The first pub visit: What can an introvert expect?
To be an introvert means you can do anything, right from avoiding people, ignoring calls and messages and cut out any form of small talk, and simply just blame your shyness and introversion.
If you are an introvert in your late teens or early twenties, it’s likely that you are yet to step into a pub. If this is the case, you’re possibly wondering what to expect when you go to visit one. I don’t blame you, the virtual world is wonderful but come on, take a break from being an introvert every alternate weekend at least.
There is not much to expect. Just three things: people, prices and the nightlife.
If you’ve been to a pub, this read isn’t for you. This is for all those introverts who do nothing but stay at home and game.
So if you are worried or wondering about what the pub scene is like, don’t. I’m here to shed some light on that ‘oh, so awesome’ nightlife.
When to go:
To begin with, always hit the pub during Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This is the busiest time for most pubs in town. The time most folks visit the pub is in-between 7 to 10. Unfortunately, most pubs close around 12/1, although there are a few exceptions to this rule. Anyways, if you’re nervous on your first time out, I recommend you go during the early hours as that is when the pub is not crowded.
What to wear:
If it’s a typical pub, casual clothing will work fine – A T-shirt and a pair of jeans.
A pubs atmosphere is pretty stuffy, so it’s advisable not to wear too many layers of clothes.
There is always a themed party every now and then. (A Christmas or Halloween party, for example). These kinds of parties require you to wear costumes that fit the theme, kind of like Cosplay.
Most pubs and clubs require the guys to pay for the entry unless you call before and try getting on the guest list. You’re also most likely to be stamped on the arm or be given a band of some sort. This is because if you wish to go out at some point of time, you can regain an entry again without paying.
What to expect:
When you enter a pub for the first time, you’re going to be in unfamiliar territories, no kidding. If you want to adapt quickly, consider finding the bar as soon as possible so that you can get your drinking started. Casually stand by the bar with your friends, chat, laugh, sip your drink and observe everything around you.
Keep in mind that you will be paying close to double the price than what you could get outside.
Depending on the size of the pub, it may have a large dance floor, smoking or gaming zones, etc. If you are feeling anxious, enjoy the music and start walking around. Start a conversation with your friends or the people near you that you find peaceful. Getting your groove on the dance floor is also a wise move.
To sum it up:
When you visit a pub for the first time, you may feel like it’s a whole new world. The more often you visit them, the less powerful that impression will become. In fact, you may soon find out it’s nothing special.
Your imagination, friends’ stories, movies or music videos mostly over-exaggerate your expectations of the night scene. Of course, memorable events do happen from time to time. But, the reality of a pub is down-to-earth relaxation. It’s a place to kick back, drink, dance and have a good time with your friends.