Take a look at what is believed to be the most expensive pint of beer in Ireland – €8.90!
Your man paid the staggering figure for a pint of Heineken in the Temple Bar pub in Dublin in the early hours of Friday morning.
It is just one of many pubs in the busy tourist hub of central Dublin that now charge such a price for a pint of lager.
And industry experts predict that with inflation over 8%, within a year or two the €10 a pint barrier could be broken.
The €8.90 is the price of most pints or more for a ‘late drink’ in the famous Temple Bar pub.
But even during normal hours the price of a pint like Heineken or Carlsberg in the bustling hostelry is €8.60.
A pint of Guinness in the same establishment at the usual times costs €7.60 before rising to €7.90 after midnight.
But this Guinness price is actually cheap compared to others in the Temple Bar area, with many charging up to €8.10.
The Merchant’s Arch charges €8.10 for a late pint of Guinness, compared to €7.10 during normal hours.
The same pub also matches Temple Bar by charging €8.90 for several variations of lager, including Harp, and also cider, during late hours (regular hours are €7.90).
The nearby Norseman pub charges €7.90 for most lagers, including Heineken and Carlsberg, during normal hours and €8.60 for a late ale.
The same price also applies to beer and cider, while a pint of Guinness will set you back €6.90 before midnight and €7.80 after.
A glass of wine here costs €9.40 early in the morning and €9.70 late, while a pint of Bulmers there costs €8.60 after midnight, €8.10 during normal hours.
Fitzsimons also in this locality will see you paying €7.30 for lager and cider, while stout costs €6.60 a pint.
Tourists we spoke to admitted the prices caught them off guard, but many were willing to pay it.
“It’s the first time I’ve been here in 20 years and it’s worth paying extra for the music here,” said Sarah from Austria, who attended two performances by traditional musicians at the Temple Bar pub.
“Drinks are much more expensive than in Austria but we’re only going to be in this pub one night before doing some sightseeing so we’re willing to pay. It’s a great atmosphere and we don’t not. see amazing live music like this back home.”
Just down the road, The Auld Dubliner didn’t seem to have their prices posted but a bartender told us their starting prices were €6.60 for a Guinness and €7.70 for a Carlsberg.
In the Oliver St John Gogarty, an early Guinness costs €7.60 and a late €7.80, while most pints of lager and cider start at €8.60 and go up to €8.80 €.
Most spirits in the same bar are €8.20-€8.70 so when a blender is thrown in the only drink it will cost you well over a dozen.
At Bad Bob, most lagers are €6.50 and a Guinness €6.30
There are more ‘reasonable’ prices to be had at Temple Bar, including believe it or not the hotel partly owned by Bono and U2’s The Edge.
The Clarence Hotel charges €6.20 for a pint of Heineken and €5.50 for a Guinness – the adjacent Anne’s Bar charges €5.60 for a Guinness and €6.20 for a Heineken.
A few hundred yards away is Street 66, an LGBT venue that was recently voted by Lonely Planet as one of Ireland’s top 20 pubs, and where Heineken and Guinness are both priced at €5.80 a pint .
Charlie and Alfie, students from Manchester, looked like they were drinking pints of Guinness in the same pub.
“We were surprised at the prices because at our student university we only paid a few pounds for pints at the university bar,” Charlie said. “That’s the kind of price you would expect to pay at Chelsea in London or Paris maybe.”
The Temple Bar pub has traditionally been one of the most expensive pubs in this area and before the pandemic charged a maximum of €7.90 for a pint of lager. We contacted its owner Tom Cleary for a while.
Most pubs in the county now charge over €5 for a pint of Guinness and lager, although some can drop below – our reporter paid €4.90 for a Guinness in the Kerryman pub in Summerhill in the city from Cork last weekend, while a pint of Tuborg in Dublin’s LGBT venue The George costs €4.50.
“[A price of] €8.90 is very high,” said Vintners Federation on Ireland President John Clendennen,
“I would have thought around €7 would be the highest price. From what you say about paying €4.90 for a pint of Guinness in Cork to over €8 in Dublin, there is certainly a gap between the bars of Temple Bar and a small rural bistro.
John, owner of the Giltraps pub in Kinnity, Co Offaly, said: “I am a country publican and can only speak my mind, but over £8 for a pint of Guinness is shocking. I charge £5 myself € for a Guinness and €5.50 for a lager, which is pretty average for pubs outside of Dublin.”
The Licensed Vintner’s Federation, which represents hotels in Dublin. A spokesman for its CEO, Donal O’Keefe, said he was “unavailable” for comment.
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