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Michael Connolly (70) in The Poor Relation pub, Cork city. Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Michael Connolly (70) in The Poor Relation pub, Cork city. Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Michael Connolly (70) in The Poor Relation pub, Cork city. Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

After a two-year wait to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in a pub, we are all itching to raise a glass to our patron saint – but at €7.60 a pint, it might be just the one.

That is how much a pint of stout could set you back in Dublin.

As tens of thousands of people descend on the capital, they would be wise to check the prices in the bars they choose.

The Irish Independent surveyed 22 pubs in Dublin, 20 in Cork, Limerick, Galway and Drogheda and 16 in Waterford and found the priciest pint was in The Temple Bar pub in the tourist hotspot of the same name.

A pint there will set you back €7.60 – €4.10 more than in Waterford city, where Mason’s Bar charges €3.50.

This was the cheapest pint we found in our survey.

Some pubs had already hiked prices after the pandemic
lockdown. On February 17, Diageo increased the price of a pint by 6c, resulting in many bars adding 20c
.

The great value in Waterford is despite the city enduring a reduction in weekday footfall from the pandemic and a slow return to the office.

One local pub landlord told the Irish Independent: “It’s hard to trade through the week in Waterford. This is a weekend city, I don’t care what anyone says.

“There’s no trade during the week unless you’re a food-focused pub.

“We rely on the weekend to almost cover the week, and if there’s any increase from the breweries, it has to be added to the drink.

“The way the pub trade is going in Waterford, I don’t think pubs will be open at all early in the week in the not-too-distant future.”

The Poor Relation pub in Cork city rewards its loyal pensioner customers with a cheaper pint of Guinness, priced at €4.40, while it charges regulars €5.20.

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Staff member Olivia Guinane said: “The majority of our customers are pensioners.

“They’re long-term customers and they still came during the pandemic, when it was outdoor seating, so we do pensioners’ rates for them.

“We want to keep pensioners happy. It’s a big social thing to get out, to meet friends.”

John McKeigue, from Darcy’s Bar in Galway city, charges €4.90 for a pint of Guinness.

“The bigger pubs aren’t as personal. They’re clinical, they just want your money. People are copping on to that,” he said.

Sarah McDonald, from Fibber Magees in Galway city, said the pub charges €4.80 for a pint of Guinness.

“As far as prices round Galway go, most pubs charge reasonably, but our pub is among the cheapest,” she said.

“If you look at Dublin, pints are going for €6 and up to €7, which is madness.”

Collette Nugent, owner of The Market Bar in Drogheda, which charges €4.80 for a pint of Guinness, said: “Prices went up. Everyone has to cut their cloth accordingly, but it’s all relative.

“Price gouging people for a pint in suburban areas is ridiculous, but if you have a lot of staff, bigger venue overheads, it’s all relative.”

McDonnell’s pub, on Chord Road in Drogheda, claims to serve one of the “most inexpensive” pints of Guinness in the town, at €4.60, and is owned by a 96-year-old matriarch with her children at the helm.

Brian McDonnell (67) said the pub has been in his family since 1939 and the bar is much more than a business, it’s about “family” and community and that is why, he said, the price of a pint is more than fair for customers.

A Diageo spokesperson said: “Like all businesses in Ireland, we’re facing significant increases in our cost base.

“As a result, we’ve written to our customers in the on-trade to advise them of an increase on draught beer list prices of six cent per pint, exclusive of Vat.

“This increase is the first in almost four years.”

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