LEARN­ING THE ROPES TO COUN­TRY PUB ETI­QUETTE

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

IN THE city, when­ever the Ea­gle Rock comes on, peo­ple take their pants off. It’s called the Ea­gle Drop. But English woman Emma Spinney no­ticed at the Grand Ho­tel, a loss of pants tended to fol­low los­ing a game of pool. “If one per­son wins while the other per­son sinks no balls, then I think the loser has to take their pants off,” she said. “But it hap­pens all the time when peo­ple have a bit too much to drink as well.”

KEN Gilly is just pos­ing for a photo, that’s why his glass is ly­ing on its side. But many an un­e­d­u­cated pub-goer has made this mis­take be­fore, and been left hol­ler­ing at the bar­maid for ser­vice. “A bar on the side means you’ve had your last drink, you’re about to be go­ing,” Emma Spinney said. “I didn’t know that when I came, but it’s very popular, ev­ery­one does it around here.”

IN­TEN­TION­ALLY leav­ing drink­ing money, lighters, phones, wal­lets and other valu­ables on the bar to go for a smoke or to the loo would be a lu­di­crous de­ci­sion at a city pub. But in the coun­try, it is just an in­di­ca­tion that the barstool is taken. “Peo­ple would never do that in Canada, or in Eng­land, or even in the city prob­a­bly,” Canadian bar­tender Do­minique Roy said. “I was very sur­prised when I saw it.”

IF EMMA Spinney was play­ing by the rules, she would be in the thick of a pub brawl by now. Queens­land coun­try pub eti­quette says that any­one bold enough to turn their glass up­side down on the bar in­vites a fight from ev­ery­one or any­one. But be­ing from Eng­land, she was let off the hook at Monto’s Grand Ho­tel Mon­day night.

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