Wednesday 18 September 2019

Revealed: Europe's 10 cheapest cities for alcoholic drinks

Bargain booze

Glass of beer, with Prague (background). Photo: Deposit
Glass of beer, with Prague (background). Photo: Deposit

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Prague is the cheapest city in Europe for booze, with a beer costing just €1.63 on average, according to a new survey.

The Czech capital knocked Budapest, last year named the best for bargain hooch, off its perch in the Post Office’s annual alcoholic drinks barometer.

It calculated the total price of 12 different beverages, from a bottle of lager to a dry martini, in 16 locations across Europe to produce its rankings.

  1. Prague, Czech Republic - £28.74/€37.11
  2. Budapest, Hungary - £30.20/€38.99
  3. Krakow, Poland - £33.82/€43.67
  4. Riga, Latvia - £49.95/€64.50
  5. Tallinn, Estonia - £53.11/€68.58
  6. Palma, Majorca - £56.72/€73.24
  7. Berlin, Germany - £57.54/€74.23
  8. Amsterdam, Netherlands - £58.14/€75.07
  9. Barcelona, Spain - £60.56/€78.19
  10. London, England - £60.70/€78.38

Unsurprisingly, Eastern European cities dominated, taking all the top five spots - but popular destinations that are not considered cheap, including Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona and London, also snuck into the Top 10.

Prague topped the table with an accumulative cost of £28.74/€37.11 for the dozen drinks, including a €2.03 glass of wine and a €3.65 vodka and orange.

Marbella, Spain, was the most expensive location surveyed, where a beer costs €4.43, a cocktail €10.37 and a scotch and soda €11.20.

Its total cost of the 12 beverages came to £71.93/€92.88.

Dublin ranked 11 out of 16 destinations overall, with a glass of wine averaging at €6.11 and a bottle of lager at €5.80.

The most expensive single drink recorded across the 16 locations was an £8.90/€11.50 dry martini in London, though the UK capital ranked ninth overall.

Andrew Brown of Post Office Travel Money said:

“Our research shows that the cost of a special celebration evening out can vary dramatically, depending on your choice of drink and which city you visit.

“Check out prices before booking a city break because some advance homework can help to ensure the bar bill doesn’t bust the celebration budget.”

The survey follows the unveiling of Deutsche Bank's annual Sin Index, which ranks cities according to the cost of drinking, smoking and dating. It found that Melbourne is the most expensive city in the world to buy booze and cigarettes, while Zurich is the costliest place to wine and dine a date.

Manila and Bangalore were cheapest, respectively, in the two categories.

NB: Exchange rates correct on date of publication.

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