captain gonzo wrote:The UK is contradictory.... go into a real pub and order anything that has any sweetness and even if your a woman youd get beaten...but the town centres are full of half hearted attempts at bars where they love to hide the taste of booze behind a wall of sugar. That and starting to drink at 16 is classed as waiting til your old enough (most people starting at 12-13 that I know) and the young tend to be the purveyors of whats popular.
But really the silent real drinkers here tend to stick to real drinks.
The above has been pretty much my pub-drinking experience during various trips to the UK since 1976.
If you go to the local Hard Rock Cafe or equivalent you can get your theme-park drinks. If you go to a neighborhood pub you'll often take flack for ordering anything which contains more than @2 ingredients. And if you order any kind of trendy, girly/frat-boy drink, you're liable to hear something along the lines of this from the barkeep:
"Say there, Yank...it's been a long day...how about a nice whisky and a pint?...ahh, there's bein' a good gentleman now..."