Alcohol prices in various countries

Alcohol prices are a significant item in travel budgets and understandably so. In most countries around the world a draft beer, a glass of wine or a shot of hard liquor can cost as much as a McDonalds value meal. Still there is substantial difference in cost across countries. Within Europe, some counties, especially in the North, feature excessively high alcohol prices while the southern countries are more drinker-friendly. Here are a couple of examples of alcohol prices around the world:

Japan: The price of a draft beer at a restaurant or a bar is about $5.00 – $6.00 but prices are higher in some well-known establishments reaching as much as $7.00 and $9.00. Cocktails run at about $7.50 or more. In the grocery stores, one can purchase a bottle of hard liquor for about $18.00 – $19.00. In Kyoto, the price of wine when bought from the store ranges between $8.00 and $13.00 per bottle (0.750).

Bulgaria: This country in southeast Europe is one of the cheapest destinations when it comes to alcohol prices. A drink at a restaurant or a glass of draft beers runs for as little as €1.00, about 1.4 dollars. The store prices are even lower – about half of what one spends at the restaurants. There is a local tradition of brewing your own hard liquor (called rakia) and wine, both made from grapes. The price of a bottle of rakia is between €3 and €5, i.e. about 5 dollars for 0.75l.

These two examples are enough to indicate the large price differences across countries. Draw your own conclusions where to go if you tend to enjoy multiple cold beers and wine.

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