€8 for a pint of Guinness: Cost-of-living crisis hits pubs with drink prices up 20 cents in just six months

A pint of Guinness is now almost €8 in some Dublin pubs and the price has risen almost everywhere in recent months.

As inflation continues to challenge both businesses and their consumers, many pubs have increased the price of a pint by around 20 cents.

That Irish Independent surveyed pubs across Ireland ahead of St Patrick’s Day and returned for another price check after months of inflation.

Dublin’s Temple Bar Pub, which was charging customers €7.60 for a pint of Guinness in March this year, is now selling a pint of the black stuff for €7.95. And a pint of Heineken in the same bar costs a typical customer €8.95.

The Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (VFI) said many pubs are grappling with a 300 per cent rise in energy bills, making business difficult. Temple Bar did not respond to a request for comment.

In our study of over 100 pubs in Dublin City, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Waterford and Drogheda, many bars have increased the price of their pint. We have not included restaurants, hotel bars and other licensed venues where pints may be even more expensive.

In Cork, some pub prices have gone up by as much as 20 cents. The most expensive pint of Guinness we could find was €5.90. In March it was €5.70. The most expensive Heineken in Cork was €6.

The most expensive Guinness we found in a Galway pub was €5.40. In March, the most expensive was €5.20 – another 20 cent increase. The most expensive Heineken we found in September was €6 in Galway.

A pint of Guinness in a pub in Waterford costs up to €5.50. But in March this year, the most expensive Guinness cost €5.30. The city’s most expensive beer, Heineken, now costs €5.90.

However, Drogheda reversed the uptrend. There, Guinness cost €5.30 a pint this month. That was 20 cents cheaper than the most expensive pint in March – €5.50. The most expensive Heineken beer we found in Drogheda was €5.50.

One of the cheapest pubs in Drogheda is McDonnells with a price of €4.60 for Guinness, the same as in March, and €5 for Heineken.

By now, Limerick may have stabilized prices. The most expensive pint of Guinness we could find this month was €5.90, the same as in March.

As far as we know, a pint of Heineken costs 6 euros at the highest point in the city.

Compared to March, pubs were more reluctant to state their prices.

A Cork pub owner hung up on the phone when asked the price of his pints.

When we called him back, he replied, “We don’t take surveys about the price of our drinks. When consumers come, they know the price.”

Another pub in Cork, which charges €5.90 for Guinness and €5.40 for Heineken, confirmed it will increase prices by 10 cents after midnight.

At a Drogheda pub, which charges 4.60 euros for Guinness and 5 euros for Heineken, a spokesman said: “We understand that unfortunately there will have to be further price increases to try to offset further price increases from the utilities.”

McDonnell’s Pub on Drogheda’s Chord Road costs €4.60 for a pint of Guinness and €5 for a pint of Heineken, as it did in March

Paul Clancy, CEO of the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (VFI), said: “There is a great deal of concern in the pub trade as to their true survival in the coming winter. Innkeepers have already seen massive increases in costs on everything to do with running a pub, from groceries to insurance to energy.

“There is a widespread expectation of further increases in energy bills to the point that many pubs are considering closing their pubs midweek to cut heating bills.

“We have the second highest excise duty on alcohol in Europe, which puts further pressure on pubs. The government must step in if the hospitality industry is to survive.”

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