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Rip off drink prices in trendy pubs and clubs

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I know there's already an article on this web site that deals with dress code in bars and clubs but I think there are some other annoying features about these kinds of places the really needs to be pointed out before we all end up bankrupt.

I'm talking about beer here, although not necessarily just ales and lagers because it applies to pretty much anything you might buy at the bar.  My problem is with the hiked up prices that we pay just for the privilege (if you can call it that) of drinking somewhere a bit more trendy and sociable with a dance floor.

A buzzing atmosphere?

One particular occasion when I decided to visit one of these establishments sticks out in my mind right now.  I had been having a drink with friends in a J.D. Wetherspoon pub, which was nice enough on its own and it had quite a buzzing atmosphere.  The bottled lager I was drinking here cost 99 pence a bottle, which was very cheap because there was some promotion or other on; however the normal price of the same bottle at this place is £1.29 which is still pretty good anyway!

A cheap bottle of becks? Somewhere along the line we all decided to go across the street to said trendy pub with dance floor, music and flashing lights that was open a bit later.  Luckily I decided to visit the cash machine on the way because the same bottle of beer in this place cost £2.40 a go, which by my calculations is around double what I'd been paying only moments earlier.

Another thing that gets me about these places is the lack of options on "what" to drink.  Unless you like alcopops, shorts or second rate lager and bitter your out of luck.  Considering the fact that the place I had just came from had a great range of reasonably priced guest ales, you might understand why I was a bit less than overwhelmed with what was on offer!

The bottom line is, what exactly are we paying for?  Yes its all very nice to go up market a bit now and then ( if you can call this place up market! ), but does it really justify such a huge price hike and poor choice?  Maybe it's the prospect of hoards of party animals banging down the doors to get into the place that has prompted the management to take action, in which case why don't they just charge admission instead?


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jobby

jobby

Only fools buy this expensive watered down wee-wee. then get hot under the collar watching bored, indifferent trollops. You don't see serious drinkers or alcoholics in these dirty lairs of immorality.
jobby
16th Oct 13 09:28

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Nick

Nick

Of course they are ripoffs. They may also have strip dancers to strip you of all ya cash in ya wallet. If u are careful with ur spending just stay away from such places.
Nick
15th Oct 13 13:30

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Bring the pubs to brook

Bring the pubs to brook

To stop the rot force all pubs to give everyone a fully comprehensive receipt for all drinks purchased, and to have a fully accessible drinks list and price list for customers to peruse before purchasing.

Maybe pubs which overcharge will go under in these circumstances.
Bring the pubs to brook
2nd Jun 13 14:45

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Dave

Dave

All bars and pubs are rip offs. If you want value for money why don't you buy crates from supermarket and drink at home.
Dave
30th May 13 12:31

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ahforfoulkessake

ahforfoulkessake

You were lucky you and your mates could get out of there with the fact that they're old bill.
You'd probably have had to fight your way out if not.
£56 for 8 drinks is £7 each which is roughly double what you'd pay now in m,ost of my local pubs at around £3.20-3.80 per pint. Well guinness and hurlimanns seem near top end of price range now.,
ahforfoulkessake
25th May 13 12:19

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DSG

DSG

Have you noticed its almost always the trendy bars that get away with this daylight robbery? (sorry,I meant nightlight robbery)
DSG
27th Nov 10 23:04

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Rav

Rav

Went out in Aberdeen last weekend and normally paid £2.00 - £2.20 for vodka and coke and went to a very trendy bar in a former church where they were charging £3.60 for the same drink. Bar was very busy so folks up in Aberdeen must have plenty of cash to spend. Cost of living up there is sooo hi, dont know how they manage. a 2 bed flat is £800 - £1200 a month. My full monthly wage after tax.
Rav
7th Aug 10 00:36

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Wrong Trainer Wearer

Wrong Trainer Wearer

Keep an eye out for the cars these bully boy bouncers drive, make a note of the reg. Find out when the club or pub they work at closes, hang around outside the club and wait for one of them to get in his car. Then ring 999 saying you were nearly run over by a drunk driver, give 'em the reg and car make, colour, etc. The cops will be on the look-out for him and chances are he'll get a tug. He'll most likely be over the limit or on drugs.

Result: One seriously nicked bully.
Wrong Trainer Wearer
13th Apr 10 00:57

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MikeP

MikeP

You know you are in a "trendy" bar when ....

There's a meathead baldy no-neck bouncer with tattooed arms like tree trunks and gold chains on the door looking you up and down before deciding if he'll let you in.

The tables are black or chrome and it has low level blue or red lighting.
MikeP
20th Dec 09 09:38

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Close them Down

Close them Down

You know you are in a "trendy" bar when they profer a small saucer with your change, implying that they want a tip.

Or they have a cocktail waitress with a very short skirt and long legs serving you at table.

When the round comes to more than 1 day's wages.

Was the price list clearly displayed? Sufficiently displayed that a person in wheelchair coming to bar could read it without having to stand up?

Did you get a receipt for your purchases?

Was a full range of beer on display, including real ales?

Were the taps/pumps on the bar all chrome-plated?

Was the name of the bar something like "Iguana" or "Oasis"?

Wet your pants and leave instantly.
Close them Down
20th Dec 09 09:26

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Gainsborough lad.

Gainsborough lad.

Matrix, love that last posting, it reminded me of 1983 when I got a pint of lager in a trendy bar and gave the barman a £1-00 coin, he put it in the till, and just stood there, after a minute I asked for my change, and I was flabbergasted when the barman told me that lager was now a £1-00 a pint, (that was my first £1-00 pint of lager).
Gainsborough lad.
20th Dec 09 05:49

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Matrix

Matrix

I was in a group of 8 people in a J.D. Wetherspoon pub.
The round came to about £22.
Some of the girls wanted to go across the road to a place called "the sports bar" in Glasgow.
The same round came to £56.
We simply refused to pay it, placed the drinks back on the bar and turned to leave as the stunned barman just stood there with his mouth open in disbelief.
Fat bouncers tried to stop us.
Big mistake as 3 of the party were Police officers and advised the fat bouncers of the illegality of their attempt to hold us hostage and asked them if they'd like a room booked for them at the local station.
We went back to Wetherspoons as the fat bouncers shouted not to come back "cos yir barred".
Hmmmmmmm at £56 for 8 drinks there wasn't any chance we'd be back.
Matrix
19th Dec 09 22:07

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Adrian

Adrian

Well I read "the same bottle of beer" and can't for the life of me think why I'd want to pay more in a noisy place with dance floor flashing lights and boozy yobs. I also wouldn't describe it as trendy either.
Adrian
19th Oct 09 19:03

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MikeP

MikeP

"People like you are responsible for these places getting away with ripping people off."

Nobody is ripped off. There is a choice, and if you choose to go into an expensive upmarket bar you must expect to be charged more for your drink. If you want a pint of Crappo Lager for £1.00 then go to a cheap nasty pub full of boozy yobs wearing Burberry and baseball hats and 'combat' trousers. As Cal du Monde says, the decent places and those who frequent them will survive without you.

If you want a cheap car you don't go to a Ferrari dealer and complain that their prices are a ripoff, or if you do, then you're a complete idiot.
MikeP
18th Oct 09 18:26

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Ron

Ron

Cal du-monde, you condescending @rsehole, who the hell do you think you are? People like you are responsible for these places getting away with ripping people off. A bottle of beer is a bottle of beer and @rsehole pseudo-snobs like you seem to think that paying more for it in some trendy joint makes you better than everyone else. F-----g dick!
Ron
18th Oct 09 15:02

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