In order to provide some objective comparison, there are specific criteria it is possible to define, compare and contrast.
There are 5 categories these venues will be judged upon, leading to an overall final rating which we have labelled, ‘The Pub Going Factor‘.
B: Style & Décor
Any bar that has a distinctive look or character, whether through really standing out or just looking lived-in and possessing a clear identity will score a higher rating. Less derivative, more distinctive. Bad news for bland cookie-cutter craft beer taprooms and chain pubs.
C: Character, Atmosphere and/or Local Life
Most people choose to visit a place because they enjoy the surroundings on some level. There is a special atmosphere generated when a place achieves genius locii, harmony of place and purpose. This could be a busy noisy Irish pub with a fire going and folk music playing, or it could be an ultra-cool ruin pub with excited youngsters exploring semi-abandoned surroundings. Likewise, if a place has retained a core gathering of locals in the face of pressure from big money and property or changing demographics, that will be accounted for.
How to get rated 8/10
8/10 – If a bar succeeds at doing a number of things well, not just well but clearly above average, it has a chance of a spot on our guide. Scoring 8 means it’s a bar you would recommend to someone, not necessarily in a ‘you must go here whatever else you do’, but in the knowledge that it’s an outstanding option .
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