Written by Lewis MacLean
For students, cheap pints are everything these days; and with 12 pubs shutting down a week across the country, supermarkets are cashing, making it even harder to find a nice, quiet pub for a pint. All in the name of research, I’ve scoured pubs up and down the UK in search for the cheapest pint... you can thank me later!
10. The Crosse Keys (London,EC3)
Pint Price: £2.65-£3.05
Admittedly a Wetherspoons and admittedly £2.65 is not everyday cheap, but considering it’s in the heart of London, it’s not bad and quite frankly, that’s cheaper than the tube fare to get there! You can’t go far wrong.
9. The Hobbit (Bevois Valley,Southampton)
Pint Price: £2.50
Southampton’s own legendary late night local/student dive is in the running with £2.50 a pint. It even offers a cocktail menu, named after characters from the Hobbit (from the book, NOT the film).
8. Bar Risa, (Birmingham)
Pint Price: under £2
Not only can you get a pint under £2 but you can also get a decent cocktail for under £6. The bar also offers food, sports and its open until 3am!! Winner.
7. The Roo Bar (Bristol)
Pint Price: £1.94
So according to “extensive research" carried out by a Royal Marine, the cheapest pint in Bristol is at the Roo Bar on White Ladies Road. However, if you’re more of a bitter fan and fancy further penny scrimping (and a walk) you can head to the Assembly in Bedminster for a £1.89 pint of courage. Your call.
6. Jewel of the Severn (Bridgnorth)
Pint Price: £1.68
Situated right on Bridgnorth high street, it’s fairly easy to get to; and being in a rural town in Shropshire, it makes for a lovely day out. In fact, I’m willing to bet that you could probably spend a warm summer evening on a bar crawl round here and do it for under £10!
5. The Pound Pub (Stockton on Clees,Cleveland)
Pint price: £1.50
A new initiative in the pub trade, matching the success of pound stores across the country has taken shape in the form of a local boozer. Although I can’t help but wonder why a pint costs £1.50 and not £1...
4.The Woodville (Cardiff)
Pint Price: £1
The Woodville in Cathays has £1 pints – but sadly, only on Wednesday evenings, so if you are in the area, remember to plan your week around it!
3. Asda price bitter ( Asda stores nationwide)
Pint Price: £1 (also same price for Sainsbury’s and Tesco’s economy brands)
OK, so it’s not a great venue and true bitter fans might not rate it but you can’t argue with the price! And Asda’s drinkable, right?! The guilt of the supermarket industry killing the local pub trade might make for a horrible aftertaste though.
2. The Puff Inn (St Kilda)
Pint Price: 85p
Let’s not forget Scotland – they like a drink and with prices at 85p you can afford to double up at the Puff Inn! Situated 64 miles from the nearest mainland island on the Outer Hebrides, it may make for a very cheap pint, although it’ll cost a lot on taxi fare (or a boat!)
1. The Marksmen (West Bromwich)
Pint Price: 45p
The pub has recently been the subject of public outcry for its cheap pint prices; and, in an attempt to compete with the local Wetherspoons, they even offered FREE spirits (one per person) for one hour Fridays & Saturday. Can’t go wrong there!