The Session #65: Drinking alone

The SessionIt’s the first Friday of July and that means it’s time for another round of The Session! This month’s group blogging fun is brought to us from Booze, Beats & Bites, where Nathaniel has given us the topic of “Drinking Alone“:

I love going to the pub with mates but sometimes I go to a pub alone and I enjoy it.

Other people say I’m weird for this as there seems to be a stigma attached to being in the pub alone – alcoholism.

The way I see it is that I love beer and pubs and I don’t see why I should only go to the pub when I’m with other people.

Am I weird for going to the pub alone?

How do you feel about going to the pub alone? Do you feel it’s necessary to be around friends to spend time in a pub?

Honestly, I’m not much of a loner pub-goer. On occasion I will find myself solo at a brewery tasting event or similar, but this being a small town—and this being the beer community in general—I almost always run into someone I know and strike up a conversation: friends, brewers pouring beers, and the like. If I really feel like drinking “alone”—as in, not socially as I generally would going out—I have plenty of beer at home to drink. (And even then I’m not really “alone”—just around people who don’t drink beer.)

Weirdly, the times I do find myself drinking alone in the topic’s sense are when I hit beer festivals, before I’ve met up with anyone else: and this is more a matter of circumstance than preference. I’m there early, either for a blogger/media thing or beating the crowds or whatever and I will enjoy the fest and the beers until others show up.

Do I think it’s weird for going to the pub (or the fest or wherever) alone? Not at all. And yes I’m largely an introvert who values alone time. But to a large extent, drinking beer for me is more of a social activity and I don’t go seeking out time to myself at the pub. But that’s just me.

2 Responses to The Session #65: Drinking alone

  1. Matthew says:

    I love going to the pub alone. You can meet interesting new people, chat with the bartender or even read your book without the distractions of home around you. You can also take the time to watch the world go past and pay attention to the beer in front of you.

    Bliss.

  2. John Fremont says:

    Someone cue George Thoroughgood