While people enjoy some drinks, meeting old friends and new people, and socializing in pubs and bars, they are exposed to noise from different sources such as service activities, nearby conversations, background music, televisions, and ventilation system. Additionally, people are also sources of noise when they talk loudly, scream, cheer, laugh, etc. Yet, how noisy is it in a pub and how does noise from the pub affect nearby residents? In this particular article, we provide an overview about the social functioning of pubs and bars and review some research findings of noise levels in and from pubs and bars. It was found that in many developed economies the number of pubs and bars per 100,000 people ranges between 75 and 150 while in China including Hong Kong the number of pubs and bars per 100,000 ranges between 4 and 14. Previous research showed that the average measured noise level in Hong Kong’s pubs and bars was 80 dBA in peak hours (with peak measured value up to 97 dBA) and 75 dBA in happy hours. Similar findings were observed in some other cities and countries. Noise from pubs and bars affects nearby residents. Implications are given.

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