Originally Posted by kenmc
Care to tell me the difference between a bar and a pub? Same thing over here.
Just blowing out my ass here, so feel free to disagree. A bar here is probably closer to a club in the UK, or at least it just serves 'mass produced' beer and maybe a couple 'premiums' like Yuengling (??) or Bass. Loud music which renders useful conversation virtually impossible. If someone says 'corner bar' it may be closer to a British pub.
Usually when people say a pub in the States I'm thinking good microbrews if not brewed on the premises, and more of a cozy place you can actually have a conversation and be heard. It can also mean a commercialized facsimile of a British pub (imported Irish bartenders, lots of wood trim, shepherd's pie, lots of drunk professional singles with 'authentic' black & tans...).
I think culturally there may be some differences, as well, at least speaking with some British colleagues. Apparently people get started earlier in Britain at a pub and finish by 10-11pm when the pub closes (correct me there if I'm off), while in the US a lot of people don't reach a bar until
10 or 11pm.