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it brings in the student-y riff raff from the surrounding towns and cities on Fridays and Saturdays

There is generally an inverse relationship between quality seeking real-ale wise and troublemaking. If you go to pubs that serve excellent real ales, then you'll find yourself surrounded by affable people.

Trouble makers go for lager lager lager lager, they're a different clientele and don't inhabit the same drinking space. You just have to recognise the (easily-read) cultural signposts eg a huge chalkboard advertising Sky Sports = lager bar. Don't go near.

It's probably no different from london. I don't drink in the centre of town on friday nights, but there'd still be a couple of pubs that are okay just outside of the Circle line worth doing even then. And the further out you go, the greater the likelihood.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Aug 21st, 2006 at 11:47:00 AM EST
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Ah, yes, my beloved Circle Line.  It made our London journey much easier.

My sense is that you're right about city centers.  The pubs in the Nottingham City Center were clearly playing to the lager-drinking clubgoers.  The ones in the "suburbs" -- English suburbs look more urbanized than many of the downtown areas in the US -- were more to my liking.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Mon Aug 21st, 2006 at 12:04:21 PM EST
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I used to drink snake bites.

In three years of walking home in a rather wobbly and studenty way, I never saw any trouble.

Maybe I was just lucky. (Admittedly, being quite large may have helped on a couple of occasions.)

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Aug 21st, 2006 at 01:20:49 PM EST
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Snkebites ? Were you a crusty ?? ;-))

No wonder you've given up booze drinking that filth

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Aug 21st, 2006 at 03:30:07 PM EST
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