Since starting this site I have visited many, many more pubs and bars than I can even try to count (or remember…). Whenever I visit a pub there are three things I instinctively look for in the following order:
- What’s on tap and in the fridge – I want to see the variety of cask, keg and bottle available to me, as well as spirits in case I’m feeling fruity.
- Where the toilets are – self-explanatory for those who, like me, break the seal far too early and have to make countless trips.
- Where the Jukebox is.
Back to the beginning
Now, this may just be me and my sweet rose-tinted memories of my starting out as a pub-goer. But a Jukebox is an integral part to my drinking experience. Before you all shoot me down let me explain:
I know in a lot of pubs, especially in town, there is no real need for a Jukebox. They’re not practical in loud, busy pubs. They take up space, you have to wait a million years to hear your starting song. They can be quite expensive for no real return and the amnesia suffered from standing in front of a raucous bunch of strangers – leaving you unable to think of any song post-1999 – can be quite stressful.
But. And it’s a Kim Kardashian but. There is nothing better than settling down with a cracking pint and hearing your favourite songs leading you through your drink. As a young whippersnapper (and frequent skipper of period 5 in 6th form; sorry, mum) myself and my beer-consuming buddies honed our playlist over many lunchtime and evening pints in the Stage Door, Dartford. There’s something slightly magical about sipping Shepherd Neame beers in that quirky boozer with a ridiculous soundtrack playing in the background (and I mean ridiculous) – and when I get the chance, I always head back to do the same thing.
The (Best) Pub Jukebox Playlist
Although songs came and went as we fancied, there are a few non-negotiables (including their order of play) that repeated for nigh on 4 years of regular visiting, here’s an overview list:
- The Eagles – Hotel California (non-negotiable)
- Enrique Iglesias – Hero
- George Michael – Faith
- The Hollies – He’s My Brother
- Taylor Swift – You Belong With Me
- Marc Cohn – Walking in Memphis
- Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
- Don McLean – American Pie (always the full version)
- Taylor Swift – I Knew You Were Trouble
- Frank Sinatra – My Way (non-negotiable)
I realise this probably says more about myself and my friends than I should really broadcast over the internet – but let’s be honest, it’s all a bit of fun and yes, Taylor Swift is in 300% too many times than she should be, but she’s really bloody catchy.
So, what’s your ultimate pub playlist?