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21st Feb 2024

Ireland’s first ever €10 pint sold in a Temple Bar pub

Stephen Porzio


The news has sparked fears that other pubs may follow suit.

Reports of a Dublin pub charging over a tenner for pints has led to fears that more could follow suit in upping their prices.

The Sunday World states that the Merchant’s Arch, located in the heart of Temple Bar, has crossed the €10 barrier for certain pints.

According to the paper, during normal hours in the pub, a pint of Rockshore cider will set punters back €9.45.

However, if you order the same drink with a meal in the venue’s upstairs restaurant, the pint price is said to rise to €10.45.

Similarly, The Sunday World reports that the Merchant Arch’s main bar charges €9.10 for a pint of Carlsberg and €8.65 for a pint of Guinness.

However, these prices are also said to rise in the restaurant upstairs to €9.95 for Carlsberg and €9.65 for Guinness.

This is before they reportedly increase further to above €10 after 10pm, with a pint of Carlsberg setting customers back €10.90 and a pint of Guinness costing €10.50.

Also as part of these “late hours” prices, a pint of Kilkenny is said to cost €10.65, a Blue Moon or Chieftain pint €10.50 and a Harp pint €10.60.


Ireland’s first ever €10 pint has been sold in the Merchant’s Arch pub

Following the publishing of The Sunday World report, Newstalk Breakfast spoke to publican Martin Keane, who owns the Oliver St John Gogarty pub – which is just a three minute walk from the Merchant’s Arch.

And he told the programme that it will not be long before he puts up his own bar’s prices.

“In the next couple of weeks or maybe just before the summer, they’ll reach the tenner,” he said.

“Overheads is rising. Every morning I get up, things have increased. We’re crippled.

“Our musicians have gone up by 25%… Increases are endless and I can’t see any end to them at all.”

Asked how these prices around the €10 mark are affecting business, Keane explained:

“95% of our business probably is from overseas so there’s not really much of a comment about it.

“But our own indigenous Irish man doesn’t really like it. He likes as much for as little as possible.”

Questioned as to whether he sees other pubs following suit in raising their prices above a tenner, the publican said he does.

“Oh absolutely yeah, they just have to if they’re going to stay in business because you just can’t do it. A publican’s life is hard,” he told the show.

In-article image via Leah Farrell /

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