€8 for a pint of Guinness: cost-of-living crisis hits bars as drinks prices rise 20 cents in just six months

A pint of Guinness is now roughly €8 in some Dublin pubs, and the price has gone up almost across the board in recent months.

Inflation continues to challenge both businesses and consumers, many bars have raised the price of a pint by about 20 cents.

The Irish Independent It polled pubs across Ireland before St Patrick’s Day and came back to check prices again after months of inflation.

Dublin’s Temple Bar – which charged customers 7.60 euros for a pint of Guinness in March this year – sells a pint of the black stuff for 7.95 euros. And using a pint of Heineken in the same bar will cost the average customer 8.95 euros.

Ventures’ Association of Ireland (VFI) said many pubs were dealing with a 300 per cent increase in energy bills, making business difficult. The Temple Bar did not respond to a request for comment.

In our study of over 100 pubs in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Waterford and Drogheda, many pubs increased the price of a pint. We did not include restaurants, hotel bars, and other licensed buildings as the pints might be expensive.

In Cork, prices in some pubs have gone up by as much as 20 cents. The most expensive pint in the Guinness Book was 5.90 euros. In March it was 5.70 euros. The most expensive Heineken in Cork was 6 euros.

The most expensive Guinness we found in a Galway pub was €5.40. The highest price in March was €5.20 – an increase of 20 cents. The most expensive Heineken we found in September was €6 in Galway.

In Waterford, a pint of Guinness in the pub costs €5.50. But in March of this year, the most expensive Guinness book was 5.30 euros. The most expensive pint of Heineken in the city now costs 5.90 euros.

But Drogheda reversed the upward trend. There, Guinness surpassed €5.30 per pint this month. This was 20 cents cheaper than the most expensive pint in March – €5.50. The most expensive pint of Heineken we found in Drogheda was €5.50.

McDonnells is one of the cheapest bars in Drogheda at 4.60 euros for Guinness, as in March, and 5 euros for Heineken.

In the meantime, prices may have stabilized in Limerick. The most expensive pint in Guinness this month was 5.90 euros, as in March.

At its highest point, a pint of Heineken costs €6 in the city, according to our results.

Compared to March, there was more reluctance among bars to set their prices.

A Cork pub owner hung up when asked over the phone how much his pints would cost.

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

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

At a Drogheda pub charging €4.60 for Guinness and €5 for Heineken, a spokesperson said: “We imagine there will unfortunately have to be further price increases to try to offset the additional utility price increases.”

McDonnell Pub on Chord Road in Drogheda charges 4.60 euros for a pint of Guinness, as in March, and 5 euros for a pint of Heineken

Paul Clancy, chief executive of Ventners’ Association of Ireland (VFI), said: “There is deep concern in the pub business about their actual survival this coming winter. Publicans have already seen massive cost increases in everything related to running a pub, from food to insurance and energy.”

“There is such widespread expectation about the additional energy cost that many bars are considering closing their bars in the middle of the week to help reduce heating bills.

“We have the second highest tax rate on alcohol in Europe, which puts more pressure on bars. The government must step in if the hospitality sector is to survive.”