Difference between a Pub and a Bar

It is easy to get confused between a pub and a bar as they are usually used interchangeably by people. But it is important to note that they are not synonyms and have distinctive features and characteristics that set them apart from one another. Let us take a look at the differences between a pub and a bar. This way you can be more accurate the next time you want to go out for a night of fun to your favorite establishment.

  • Definition

A bar is an establishment that primarily serves alcoholic drinks for consumption on premises.

Whereas a pub is an establishment where both food and alcohol is served and is a place for locals to relax, eat and drink.

  • Name

The name “Bar” comes from the counter on which the drinks are served by the bartender while the name “Pub” comes from Public House, a place where the local townspeople can come together and spend time.

  • Age Limit

There is often an age limit to enter a bar depended on the local laws (anywhere from 18-21) whereas a pub usually allows entry of minors because of the serving of food and non-alcoholic beverages. But it recommended for minors to have an adult with them as rules mainly vary from establishment to establishment.

  • Ambience

Bars usually have loud music and dance floors and it is quite common for bars to serve little to no food.  The primary product is the alcohol as it quite common for patrons to indulge in bar hopping, where they move from one bar to another in quick succession. Therefore there is no time for people to sit down and eat.

Pubs, on the other hand, is more relaxed. They play pleasant music and serve all kinds of foods from appetizers, entrees, and desserts. People who go to pubs tend to spend at least a couple of hours at a time as they are able to properly sit down and relax with their mates.

  • Type of alcohol served

Bars are known to serve all kinds of alcoholic beverages especially hard liquor and cocktails. Pubs, though they serve alcohol, do not have the same kind of variety of hard liquor.

Instead, pubs generally serve more kinds of beer and ale to their bar counterpart.

  • Clientele

Bars are places that young people frequent to get drunk and have a good time whether to dance or to meet new people. Bars are commonplace in cities and there are specialized bars devoted to activities like karaoke, watching sports or just dancing. There are also bars that target a certain group of people in the form of singles bars, biker bars, and cop bars.

Pubs are open to all patrons but the most common clientele are working people who come to unwind after a long day’s work. Pubs can be themed as well, there are sports pub and Irish pubs that target a certain demographic. Pubs, also host open mike nights or trivia nights on certain days of the week to make it feel like a more social place than a bar.

Whichever establishment you chose to go to, it is important to follow all your local laws and to drink responsibly. No one wants to take care of someone who is too intoxicated to even walk home.