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How to decide where you should live. [20041026|03:18]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
Poll #372956 London vs. L.A. nightlife: The True Test

You've just staggered out of the bar/club at closing time. You desire:

a kebab stand
a hot dog cart

Superior hangover food:

a full English (sausage, eggs, bacon, toast, baked beans, tomatoes and mushrooms)
Denny's (e.g. Moons over My Hammy)

Which is better?

pubs that close at 11 pm that you can walk home from
bars that close at 2 am that you have to drive home from

Would you rather:

be able to smoke in bars/clubs/pubs and go home stinky
be unable to smoke in bars/clubs/pubs and go home clean

Would you prefer:

cheap drinks into which shots are actually measured
expensive drinks in which alcohol content is highly variable

You crave pub/bar snacks. You want:

salt and vinegar crisps, or chips drenched in malt vinegar
pretzels or peanuts

Which would you prefer, and no, you cannot have both:

not having to tip the bartender
toilets that flush

[User Picture]From: foreverdirt
2004-10-26 11:22 (UTC)
Though my answer to the last question is influenced by being a bloody student...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2004-10-26 11:31 (UTC)
Heh. I may be changing my tune if, when I start looking for a job, I can't find one!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2004-10-27 11:15 (UTC)
In London, the laws will be changing in January 2005. There is a serious problem with binge drinking here, which is believed to be at least partly related to the early closing times of the pubs. Twenty-four hour licenses will become available next year.
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[User Picture]From: ironed_orchid
2004-10-26 13:18 (UTC)
I would prefer bars that don't close and which I can walk home from... Or even which close at irregular hours between 12 and 6 am.

They still have early closing in London?? The weirdos.
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[User Picture]From: greyface
2004-10-26 21:43 (UTC)
I'm personally a fan of closing at 6AM in a city with public transit! That way you stop drinking when you must, and then just take a train and/or bus home.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2004-10-27 11:22 (UTC)
Yeah, I guess it's a strange leftover from WWII? The licensing laws are supposed to change next year. Then the choice will become "pubs that don't close that you can walk home from," which I think will firmly trounce the other choice.
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[User Picture]From: ironed_orchid
2004-10-27 13:52 (UTC)
I think they've been saying that they will change for the last 10 years or more. At least they don't close the pubs in the afternoon anymore.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2004-10-30 18:19 (UTC)
Yeah, I've read a few articles dating back to about 2000 that said the same things. I think it's really going to happen this time, due to the new mayor guy, though. Witness the imposition of the congestion charge in central London, etc.
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[User Picture]From: sadira42
2004-10-26 13:19 (UTC)
I actually prefer bars that close aruond 4-ish and that I can take a subway home from. I must say this for English toilets, the full door is kind of nice for privacy.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2004-10-27 11:24 (UTC)
Yeah, we can take the bus or the tube home from most places in central London in about 10-15 minutes. The archaic licensing laws are supposed to change next year, so it'll be interesting to see how that affects the drinking culture here.
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[User Picture]From: seamusd
2004-10-26 13:48 (UTC)
The best hangover food is a good Vietnamese noodle soup
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2004-10-27 11:24 (UTC)
I've never tried that! But it sounds really good. I'll try it.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2004-10-27 11:28 (UTC)
It's curious how different a drinking culture they have here from the one I'm used to. On the one hand, it's healthier, because many people use a good solid afternoon and evening at the pub as a truly social occasion, and they don't necessarily end up being drunk, because they'll eat their lunch or dinner there as well. On the other hand, the early closing times mean that some people, anxious to down as much alcohol as possible before 11 pm, binge drink, which leads to incidences of violence and projectile vomit.
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[User Picture]From: taische
2004-10-28 16:30 (UTC)

Never mind Roman ruins...

...which leads to incidences of violence and projectile vomit.

A city with character!!!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2004-10-30 18:09 (UTC)
Oh yeah. Londoners do both formal and crude to a degree I've never previously experienced.
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