This is old news but Anthony Bourdain has been quoted on his disdain for craft beer, or at least some of the culture surrounding it.
He’s clarified his position in recent times, saying that (and I’m paraphrasing) what he doesn’t like is walking into a bar and seeing people drinking multiple tasters, writing notes or playing on their phones. He said this a while ago but it’s a theme that continues to present itself in pubs and bars.
Mr Bourdain isn’t the only person to voice this opinion. But what he, and anyone else who raises the issue, is overlooking is the essential role of the pub. For this purpose we can extend “pub” to bar, brewery taproom or whatever particular dressing a public space serving beer wears.
No one person can define what a pub or bar is. It’s a good thing that we have a variety of venues, offering different atmospheres, playing host to different communities and activities.
So what if you play on your phone? If you’re having a quiet drink on your own why wouldn’t you take advantage of the portal to the world we now keep in our pockets?
If you’re sampling a range of beers and taking notes, good on you. The pub is there for you to be comfortable, to enjoy yourself, to be you.
So what if you’re with someone else or in a group? In the case of a smartphone, as Boak & Bailey write, “it’s part of the way we make conversation, not an obstruction to it.”
The pub is accepting, welcoming, it’s a place for all.The pub is accepting, welcoming, it's a place for all. Click To Tweet
As Phil Cook says the bar “is, and should be, host to moments from every damn corner of life”.
How you spend your time there is, within reason, entirely up to you.
I’d tell anyone who complains about such behaviour, who doesn’t want to experience these things, that they’re in the wrong pub. There are plenty of bars and pubs where you won’t find people taking notes or playing on their phones. But that’s antithetic to the point of the pub. Even if Mr. Bourdain doesn’t want to be there, the pub will welcome him.