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Night-out in a Dublin pub will cost you €81

The average Dublin pub-goer splashes out €81 on a night out. And from this spend, alcohol only makes up about half of it. The rest of the money goes on food, babysitting, taxis and nightclub entries, depending on the age of the person out socialising.

The figures emerged following a survey carried out on behalf of the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA).

In the report, anti-social behaviours were also surveyed with social media applications and pub TVs coming in for some slack.

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Six out of ten people questioned said that surfing on Facebook in a pub is "highly anti-social."

And 66pc of those in the 18-34 year-old bracket found the social-networking site most offensive when it comes to being sociable.

Meanwhile, another high figure was recorded for TV use with 40pc of people believing that pub televisions should only be used to show sports programmes.

And 20pc of respondents said the TV should never be on in the pub, whereas 15pc answered that the television should be kept on all of the time.

Commenting on the major survey of the capital's pub-goers, chief executive of the LVA, Donall O'Keeffe said that the findings in relation to social media were very interesting.

"The fact that 60pc of people think being on social media in a pub is highly antisocial is really interesting.

"But it's not a simple yes or no to social media," Mr O'Keeffe said.

"Even if people are not on Facebook or Snapchat or betting websites all the time, it's clear that having access to them for a range of devices is really important and it's something our members will have to take on board," added the CEO.

Over 500 Dubliners were interviewed for the survey, which was carried out by Behaviour and Attitudes for LVA, which represents Dublin publicans.

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He also commented on the findings around TVs, saying that the survey found that more men than women wanted the box left on.

"Three out of five guys believe that a Dublin pub is the best place to watch a match or horse racing - women don't appear that bothered.

"So, our members will have to make judgement calls based on their customer base" Mr O'Keeffe said.

jfegan@herald.ie


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