Leave your coat on… and get a discount on your bill, Dublin pub, which is battling heating bills, is telling customers

A Dublin pub is taking an unusual approach to controlling its heating bills during the energy crisis by offering discounts to any customer wearing a coat inside.

Oyle’s Corner in Phibsboro offers customers 20 percent off the food bill every Tuesday when they head out for a drink.

The bar’s co-owner Ronan Flood said the promotion was a fun way to deal with the stressful situation of the cost of living crisis.

A Tuesday night would normally be quiet, so we thought we’d just have a little fun with it

“The discount only applies to the meal bill. We joked earlier that if you bring your own hot water bottle we might give a 30 pack discount,” he said.

“While the action is intended to be light-hearted, we do not take lightly the dark situation the hospitality industry finds itself in, or even people at home.

“A Tuesday night is usually quiet, so we thought we’d just have a little fun with it. We close on a Monday. It’s a big old building and we don’t turn on the heat until Tuesday afternoon.

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Doyle’s Corner, Phibsboro. Archive photo

“We struggle to fully heat the building, even though it was renovated five years ago. We insulated it, but we still have single pane windows that we can’t touch, so we figured the promotion would make the situation lighter.

“We walked around in shorts and t-shirts two weeks ago so we waited for the weather to change to start that. As the sport takes place every Tuesday night, hopefully it could complement it as well.”

Mr Flood said rising costs were affecting his pub and he was concerned for the months ahead. “Utilities are now our biggest expense after staff, which is crazy,” he said.

There’s a lot of talk about the price of groceries…but that’s all. Even toilet paper came up

“Our bills are higher than our rent for Doyle’s Corner and our little Oscars bar in Smithfield, which is a crazy scenario.

“There’s been a lot of talk about the prices of beef, chicken and butter, but that’s all. Even toilet paper has gone from €10.50 to €25 per bale. Cooking oil used to be €16, now it’s €45.

“It is very difficult for us to attract customers by offering the typical early bird menu. We just can’t afford that because the cost of everything is going through the roof at the moment.

“The food industry is under pressure. It will be a very difficult winter ahead of us.”

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