There has been “no reaction” from a pub's customers after they increased the price of a pint to €9.90, the owner has said.
Martin Keane of Oliver St. John Gogarty in Dublin’s Temple Bar area now charges €9.90 for a Bulmers or Heineken and €8.90 for Guinness.
To many that might seem excessive but Mr Keane says the pub is not immune to inflation and the soaring cost of living.
“It’s quite expensive but, as you can see, it’s now just after 12 o’clock in the day and we have musicians in playing,” he told Newstalk reporter Josh Crosbie.
“They have to be paid, they have to get increases.
“So, our rates and overheads still stand and, unfortunately, the price of alcohol, like everything else, is rising.”
The pub is located in one of the most touristy parts of Dublin and Mr Keane says that most of his customers expect to pay a premium.
“We’ve had it up a couple of days and we haven’t had any reaction, to be honest with you,” he said.
“95% of business is from overseas; so, it doesn’t really bother them.”
Mr Keane added that a pub in the city centre has higher overheads - such as security - that other pubs in quieter parts of the country do not have.
He also predicted that the price of a pint would keep rising.
“I started working in this business when I was 14-years-of-age,” he said.
“Now, I’m 75 and I remember when a pint was two shillings when I started.
“So, it’s going to go up and up and I think it will be €20.”
Main image: Empty pints. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingews.ie