The price of a beer on St. Patrick’s Day 2017

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St. Patrick’s Day started out as a Catholic Feast Day. In the 1800s, it was taken up by Irish-Americans as a day of civic pride. And now it’s turned into a day of global drinking!

Where do we stand here in the UAE when it comes to the cost of a beer?

And what about the key expat countries we serve?

St Patricks Day - Green St Patrick's Day theme with world map indicating beer prices

Who’s selling the most expensive beer in the world?

Of all countries in the Go Euro beer index, it’s Switzerland that tops the price charts with $9.51 for a beer. Bratislava comes in last (70th out of 70 countries polled) with $1.65 for a beer.

Pintprice.com – who compile prices from 206 countries – say that Tadjikstan is the cheapest place in the world to get hold of a beer at 30 pence.

What about expat countries?

Of key expat countries, it’s the UAE who grabs top spot – with the 8th most expensive beer in the world – followed by London (18th), Sydney (20th), Auckland (32nd), Cape Town (68th).

ABU DHABI
Global ranking
(most expensive beer):       8th
Price of beer:                        $5.36

LONDON
Global ranking
(most expensive beer):       18th
Price of beer:                        $4.71

SYDNEY
Global ranking
(most expensive beer):       20th
Price of beer:                        $4.66

AUCKLAND
Global ranking
(most expensive beer):       32th
Price of beer:                        $3.7

CAPE TOWN
Global ranking
(most expensive beer):       68th
Price of beer:                        $1.87

Based on the 2016 GoEuro Beer Price Index. Final USD figure based on average average price for a 33cl bottle of beer from both on- and off-trades (ie prices in the supermarket and prices in a bar).

St Patrick’s Day – Dubai

  • Falls on a Friday.
  • Paddy’s Day Party at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre with Irish international artists Gavin James, Walking on Cars, The Coronas and The Stars Of The Commitments performing on the day.
  • Dubai institution The Irish Village is holding special celebration events from March 16th to March 18th at their Al Garhoud venue.

St Patrick’s Day – origins

  • A Catholic feast day celebrated by both Catholics and Protestants.
  • Not a big deal in Ireland till the 1970s.
  • An Irish-American invention.
  • The very first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in Boston in 1737.
  • Took off as a statement of civic Irish success in America from the 1850s.

St Patrick’s Day – stats

  • St Patrick’s Day is huge in the US. Somewhere between 30m and 40m Americans claim Irish ancestry. Just over 50% report that they celebrate the big day, with over 10% of Americans planning a St. Patrick’s Day vacation.
  • 13m pints of Guinness drunk on the big day across the globe. That’s double the usual amount of 5.5m.
  • 4th most popular drinking day in the US behind NYE, Christmas and the Fourth of July.
  • If a leprechaun’s pot of gold contains 1000 gold coins weighing 1oz each, that makes the total value of the pot just under a million UK pounds (£977,000).

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