Two out of three Dublin drinkers have a pub they call their ‘local’ while two out of five visit a pub at least once a week, according to the findings of a new survey commissioned by the Licensed Vintners Association.
39% said they visited the pub weekly or more often, 21% fortnightly and 40% went at least once a month.
For most Dubliners the main reason for visiting pubs is to meet their friends and 79% describe going for a drink with their friends as important to them.
Interestingly a majority of male respondents said pubs provide them with an opportunity they would not otherwise have to talk about sensitive issues.
Speed is seen as a key characteristic of a bar person while prices, noise, lack of seating and pubs being too crowded are the main turn offs.
Over 500 Dubliners were interviewed for the survey which was carried out by Behaviour and Attitudes on behalf of the Licensed Vintners Association.
The CEO of the LVA, Donall O’Keeffe said the findings underlined the importance of Dublin pubs to the social life of the city. “We are seeing some positive signs in the pub trade right now and the findings of this survey show we can look to the future with renewed confidence.”