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Old 7th March 2017, 12:00   #1 (permalink)
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Unusual bar locations

I know there are a few members on here who at times can apparently be persuaded to have the odd half shandy so I thought it might interest you as to not just the proliferation of imbibing hostelrys in my new host country-but also some unusual locations

The Spanish really do like a drink with many bars well packed from 7am as it's customary ( job type permitting-I hope!!) to have a quick tightener on the way to work.

Also with the siesta hours for businesses ( REALLY does your head in trying to get to places when they're open!!) a 2 or even up to 3 hr lunch break can be common place.

However what really amused me was some of the bar locations.

For example many large supermarkets have a bar-the idea being the men can have a few biffs whilst the womenfolk chat and push the trolley

The one that really got me was in the Medieval town of Benissa where there is a substantial bar in.......the local library!!!!
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I know there are a few members on here who at times can apparently be persuaded to have the odd half shandy so I thought it might interest you as to not just the proliferation of imbibing hostelrys in my new host country-but also some unusual locations

The Spanish really do like a drink with many bars well packed from 7am as it's customary ( job type permitting-I hope!!) to have a quick tightener on the way to work.

Also with the siesta hours for businesses ( REALLY does your head in trying to get to places when they're open!!) a 2 or even up to 3 hr lunch break can be common place.

However what really amused me was some of the bar locations.

For example many large supermarkets have a bar-the idea being the men can have a few biffs whilst the womenfolk chat and push the trolley

The one that really got me was in the Medieval town of Benissa where there is a substantial bar in.......the local library!!!!
Obviously taking a leaf out of the Irish shops situation, I think Strokestown had 26 Bars but only a handful of actual pubs.
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Re: Unusual bar locations

I was in the town of Roscommon 40 years ago and my then brother-in-law invited me out for a drink. He took me into a general store much the same as the shop run by Ronnie Barker and visited by Ronnie Cornett, you know the 4 candles routine, anyway we walked through and lifted the counter flap and entered the rear store area..... best drop of Guinness I can remember.
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Yes spirit grocers as they are called still exist in rural Ireland

Indeed the best bars were often attached to the local undertaker. Traditional Irish wakes were quite serious affairs so it made business sense for the undertaker to be able to cash in on the funeral catering, drinks etc

To be fair though I know of no Irish libraries with bars
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I hope that the CEO of Migros is reading this thread.
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Alas I think the only changes to bars in Turkey may be their diminishing numbers
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Philip, you would love Brittany! In my husband's village there was a Bar-Boucherie (butcher's with a bar where you had a drink where they cut up your meat), a Bar-Boulangerie, (you have a drink while queuing up for your baguette), a Bar-Epicerie (bar +
grocer's shop, she shops, you drink) and of course the typical Bar-Tabac.
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Love it!!!

Because of the religious/cultural differences betwixt Turkey/Spain, despite not being a big drinker, the bar culture has really stood out to me as one of the most striking differences

Can't wait for the fiestas to start!- although a local warned me with our place being only 200m from the village square we will need to keep same hours as locals as regards to when we sleep!!!!
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I believe that they no longer serve alcohol in the dining cars of the trains. We used to love travelling to Istanbul overnight on the Pamukkale express from Denizli. food was good, a few Efes in the dining car, back to the sleeping car (a few more cooling in the fridge). Wake up and have breakfast as we passed lake Sapanca. fabulous, nearest to the orient express that we could afford.
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Would have LOVED that!

Love epic train journeys. As a teenager a mate and me went across Europe Belfast to Bratislava by train.

Great way to travel and have excellent opportunities to do so again with Espanas amazing rail network and monthly long haul offers
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