it’s more of a religious thing you do.”

Chad Palagri, Chicago Native, describes his favor of pubs over bars due to the atmosphere. “Just like the rustic feel of a pub you know. A bar in Illinois or Chicago, you know seems more trendy.”

Pubs usually have a rich sense of history, with memorabilia of old rugby teams and even old arcade games. Whereas in America, the setting is usually more for a celebration.

Tom Hartwell, an FIE Resident Life Supervisor, has worked with students from America for over 5 years now. Because of this, he has had his own experience at an American bar.

“The music was louder; pubs don’t generally play music.” Hartwell exclaims. “They may, [and if so] there may be a jukebox.”

There may be some competition between English pubs and American bars, but the one thing we can all agree on is wanting nothing but good conversations, food, and a great time with friends after a long day.

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