|Run by||Speaker of the Commons|
|First Bar Opened||18 September 2006|
|Number of Bars||13|
The Commons Bar is the main chat thread for the Model House of Commons. It is used by members to dicuss the MHoC, general politics and other topics.
The bar is run by the Speaker, who is now responsible for setting up new bars and maintaining order in the bar. Occasionally, the Speaker may move coversations from other threads into the bar if they are becoming off-topic.
In September 2006, bikerx23 set up the first Commons Bar so that members could have conversations free of restrictions. Since then, the Commons Bar has become an integral part of the House and after every 10,000 posts a new bar is created.
Due to the 'bar' aspect of the thread, members sometimes jokingly request alcoholic drinks. In January 2009, ukebert successfully passed an amendment to introduce a position titled 'Barman of the House of Commons'. In this amendment, the Barman would be responsible for intoxication within the House and maintenance of the Commons Bar. Also, the Barman would take the place of the Deputy Speaker.
In May of the same year, daniel_williams proposed an amendment in which the barman would be required to serve alcoholic beverages and to give complimentary drinks to every MP of a party which passes a bill.
Although both of these amendments have since been repealed, mobbsy91 is regarded by many in the House as the incumbent Barman.
There have been 13 Commons Bars to date with the first one being opened in September 2006 and the current one opened in August 2016. The length by which Commons Bars remain open has varied significantly over the years with the first bar lasting for over 3 years and the and ninth bar lasting for just 3 months.
|1||18 September 2006 - 26 November 2009|
|2||26 November 2009 - 6 August 2010|
|3||6 August 2010 - 12 April 2011|
|4||12 April 2011 - 18 July 2011|
|5||18 July 2011 - 29 April 2012|
|6||29 April 2012 - 8 October 2012|
|7||8 October 2012 - 21 July 2013|
|8||21 July 2013 - 27 March 2015|
|9||27 March 2015 - 24 June 2015|
|10||24 June 2015 - 27 November 2015|
|11||27 November 2015 - 7 April 2016|
|12||7 April 2016 - 15 August 2016|
|13||15 August 2016 - present|
The Biggest Drinker title is given to the member who has the highest number of posts in the Commons Bar. The incumbent Biggest Drinker is Jammy Duel who also holds the record for the most Commons Bar posts.