Pubs in Goa

What is a pub?

Pubs are actually a short form or acronym for Public houses. These public houses are actually bars which are thrown open to the general public for the main purpose of drinking different kinds of beers. So Pubs are actually Public bars.

Pubs are very British by nature

The term, “pubs” has originated in the UK (United Kingdom). There are over 60,000 pubs in the UK (53,000 in England and Wales, 5,200 in Scotland and 1,600 in Northern Ireland). One of the oldest pubs, Fighting Cocks in St. Albans, Herts, is situated in a house that dates back to the eleventh century.

What do Pubs normally look like or describe the atmosphere of Pubs?

Pubs are popular social meeting places in England. Pubs are an essential part of British life. People chat, eat, drink, connect with their friends and relax there.Pubs often have two bars, one usually quieter than the other, many have a garden where people can sit in the summer. Children below 16 have to be accompanied by adults, guardians or parents for entering into pubs in England.

Crowds of friends usually buy 'rounds' of drinks, where the person whose turn it is will buy drinks for all the participants of the group. It is occasionally difficult to get served when pubs are busy: people do not queue, but the bar staff will habitually try and serve those who have been waiting the longest at the bar first.

Pubs run by Beer manufacturing companies

Most pubs in England belong to a brewery (a company which makes beer) but sell many diverse kinds of beer, some on tap (from a big container under the bar) and some in bottles. The most popular kind of British beer is bitter, which is dark and served at room temperature (not hot, not cold). British beer is brewed from malt and hops.

Pubs and Bars in Goa

By the above definition and meaning of “Pubs” in England, one can safely say that most of the Taverns and drinking holes of Goa called locally as, “bars” do qualify to an extent to be called as Public Bars or Pubs. The most important and significant difference that sets apart the bars of Goa from the pubs of England is the absence of “Draught Beer” readily available on tap.

In England more popular today though is lager, which is lighter in colour and served cold. Guinness, a very dark, creamy kind of beer called a stout, is made in Ireland and is popular all over Britain. In Goa, the entire beer market is captured by the King of Indian Beers that is Kingfisher beer.

In England Pubs, Beers are served in "pints" for a large glass and "halves" for a smaller one, whereas in Goa Bars and Pubs, Kingfisher Malt brew is served as “pints” called half bottles or as full bottles of 650 ml each.

In England most pubs offer a complete range of beers, local and imported, with German, Belgian and French beers being in demand. In India and Goa pubs and bars, the other beers available on demand are Arlem Beer, Sandpiper Beer, Kingfisher Strong Beer, Haywords Beer, LP (London Pilsner), LD (London Diet) Cobra Beer, Stella Artois beer, Hoegaarden beer, Asahi beer, Foster's beer, Heineken beer, Leffe Blond beer, Kingfisher Ultra beer, Peroni beer, Budweiser beer, Schneider Weisse beer, Corona Extra beer, London Pride beer, San Miguel Pale Pilsen beer, Carlsberg beer.

History of beer in India

Beer was introduced into India by the British, who ultimately set up a brewery that manufactured Asia's first beer -- a pale ale called Lion. However, these days, lager is the only type of beer you'll find obtainable in India. It comes in two strengths -- mild (around 5% alcohol) and a plentiful strong (6-8% alcohol). Subject to the place, a large 650 ml bottle of beer will cost you between 70-90 rupees ($1-1.50) at a liquor store, and double or triple that at a bar.Pubs sell soft drinks as well as alcoholic drinks in Goa and India.

Pub Food in England & Pub food in Goa, India

Nearly all pubs sell pub lunches. One of these is the Ploughman's Lunch which is a great wedge of Cheddar cheese, some bread, some pickle, and an onion. Other typical pub foods are scampi (kind of shellfish) and chips (fried potatoes), pie and chips, and chicken and chips. In Goa and India pubs all types of food or cuisine is available. Some of the most common pub food in Goa are Goan Seafood, Chinese, English Food, and Indian food.

Names of some Pubs in England & some Pub names in Goa.

Pubs have traditional names which date back over 600 years.Some typical names are The Chequers, The White Swan, The Crown, The King's Arms, The Red Lion and The White Horse. Some of the popular pubs in Goa are Ollie’s Pub, Club Cubana, Fiplees Pub, Club Blue Goa, Club Margarita, MAMBO’S, Valvet Lounge pub, TITO’S, Club Ivy.