4 Things to Look For When Visiting the Pub

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Whether you tend to go to pubs regularly, or you only do it occasionally, there is certainly something to be said for the experience that you are going to want to be aware of. With the holiday season coming up it’s a time to meet up with friends and family to enjoy some food and drink, and for many, the destination is often the local boozer!

The truth is that there are a lot of different ways to experience a pub, and that differs for everyone, so that’s something that you should be aware of too. In this post, we are going to take a look at some of the common things that you might generally look for in a pub, so you know what to look out for next time.


One of the most important things in a pub is always going to be its location, and you will certainly want to make sure that you are thinking about this in particular if you are looking for a pub that you can go to and enjoy as fully as possible.

The location should ideally be somewhere central to where you are or where you’re visiting, or it should have some interesting location that sets it apart – like when you find hotels in seahouses with pubs attached to them, for instance. That is something that you should definitely look out for.

Over the holiday season in particular, location can be so important as you’ll want to make sure you’re close to transport systems or taxi lines to ensure you can get home safely.

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For most people, the food is a major part of any pub experience, and something that you will need to make sure that you are getting right. If you are happy with the pub’s food, then it’s much more likely that you will be back, whereas if it is poor that is a lot less likely.

This is something that you are always going to want to think about if you are keen on trying to find a pub that works for you, so make sure you don’t overlook it at all. The food is an indication of the quality of the pub in general.


How you feel when you walk into a pub is a big part of its charm, and it’s something that can’t be faked or replicated. Each and every pub has its own unique atmosphere all of its own, so this is something that you will need to be happy with if you are going to fully enjoy a pub you are spending time in.

Arguably, the atmosphere you want will depend on the occasion – you don’t always want a raucous night, after all, sometimes you just want to sit quietly and enjoy a drink in peace. The atmosphere in a pub can often be the one thing that keeps visitors there, or either makes you seek an alternative boozer.


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And of course, it wouldn’t be a pub without drinks. Whether you are into alcohol or not, a pub should be able to offer up a range of drinks that you can choose between, and this is going to make sure that it is always going to be a much better experience in general.

The right drinks, and more importantly a good full range of them, will help to set a pub apart from the other local ones. This is therefore one of the first things you are likely to look out for when you go into a pub.

Got Something to Add?

What do you look for when visiting the pub with friends and family, or as a couple (or on your own)? Let us know in the comments below.

Until next time, thanks for reading.

Helen, Nial, Lewis and Mason.


Welcome to Pikalily, an award-winning food, travel and lifestyle blog. We are Nial and Helen, a happily married couple from Northern Ireland, who share a passion for food and travel among many things. We became parents to our beautiful boy Lewis in 2017. Follow our adventures through the blog.

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