Man Holds The World Record For Most Pubs Visited In A Lifetime And It’s A Lot

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  • Bruce Masters of Flitwick holds the Guinness World Record for the ‘Most Pubs Visited’ in a lifetime
  • Since 1960, Bruce has visited a world record 51,695 pubs and that number continues to grow all the time as he set that record back in 2019
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You may think that you’ve been to a ton of bars in your lifetime, more than the average bro your age, but you’ve got NOTHING on Bruce Masters. Bruce holds the Guinness World Record for ‘Most Pubs Visited’, and it’s the equivalent of visiting a single pub every day for 128 years.

The Guinness World Record was certified several years ago, back on January 29th, 2014. At that time, someone ran the math and if Bruce Masters had spent $4 on a single beer at each pub visited he would’ve spent a minimum of $186,000. Obviously, Bruce is drinking more than one beer per visit, several in some cases.

So how many pubs has Bruce Masters visited throughout his lifetime? Between 1960 and 2014, Bruce has visited an astounding 51,695 pubs and counting. The 51,695 number of pubs was the most recent record from 2019 but he’s been going to more since then. To contextualize that, there is a grand total of 52,750 pubs in the UK, so there’s a decent chance that Bruce can visit every pub in the UK before he’s done.

I’ve never done anything 46 thousand times in my life other than ‘get out of bed’ and ‘fall asleep’. I have to respect Bruce’s hustle. And I believe we should all aspire to spend as much time in pubs as Bruce has, even if it’s an entirely unrealistic goal for most people.

This world record for the Most Pubs Visited in a Lifetime held by Bruce Masters recently came to mind because of another world record that was set. Coincidentally, this world record was also set by an Englishman.

Matt Ellis recently drank and ran his way into the Guinness World Record book by visiting 51 pubs in 24 hours. That’s the most pubs anyone has ever drank at in one day. He was required to consume 125ml of liquid at each pub and he traveled 17.6 miles on the record-setting pub crawl. You can read more about that right here.

This article was originally published in April 2017 but has since been updated to include new information