Men are more likely to visit the pub two or three times a week compared to women, according to new research.
The study by Ei Publican Partnerships, launched to coincide with National Pub Fortnight,
also revealed 10.4 million Brits have started a relationship in the pub – with 2.6 million proposing to their partners.
But pubs have also been the location for 4.1 million break ups, it also revealed, and only 14 percent of people meet new people down their local.
Nationally, Londoners were more than three times as likely to go to the pub to meet friends than people from the North East. It also showed that a quarter of all British adults visit the pub at least once a week.
A quarter of Brits also claimed to know their publican by name – and that they would know their ‘usual’ drink.
The research was launched ahead of National Pub Fortnight, an initiative taking place between 22 July and 6 August, and set up by Ei to celebrate pubs with the first 15,000 people signing up on an app getting a free pint.
Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association said: “The pub is the original social network, it has evolved over the years but it very much remains a hub for the community where people share life moments.
“The initiative pulls together the pub community from across the country, so get down and support a local pub that’s participating and enjoy a free pint.”