What is your beer like?
Largely due to CAMRA's efforts there are now a lot of independent breweries and several pubs selling their beers in my local area. I can get a good choice in several pubs in the town and village, last night I was at a small beer-festival - they had 63 beers on the list.
This guy has a lot of information on the beer near me.
In addition to 'real ale' a lot of these pubs have a wide range of bottled-beers such as European lagers. Then there are some bars that stick mainly to these imported beers.
(You can drink fizzy tasteless stuff in plenty of bars of course)
So what is the booze like where you are?