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    Damn Bryant must hang out at the dodgiest pubs in Aus. Living in Aus (mostly Perth which has a fairly low crime rate, unless smoking weed is counted) for 17 years I would say the only common crime you would encounter:
    - if you go to pubs or clubs much a drunk/high idiot might pick a fight with you for bumping into them
    - your house being burgled, which has happened twice to me (living in decent suburbs but not far from not so decent suburbs)

    Don't think Brisbane has much of a crime problem, maybe a bit of a weirdo / racist hick problem in some parts though :/


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    Quote Originally Posted by Loz_2
    Which pubs did you manage Bryant? been to a fair few.
    Well I guess there's not too many pubs in Australia!

    Clarence Hotel in Petersham, Sydney
    Salisbury Hotel Stanmore, Sydney
    The Erskineville Hotel, Erskineville

    Hampshire Hotel, Adelaide

    Bandits terrorise Sydney pubs and hotels | thetelegraph.com.au

    This is just last year, I left Oz 5 years ago and it was like that then...

    http://search.news.com.au/related/id...avel&r=related

    Perth car theft capital of Australia - given that Australia is ranked No. 2 in the world for car thefts that's pretty much the opposite of what M07 says...

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    Well I lived in Australia for 5 years, the spent the next 5 flying back there every week for work and the next 4 flying every month for work - drove all over the place for holidays, hiked all over the place and never encountered a single crime. Of friends and relatives - one burglary. We did avoid rough areas and certainly "pubs" in Australia are NOT like pubs in the UK - basically a "pub" in Australia is where the rough blokes and criminal fraternity go to drink so obviously you get more trouble with drunks in them. If you spent all your time in pubs no wonder you have a jaundiced view of the country. Normal people just avoid them.

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    So is there some other category of place that "normal" people in Australia go to socialise then? Wine bars or something? As a tourist (mainly in Sydney) the bars seemed much like anywhere else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MovingIn07
    basically a "pub" in Australia is where the rough blokes and criminal fraternity go to drink
    Sometimes M07, you say the most stupid things!

    Of the four pubs I mentioned I would agree that one was rough, most of the Uni crowd we had at the Clarence were quite scruffy .

    The Salisbury was in a very affluent part of Sydney and is a gastropub, the Hampshire and the Erskineville were backpacker pubs when I managed them!

    Why would you even make a comment like you did.

    By the way, next time your back in the UK pop into the Bricklayers Arms in Downley Common, Bucks, or the White Horse in High Wycombe and remind yourself what pubs are like in the UK

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    Quote Originally Posted by methosb
    - your house being burgled, which has happened twice to me (living in decent suburbs but not far from not so decent suburbs)
    Only burgled twice? Lucky you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PDLM
    So is there some other category of place that "normal" people in Australia go to socialise then? Wine bars or something? As a tourist (mainly in Sydney) the bars seemed much like anywhere else.
    Yes. The bars in the cbd are different to what an aussie would call a pub.

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    My parent frequent pubs in the UK and I grew up going there for lunch and dinners out. Country-side, beer gardens, nice restaurants on the side, seats around open fires - wonderful places. Especially since they banned smoking. Never found anything like that in aus. Bars with dirty floors stinking of spilt beer is the thing I was. Referring to above as an australian "pub". I would not put a gastrobar in the category.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MovingIn07
    Bars with dirty floors stinking of spilt beer is the thing I was. Referring to above as an australian "pub".
    There are (or at least were when last I lived there) plenty of pubs like that in the UK too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PDLM
    There are (or at least were when last I lived there) plenty of pubs like that in the UK too.
    I don't doubt it. And I think they often had plenty of trouble around them too? Anyway - the only point I was making way back several posts ago, is that these are the kinds of places you find trouble in Aus and if you avoid them, you avoid the trouble. Simple.

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