A Guide to Irish Pub Etiquette

Just like any place you’ll go to, you’ve got to observe some form of etiquette. The same goes for when you visit an Irish pub. If you don’t fancy Irish pubs too often, then you might not be familiar with the certain pub etiquette. Here’s a short guide to help you run through the Irish pub form of etiquette

Round of Drinks

If you go to an Irish pub with an Irish person, then expect him or her to buy a round of drinks (meaning one drink for everyone). However, you’ve also got to remember that everyone if your group has to buy one round. This is an unspoken rule between friends who visit an Irish pub. So if there are 5 of you, then each of you have to buy one round of drinks for everyone. In total, that’s 5 rounds of drinks for everyone. What happens if you don’t buy a round? Well, people will start talking bad about you. Even expect someone in the area to call you a “stingy bastard”. So always remember to buy your round (or say in advance if you’re short on cash).

Tips for Table Service

In the US, tipping is done anytime when a person serves you. In Irish pubs, however, tipping is usually done just when you have a table. People who sit at the bar usually don’t have to give any tips. And there’s nothing to feel bad about because these bartenders probably earn a good wage anyway.

Always Order the Guinness First

This is somehow just an unspoken rule that the first that you order is a Guinness. I don’t really know why, but among Irish men, the first round would always be Guinness and that’s always been a tradition.

Reserving a Seat and a Drink

If you need to reserve a seat and your drink, you simply have to place your beer mat on top of your drink. This means that no one can touch your drink and that your seat is taken.

“Coat” Hangers on the Bar

You may notice some small hooks on the bar and think that they’re coat hangers. However, these hangers are just for bags only so you might want to think twice before hanging your coat there.

Kids in Pubs

Are kids allowed to be in pubs? The answer is yes, but it depends on the time. During the day and early parts of the night, especially during band sessions, the pub is open to families. It’s really normal to see kids running around pubs.

When you go to an Irish pub, make sure you follow these rules of etiquette. Most of them are unspoken so people in the pub expect you to follow them when you visit. It pays to learn about them so you won’t feel left out.