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asset test

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Go to Kehoes, or the Long Hall on a wintry saturday afternoon and it'll remind you why Dublin pubs are the best places on earth!!!! :)
I found The Swan on Aungier Street. Even better and out of the main drag. Kehoes is OK, LH... no, sorry, not now. Years and years ago, it was one of the best pubs in Dublin. Trendified a bit.
 

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Pubs in Cork may be deserted but same can't it seems be said for Weekend Shopping

Talking to someone yesterday who said it was like Christmas with the crowds thronging Cork City Centre on Saturday. No shortage of punters in ego inflated price spots such as Brown Thomas either happily spending like there was no tmro
 

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Look at the prices and you will see why people are not spending in the pubs as much.. the Tribune today did a piece in which they showed that for 50 euro, you could by 38 bottles of beer, 6 fat frogs, 2 bottles of wine and a naggin of vodka!!!!

In a pub, I'd go through 50 euro in two hours on a good session FFS.. .

Most younger people are loading up on drink at home at this stage, heading out around 11, and drinking three or four more drinks maximum.. and even at that, many many of the women are drinking out of their handbags.

I know a few publicans in town who are fully aware that the young women are drinking out of the handbags, but simply ignore it, because

1. At least they are making a hefty profit on the mixers

and

2. If they bar the women, then the younger men disappear as well, because they follow the women. And, at least the majority of the men are drinking pints


I mean a 70cl bottle of Bacardi costs 20 euro in Tesco's (I like a drop now and again), while the same price in a pub would be around 90 euro (20 x 35ml measures).. crazy really
 

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I am at a loss to understand all the moaning about the price of drink - I was back in Ireland for a month recently after a 5 year absence and I thoroughly enjoyed many pints of guinness in a price range of 3.50 to 3.80, which is more or less what I was paying for it 5 years ago. Now I know people have lost their jobs and those still in employment have taken some cuts - but I doubt that those in work have had their pay cut back to 2005 levels
Every Civil Servant has.
 

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Back in the 80's recession with little money around, the pubs were still full. A pint then was around £1.60.

I paid €4.70 for a pint of Bud this weekend. Seems pubs will have to drop prices and do something imaginative to win customers back.
won't happen, not on any significant scale anyway. the vintners would rather drink bleach than cut prices.

it's a really stupid strategy. you can buy an eight-pack of heineken cans in any off licence or supermarket for €15, but eight pints of it in a pub will cost you the guts of €40. that's why all these places are deserted.

as an aside, always found kehoes very cramped and overrated (god help its clientele if there's ever a fire in there). the long hall isn't too bad though.
 

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I found The Swan on Aungier Street. Even better and out of the main drag. Kehoes is OK, LH... no, sorry, not now. Years and years ago, it was one of the best pubs in Dublin. Trendified a bit.
Yeh the Swan is good, rarely been in it. Been a while since i was in the Long Hall too but I remember it fondly. Others such as Kennedys at Tara street, Palace Bar, Grogans (on the rare occasions it's not jammers)Houricans, Hartigan's, Toners, Devitts, Nealons, Bruxelles, McDaid's, Neary's and Chaplins - all real pubs with little or no BS.

btw to the OP, Dublin was empty on the BH weekend, but some of us like it that way every now and again. In general, night life in the capital is great now. A few new places have opened, prices are well down, and there's far less ar5eholes around than a few years back....
 

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On a recent trip around NI ,I was frequently told about border shoppers coming over to Asda in the NOrth and leaving with a grands worth of booze.£15 a litre for gordons gin/bells /bacardi,
Pubs across GB and Ireland struggling ,especially old style neighbourhood bars ,folk do not have the money and home drinking (which is anti social if alone , in my opinion , but as a hypocrite do it ) at cheap prices does the maths for many.Plus ,the trend to bigger new pubs squeezes out the old family pubs .Just have to keep up our pub attendance ,sad day if ever the Irish pub became like Wetherspoons.
 

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Society is changing. Becoming more introverted in general. People tend to stay in more, 'socialising' on sites such as facebook and twitter.
When I was stateside I noticed that the only people going to bars and nightclubs were nearly all 20-25 with a small few people in the late thirties, early forties. Those in between were staying at home.
I don't see what's happening as the healthiest but can't see it changing anytime soon as with less money in pockets people find it hard to justify going out.
 

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Dublin was rammers.

Pubs have dropped their price a little but not by much. What you're more likely to see these days is a drinks menu. So everything is still full price but you can get a selected pint for €3, the brand itself depending on the pub. Just what I've noted.
 

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Its not surprising the pubs are deserted as even the price of soft drinks is mad in clubs/pubs, it was over €6 for a pint of coke when I was last in a club just a few weeks ago!!!
 

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Its not surprising the pubs are deserted as even the price of soft drinks is mad in clubs/pubs, it was over €6 for a pint of coke when I was last in a club just a few weeks ago!!!
Powdered coke is cheaper than that surely..... :p
 

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A quote from the Business Post re Oliver Hughes of Porterhouse fame............ Any pub that will buck the trend and sell Belgian or other speciality beers has my vote..................... Apart from that, no one has much dosh today, and to expect to pay a fiver for a pint of rubbish is beyond me.
asset test must not frequent any of the Porterhouse bars too often.
They may have an extensive range of bottled foreign beers, but the prices charged for them are simply extortionate.
My local off license outlets provide quite a good variety and I can certainly live without fermented Mongolian yaks p!ss. :(
 

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was in the porterhouse a year or so ago, the one on cross guns bridge near croke park.

tried three different brands of their fancy european beers and each one was worse than the last.
 

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asset test must not frequent any of the Porterhouse bars too often.
They may have an extensive range of bottled foreign beers, but the prices charged for them are simply extortionate.
My local off license outlets provide quite a good variety and I can certainly live without fermented Mongolian yaks p!ss. :(
Asset test did frequent PH, but as you say prices are very high for what I want to drink. And.... going into town where most of the PHs are (convenient for me), doesn't appeal much nowadays.

So the local pubs still have the liquid soap I'm afraid. Why they don't diversify is beyond me. But sheeples accept what is offered I suppose. I did ask in my local pub why they didn't have any choice of beers and was told that is what the boss orders, he gets a good deal. Go figure.

I think I will email their Head Office - they have a big chain of pubs around South West Dublin. Might be worth a shot.
 
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The nightlink was packed on Friday and Saturday night. I came home at 2 am both nights and had to stand. Saturday I wasn't drinking, just hanging out with a friend. You never used to have to stand on the nightlink on the way home. There are just two nightlink buses and the next nightlink is at 4 am but I don't get that anymore because it's too late. I actually think that most of the people aren't bothered staying out til three in the night clubs anymore. Big change in attitude since last year.
One other thing. Someone noticed about 8 months ago on the way home that there were no foreign people on the nightlink. They said it out loud and everyone sort of noticed it and was was a bit shocked. I haven't really seen any foreign people on the nightlink for the last 8 months. There used to be loads.... Just thought I'd add my experiences to the mix, it's and interesting thread. (On a side note, I was driving through a good few different areas of Dublin tonight on my way to something and there were hardly any bangers or fireworks going off. Incredible! It's like the Grinch stole Halloween. It was eery how unscary it was).
 

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Beamish is €3.10 in the local ... ain't tried it tho ... likely to stay that way too .... as a stout always found it a tad watery and kinda nutty tasting :D
 

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I live in a small town in rural ireland and what i am seeing is that out of the 9 pubs in my local town 3 of them open 7 nights a week and the others are now opening thursday to sunday only and only one pub actually opens during the day on weekdays the rest open around 5:30
 

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