December 03, 2005

best living room

What's in a pub? Why do they work in the UK, but not really work here so much?

I have a private theory that the pub in UK is a "better living room" than what UK folk have at home. The crucial factors are:

* it feels as comfortable to be in as your living room at home (possibly more so)

* it has some cooler stuff (like people who will cook the food and clear up the dishes).

So, why don't NZ pubs work?

Because they aren't trying to be a living room - they're trying to be a UK pub.

From this theory I also think, that a genuine NZ pub would be very bach-like. Second-hand but comfortable sofas, bbq food, cold beer, quiet music (occasionally dub) and somewhere to sit outside in the sun (with lots of sunblock on, etc.). It might even have games with a few crucial pieces missing, or odd books no-one else wants anymore.

It would be the sort of place that most of the community would feel welcome in.

Posted by carla at December 3, 2005 08:01 PM
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