How to order a round in a pub

Learn some words and phrases for ordering drinks in a busy pub.

Do the preparation task first. Then watch the video and do the task. You can read the transcript at any time.


Woman: Excuse me! … Excuse me! ... No ...

Man: Always busy here on a Friday night!

Woman: (to barman) Sorry! Could I just have a ...

Man: Patience and persistence!

Woman: Ahh, finally. Yes, erm, OK, I'd like a beer, please! Sorry? What kind? (Man rolls eyes) A beer? Erm, lager, please. Yeah, that will do. Sorry, what? Half-pint or a pint? (To man) How big is a pint?

Man: (gestures with hands)

Woman: Yes. OK. A pint.

Man: OK, great, I'd like a ...

Woman: Oh, sorry. Two pints of lager, please.

Man: OK, great. I'll have ...

Woman: Oh … and a packet of crisps. (To man) Sorry. (To barman) What flavour? Erm, let me just check. (Turns round and shouts) What flavour? (Turns back) Cheese and onion.

Man: OK, give me ...

Woman: And a glass of wine. Red, please. Yes, I'm sure that's it. Thank you. How much is that? (starts to look for wallet) Let me just check my wallet. I've got five, and that's another, six.

Man: (with note already in hand) OK, great. I'd like a pint of bitter and two halves of lager, please. Cheers – keep the change. (To woman) That's how it's done!

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Submitted by OlaIELTS on Thu, 18/06/2020 - 23:40

For now there's no place as such.

Submitted by bawk san aung on Sat, 31/08/2019 - 11:10

Wow nice video, now i have know how to order beer at pub. Patience and persistence are my new words.And i can measure now with a pint and a half-pint.A lager and a bitter are kind of beer to order next time when at put.

Submitted by parisaach on Wed, 21/08/2019 - 04:56

Hello, I enjoyed the video. I just couldn't understand the discussion topic. the sentence 'Where do you find it difficult to place an order?' what does it mean? does it mean 'in which place ordering is difficult?' or 'in which part of conversation ordering was difficult?' Thanks.

Hello parisaach,

In the sentence 'Where do you find it difficult to place an order?', the word 'where' means 'in which place'.

If we wanted to ask about the part of the conversation then we'd say something like 'What problems do you have when you try to order something (in a bar/restaurant etc)?'


The LearnEnglish Team