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British pub closing time still too early

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It seems incredible to me that in this day and age we British still clung to some crazy law for so long that was introduced during the war to prevent factory workers from drinking too much the night before and then not being fit to work with the munitions in the morning.  The pub opening times aren't as bad as they used to be but so many bars still close at 11 O'Clock, purely because it's not worth their while staying open any later.

Getting a late licence isn't exactly easy and the unfortunate thing is these restrictions probably play some part in the tide of antisocial behaviour that sweeps our cities each night around 11 or 12 O'Clock.  Drunken yobs that have been on a booze binge fighting, urinating in doorways, messing the place up with discarded takeaway food etc.  As well as not being pleasant to see, this also puts a huge strain on various public services.  With all this going on, who would want to work in the police force or in the casualty department of a hospital on a weekend?

I think that relaxed licensing hours and making it easier for pubs to get a licence to close later could help ease this problem.  Instead of spending an absolute fortune each year on hospitals and policing each year the government could be raking in millions of pounds in extra tax as well as creating a more continental environment for tourists that visit the country.

What do the French, Italians or even the Americans think about our pubs?

Pub licencing hours There's another point I'd like to bring up.  Why is the average price of a pint of beer in British pubs climbing through the roof every where you go these days?  I remember when I were a lad (not really!), you could get a pint of ale in almost any pub for a pound and some loose change, enough for a packet of crisps to go with it.  Even a pound was was considered expensive by some of the older people in the pubs that I used to frequent.  I wonder what they would think now...

At the rate we are going I reckon it will pretty soon be normal to pay 4, 5 or more for a pint of beer and by the year 2020 it is likely that that will be more than a tenner(or the equivalent in euros if that's what we are using by then!).  I just wish the government would stand behind the traditional British pub and see it for what it is, a great focal point for our communities and one that is sadly starting to become extinct.


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Nick

Nick

This is to encourage you to b*gger off to get a kebab or fish & chips or chicken chow mein when you night out comes to an end.
Nick
14th Oct 13 12:10

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Jethro

Jethro

Prolonged binge drinking is yet another reason to believe in the Darwinian theory of species survival. Stupid intellectually challenged individuals killing themselves by ruining their livers and kidneys by consuming what is in fact, poison. But hey, if these people are prepared for the intensive agony leading up to their regretful deaths because there is not enough organ donors,who are we to judge. Anyone got a bad lower back ache that just won't go away?
Jethro
11th Jun 13 05:06

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jude

jude

I live close to a pub that closes at 1am and all the problems you highlighted regarding pubs closing at 11pm just get pushed back to 1am. Increasing opening hours doesn't solve any problems. Britain has always been a nation of binge drinkers and nothing will change that. It is futile and stupid to believe that increasing opening times will create some kind of continental cafe culture. Britain's go out to get drunk not to socialise in a responsible adult manner. We should be encouraging people to drink less not more.
jude
11th Jun 13 02:06

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ahforfoulkessake

ahforfoulkessake

marjorie and sleepless are the scourge of the drinking classes. god help their neighbours if they're heard farting next door. sleepless would have the old bill round.
I agree that some pubs have a bad rep for drunkeness(you dont say, they're pubs!)vomiting in gutters, urination, fighting, all the rest but to close them down would mean the idiots who do that sort of thing regularly would go to off licences and buy 3 times the amount of booze with the savings on pub prices so they could annoy the neighbours more often if they wanted.
Plus whats so wrong with a pint or two, marjorie? especially if you graft for the money to apy for it.
ahforfoulkessake
25th May 13 12:05

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luke franklin

luke franklin

what are the opening times for an average pub/bar from luke franklin
luke franklin
1st Feb 11 01:02

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luke

luke

this is rubbish the person who made this should be shot iun the head and in the ;leg
luke
1st Feb 11 01:02

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andy t

andy t

what is the drinking up time at last orders in england
andy t
28th Nov 10 11:11

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A Bartender

A Bartender

You'll find that the rise in price of beer isnt a pubs fault.
You make a pint for around 30-50p (Used to be a great amount less, but that's what you get when America is buying up every grain for eco-friendly fuel.)
Then you need the money for what you need to sell it :-
Rent and council tax on a pub is around 3x a normal house
Electricity is 3x a domestic rate
Water is also 3x a domestic rate
There are tons of pipes from the cellar to the bar and they can cost anywhere between 6grand to 22grand to set up.
Oh and dont forget the measly wages since most bar tenders work for minium wage.

So imagine if a pub was open those few more hours, you wouldn't even break even with the cost of electricity and water and wages.

But hey, what am I saying, I could do with a few extra shifts.

And Rat, you can take it home. But its illegal to drink on the street and the pub would be providing an open vessel.
A Bartender
15th Feb 10 03:02

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Rat

Rat

What are the laws...
I Have just bought a bottle of wine from a local pub.Half finished it but was told I could not take it home out the premises . I said Its mine I bought IT so now if it belongs to me and is not in a pubs glass I can Take it home ? Help and comments please...
Rat
13th Oct 09 10:10

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Gainsborough lad.

Gainsborough lad.

Well, it is nearly 2010, and the £5-00 pint has not yet arrived, but the £5-00 supermarket case has, a lot better having the tv on, 6ft pc projector screen on, and a 50p can of cold lager in your hand typing away, instead of getting ready to go down the pub and spend whats left.
Gainsborough lad.
18th Sep 09 10:09

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anonimous

anonimous

in a way tho I fink they r avin fun .. why spoil it ?
anonimous
26th Aug 09 08:08

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Danielle.

Danielle.

I agree.
to be honest I think pubs should only let people drink a limited amount of beer/wine .
there is youths everywhere getting slaughtered which is also not a pleasant site.
Danielle.
26th Aug 09 08:08

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Jaan

Jaan

Cannot agree more!!!! I have spent 13 years of my life in Russia - places are open 24 hours, everybody is happy. Greece, Spain - everywhere the same! Closing pubs at 11pm (or even at 1am like in Scotland) doesn't solve anything, the ones who want to drink and get messed up - will do it anyway!
Jaan
3rd Feb 09 08:02

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Trust24

Trust24

I enjoy haveing a good night out with my friends, but I am finding it harder and harder to enjoy it because pretty much every decent traditional pub in our area has closed down and been turned into some "trendy" bar where your constantly dictated on how to dress and forced to listen to rubbish loud dance music and if thats not enough you have to put up with a bunch of general idiots who have no intelligence what so ever and think its hilarious to try and pick fights on you for dressing slightly different, and the best thing is most the people causing trouble are usually good mates with the bouncers.
Trust24
27th Jul 08 11:07

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Facts

Facts

Mmmmmm a more continental environment for the tourists?!?!?! Before the licensing laws were relaxed the pubs would be closed by midnight, the clubs a little bit later. By 4 am the streets would be relatively clear of the drunken yobs wanting to fight the world. Now thanks to these relaxed laws there is no let up in the yobbish anti social behaviour. They continue drinking until they can't stand, the fighting, urinating, vomiting in doorways ,continues up until 8 or 9 am. The emergency services can not cope in the relentless weekend onslaught of pillocks they have to pick up, patch up or lock up. Thanks Labour, another job well done!!!!!!!!
Facts
21st Jun 08 01:06

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