DRINK PRICES: £18 bill for two pints at city boozer sparks debate among punters

A man paid over £18 for two pints in a city centre boozer.

Surprise, surprise, for one beer drinker this week. The guy in question paid a total of £18.27 for two pints of Juice Forsyth IPA at microbrewery and taproom Shilling Brewing Company on West George Street, Glasgow, during a visit there.

The tweet he posted shows his receipt for the pints along with the caption: “This still knocked me six at the weekend, when did this become acceptable in Glasgow? Great pints mind you.”

As you might expect, the tweet generated a shed-load of responses from Glaswegians, some of whom who thought that the price seemed reasonable due to the choice of pints, while others reacted in anger at the price he paid for them.

The man himself said that although it was “a beautiful pint” he was left “shocked at the price” of it, after one person replied to his tweet saying that “hops are really expensive and some of these craft beers take huge amounts of them as well as expensive malt”.

Another person responded to the tweet by saying: “It’s £4.20 for a 440ml can in an off-license, that equates to around £5.40 a pint so an extra £2 on top sounds reasonable”.

Some were left less than impressed with the cost of the pints, with one person adding: “Places like this deserve to be empty at they prices …… I’d have handed the pints back sorry no chance” while another wrote: “People need to start boycotting places like this and tell the bars why”.

Bill Heaney added that he though the price was unreasonable – even given the soaring cost of the ingredients these days, but that few people will be surprised.

If you were in the Fanzone at Hampden for the Euros you will have been required to fork out £6 for a pint there. If each of the 6000 supporters who turned up bought just one pint, that worked out at a cool £36,000 for the lucky firm who got the franchise.

What’s the most you ever paid for a single drink then?

I recall paying just one shilling and ten Irish pennies for a pint of Guinness in Connemara in the West of Ireland.

And I recall Alan Simpson, pictured right with partner, Joyce, the kenspeckle Edinburgh photographer, complaining that he paid £16 for a glass on wine in a Tom Kitchin establishment called the Scran and Scally while waiting for someone to turn up for a job.

The most I never paid for a glass of anything was when I worked in London and dined out with some MPs and a PR man with a large expenses acount in St James.

That was £37 for a glass of champagne which had to be topped up a couple of times because it took so long for one of the guests to arrive for his dinner.

Top picture: A pint of plain is your only man. Father Eddie Kelly, Dan Lynch, Bill Heaney and Hughie Boyle testing out the Guinness in Beedi’s, of Dungloe, one of the finest pubs in Donegal.

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