A pub is a type of bar that serves alcohol. It is often a social place, offering a variety of food and drinks in a casual environment. Many people enjoy visiting a well-respected pub for the ambience, relaxing atmosphere and enjoyable music. Some pubs also serve meals to higher restaurant standards and are known as gastropubs.
The term pub is derived from the word public house, which was an establishment that offered accommodation and food to travellers. English common law early imposed social responsibilities upon inns and taverns, which were required to accept all persons in reasonable condition who paid the price. In the 18th century, the advent of more efficient beer production methods enabled breweries to sell their products far and wide. Pubs became fashionable and popular, with a range of traditional features including opulently painted tiling, wood panelling and bar counters.
Currently, the majority of pubs offer some kind of food, whether it be sandwiches, chips or a full meal. The dining room may be a separate section of the pub or part of the bar itself, but usually the food is served in addition to the drink menu.
Pubs tend to be quieter than bars and focus more on conversation over alcoholic beverages, although this can vary between locations. Most pubs will also have an extensive wine list and a large selection of spirits as well as beer and cider. In the UK, pale lager is a widely-consumed pub drink, along with ales, stouts and bitters. Whisky is another common alcohol sold in pubs, although it is typically bottled rather than served from a tap.