Sounds like your company had more of a dinners and drinks culture.The jobs I've had over the years haven't been too demanding about after work events.
Most companies have a holiday party after working hours in December. I've been to those. I would prefer not to go to those. One company where I work for a while had their holiday party as a party during working hours so that you were free to go by 5 PM. I appreciated that.
Sometimes companies will have after works drinks events. I would go to those. They'd usually end by 7 PM so they weren't a big deal. They were also rare. I haven't had one of those since the pandemic started.
I remember at one company randomly going out to dinner with a few co-workers after work one night. That was unusual.
I try to go to the events whenever I can, at my company. Oftentimes I have schedule conflicts tho