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Price of a Pint/Measure 7 years 10 months ago #1

I spent saturday evening between Bull and Castle and The Black Sheep - I reckon its the first time I have walked from one to the other. What stuck me immediately was that there were some massive differences in what they are both charging for same or similar drinks.

E.g. in the B&C you can have a measure of Redbreast Whiskey for 5.60. The same measure in Black Sheep was 8.00
A pint of Buckleys Pale Ale (House beer) is €4, Black Sheeps own beer is sold at €5.10

Its not just these two products either but the whole host of drinks are considerably more expensive in Cottage Group pubs than in the B&C. While I admire what the Cottage group have achieved in the last couple of years I do think they need to do something about the price which they are asking, it doesn't seem to have done them any harm in terms of business so far but I think in time people who have switched on to craft beer will become more prudent about where they buy it especially if the margins are that much different.

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Price of a Pint/Measure 7 years 10 months ago #2

The Cottage Group pubs are definitely expensive. But...

"Philgill":16hdb5fa wrote: I think in time people who have switched on to craft beer will become more prudent about where they buy it[/quote:16hdb5fa]Unfortunately, I think the opposite happens.

The main thing, I think, is to keep supporting the places that do the beers you want at a price you consider fair and leave the market to sort the rest out.

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Price of a Pint/Measure 7 years 10 months ago #3

i thought they both did €4 pints weekdays and upped the price at weekend, which i think is how it should be.

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Price of a Pint/Measure 7 years 10 months ago #4

You're not the first person to comment on the prices in the Cottage group pubs. If the price differential bothers you, drink in the pubs giving you better value.

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Price of a Pint/Measure 7 years 10 months ago #5

I actually think that the Cottage Groups pricing is the standard for city centre pubs- I rarely see a pint for less than a fiver anywhere (and usually considerably more). But with that being said, the B&C are incredibly well priced (especially their €4 Monday to Wednesday beers).

I'm dropping down to the Avoca/Dark Horse this week. I know how much I paid for a pint of O'Hara's IPA last time I was in there...

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Price of a Pint/Measure 7 years 10 months ago #6

"DCBrewing":1clm70cf wrote: i thought they both did €4 pints weekdays and upped the price at weekend, which i think is how it should be.[/quote:1clm70cf]

Can't ever remember seeing a pint of draft in a cottage group pub for 4 euro. They do have beer of month specials for 4 euro, they tend to be bottles.

I find it curious that they don't at least price their own brews in the 4-4.50 range

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