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A British institution which spread world wide. Shortening of the name Public House. Also known as Tavern or Inn.

Home to many folk clubs and music sessions.

Some prefer folk in a separate function room but others allow free mixing of the folk and non-folk persuasions in one of the bars. Sessions are more likely to be integrated affairs and folk clubs more likely to be in separate rooms, partly to do with the entrance fee charged by folk clubs, while sessions are generally free.

The disadvantage of the bar is usually the competition from 'Eb cash register and smokey bacon maracas' as Fred Wedlock put it or from conversations or members of the public wandering over to request Duelling Banjos or Wild Rover or Fields of Athenry.