Jan 13, 2017

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World’s cheapest beer… and more essential ale info

Come with us on the ultimate bar crawl as we selflessly drink our way around the world’s cheapest cities for beer…

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Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava

Average cost of beer: £1.14
Popular beer: Zlaty Bazant

A well-trodden destination on the stag and hen circuit (although they’re easily avoided!), you’d probably expect Bratislava to have some pretty cheap ale on sale, and the Slovakian capital doesn’t disappoint.

However, just because the ale is cheap here, doesn’t mean the beer is poor quality – quite the opposite, in fact!

Slovakia has a long history of brewing and the city is full of traditional old beer halls, as well as new pop-up pubs. Some good places to try local tipples include Fabrika, Slovak Pub, Meštiansky Pivovar and Omama Shop Café.


Kiev, Ukraine

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Average cost of beer: £1.15
Popular beer: Chernigivske

Kiev’s nightlife culture has traditionally always been about the club, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of places to whet your whistle with a tasty Ukrainian beer.

Weekends see the city’s main street, Khreschatyk, closed to car traffic as it becomes one of the busiest places in Kiev for drinking out, so any of the options there are a great place to start.

Alternatively, try Baraban (Drum) for intellectual conversation, Naturlih Pub for draft beer in grand surroundings and Golden Gate Irish Pub for one of the largest beer selections in the city.


Cape Town, South Africa

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Average cost of beer: £1.29
Popular beer: Carling Black Label

If Cape Town’s scenic good looks aren’t enough to tempt you, perhaps it’s ridiculously cheap beer will help.

The stylish city by the sea has firmly moved away from its reputation as a one-beer town, having recently experienced a full-blooded craft beer craze.

As well as being home to incredible brew bars such as Beer House, Devil’s Peak Tap Room, Cape Brewing Company and Banana Jam Cafe, Cape Town also plays host to the Cape Town Beer Festival – the biggest beer festival in the Southern Hemisphere.


Krakow, Poland

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Average cost of beer: £1.29
Popular beers: Tyskie, Żywiec

Krakow packs an extraordinary amount of bars into its compact old town centre, so finding a place for a cheap beer is as easy as raz, dwa, trzy.

However, distinguishing those that sell regular wholesale Polish lagers like Tyskie and Żywiec from those with a bit more range can be a little tricky.

The subtly named House of Beer is as good a place as any to start in Poland’s second city, while Multi Qlti Tap Bar and Omerta Bar also have an extensive list of world beers on tap.

Did you know? 97.8 litres of beer per capita were consumed last year in Poland, which is higher than any other country on this list.


Mexico City, Mexico

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Average cost of beer: £1.47
Popular beers: Corona, Dos Equis, Modelo, Sol

If you think Mexico’s only contribution to beer was the genius move of adding lime to lager then you are sadly mistaken.

Mexico has a long, proud tradition of brewing, something that is reflected in its many international brands such as Corona, Modelo, and Sol, and capital Mexico City has a thriving craft beer scene.

Try El Deposito, Hilaria Gastrobar and Centernario 107 for a taste of the city’s best Mexican and international offerings.


Belgrade, Serbia

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Average cost of beer: £1.52
Popular beer: Jelen

Famed for its insane nightlife, Belgrade is not short on places to find a tasty drink, and for £1.52 you can crack on without having to keep an eye on your bank balance.

Whether you’re after all-hours dance music, live contemporary jazz or a quiet drink after dinner, the White City won’t let you down.

Check out Samo Pivo and The Black Turtle for authentic Serbian ales as well as international beers and lagers.


Cairo, Egypt

Average cost of beer: £1.65
Popular beer: Stella (not Stella Artois)

Pharaohs, Pyramids and cheap beer? OK, Egypt isn’t really known for its ale, but you certainly won’t break the bank if you do want to sip on a cold one to escape the heat.

Egyptian beer apparently dates back as far as 1,600BC, when it was used for medicinal purposes, which makes it almost as old as the Pyramids themselves.

While the capital city isn’t exactly filled with specialist beer bars, Egyptian favourite Stella is widely available at restaurants and hotels accosts Cairo.


Warsaw, Poland

Average cost of beer: £1.69
Popular beers: Tyskie, Żywiec

It was almost completely wiped out in WW2 and repressed by years of Soviet rule; if any city has a good reason to drink, it’s Warsaw.

Luckily, the Polish capital isn’t one for sitting around feeling sorry for itself, something that’s reflected in the city’s vibrant and eclectic food and drink scene.

Piw Paw, which has an insanely vast selection of beers with over 100 taps; Cuda na Kiju, said to be the original Warsaw real ale bar; and the hidden-away Kufle i Kapsle make up a fine trifecta of the city’s best beer-focused bars.


Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Average cost of beer: £1.70
Popular beers: Lasko, Union

Although Slovenia’s beer scene is largely dominated by big lager brands Lasko and Union (specifically Union in Ljubljana), the popularity of craft beer and real ale has risen dramatically over the last few years.

Led by small-batch brewers like Pelicon, Bevog and Weird Fish, this little country’s beer revolution is starting to produce some incredible ale, and Ljubljana, the capital, is the ideal place to sample it.

The best time to visit the city for beer is during the Beer and Burger festival (an offshoot of the Open Kitchen) that takes place in April. If you don’t manage to catch the festival, try Pivnica Union, Sir William’s Pub, and Zlata Ladjica.

Did you know? The earliest known brewery in Ljubljana dates back at least to 1592 – that’s some old brew!


Budapest, Hungary

Average cost of beer: £1.70
Popular beers: Borsodi, Kőbányai

In among the decaying buildings of Budapest’s District 7, derelict homes and abandoned warehouses have become some of the city’s best bars, known affectionately as ruinpubs.

These hip pop-ups started out as a hub for intellectuals and creatives and have gone on to become basic, cheap, but oh-so-cool places to drink, eat and party.

You’ll find them in basements, on rooftops, without roofs, down alleys, in abandoned courtyards… basically any space that can become a bar in District 7 probably already has.

Did you know? Hungarians don’t clink glasses when drinking beer. Apparently it’s seen as bad manners since some Austrian generals did so after executing Hungarian rebels in 1849. Hungarians obviously have long memories!

 

Please note: List based on 2016 GoEuro Beer Price Index

  1. RogerG says:

    What about the cost of an old fashioned G and T ?

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