I'm back 'home' from Dublin and what a fine weekend it was.
Yes, the Guinness was wonderful. But why does it have to be so expensive?
Paying 4.35 Euros to 5.20 euros a pint, well that's $9-10!
The papers are full of stories about the decline of public houses in Ireland.
The UK Times ran this on Saturday and the Irish Independent ran this today.
It's not just the smoking ban to blame, but growing competition from resturants and cafes.
There is also a greater trend towards home drinking, fuelled by drink drivng laws, particularly hitting the bars in rural areas.
However, as gloomier times means more are tightening our belts, cost is obviously a factor.
My dad is quite prosperous but he has constantly bleated about paying $9-10 a pint, which is £4 in English money, and 2-3 times what he pays back home.
As for me, I enjoyed the Dublin pubs, but no, getting pissed would bankrupt you in Ireland.
Pubs are great with good company, friends and intellectual conversation, like what you find when the VRWC meets at the Cavalier in Auckland.
Otherwise, since I like my wine, I would much happier pay $10 or so for a bottle of my choice and drink at home, than go out and pay $7 for a glass of wine you may not like.
March 3 in history
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