True true. Dealing with drunks is part and parcel of playing in pubs. And I agree in most cases is easily dealt with. A word in the ear usually does the trick. But what if that doesn't work?
Perhaps my first post was unclear, in the sense that my issue wasn't with the drunk guy. It was with the pub manager who sat by and allowed him to harass the musicians to the point people stopped playing and left. Surely it's not our job as sesson players to police the pub, and confront people and/or eject them from the bar. And surely the fact that we are playing (most of us for free) is good for business?
I just had to wonder. If we were customers sitting there without instruments and were being harassed by a drunk, I have no doubt the management would have intervened. But because we were musicians (who were also customers as we were buying our own drinks), are we supposed to put up with it?
In any case, I have talked to the session leaders about it. So hopefully they have talked to the owner.
Cheers all. I hope next weekend will be better