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Is It Cheaper to Buy a Pint of Guinness in Dublin or Sydney?

Justin Rampono has spent over 20 years working in some great roles at large banks, corporates, start-ups and scale-ups. He loves building businesses, nurturing relationships and more recently tackling massive jigsaw puzzles.

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Ever wondered whether it was cheaper to get drunk in Dublin or Sydney? We looked into which city provided the cheapest pint of Guinness and compared the results.

There is nothing like enjoying a beer with friends, no matter where you are. We’re big beer drinkers in Australia, but Ireland is well known for its production of Guinness.

In an article published by Business Insider, it was found that the cheapest beer worldwide was available in Prague for $1.30USD and the most expensive pint in Oslo, Norway for a whopping $9.90USD. That’s a huge difference. Interestingly, in the same article, beer in Sydney, Melbourne and Dublin were all in a similar price range. Sydney is the cheapest at $5.40USD.

Let’s have a look at what we found when we did our own research.


Sydney, Australia:

We looked into the best places to get a pint of Guinness in Sydney and found out how much it would cost. A lot of bars don’t serve Guinness, focussing on more local products but we were able to find a community of bars that prided themselves on their Irish food and drink.


We looked into four of the best bars to enjoy a pint of Guinness, and traditional Irish food in Sydney. These were: The Mercantile Hotel, Rag & Famish Hotel, Hero of Waterloo, and the Hotel Palisade. The bars we spoke to ranged in price from $9AUD to $11.50AUD.



Aside from being priced differently, some bars had different types of Guinness. The Mercantile Hotel also offered midweek specials if you’re in need of a sneaky Wednesday pick-me-up.


Dublin, Ireland:

What did we find when it came to buying a pint in the Land of Guinness?

Again, we looked at four of the best places to drink a pint in Ireland. These traditional pubs were: John Kavanagh “The Gravediggers”, Toners Pub, The Brazen Head and O’Donoghue’s Pub. These bars ranged in price from $6.90AUD to $8.30AUD.


With a similar range in prices, the pubs in Ireland have Guinness readily available.


So in summary, it is cheaper to drink a pint of Guinness in Dublin, and that’s exactly where you should be enjoying it! On average, a pint was nearly $2.50 more expensive in Sydney than it was in Dublin. Now to get on a plane and begin the taste testing. What do you think?