We have compiled data on the average prices of beer in the most populated cities around the world. The analysis looks at 177 countries so you can find out where your city ranks. Read on to find out where the UK sits globally and how beer prices compare between the UK’s major cities. To find out more about how to travel smart, check out our travel guide.
The full list of countries
The cost for a pint ranges from £0.56 in Zambia all the way up to £9.93 in Dubai, a slight decrease from last year’s prices, which spanned from £0.32 in Venezuela to £10.86 in Qatar. London is still pricier than most of the list, with the average cost of £5.33 for a pint coming in as the 18th most expensive of the 177 cities. Compared to the world average for the 177 countries in 2021 (£2.45, up 4% from last year’s world average of £2.35), London charges more than double (118% higher) for the same drink.
The 5 cities with the most expensive beer
1. Dubai, United Arab Emirates £9.93 2. Doha, Qatar £9.50 3. Oslo, Norway £7.83 4. Muscat, Oman £7.32 5. Reykjavik, Iceland £6.44
It comes as no surprise that the UK’s most expensive city to grab a drink is still London (£5.33). The cheapest place to get a pint (out of the 42 largest cities analysed) is Perth. A beer there will cost you £3.07, which is £2.26 less than London and 79p less than the UK average of £3.86. Overall, the average cost of a pint in the UK has decreased by 2% this year from 2020, when the average was £3.94, but has increased by 4% from the UK average of £3.70 in 2019.
Following Perth, Leicester and Stoke-on-Trent are the second and third cheapest cities to buy a beer (meaning in these cities you won’t need to be searching for the best credit cards in order to get you and your friends a round of drinks!). Compared to the £3.07 for Perth, Leicester charges £3.12 and Stoke-on-Trent’s average is £3.17. On the pricier side, Brighton and Hove is the second most expensive city to buy a beer, charging £4.83 (19p less than last year’s price of £5.02).
The numbers in this piece are based on data from cost-of-living sites Expatistan and Numbeo as of April 2021. The majority of values were averaged from the two sites. In the few cases when this was not possible, data from Numbeo or Expatistan was used alone.
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From cracking open a cold one in Summer to sipping on mulled wine in December, us Brits use any excuse to finish another bottle. Read our page to find out a bit more about the nation’s drinking habits.
Georgia-Rose is a publisher at Finder.com and specialises in all things shopping and travel. She has years of experience working in retail and tourism and as an avid budget traveller, she loves helping people find the best deals on everything from plane tickets to sunglasses.
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The research, which was carried out ahead of pubs reopening on Monday (12th April) for the first time in more than 3 months, found that London remains the least affordable city for drinking in the UK, costing £5.33 per pint on average.
By comparing the price of a beer in 165 of the world’s most populated cities and 42 UK cities we found that the average price of a pint in London is £5.18, compared to the global average of £2.63 and the UK average of £3.70.
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