Cheers! 10 songs about drinks and drinking

4 July 2020, 19:00 | Updated: 4 July 2020, 19:01

Liam Gallagher, enjoying a drink in 2001
Liam Gallagher, enjoying a drink in 2001. Picture: Dave Benett/Getty Images

To mark the re-opening of pubs after lockdown, let’s notch up a list of songs that mention alcoholic beverages. Drink responsibly!

And for heaven’s sake - don’t ruin your night out by overdoing it. Visit for all the facts on drinking responsibly.

  1. Oasis - Supersonic

    "I'm feeling supersonic / Give me gin and tonic." Liam's straight in with a short.

  2. The Housemartins - Happy Hour

    Let’s get things warmed up further with some cheap drinks in this horrible bar in the city.

  3. Beastie Boys - Brass Monkey

    Let’s have a cocktail, shall we? A brass monkey is a mix of dark rum, vodka and orange juice and was an early “pre-mixed” drink you could buy in a can. Sounds horrible. And a bit of a change from the Beasties's usual cans of Bud.

  4. Underworld - Born Slippy

    Lager lager lager lager… A song that was actually written in a pub.

  5. Terrorvision - Tequila

    Shots time! It makes us happy! Classic 90s bar anthem from Keighley in West Yorkshire.

  6. The Doors - Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)

    Continuing our virtual pub crawl - let's ask a local the way to the next Whiskey Bar. Written by German playwright Bertolt Brecht, recorded by The Doors and also covered by the Thin White Duke himself. Oh don't ask why.

    Time to have a glass of water, we think.

  7. Guns N’Roses - Nighttrain

    A hymn to the particularly hardcore “fortified wine” that is Night Train Express (17.5% ABV), this song was dreamed up on the spot by the GN’Rs as they were walking along the street chugging a bottle of this unpleasantness. “I'm on the nightrain, ready to crash and burn,” yelps Axl Rose - and he’s not joking.

  8. The Killers - Leave The Bourbon On The Shelf

    Part 1 of Brandon Flowers’ “Murder Trilogy” that culminates in Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine. Another reason why you shouldn’t get too tanked up.

  9. Chumbawamba - Tubthumping

    “He drinks a whiskey drink, he drinks a vodka drink, he drinks a lager drink, he drinks a cider drink…” You really shouldn’t mix your drinks, mate. This won’t end well.

  10. Splodgenessabounds - Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crips

    One man’s struggle to get served at a busy bar. Great name for a TV comedy series.


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