There are loads of great features of travelling. Meeting new people, seeing new sights, enjoying different climates and getting some great tales to tell your friends and family and one day you grandchildren. However it can also occasionally have downsides, and among those are the lack of familiarity and creature comforts. The lack of ability to relax somewhere where you feel comfortable and at home. Where everybody knows your name…
At home you most likely will have all your creature comforts in your home of course, and when you are out and about in your own area you will probably have regular haunts and locales where you feel at home and relaxed. And in that regard it’s hard to beat a pub.
In short – find a pub in a foreign land that you like, that has good prices, and that has friendly people, and you will be able to find a kind of ‘home from home’ in a strange new land. So how do you go about doing this and finding somewhere that you can feel at home?
Know What You Want
First of all, you need to ask yourself what it is that you look for in a pub. If you have a pub at home that you consider ‘your’ pub, then there’s a good chance that the place will be similar to that one. But what was it about that pub that made it special?
There are many factors that make a good pub and different elements are important to different people. For instance it might be the people – in which case you’ll have to spend some time in the pub before you get a feel for the vibe. Alternatively you might love a good beer garden or comfortable seats – in which case you will easily be able to decide whether a pub is right for you or not (this is a black and white decision – it either has a comfortable seating area or it doesn’t). Other things you might be looking for could be games such as pool or darts, or maybe the music.
In some ways pubs can be divided into categories. There are various kinds of pubs, for instance ‘gastro pub’ or ‘English-style’, or perhaps you’d like a pub that’s more like a bar. Depending on the features you’re looking for, you’re more likely to be happy with specific categories such as these. If you want a dart board and an ‘oldee’ feeling then, you might want to search for an English-styled pub.
Do Your Research
Knowing these things will allow you to easily look for pubs near to you that meet your criteria. You can do this by searching online for instance and reading reviews, or you can use a function on your phone if you own a smartphone in order to automatically find pubs within your area along with details and directions.
Finally, make sure you think about the beer and what it’s actually like. Ultimately that is the main goal of a pub, so look for what they have on tap and whether they’re the things you like, as well as comparing prices either online or by doing a mini pub crawl early on when you’re in the area.
Ultimately though this is like choosing a home, or a partner – when you find the right one, you’ll know…
Jeet is working as a marketing head at www.1001beersteins.com. He has been trying to promote his various products using various strategies, including his blog.