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    All these Irish, Pommie bars function well, if you are out with mates.

    If you are wandering into them alone, rather than getting your cock played with in the bars of Nana or Cowboy, there is something sadly amiss, and maybe it is time to jump on the plane home and go sit in a Wetherspoons.... dont forget your newspaper

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    Sexual gratification from prostitutes is not necessarily an item on everyone's agenda. Why would a 10th rate pub be any more acceptable in the company of one's chums?
    Why should someone tiring of Bangkok seek solace in a Wetherspoon pub in Britain? Is that what you do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegent
    Why would a 10th rate pub be any more acceptable in the company of one's chums?
    If you are out with friends chatting, having a laugh, dipping your willy in their pint when they go the loo, generally making your own atmosphere, then you don't really notice the old torn wallpaper, worn out furniture, or that cnut Lee Shamrock






    Quote Originally Posted by thegent
    Why should someone tiring of Bangkok seek solace in a Wetherspoon pub in Britain? Is that what you do?
    To be brutally honest, Wetherspoons is the liveliest pub where I come from now, I could name 20 pubs in a 5 mile radius of there, that were great pubs in my youth, that are now Petrol stations, old folks Homes, Tesco Express' and even a Chinese Restaurant.
    I went back home for 10 days in december, what a horrible, miserable, cold place. The best night I had was at Flares Grab a Granny Nightclub and I got blew out there by some 40 year old wrinkled thing

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    The only decent ' Spoon I have ever frequented was in Hove on Church Road. All the rest seem to be populated by derelicts, ill paid young folk sporting tattoos and large,beer bellied, peroxide blonde women whose children had been farmed out to their nicotined complexioned, raddled mothers.

    Although I do agree the over pricing of beer has denuded the landscape and a good pub is getting to be as rare as hen's teeth among the towns.

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    Currently sitting in No Idea..... Pleasant spot, doesn't seem to try to be anything other than a bar restaurant

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    superb thread great info

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    Fuck, nothing wrong with a weatherspoons.

    It's been a while but do they still do a "Burger and beer" for 2.99?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcock View Post
    Currently sitting in No Idea..... Pleasant spot, doesn't seem to try to be anything other than a bar restaurant
    Is the food any good though,we are normally sat over the road thinking about eating there.

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    By over the road, do you mean the foodcarts that line up opposite?

    From the balcony of no idea you can watch the operators of those carts sneak through a cut out in the corrugated iron fence and into the waste land behind to take a dump and a piss before returning to prepare their next stir fry.

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    ^No drinking beer at Denny's Gert likes to eat at khing klao bit further down soi 22. That's how they spell it on their sign not my typo.
    Last edited by klong toey; 10-03-2013 at 10:58 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klong toey
    Denny's
    Jez is a good fella, and Somme a good girl. Hope it's a while before they shut it down what with the development behind.

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    The food at no idea is good, but pricey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Shagnastier View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by klong toey
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    Jez is a good fella, and Somme a good girl. Hope it's a while before they shut it down what with the development behind.
    Is she Belgian?

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    the british club used to be very exclusive ...

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    'When they are good, Irish pubs are amazing ambassadors,' Enda Coineen with a patron in an Irish pub in Haiti




    30 SEPTEMBER 2013

    TODAY in Dublin an historic gathering gets under way of the owners and managers of Irish pubs around the world. It has never happened in this way before. Oddly, it's a bit like the tail wagging the dog.



    There are 21 countries involved. From Thailand to South Africa, from Belarus to the Faroe Islands, plus many European countries and, of course, the USA, it's an eclectic mix – directly representing over 700 pubs, about 10 per cent of the Irish pub population. Individually, they are 'cottage enterprises'; globally it's a billion dollar industry – the 'front-line' of Ireland – yet we don't know how to handle it.

    It's growing outside Ireland. There are now more Irish pubs abroad than at home.

    Our approach to drink and, by extension to the pub, is schiz-ophrenic and immature. Take all the fuss about Arthur's Day celebrations. At the same time in Germany with Oktoberfest, our fellow Europeans are full on, and well able to handle it, with a more mature approach.

    When they are good, Irish pubs are amazing ambassadors. When bad, they are a gross embarrass-ment. When our tourists are asked, "What do you like most about Ireland?", 'the pub' ranks as the number one attraction for tourism.

    In a bizarre way, good pubs abroad are not about drink. It's community, friendship, socialibility, culture and food. Good drink simply lubricates it all. But our pubs at home have become confused with binge drinking and abuse. Many right-minded people find the drink abuse culture appalling and want to run a mile. Rightly so.

    From the Michael Collins in Brussels,Dubliner in Bangkok, Bubbles O'Leary's in Uganda, Molly Malone's in Shanghai, the Porter House in New York, Kildare's in Pennsylvania and the Irish Pub in Nepal, they are everywhere – including the new Irish Embassy at the Irish Village in Haiti – one of the poorest countries in the world – an obvious place for an Irish pub! I started my first business in the Czech Republic, not long after the communists left, in the Irish pub. It was here I met the bankers, the lawyers, the government advisers, the investors – and I don't even drink!

    And why? What is that magic that makes Irish pubs work outside Ireland? For me it has been a personal journey. As a professional traveller on business and through my fondness for sport around the world, virtually every place I went there was an Irish pub.

    Yet Ireland had done little to connect with them. If the truth be known, bringing individual publicans together is like herding cats. They are entrepreneurs. And now there are several professional Irish pub groups emerging abroad.

    When we brought the Volvo Ocean Race to Galway, I set out to communicate with Irish pubs around the world to promote our project with Let's Do It Global, now the Pride of Ireland Trust. "No, it's not possible" was the response when I talked with management of Diageo, Irish Distillers, Tourism Ireland, Enterprise Ireland. It's not that they did not like the idea, rather there was no infrastructure to do it.

    Stimulated by this and the Global Irish Diaspora Forum in Dublin Castle, for no personal economic gain, simply because no one else would do it, I set out to form the Irish Pubs Global and the Irish Vintners' Global Association.

    Today's conference is a focal point. It's now gaining momentum. We have over 20 chapters and branches around the world, and a database of over 4,000 real Irish pubs. The challenge is getting all the different aspects of the brands in this sector working together to further a 'win win' situation for all. To boot, we need to find a way for the network to pay for itself and help pub owners to help themselves. If Italian fish & chip shop owners made a success of fish & chip shop day in Dublin, surely Irish pub owners can come together in different parts of the world for common benefit? Our global gathering today, available via live webcast, is a start, just like the idea itself. What do you think? How should we move this on?

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    Dubliner in Bangkok
    What do you think? How should we move this on?
    Close the awful place down.

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    I thought it was closed down - in August, popped there wanting a big fryup only to find a building site, so popped to the Black Swan instead and had some very nice food. Didn't see Dave though...

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    Its moved, its across the road in the block just past and to the back of villa supermarket.

    The no idea on soi 22 beats all these faux irish brit gaffs hands down, pity they never show football though.

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    Great food in the Black Swan I must say, particularly if you have an army you need to feed.

    Ridiculous sized portions for a slim fella like me

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    ^

    The fish and chips in the Black Swan are superb, but WHY oh WHY mushy peas?

    Garden peas, yes. If I want to mush them up I can do that with a fork myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thormaturge
    WHY mushy peas?

    Garden peas, yes.
    Thorm. Totally different.
    Bit like salmon and rock salmon.

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    Yep....garden peas with fish and chips, the owners a Northerner....they wierd.... (and yes I do like mushy peas)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thormaturge
    The fish and chips in the Black Swan are superb, but WHY oh WHY mushy peas?
    I'm sure you could go all ignorant American on him and ask him to change them to gerden peas.

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    Mushy peas = English institution

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jofrey
    Mushy peas = English institution
    Quite right.

    Processed blandness = American institution

    Fizzy piss = Australian institution

    Poop = German institution

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