Marbella rated most expensive for drinks – Prague cheapest for boozy city breaks

The bars and clubs  of Banus are already full of party goers but Marbella came bottom in a list of European cities that are cheap to drink in.

A survey by Post Office Travel Money found that while the bar bill cost £29 in Prague, including £1.26 for a bottle of beer, £1.57 for a glass of wine and £1.73 for a shot of tequila, the same 12 drinks cost more than twice as much in Puerto Banus, where the bill came in at £72.

If you are planning a boozy European city break, the survey recommends that you should head to Prague for the cheapest drinks, according to new research. The Czech capital was ranked number one out of 16 popular destinations across the continent based on the price of a dozen drinks.

The totals were calculated by taking the average price for each drink at several restaurants, bars and nightclubs in each city.

Eastern European cities dominated the top of the rankings with Budapest at number two (£30) followed by Krakow (£34), Riga (£50) and Tallinn (£53). London came in at number 10.

Research published by travel organisation Abta last October found that city breaks have overtaken beach holidays as the most popular type of trip for UK holidaymakers, with around half the population taking a city break each year.

Andrew Brown of Post Office Travel Money said: “Our research shows that the cost of a special celebration evening out can vary dramatically, depending on your choice of drink and which city you visit.

“Check out prices before booking a city break because some advance homework can help to ensure the bar bill doesn’t bust the celebration budget.”

Drinking in London lest expensive than Marbella? We’re guessing that the researchers got stung in Banus. In our long and exhaustive experience, Marbella is a much cheaper place to get the beers in, and some of us haven’t actually paid for a drink in years!

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