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A pub formally public house (a house "open to the public", as opposed to a private house), is a drinking establishment fundamental to the culture of Britain, Ireland, Australia, Newfoundland, Canada and New Zealand. In many places, especially in villages, a pub can be the focal point of the community......

The history of pubs can be traced back to Roman taverns, through the Anglo-Saxon alehouse to the development of the modern tied house system in the 19th century.

Historically, pubs have been socially and culturally distinct from cafés, bars, bierkellers and brewpubs. Most pubs offer a range of beers, wines, spirits, and soft drinks. Many pubs are controlled by breweries, so cask ale or keg beer may be a better value than wines and spirits. Traditionally the windows of town pubs were of smoked or frosted glass to obscure the clientele from the street but in the 1990s and after in the UK and other countries there has been a move towards clear glass, in keeping with brighter interior décors............

Traditional games are played in pubs, ranging from the well-known darts skittles, dominoes, cards and bar billiards, to the more obscure Aunt Sally, Nine Men's Morris and ringing the bull. In the UK betting is legally limited to certain games such as cribbage or dominoes, played for small stakes. In recent decades the game of pool (both the British and American versions) has increased in popularity as well as other table based games such as snooker or Table Football also becoming common..........

Many pubs in the UK also have football teams composed of regular customers. Many of these teams are in leagues that play matches on Sundays,,,,,,,,,

Pubs may be venues for pub songs and live music. During the 1970s pubs provided an outlet for a number of bands, such as Kilburn and the High Roads, Dr. Feelgood and The Kursaal Flyers, who formed a musical genre called Pub rock (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pub_rock_%28United_Kingdom%29 ) that was a precursor to Punk music(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punk_rock)....etc,,W...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pub

* see my HERE WS1+2 another captured image

* * Taken: in Old Ladadika Thessaloniki's
The Ladadika district, close to the port, is an authentic and unspoiled part of the city’s history. The renovated buildings give one the sense of another time, while the many tavernas, cafés, bars and clubs, Pubs offer a wide range of leisure options – some relaxed, some busier and more intense in their atmosphere.

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