Dublin pubs – we took a ten pound note to Temple Bar, we could almost afford a pint with it

The price of a pint is getting more and more expensive these days with many pubs jacking up the cost of beer and Guinness after closing.

It’s almost impossible to get a pint for less than €5 in most Dublin pubs, but how close are we to spending €10 on a pint?

In the tourist hotspot of Temple Bar, some pubs have been known to charge upwards of €7 for a pint of Guinness and upwards of €8 for a beer, with this price rising further during the night due to a ‘late charge’.

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The ‘late charge’ varies from pub to pub, from 20p in a pub to an extra €1 in the most expensive place.

But how much does the most expensive pint in the capital really cost?

With €10 in hand, I visited 10 pubs in Dublin’s Temple Bar to discover the shocking truth about Dublin prices.

The first stop was The Palace Bar, just inside the Temple Bar area as you approach from Westmoreland Street.

1. The Palace Bar

The Palace Bar is one of the cheapest places in Temple Bar, with a pint of Guinness at €5.90 and a pint of Heineken at €6.50.

2. The Ha’penny Bridge Inn

Stopping at The Ha’penny Bridge Inn, the price of Guinness is also €5.90 for a pint and €6.80 for a pint of Heineken.

3. The bar on the docks

At The Quays Bar, one of the prime places in Temple Bar Square, a pint of Guinness costs €6.60 and a pint of Heineken €7.

4. Fitzsimons Bar and Restaurant

Fitzsimons Bar also charges €6.60 for a pint of Guinness and €7.30 for a Heineken.

5. Old Dubliner

The Auld Dubliner pub charges €6.80 for a Guinness and €7.70 for a pint of Heineken.

6. The old warehouse

At The Old Storehouse, one of the most popular places in Temple Bar, a pint of Guinness will set you back €6.90 and a pint of Heineken €7.20.

7. The Nordic

A pint of Guinness at The Norseman will set you back €6.90, while a pint of Heineken costs €7.90.

8. Trader’s Bow

It was at The Merchant’s Arch, overlooking Ha’penny Bridge, that I found the most expensive pint of Guinness, possibly in all of Ireland.

While they do charge €7.10 during the day for a pint of Guinness, but that jumps from €1 to a staggering €8.10 during ‘last hours’.

They don’t seem to sell Heineken by tap, just by the bottle, but a pint of Carlsberg costs €7.80 during the day and €8.80 during the ‘evening hours’.

9. The Oliver St. John Gogarty

Oliver St John Gogarty also sells some of the most expensive pints in Dublin.

It has two price lists, one for regular hours and one for ‘last minute prices’, after midnight when the price goes up by 20c.

A Guinness during the day costs €7.60 and €7.80 after 12pm, while a pint of Heineken costs €8.60 during the day and €8.80 after 12pm.

10. The Temple Bar

The last stop was The Temple Bar Pub, a firm favorite with tourists, where they have late fees after midnight, which increases the price by 30 cents.

A Guinness during the day costs €7.60 and after 12 noon €7.90, while a Heineken costs €8.60 during the day and €8.90 after midnight, possibly being the most expensive in the city.

At this point I was ready for a pint and ordered a Heineken but it was painful to hand over a €10 note and only got €1.40 change back!

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