A pub, also known as a bar, was a public building found all over England, Scotland and Wales where communities would gather for social drinking and conversation. Pubs also served full meals. (PROSE: The Sow in Rut) The owners of pubs were called landlords. (TV: The Dæmons, The Android Invasion) Their employees, who served food and drinks, were referred to as bartenders or barmaids.
At least in 1960s England, one had to be eighteen to gain entrance to a pub. Susan Foreman expressed in her diary that pubs were very strict about this rule when Gillian Roberts tried to convince her to fake her age and enter the Pump. (PROSE: Time and Relative)
Meetings at bars or clubs could often end in or lead to sexual encounters. (TV: Day One, Out of Time, Dead Man Walking) Owen Harper frequently visited bars for this very purpose, but, after dying and being resuscitated by the Resurrection Gauntlet, found himself unable to generate an erection due to lack of blood flow, and ran away from a woman who was hitting on him. (TV: Dead Man Walking) The Sex Gas indeed specifically targeted one such institution immediately after possessing Carys Fletcher, and had sex with Matt Stevens in the club's bathroom, killing him. (TV: Day One)
Typical Scottish pubs had a "dour, squat look". (PROSE: The Highlanders) Pubs and bars were also to be found outside the United Kingdom, such as in the United States of America or on various other planets. [additional sources needed] According to the Eleventh Doctor, English expats would open English pubs in places like Majorca as a way of "recreating a bit of home". (TV: The God Complex)
Activities in pubs
Often, a fight would break out among the drunks in pubs, (COMIC: Party Animals, TV: Combat) and the police would intervene. When, in 2007, one such fight broke out, Gwen Cooper and Andy Davidson tried to break it up, Gwen receiving a head injury. (TV: Everything Changes)
Sometimes, the members of a pub would join to make a sports team. When Craig Owens revealed to the Eleventh Doctor that he belonged to a pub-league football team, the Doctor thought that he meant a drinking competition. (TV: The Lodger)
Another activity not uncommon in a pub were games, such as pub quizzes. On 24 April 2010, the guests of the wedding of Bernice Summerfield and Jason Kane played one such pub quiz at the Black Swan. (PROSE: Happy Endings) When Martha Jones needed to know who, between, Elvis and the Beatles, won more number one singles in order to save everyone on the SS Pentallian, her mother thought she was participating in a pub quiz. (TV: 42)
Naming of individual pubs
The word "fox" was often found in pub names. The Fourth Doctor, Harry Sullivan, Sarah Jane Smith and UNIT used the Fox Inn as a temporary headquarters in Scotland while dealing with the Zygon threat in Loch Ness. (TV: Terror of the Zygons) The Fancy Fox was a pub that Amy Pond, Rory Williams and the Eleventh Doctor used as a kind of base while on an adventure in the town of Foxton. (PROSE: The Way Through the Woods) In fact, many pub names seemed to be an adjective followed by an animal name. Other examples of this naming scheme included the Black Swan, (PROSE: Timewyrm: Revelation, Not in My Back Yard, Happy Endings) the Fighting Cocks, (PROSE: The Little Things) the Golden Gopher (TV: Dead of Night) and the White Rabbit. (AUDIO: The Harvest, et al.)
In popular culture
In the British soap opera EastEnders, one of the characters, Peggy Mitchell, owned a pub. In 2007, when the show took advantage of the ghost phenomenon (when Cybermen were mistaken for ghosts), a storyline featured Peggy being confronted in her pub by Den Watts, who had "come back from the grave". She told him to get out of her pub, joking that the only spirits she served were gin, whisky and vodka. (TV: Army of Ghosts)
Behind the scenes
Real life pubs have often served as filming locations.
- Cornwall (pub), Cardiff, Wales (TV: Everything Changes)
- Waterguard Pub, Harbour Drive, Cardiff (TV: Adam)