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.

A Beginner’s Guide to Drinking in the Pub

Is this your first time going to a pub to drink? Don’t worry, we all go through that exploration stage where we enter our first pub and take our first drink. Of course, you don’t want to be wasted already in your first time so it’s very important to take things slow while you drink. Here’s a nifty guide for you if you’re a first timer in the pub.

Order Drinks That Are Easy to Drink

For first timers, I’d definitely suggest beer because beer doesn’t hit that hard. Try out smooth and easy-to-drink beers such as Murphy’s Stout. This drink has really nice flavor and you definitely won’t get hit too hard.

Order Some Food While You Drink

If you want to stay intact while drinking, then you have to order some food. The secret to not getting tipsy would be to eat a lot of oily food while drinking because the oil absorbs the alcohol. My personal recommendation would be our world famous fish and chips.

Take it Slow

Time and time again, I would always tell my novice drinker customers to take it slow. Go slow if it’s your first time because if you go too fast, you’ll get hit fast too. Take your time, sip your drink slowly and have a chat with your friends. No one’s there to race with you anyway (unless you’re in a drinking contest).

Make Sure One of You Isn’t Drunk

When you and your friends go drinking, your gang has to make sure that there’s at least one person who isn’t that hit. He’s most probably the guy who’s going to drive all of you home. If one of your friends isn’t drunk, then at least there’s someone who can take care of the rest of you in case of anything.

Don’t Mix Your Drinks

Lastly, don’t ever mix your drinks. When I say mixing drinks, I mean don’t drink beer and then a whiskey after. If you start with beer, then you end with beer. If you start out with a whiskey cocktail, then you end with whiskey. Mixing different kinds of alcohol will hit you really fast and you wouldn’t want that.

A Guide to Some of the Best Irish Beer for St. Patrick’s Day

If you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, then you’re probably familiar with the tradition of chugging down a lot of delicious stouts, ales, and beers from the land of Ireland. Ireland is full of different and delicious beers that you can choose from. What makes Irish beer really well loved would be the special type of brew it has. Every drinker is crazy about it! If you really want to make the most of your St. Patrick’s Day celebration, here is a guide to some of the best Irish beers.

Murphy’s Irish Stout

First off, we have every St. Patrick Day’s staple, Murphy’s irish Stout. This drink is extremely popular because it is light and has a sweet flavor. This makes the beer very easy to drink as it doesn’t have the usual strong alcohol or yeast taste that most beers would have. Even non-beer drinkers can take this drink without much problem.

Smithwick’s Irish Ale

Smithwick’s Ale is known for its sweet taste and unique red color. The color comes from a delicious mix of certain fruits, malt, roasted barley and a bit of coffee. Combine all of that and you get a very unique tasting sort of ale that you’ll definitely enjoy.

Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale

Kilkenny is known to be one of the most well known Irish beers in the world with its unique creamy texture. Although it is similar to the taste of Smithwick’s, it is known more for its distinct creamy texture which is something a lot of people enjoy.

Harp Lager

Harp Lager is a green and refreshing beer that isn’t too hard on the throat unlike most beers. This imported Irish lager is smooth down the hatch and actually quite easy to drink.

Guinness

Lastly, we’ve got Guinness Draught known for its strong but smooth flavor. Guinness is more for the ones who want a stronger type of beer as Guinness does pack quite a hit as compared to other beers.

These are some of the beers that you will definitely encounter during St. Patrick’s Day. If you want to have a blast on your St. Patrick’s Day celebration, then you got to know your beers. When you see any of these five, go give one a try.