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The Wow: Popping into a local British pub for a pint of ale is much more than just a beer in a bar. While the “quaint factor” lures many visitors into pubs with clever names and signage, low ceilings, and cozy fires, it’s the cultural experience that keeps them until closing. In Britain, pubs are as integral to tourism as the royal family.
Why Now? These favored establishments are closing at a distressing rate of 29 each week. Gimmicky theme pubs, sports bars crammed with televisions, and “gastropubs” (pubs with an emphasis on gourmet offerings) are moving in.