RARA-AVIS: British Pubs

From: Mark Sullivan ( DJ-Anonyme@webtv.net)
Date: 07 Mar 2003

While reading Patrick McGrath's Spider (definitely gothic, not yet noir) in preparation for the movie, I was reminded of a question I've long had about British pubs. He refers to the "public bar" and the "snug." Although "snug" was new to me, I've read about divided bars, often with the bartender serving both sides, in numerous British books. I get the impression that the "public bar" is less genteel, with drinkers standing at the bar, whereas the "snug" (can't remember what I'm used to it being called, the "private bar," maybe?) has tables. I also get the impression there at least once was an aspect of gender in this (women not allowed in the "public bar" at one time?). Am I even close?


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