How do you buy beer in a bar?

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  1. macrumors 6502a

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    Do you ask for a pint or a half litre?


    Infact, what do American's ask for? In general I mean, I assume it's not a pint since they never ordered them in Cheers. Yes, I learnt my American drinking culture from Cheers...



    Anyway, Scotland so a pint it is...
     
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    WildCowboy

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    Most bars serve pints...you just don't ask for a size, and a pint is the default. You can occasionally get a 12-ounce glass or a bigger one like 22 ounce, but pints are the standard.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So what does Norm always drink then?



    That may have subconsciously been the point of this topic.
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    A pint!

    Soon I'll be receiving my drink in metric though, as I move to Germany next week.

    I've heard in the States, you can be served a pint of Guinness all in one pour. Be careful, fellahs!
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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    Melbourne - a "pot" - 10 ounces - 285 ml
    Sydney - a "schooner" - 15 ounces - 425 ml
    for more Aussie peculiarities see here

    NB: In UK a "pint" is 20 ounces (568 ml). US pint is 16 ounces (473 ml).
     
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    Jaffa Cake

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    Beware though, jive – a USAian pint is smaller than our UKish pint (16 fluid ounces and 20 fluid ounces respectively). I don't know if this has any bearing on the glass sizes they call a 'pint' but make sure they don't go short changing you if you ever find yourself over there. ;)

    EDIT: Er, yeah, what kiwi-in-uk said. :eek:
     
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    jczubach

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    Up here in Canada we like to order them by the pitcher:p:p:p
     
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    mkrishnan

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    Mostly we say pint (16 oz) if we specify, but it's very acceptable to ask for a specific beer and follow up with size options if they exist. In fact I usually just ask for the beer by name and only deal with the size if there are options. :)

    24 Oz is also fairly commonly available. There are other weirder sizes like yards or half-yards that are specific to certain restaurants. Also drinking bottled and occasionally canned (certain brands like Sapporo) beers (with a mug or appropriate beer glass) is fairly common in bars here, in which case we order bottles or cans. ;)
     
  9. macrumors 6502a

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    Being from England originally and now living in Canada, I ask for a pint, but it's not a pint. I'm on the West coast and our 'pint' is somewhere around 16 oz. In the eastern part of the country it's more than 16oz though.

    Even a pint of Guinness is only 16 oz.

    It's not bloody fair!
     
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    Jive, what do you order when in France?
     
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    decksnap

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    That's hilarious. It's like in Clerks where people just ask for 'cigarettes'. No brand specified. Doesn't actually happen in real life.
     
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    yellow

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    I say: "Give me a Guinness," and it magically comes in a pint glass! :)
     
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    Next time you want to get a Giraffe!
     
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    Well, in Holland we drank half litres (500ml) which wasn't quite enough, a pint at home is 568ml and goes down a treat.
     
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    FrankBlack

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    I just ask for a Guinness Draft. :D

    Regretfully, our American pints are indeed only 16 ounces. Who made this decision? No one that will own up to it, that's for sure.

    Off-topic, just a little: Who in the Boston area is old enough to remember the Wursthaus, in Harvard Square? In its heyday, it was a great place, with really good food, and a fine selection of beers. You didn't ask for the wine list, you asked for the beer list, which was in the shape of a stein. They were in business for something like 80 years, but fell on hard times and economic realities (read, corporate real estate sharks, with millions to throw around) in the 90's.

    I have this sudden craving for Knockwurst and red cabbage,,,,,,:D
     
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    WildCowboy

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    Blame the Brits. We based our system of measure on their wine gallon during the colonial days, only to have them change their standard to the Imperial gallon. Having just fought two wars with them, there was no way we were going to follow suit.
     
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    Macaddicttt

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    Even though I'm American, I haven't yet ordered a beer here (I turned 21 abroad). In Ireland, you'd ask for a pint or a half-pint (a glass, they called it). In Italy, you'd say "piccola," "media" or "grande" and I'm pretty sure it varied from place to place what that meant.
     
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    depends on location, most times its either a bottle or pint, most of the time its buckets of bottles (5-6 bottles in a bucket of ice) if its gonna be a draft it can be either a 16oz or a 'tall' 21-22oz glass.
     
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    GoCubsGo

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    I once asked for a pint in a bar and was laughed at. It was soon after my return from the UK. I order a pitcher or whatever is on tap.
     
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    AlBDamned

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    In other words, the drink sizes in Australia are pathetic ;)
     
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    ezekielrage_99

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    I just pull up at the gas/petrol station ask drink it straight from the bowser... what can I say I'm a cheap drunk.
     
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    ghall

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    Does Root Beer count?
    In that case, I like a mug of Root Beer with an scoop of ice cream. :p

    You drink gasoline? :confused:
     
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    23 MacRumors Members walk into a bar to buy beer...

    6 hours later they are kicked out at closing time (completely sober) after arguing the entire time about the "proper way" to order beer.
     

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