Mar 17, 2014

Cheers to that! Worldly Drinking Customs from around the Globe


It’s St. Paddy’s day toda! Naturally, it’s the most appropriate time to wear green from head-to-toe, announce your Irish heritage to receive many kisses, and overall just take part in the celebration of Celtic Culture.

If anything, it’s also a fitting reason to drink your fair share of Guinness. To commemorate this festive occasion, we bestow the various different drinking Do’s & Don’ts from around the globe. Make sure to follow these well practiced customs if you’re ever partaking in the destination’s Happy Hour!

Australia, Ireland, UK – ‘Rounds on me!’
Regardless of whatever region, most Commonwealth countries seem to follow this drinking custom. The concept entails each person buying a brew for everyone at the table. It’s a great tradition if you ask me! Not only does the rounds-system keep the continuous flow of beers, but it’s also pretty easy on everyone’s wallet!

Japan & Korea – Respect your elders
First and foremost, you should never pour your own drink, but rather, have someone pour your brew for you. Glasses are also poured based on social ranking. It’s custom for young ones to serve their elders first, making sure that both hands are used to pour the drink. There might be a lot of rules to follow when drinking. However, these cultures have a “work hard, play HARDER,” mentality. So it’s completely OK to drink like a fish and get obliterated while doing so.

Sweden, Denmark, and German – Don’t break your gaze
Drinking in these regions also entail partaking in a staring contest with others. It is considered rude to break eye-contact with a fellow drinker. According to Swedish tradition, this custom has its ties with the ancient Vikings. It was important to maintain the gaze of others, to ensure no one draws their weapon and attack. In Germany, if you were to look away during a toast, you would receive seven years of bad-luck in love (luckily, you’ll have plenty of booze in hand to numb the pain of this fate).

Russia - Finish what you’re drinking
Russia takes their vodka very seriously. It’s not very custom to mix it with anything else (highballs? Screwdrivers?...puh-leeze). If you were intending to mix vodka with anything, it ought to be with another form of alcohol, like beer. It’s also expected that you place your cup down, ONLY if you’ve finished your beverage. Once you have, refrain from placing it on the bar, but rather the floor.

Ever have a quirky drinking tradition? Sound off here!

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