LEARNING THE ROPES TO COUNTRY PUB ETIQUETTE
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.