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Andrea

English Bar

I got collared by an appalling English couple yesterday (my bus has UK plates so I was a sitting duck) who were trying to get me to come to their new 'English Bar'. They were absolutely awful, everything about the English abroad that makes me cringe. I said that I wouldn't drive 40 km to go to a bar when there's a perfectly good one just down the road & they (honestly) answered 'but surely that's so Portuguese?' with that sneery upper lip thing going on. Of course it's Portuguese you stupid twerp, this is Portugal. Mad

Why go all the way to Portugal / Spain / France / wherever, then recreate an English bar? Reckon they have fights on Saturday nights & teenage girls puking up blue WKD?
kevin.vinke

Absolutely horrible!
marigold

Extreme cringeworthiness Rolling Eyes .
Penny Outskirts

Shocked

Bognor with the sunshine (with apologies to Bognor Very Happy )
LynneA

Wot, have they been banned from the others for throwing up & starting fights?

Now a Welsh bar - that would be a thing. Full of old men and their dogs, drinks half full, staring into space as they concentrate hard so they can crunch down on a pickled onion with their last good tooth Laughing
boisdevie1

If you decide to live abroad and then decide to live in your own nice little 'English' ghetto then you deserve what you get.
Conversely, if you make the effort to learn the language and integrate then your experience will be that much more complete.

I prefer option 2. Because option 1 is a bit like sticking two fingers up to the locals. And that's not nice.
vegplot

LynneA wrote:
Wot, have they been banned from the others for throwing up & starting fights?

Now a Welsh bar - that would be a thing. Full of old men and their dogs, drinks half full, staring into space as they concentrate hard so they can crunch down on a pickled onion with their last good tooth Laughing


Just don't cross the border!
LynneA

I'm thinking of the ones the family always used to end up in when visiting certain relatives in the "quieter" parts of the Valleys. (Mostly on my Nan's side).
vegplot

LynneA wrote:
I'm thinking of the ones the family always used to end up in when visiting certain relatives in the "quieter" parts of the Valleys. (Mostly on my Nan's side).


That's down south, different country, even a different language.
woodsprite

Quote:
If you decide to live abroad and then decide to live in your own nice little 'English' ghetto then you deserve what you get.
Conversely, if you make the effort to learn the language and integrate then your experience will be that much more complete.

I prefer option 2. Because option 1 is a bit like sticking two fingers up to the locals. And that's not nice.

Absolutely agree and the same is true of England. There's a pub in the next town along that is almost exclusively eastern european, they rarely speak to the locals much less socialise with them. Sad
Vanessa

Shocked Poor you! I'd be changing the car over to Portuguese plates pronto in your position!

We had similar when we imported a small 4x4 from England ... we were accosted in the supermarkets and followed around! Like having UK plates suddenly declared some sort of "open season" on us Rolling Eyes Needless to say, that car is now locally-registered, and far less-obtrusive now. Wink
Slim

Maybe someday I'll emigrate to your side of the pond and open up an American bar. No one can drink until they're 21, and then it'll only be sex-in-a-canoe beer that they have to chug. Plus the music will be terrible.
toggle

cpg03 wrote:
Maybe someday I'll emigrate to your side of the pond and open up an American bar. No one can drink until they're 21, and then it'll only be sex-in-a-canoe beer that they have to chug. Plus the music will be terrible.


already have a bunch of them in town. when most of my friends started hanging out in them post uni, i decided i wasn't missing out on much having to stay at home with boychild
Slim

toggle wrote:
cpg03 wrote:
Maybe someday I'll emigrate to your side of the pond and open up an American bar. No one can drink until they're 21, and then it'll only be sex-in-a-canoe beer that they have to chug. Plus the music will be terrible.


already have a bunch of them in town. when most of my friends started hanging out in them post uni, i decided i wasn't missing out on much having to stay at home with boychild



seriously? My sympathies.

Makes me wonder what a uk "american" bar is like, as I don't have too much faith in the authenticity of american "irish"/"english" pubs....
toggle

we do a great line in fake irish bars in london as well.
dpack

being obtrusive can get one a darwin award fron the balkan mafia so wait
im not embarrassed by the crass
i just read the local paper

Twisted Evil
pricey

Tell me they are not in Pedrogao, please!!!!!!!
Andrea

pricey wrote:
Tell me they are not in Pedrogao, please!!!!!!!


You're not going to like this Pricey, but that's where they stopped me!

The bar isn't though, it's off down the IC8 somewhere. I've got their telephone number somewhere if you'd like it? Twisted Evil
Contadino

Re: English Bar

Andrea wrote:
I got collared by an appalling English couple yesterday (my bus has UK plates so I was a sitting duck) who were trying to get me to come to their new 'English Bar'. They were absolutely awful, everything about the English abroad that makes me cringe. I said that I wouldn't drive 40 km to go to a bar when there's a perfectly good one just down the road & they (honestly) answered 'but surely that's so Portuguese?' with that sneery upper lip thing going on. Of course it's Portuguese you stupid twerp, this is Portugal. Mad

Why go all the way to Portugal / Spain / France / wherever, then recreate an English bar? Reckon they have fights on Saturday nights & teenage girls puking up blue WKD?


Thank your lucky stars it's 40km away.

The irony, of course, is that the 'English Bar' regulars probably sit around moaning about how the UK has gone to the dogs because of all the immigrants who don't try to integrate into local communities.

Fortunately the (Irish) owner of the English Bar in our town has just been sent down for armed robbery and intimidating a judge. Bar now closed, and gradually being stripped of all assets by the local kids. Very Happy
vegplot

cpg03 wrote:
Maybe someday I'll emigrate to your side of the pond and open up an American bar. No one can drink until they're 21, and then it'll only be sex-in-a-canoe beer that they have to chug. Plus the music will be terrible.


Your local bar is full of Belgian beer. So an American bar in the UK is one that sells continental liquors but with US decor. Very Happy
Slim

vegplot wrote:
cpg03 wrote:
Maybe someday I'll emigrate to your side of the pond and open up an American bar. No one can drink until they're 21, and then it'll only be sex-in-a-canoe beer that they have to chug. Plus the music will be terrible.


Your local bar is full of Belgian beer. So an American bar in the UK is one that sells continental liquors but with US decor. Very Happy


Well if I were trying to give you a taste of a REAL American bar, I'd attempt to replicate another good (but very different one) around here, called Ye Olde Watering Hole & beer can museum
Grenwich

Its all true, there are some horrible ex-pats, probably all over the world, but you have to bear in mind that they are the loudest ones. There must also be many quiet, native speaking and living brits who are not so noticeable and who have respect for the people who's country they are in. It amazes me that we have only so far heard of - not met - one Spanish person who didn't like us Brits. That may be because we are way back from the coast but I like to think that ex-pats are not all bad.
Confused Confused

We were in a Spanish bar for St Patrick's night last year. That was sooooooo funny. A great time was had by all - and none of us are Irish. Wink
tigger

There is another take away pizzeria in the town where we've opened ours, owned by an egyptian man. The Italians and EC customers come to us, the muslim customers go to them, then dive into ours to buy beer, checking no-ones watching!!
Nick

toggle wrote:
we do a great line in fake irish bars in london as well.


Guinness signs, green flags, fake shamrocks? They're all over the world. Well, not quite everywhere. There aren't any like it in Ireland, once you leave Temple Bar. There is an appalling example in Monaco however, of all places.
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