There are many pubs in the UK, and there is no doubt that they have come a long way through the years. They have always been popular of course, but a lot has shaped them to what they are now. Let us have a look at some interesting facts about pubs that you might never have known.

Pubs through the years

  • There is much debate about this but it is thought that Sean’s Bar in Ireland is the oldest pub in the UK, it opened in 900 AD and it’s still going strong.
  • Speaking or Irish pubs, a pub in Dublin went on strike in 1939 and this hiatus lasted for a massive 14 years, 9 months. The banks in Ireland actually went on strike in the 70’s and during that time, people cashed their cheques in pubs which helped the economy hugely.

Amusing Facts About Pubs

  • There is a particular pub in Ireland that regularly offers to give away free drinks to anyone who was seen not using their phone. If that is not reason enough to stay away from social media, then I don’t know what is.
  • A Scottish pub banned kilts in favour of trousers, because many women patrons got a little too “hands on”.
  • A pub crawl is a term commonly known in the UK, and it can sometimes also be called a bohemian death march.
  • Sir Ian McKellen owns a pub in London and it’s actually one that none other than Charles Dickens used to frequent.
  • Many Irish bars have a small private room known as a “snug”, this was an area where police and priests were able to drink freely in the past.

Hopefully some of these facts about pubs both past and present have been of interest to you and taught you a few things.