Victim of Forgotten HopeForum bystander
26th April 2004
That thread about UK prices and new legislation made me more interested in a broader topic here, although I'm sure there may have been a similar thread some years ago.
So, what alcoholic beverages do you usually consume and what's the price level where you live?
I generally only buy beer, vodka and whiskey myself. Some of the most popular Finnish beer brands aren't that good, I prefer Irish stouts but then the price goes up quite a bit. But with beer I don't like the idea of just drinking lots of warm beer that doesn't taste good like that.
With vodka there are good and cheap brands. Although some people say all vodkas tastes like gasoline without blending, I'd say Stolichnaya has a bad sidetaste, but even some a bit stronger ABV vodkas can have a more neutral taste that are good to consume as raw.
Whiskey for the win over brandy/cognac by far, I don't like a grape-derived drink that strong really. Bourbon is good.
Not a wine-drinker, but half-dry white wine is good along different vermuths.
Prices are a bit less than 1 € for a can (0,33 l) of the most cheapest andpopular beer brands in Finland (of course a lot more expensive at a bar). Beverages stronger than 4.7 % ABV can be only sold in specified alcoholic beverage monopol stores.
Around 14-15 € for a cheap 0.7 litre vodka bottle, I think. 0.7 litre cheapest bourbon whiskey around slightly over 20 €, though Jack Daniels for example expensively priced at 32 €.
The taxation controls these prices quite a bit, so some countries should have considerably cheaper prices.
I usually buy Pirkka 24-packs as they are the cheapest. Seeing as I drink only when partying, it serves its purpose. They are around 22 euro where I live. In comparison, one of the other common brands that used to be fairly cheap was Karjala, which is now something like 27 euros a pack. 3 years ago I bought Carlsberg 24-packs for 19 euros. Naturally I buy alcohol elsewhere whenever I have the chance; Tax-free between Turku-Stockholm and in Estonia comes to mind.
Besides that I buy single malt whisky from the state alcohol monopoly, Alko. I always compare price range with the help of Laphroaig aka "Laffa"; 0,7l for 50 euros.
/Edit: As for bar prices, I usually drink in the middle of the week for the student prices; 2,50€/0,4l glass of beer on Tuesdays, 3€/0,4l glass on Wednesdays, 3€/all drinks on Sundays. ;)
Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
I generally drink whisky. About £35 a bottle. Or about £5 for a double, if you get it from a bar.
Every once in a while I'll buy some beer, a whisky or a red wine. I usually buy German or Czech beer, sometimes Polish, Irish or Belgian. I am not really a wine expert, so I usually just pick a dry one. As for Whisky, usually Islay or Highland.
Whisky - 30-40€ for a 0,75l bottle of Scotch Wine - about 3-5€ per 0,75l bottle Beer - about 1€ per litre
It is difficult to use these numbers for a comparison though because you can spend much more or less, depending on the brand. The cheapest brands cost about half of that.
Washington Gewurztaminer ~ $6 Hoegaarden (six-pack) ~ $10 girlie drink six-pack ~ $7 martinis at the bar ~$3-5
manipulating all the really drunk girls into feeling their noses simultaneously...Priceless!
Usually I go for the more expensive booze, but when I do I wait until there are special at the liquor store. Prices at retail are roughly (from what I currently have)
1.75L Skyy vodka= $30 (paid $17) 750ml Belvedere vodka= $36 (paid $21) 6-pack Shiner Bock= $8 (paid $6.15) 6-pack firemans real ale = $8 (paid $6.15) 1L makers mark= $36 (paid $30) 750ml crown royal= $24 (paid $17)
Drinks at a bar are around $4-6 at a cheap bar. High-end bars jump up to around the $9-12 mark.
Drinking in texas can get real expensive if you don't find ways to save from time to time due to those damn sin taxes. that, or just buy crappy beer with tons of alcohol like most people do since you can get a 24-pack of something cheap for $12-16
The two main purchases I make are both Ciders. Those in question are Kopparberg and Rekorderlig; both Swedish I think. And they're lush (when chilled).
Kopparberg: I don't like the Pear or Apple ones, but the others, very much so.
Rekorderlig: Again, I don't like the Pear or Apple ones.
Each come in between £2.05 & £2.30 (€2.48 & €2.78 / $3.26 & $3.66) depending where purchased.
There are a couple of mixers I'll get through on occasion too, though I can't remember the prices for them as they are more a rarer purchase.
Victim of Forgotten HopeForum bystander
26th April 2004
Biiviz;5632482 Naturally I buy alcohol elsewhere whenever I have the chance; Tax-free between Turku-Stockholm and in Estonia comes to mind.[/QUOTE]
Estonia is a heaven for alcohol imports within the EU, there's just that limitation "for your own uses" which is quite vague. In the UK thread someone mentioned about France's cheaper prices, I'd be interested if any other areas of the EU do alcohol shopping sprees for cheaper prices./Edit: As for bar prices, I usually drink in the middle of the week for the student prices; 2,50€/0,4l glass of beer on Tuesdays, 3€/0,4l glass on Wednesdays, 3€/all drinks on Sundays. ;)
In my city there's a quite exceptional thing called "Euros" when for a few hours beer and long drinks are 1 € at two bars. But those are only on Sundays or some weekdays. And atleast that other place had some pretty bad-tasting beer even for Koff.
[QUOTE=MrFancypants;5632496]Wine - about 3-5€ per 0,75l bottle Beer - about 1€ per litre
Wow, that's really cheap. But probably has got to do more with the drinking culture, when beer and wine are used more as lunch drinks. Here, in some other countries, we're only supposed to use beer for getting drunk instead of a food drink.
Seen some graphs for Oktoberfest beer prices though, where the prices seems to go up a lot every year.
I've been buying the same kind of vodka - and the only thing I drink, since a girl I liked drank it with me once. I really need to stop buying it because it keeps reminding me of her, so once these last few bottles of it are gone I'll stop buying it. =p
It costs about $36.50 and it is 750ml.
Nemmerle;5632489I generally drink whisky. About £35 a bottle. Or about £5 for a double, if you get it from a bar.
Good man, whiskey is the spirit of a true gentleman. I'm partial to a glass or two most nights, warms up the innards every time. It's not cheap for a bottle but it's worth it.