These are some great questions! I totally understand you want to know everything about Irish pub etiquette. Are you thinking of visiting us in the near future?
When you are going out for a drink in a pub in Ireland it is common to buy the drinks in rounds, and you are included in the 'the round' if you accept the offer for a drink.
- Usually, there will be someone who offers to get the first round, and it is no problem to decline a drink in between, as long as you buy a round before it's the first persons turn again.
- If you don't intend to drink too much, it is perfectly acceptable to not join in the round. :) (If you are drinking pints, you could also ask for a half-pint instead.)
- When someone declines your drink offer, you could always ask them 'are you sure', or offer them a non-alcoholic beverage instead. People here can sometimes be polite and tell you they don’t want food or drink even when they do. This of course depends on the individual, but it never hurts to make sure.
- This one is up for your own discretion really. :) If you do not 'get your round in', it's very kind to leave money for the next round, or buy the round before you leave. (A tip if others keep beating you to the punch: Check when people have half-empty glasses and quietly make your way to the bar to order.)
For more on Ireland's pubs, take a look here
. I hope our other members can provide you with more tips!