In America, we have our sports bars, where folks — often strangers — congregate to watch the big game. However, this is not at all the same as British “pub culture,” which seems all but impossible to transpose to the American firmament.
In the U.K., pubs aren’t places to spend hours and hours; typically, you will pop in for a pint or a “half,” and a packet of crisps (potato chips) and then go on your merry way. Or have a “swift half” before lunch and a quick one after work before going about your evening.
Hanging at bars indefinitely isn’t really an English thing. Especially in the towns, the pubs aren’t open late as people tend to retire early or go to someone’s home to continue drinking. Ditto for sports-watching: It’s better at your mate’s flat who has the Sky cable package to watch the Leicester Tigers.
Whereas over here, there’s practically a Buffalo Wild Wings, with its 7,000 television screens, on every corner. Sure, the action is bigger and louder, but that sense of intimacy with friends is lost among the din. Sometimes, all you need is a pint out and then the match on the tele back at home.