Pubs can be found in every town or village. Social life for
many people has centred on the pub for many years. Opening
and closing times are decided by law. Pubs in England and
Wales close at 11 p. m. And ten minutes before closing time,
the barman shouts, "Last orders!" When you go into a pub
you have to go to the bar, pay for your drink and carry it to
your seat. One of the main attractions of the pub for all
regular pub goes is that it offers good company in friendly
surroundings. Where else can you appear as a complete stranger
and at once be able to join a conversation with a group of
People often meet at a pub before going on to another
place. Some people do a tour of all the pubs in one area and
have a drink in each one. It's usual for each person in a
group to take it in turns to buy drinks for everyone and this
is called a "round".
Pub meals have become very popular over the past ten
years and are generally cheap and often good. Pubs with
gardens or chairs and tables outside are often crowded in the
summer. Pubs also provide entertainment: live music, singing,
video and karaoke machines.
Pubs are still a central part of British culture. Good
conversation and good beer are two essential items provided
by them. The drinking beer in a public house is not compulsory.
But it's said that beer is the perfect drink for the pub — it
comes in large measures so that just one drink provides plenty
of conversation time.
1. What is pub?
2. When do pubs in England and Wales close?
3. What is the main attraction of the pub?
4. Where do people often meet before going anywhere?
5. What is the central part of British culture?