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15th Mar 2018

Revealed: Where to get the cheapest pint of Guinness in the UK (and Ireland)

Happy St Patrick's Day

Oli Dugmore

Happy St Patrick’s Day

Nothing better than a pint of black gold. The kind brewed in St James’ Gate, not the gulf, that is. Although I do wonder how quickly I could bolt 568ml of crude oil.

It’s St Patrick’s day on Saturday. What’s more, Ireland have the opportunity to crown a Six Nations championship with a Grand Slam against England. Stout dreams are made of this.

Britons and Irishmen alike will be drinking Guinness by the bucketload and it therefore follows to do so in the cheapest venue available – provided there’s a big screen and a packet of salt and vinegar within arm’s reach.

CV Library collated and compared the price of a pint of Guinness in over 200 pubs in 20 different cities across Ireland and the UK.

These are the results.

Of the cities analysed, the most expensive pint was found in London and priced at £5.20, over half the London Living Wage. This is 74% more expensive than the cheapest price located in the capital and 70% pricier than the cheapest pint found north of the border in Scotland (£3.05, or just over a third of the UK Living Wage). Dublin was close behind, with the Irish capital’s most expensive pint coming in at £5.10, only 10p cheaper than London.

In Newport, Wales, the cheapest pint (£2.40) is £1.50 lower than the total average across the UK and ROI (£3.90) – enough for an extra pack of pork scratchings. This was closely followed by Lisburn, Northern Ireland, which had pints on offer for as little as £2.95.

Dublin (and London), the St. Patrick’s Day party capitals, were found to have the highest pricing while Derry, Newport and Dundee came in as the cheapest cities. On average, a single pint of Guinness costs £3.40 across the three cities compared to the average of £4.45 in both capital cities, suggesting that it might be worth trying somewhere new this year.

Birmingham and London were found to have the greatest variance, with prices changing up to £1.95, depending on the watering hole of choice. This was closely followed by Newport, Wales (£1.60) and the Northern Irish cities of Lisburn (£1.55) and Belfast (£1.35).

On the flip side, two cities in the Republic of Ireland displayed the least variation in price, with pints in Waterford only shifting up to 40p and Drogheda only 50p.

On a national level, Wales showed the biggest fluctuation in cost, with prices varying by up to £2.10. The Irish had the least variance, with prices ranging between £3.85-£5.10, while the prices in England displayed greater inconsistency, with amounts shifting up to 74% across London, Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester.

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