Last orders for the lunchtime pint

sreedy

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BBC Story

Well I don't know about the rest of you but the Friday pint is still a must where I work, each friday without fail we are off for that pint. It's a social thing that I think helps bring us together :D

In fact..... I'm off now..... more news after the beer! :p
 

UKnjb

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Nanny --- stuff! Whatever next --- ?? :mad:

Oh, and if you can get me a pint and a double-scotch chaser in when you're at the bar - maybe a bag of peanuts? Thanks. Got a delicate brain operation this afternoon and I need to calm my tremors. :)
 

Blue Velvet

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Are you kidding?

Drinking alcohol in the middle of a workday? Would definitely be frowned upon where I work... besides, I couldn't make it through an afternoon of meetings and producing artwork while over the limit. Afternoon naps would then be the order of the day, I think.
 

bartelby

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Where I work there used to be a bar onsite. It got closed down about a month before I started here because a few individuals would stay in there all afternoon :(
 

Savage Henry

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Outrageous. I'll remember to bring it up with my colleagues when we meet for lunch in the pub in 3 minutes ..... If they did ban the Friday Pint around here there would be uproar ... so it's a good job we have the Monday to Thursday pint during the week to console ourselves.:eek:
 

Nermal

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bartelby said:
Where I work there used to be a bar onsite. It got closed down about a month before I started here because a few individuals would stay in there all afternoon :(
We have an onsite mini-bar but it opens after work, presumably to avoid that sort of thing :)
 

Applespider

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I'm just about to head to the pub too :D so will ask IT to block that particular BBC story from the big bosses.

We've always had a common-sense approach to it. You don't go out and get legless at lunchtime but a drink or two isn't a problem. Those who think their work might be impacted just have one (or a soft drink) and those who don't, have two. Equally, those who have meetings with outside suppliers/clients in the afternoon wouldn't come back smelling like a brewery.

As others have said, it's the social aspect of sitting with colleagues for a drink and lunch that's important.
 

iGav

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Blue Velvet said:
Are you kidding?

Drinking alcohol in the middle of a workday? Would definitely be frowned upon where I work...
Really.... wowser. :eek:

In fact, when we had Smirnoff as a client... it was encouraged. heh. :D
 

Blue Velvet

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Meh. I'm just bitter and jealous 'cos I can't drink at all at the moment... taking antibiotics. Powerful ones, horse ones as my GP called them. :D
 
hmm back when i was working my past 3 internships over summers, all my bosses encouraged us to drink (even if i was underage haha). friday lunches were a bit longer and it gave us a chance to share and catch up on what each of our departments was doing during the week. i think its a shame to let this die. obviously everything in moderation!
 

mpw

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iGav said:
Really.... wowser. :eek:

In fact, when we had Smirnoff as a client... it was encouraged. heh. :D
Our former office had a canteen with beer on draught :D

Now-a-days it just wouldn't occur to me to go drinking at lunchtime but I'd happily drink with a meal if I was out at a restaurant.

We have one company we deal with quite a bit however that when we meet with them it's always a lunchtime affair which starts at 1pm and we usually make our excuses to leave by around 4:30pm and I know those guys continue on from restaurant to bar to club all on their expenses, and they'd happily have us join them too. Once an agreement was made in error by one of our upper-management which would've cost our company ~£1million. A cleverly crafted letter by my boss and a fuzzy recollection on their part saved the managers job!
 

Queso

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Drinking with clients and suppliers at lunchtime is how most business in London gets done. If it gets banned, the entire UK economy could collapse :eek:
 
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Lau

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It seems a bit heavy handed to ban it completely, because as Applespider says, it is up to the individual. I used to be able to drink at lunchtime and function reasonably well in the afternoon, but I can't do it now. I get reeeaaaaaaalllly sleepy even after one pint, and definitely can't function properly afterwards. I don't think that should mean that other people who can take it shouldn't be able to though.
 

sreedy

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I'm back now!

What a team building lunch that was!

I have to say the beer garden here in Box, Near Bath was fantastic today.... great weather and great cider!
 

dcv

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Lau said:
I used to be able to drink at lunchtime and function reasonably well in the afternoon, but I can't do it now. I get reeeaaaaaaalllly sleepy even after one pint, and definitely can't function properly afterwards.
Me too... a glass or two of wine at lunchtime and I'm virtually falling asleep all afternoon... Yes I can still 'function' but I'm doing stuff with my eyes half shut!
 

mad jew

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I'm bound to drink during the day as a wine rep. Not every day, but tasting wine with customers is part of the job (poor little me). I have to say I agree, I'd probably be more productive if I didn't drink but I've learnt to taste just a bit without overdoing it. I've had to considering the rest of my job is driving between accounts. :p