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Going out in Dublin costs €112 a night on average

Going out in Dublin costs €112 a night on average

Going out in Dublin costs €112 a night on average

RIP-OFF Ireland is alive and well as new figures show that Irish punters fork out the third highest amount in Europe for a night out.

Outranked only by Luxembourg and Denmark, a night on the tiles here comes in at an average €112.

While many people will attribute the cost of alcohol in bars and clubs as the biggest factor in their weekend spend, it is the additional costs that drive the bill up.

People with children pay babysitters around €50 for five hours of child-minding if they are looking for a night off from parenting duties.

Other costs include €48 for dinner in a mid-range restaurant and four drinks.

Taxis or other transport, and indulging in a late-night fast-food fare, were also included in the research which examined the price of socialising across Europe.

The most expensive country to go out in is Luxembourg where it will cost you an average of €130, while Denmark came in at €116.

People in Eastern European countries can avail of the cheapest socialising of all with Bulgaria, Romania and the Czech Republic coming it at €30 or even less.

Sarah Ryan of the One Big Switch consumer advocacy network said that the news that Irish people were paying amongst the highest prices wouldn't come as a surprise to most people.

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"I don't think the results will shock many people, it's no secret that Ireland has some of the highest prices in the EU but at the same time this study shows that a well-deserved night out for many people is a costly luxury," she said.

News that Ireland is one of the most expensive places to socialise comes as the Government is expected to introduce a minimum price for alcohol in a bid to combat excessive consumption.

The new measures could be in place before the end of the year.

Two Dublin pubs recently came under fire for their prices.

Last year The Temple Bar caused a stir when a receipt showing a €19.90 bill for two pints and two packets of crisps was published online.

Meanwhile, a controversial cheap drinks promotion in a Coolock pub offering popular drinks for €3 under the banner 'Welfare Wednesdays' sparked debate earlier this month.

Liz Delaney's came in for criticism for using the logo of the Department of Social Protection on posters advertising the deals but also for promoting binge drinking.

They later changed the posters to remove the logo and the word welfare.

Owner Gary Payne denied that the pub was promoting irresponsible drinking.

"It wasn't going to be a binge drinking party. People don't have the money for that," he said at the time.

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