It was once the cosy cornerstone of a Birmingham suburb.
But today the traditional pub is more than likely to be boarded up or demolished.
At least 100 have disappeared from the city's periphery in the last decade and local historians predict dozens more will be swept up by the claws of mechanical diggers in the next few years.
Only in the last six months two favourites have closed, The Richmond in Stechford and The Traveller's Rest in Northfield, both of which had architectural features dating back more than 70 years.
It was recently announced The Old Union Mill in Birmingham city centre, which dates back to the 1950s, is to be turned into offices as part of Aston Science Park.
Andrew Maxam, historian and author of Time Please - A look back at Birmingham's Pubs, believes the future is bleak for the city's traditional suburban meeting spots.
He said: "In the last ten years at least 100 have been closed down out of about 1,000.
"They are historic landmarks which we are lucky to have. Not long ago Brummies boasted that you could navigate the city by mentioning the name of a pub near to the place you were trying to find.
"Now they are set for demolition and eventually just disappear from our memories. Part of our history is being erased.
"In rural Worcestershire and Warwickshire they seem to have realised that if they don't act, entire villages are in danger of being lost forever because a lack of pubs detracts visitors and home-buyers."
Mr Maxam urged pub enthusiasts to go back to using their locals to catch up with friends, drink a few pints and play darts, pool and dominoes.
He also said people should write to MPs and breweries in protest at the demolitions.
He said: "Unless we stand up for ourselves and actually use the facilities pubs offer, they will disappear."
Local historian and Birmingham Post columnist Chris Upton believes the demise has been triggered by ever-dwindling custom from young people, propertyhungry developers and pricey pints.
He said: "The number of people going to pubs has declined. The suburban pubs are becoming more and more places that only the older generations go to. The young flock to the city centre.
"In addition to this, breweries have been pricing themselves out of the market.
"Most of the companies that run pubs nowadays want themed places. Often unusual architecture and historical significance go out the window or are considered more trouble than they are worth."
Many of the pubs that have closed down were built in the 1920s and 1930s. They include The Yew Tree Inn, Yardley, which first opened in 1926 and closed in 2000, The Norton, Erdington, which was built in 1927 and closed in 2000, The Bell on the Bristol Road, which was built in the 1920s and closed in the 1980s, and the Maypole, Kings Heath, which was built in 1936 and closed in
Mr Maxam said: "Most of the pubs that have been demolished still had their original features, such as old brass plaques on the doors, fireplaces and wooden panelling."
Colin Sadler, from Pathfinder Pubs, which has a strong presence in the West Midlands, said: "There has been a strong sign that many customers are now preferring to drink and eat locally rather than travel into town. If our customers can get all they need at their local they stay with us."
But managers at Mitchells and Butlers, which owns the Green Man pub in Harborne and the Red Lion in Kings Heath, deny that Birmingham's traditional suburban pubs are on the decline.
A spokeswoman said: "Our Ember Inns, for example, are going from strength to strength. They are a group of local suburban pubs which appeal to people of all ages."