What Is a Pub?

A pub is a type of drinking establishment that sells beer and sometimes other drinks. Some pubs also serve food, making them a hybrid of bar and restaurant. They are often community gathering places and serve as a social hub for locals. Many people choose a specific pub to visit, often due to its proximity to their home or workplace. Other factors that influence the choice of a pub include its drink selection, atmosphere, and entertainment offerings.

Pubs are licensed to sell alcohol and typically allow minors if accompanied by an adult. They usually offer a wide range of alcoholic beverages, including draught and bottled beer, cider, wine, and spirits. Some pubs have a full menu and are considered gastropubs, while others may only serve snacks and light meals.

In the United Kingdom, pubs are usually privately owned and operated by a licensed victualler, known as a publican or landlady. They were once common throughout the country, but restrictions on their opening hours, and other aspects of operation, increased during World War I and after, leading to a sharp decline in the number of pubs.

Many pubs offer a variety of entertainment options, from live music to pool and darts tournaments. They may also host karaoke nights, quizzes, and other events. Some have bowling greens and play host to local team football or rugby matches. In the 1970s, a musical genre that became known as pub rock developed from bands such as Kilburn and the High Roads and Dr. Feelgood playing in pubs.