They know your name and your order; they know more about your complex relationship with your father than your spouse. Your local bar may be a larger part of your life than just a place to grab a beer. A new study is saying that it helps create happiness by providing a local network of friends.
The study, done by Oxford’s Department of Experimental Psychology and called “Friends on Tap: The Roles of Pubs at the Heart of the Community” , found that those who live close to a local bar tend to have more friends “to call on for support” and a greater sense of friendship and community.
Project lead researcher Professor Robin Dunbar describes the findings: "Given the increasing tendency for our social life to be online rather than face-to-face, having relaxed accessible venues where people can meet old friends and make new ones becomes ever more necessary.”