The Irish Tradition of Buying Rounds in a Pub


There’s a tradition in Ireland of buying rounds of drinks in a pub. One person buys a round, those on the receiving end reciprocate. It’s very simple — like wash… rinse… repeat — until the rounds extend beyond you and your two close friends.

We covered the topic last year when we talked about Irish Pubs and Etiquette, but a post on the info-sharing site Reddit has put it in the spotlight again (we spotted it via The Daily Edge).

The very first answer to a student bound for Dublin gives a nice outline of the rounds system in Ireland. Meanwhile, the follow-up comments range from the helpful to the offensive. Have a look for yourself… just be warned, the language used in some of the follow-up comments might offend those who have never spent an evening in a pub πŸ˜‰

Photo by Cl1kr via Flickr Creative Commons

Author: Corey

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  1. …pens a strongly worded letter to the head of the Irish Fireside stock photo department.
    Where’s the porter/ stout/ Guinness ? πŸ˜‰

    still giggling at the rounds equationals ;
    well done Corey and co. See ye in Dubland soon

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    • Ah yes… it was the best image I could find without having to buy a round πŸ˜‰

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  2. Gosh, your post does give the impression that if you go into an Irish pub you have to buy a round for everyone! I’m sure the Irish would love that, but really, you only get into buying a round if someone has bought you one first. Unless of course you have loads of money and are buying for the entire pub πŸ˜‰

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