Sunday 9 June 2013

Time for a drink?

Not maybe the best-supported poll I’ve ever run on here, but still an interesting result. Predictably, “weekday lunchtimes” comes last, but I would have expected “later evenings” to come top, as that’s when most of the pubs I know are clearly busiest. However, it was comfortably beaten by “early evenings”, a drinking pattern I’ve never really got into at all. Unless possibly people were interpreting “later evenings” as meaning “after 11 pm” rather than, as I intended “after around 8.30 pm”. Even “weekend lunchtimes” only comes slightly behind “later evenings”. This doesn’t really accord with figures I’ve seen that 50% of all pub trade is on Friday and Saturday nights, two-thirds of the remainder on other evenings, and only one-sixth at lunchtimes.


  1. Or perhaps readers of your blog are old codgers who go to the pub at teatime as they'll see people they know but want to be tucked up with a hot drink when the youngsters come out to play?

  2. Nah, old codgers will be at home having their actual tea.

  3. It would be good to have some kind of explanation attached to the data.

    I would be interested to know what people who go to the pub at tea-time typically manage to accomplish with the rest of their evening. As for lunchtime drinking, I haven't done that since I was an undergrad.

  4. I forgot to turn comments on on that poll, which might have helped explain it. Tea-time drinking was previously discussed here.

    In general I think the idea is to have a couple before your evening meal rather than being arseholed by 8 pm.

  5. At the moment I go out on a Sunday afternoon and am home by 8:00 p.m. in the football season I also go to the pub at lunchtime before the match and also afterwards, again until about 8:00 p.m. So I'm typical of the stats.


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