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      Scoring System
The scoring system we used to categorize bars has evolved into one which we think is fair, and above all, objective. For this reason it may seem overly complicated or scientific, but to show that we've tried to cover all angles, here it is explained.

There are 6 categories, as follows: Ambience, Beer, Clientel, Staff, Wines/Spirits, and Price. In addition, Ambience is an average of worst and best. Each category gets a mark out of ten, except that Wines/Spirits mark is halved. The total best mark, is therefore 55. Each category is explained as follows:

AMBIENCE:

Divided into 4 sub-categories:

Decor: 0: Naff 1: OK 2: Good  
Business 0: Dead 1: Some 2: Busy 3: Heaving
Music 0: None 1: Some 2: A feature 3: Live or DJ
Liveliness 0 : A morgue 1 : Busy 2 : A rave  

BEER :

A mark out of ten based on the selection of beers on tap, their quality, and bonus marks for a good bottled beer selection.

CLIENTELE :

Divided into 5 sub-categories:

Friendliness 0: Miserable 1: Averaged 2: Chatty
Contribution 0: None 1: A little 2: Dancing / singing / sh***ing
Personalities 0: None 1: Some 2: Most
Mix of sexes 0: Lechers 1: All men 2: Mixed
Age mix 0: All young/old 1: A bit young/old 2: Very mixed

STAFF :

Divided into 4 sub-categories:

Service 0: Bad 1: Struggle 2: Average 3: Like clockwork
Friendliness 0: Miserable 1: Average 2: Chatty 3: A comedian
Contribution 0: None 1: A little 2: Some 3: Part of the entertainment
Personality 0: None 1: Some    

WINES / SPIRITS / COCKTAILS :

Divided into 3 sub-categories:

Spirits 0: None 1: Some 2: Good selection 3: Excellent selection
Wines 0: None 1: Some 2: Good selection 3: Excellent selection
Cocktails 0: None 1: Some 2: Good selection + 0-2 for quality

Price:

To get a score for price, we take the price of a pint (50cl) of the cheapest beer (usually lager), and apply the following formula: score = 10 - ((FFprice - 10) / 5) (where FFprice = price in € x 6.55957)

Basically, this gives a sliding scale, where €1.52 or less a pint = 10 points, and €9.15 or more a pint = 0 points.