Obviously covid did have a big effect in that once you stopped doing something you always did ( going to the pub) you then realised it maybe wasn’t as great as you thought it was, and did something else with your time, and money.
Lots of other things have happened in recent times though that have impacted me on the traditional pub scene. The relaxation in opening hours has seen a gradual change from the midday drinking session now pushing back to a tea time session which has virtually killed of the weekday trade in almost all but the “cheap drinks” town centre pubs, hence a lot of establishments not opening till 4 during the week.
Sunday is now the new Saturday in some peoples eyes with the idea of going to the pub revolving around televised football timings, go out a bit later, have lunch out and keep everyone happy- this is written from a male perspective as this was traditionally a male dominated environment !
The restrictions on granting licenses for sale of alcohol have been relaxed meaning anyone can lease a unit, buy from anyone at a discounted rate and kill the trade of the tied pub down the road who has to buy at an inflated rate from the pub owners.
I think we will see more go to the wall ( this traditionally quite month, January, not being the best time to make a judgment ) and we’ll see lots of weekend only openings become the norm.
Use it or lose it!