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The world’s booziest city has been revealed (and no, it’s not Dublin)

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It’s the city that gave us Guinness and Ireland’s world-renowned craic. But according to new research, Dublin is not actually the booziest city in the world.

It finished in second place behind another European travel destination: Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic.

In a recent study of heavy drinking destinations, travel platform Holidu ranked Dublin second on the list of Earth’s booziest cities.

This ranking was based on the number of late-night activities available in the city, and the percentage of local drinkers that had enjoyed a ‘heavy session’ in the last 30 days — almost half in Dublin’s case, according to the study.

The research also claims a staggering 81.3% of Ireland’s population drinks alcohol, the highest percentage of any country analysed.

Dublin’s Temple Bar is a major tourist attraction (Picture: Getty Images)

But even that wasn’t enough to clinch the top spot.

The only city to beat Dublin was Prague, a fairytale city where locals guzzle the most booze per capita in the world at around 481 beers per person.

Almost 19% of all TripAdvisor ‘things to do’ in Prague involve alcohol, from iconic pub crawls to medieval cocktail bars.

Berlin was ranked third, with the study claiming four in five Germans drink alcohol at an average cost of €4.52 a pint.



What are the best pubs in Prague?

Fancy a pint somewhere in the capital of the Czech Republic? Here are four of the top-rated watering holes to stop at on your next trip, according to travel websites.

  1. U Pivrnce – Maiselova
  2. U Zlatého Tygra
  3. Pivo a párek
  4. Restart Pub

Data aside, we can’t help but feel Dublin might have been robbed of the booziest title.

The Republic of Ireland’s capital has its fair share of alcohol-related attractions, and is even home to the Guinness Storehouse — the leading tourist attraction in Europe.

The Storehouse was placed above Buckingham Palace in London, Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia and the Acropolis of Athens in the prestigious World Travel Awards 2023.

The Guiness Distillery storefront in the historic city (Picture: Getty Images)

Situated in the heart of Dublin, The Guinness Storehouse celebrates the rich heritage of Ireland’s most famous export. Meanwhile, the city itself is a beacon of history and fun. It welcomed over 1.5m visitors last year according to Northern Ireland Travel News.

In similar booze news, a map made using data from DrinkWell revealed which UK cities were the booziest in 2023.

People living in Bristol were revealed to drink the most, with 81% having at least one drink a night.

Meanwhile 75% of Londoners enjoyed one tipple each evening, and Manchester came a close third with 74%.

The Welsh capital of Cardiff hit fourth place at 68%, while Scottish cities reached further down the list with Glasgow sitting at 12th place.



The UK’s booziest cities

  1. Bristol – 81%
  2. London – 75%
  3. Manchester – 74%
  4. Cardiff – 68%
  5. Norwich – 66%
  6. Birmingham – 63%
  7. Southampton – 63%
  8. Leeds – 62%
  9. Newcastle – 62%
  10. Nottingham – 62%
  11. Sheffield – 61%
  12. Glasgow – 59%
  13. Edinburgh – 59%
  14. Liverpool – 52%
  15. Belfast – 52%

And in 2022, a map revealed the European countries with the heaviest drinkers… with surprising results.

With the rise of people going sober, drinking decreased in large parts of the EU over the past decade, with the largest reductions in Ireland, Lithuania, Greece and Spain.

A report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found Latvia had the highest rate with 12.1 litres of alcohol per adult in 2020.

Czech Republic was in second place, with 11.6 litres and Lithuania was third with 11.4 litres and the UK finished in 18th place.

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