Knock back a pint with the best of them
November 28th, 2012
11:00 AM ET
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So, you’ve arrived in the Sceptered Isles and you’re thirsty for some local culture. No use looking in the Tower, the Globe or the British Museum.

Forget about Piccadilly Circus and the London Eye, too: they’re all full of tourists.

To rub shoulders with the folks who actually live there, head for a pub.

For centuries, the pub (short for “public house,” as opposed to a members’ club) has been the heart of the United Kingdom’s social life. People gather for gossip and banter, chatting and flirting or just to drink, whether solo or in groups.

You’re free to sit or stand, talk or contemplate, people watch (careful with that, though) or just mind your own business. All for the price of a beer.

That, however, is where it gets a bit complicated: it’s hard to order when you don’t know the terminology or how things work.

If you want to drink the drink, you need to talk the talk. Here’s a quick primer in basic beer-speak and how to go about slaking your thirst.

Read "How to drink beer like a Brit" on CNN International

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Filed under: 100 Places to Eat • Beer • London • Sip • Travel

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  1. bryan

    Are the cups in the picture even pints? Looks a bit small to me!

    November 29, 2012 at 2:18 am |
  2. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    "I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy."

    November 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
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