London might be the favourite European city destination for special celebrations, but Prague is the cheapest if you’re planning to drink a lot.
That’s the consensus of the Celebration Breaks Drinks Barometer from Post Office Travel Money, which conducted a consumer research poll of cities most popular for a celebration break.
Almost half of those visiting cities across Europe are now there to celebrate an anniversary or big event – ranging from birthdays, retirement and forthcoming weddings to marriage proposals – with London, Paris and Barcelona the top three destination choices.
Travellers planning these celebration trips rate ‘a good range of bars and restaurants’ as their top priority – with Prague offering the lowest prices for drinks, according to the research, which involved a cost comparison of 12 drinks in 16 European celebration capitals.
The Czech capital’s tally of £28.74 for the average price of drinks, ranging from beer and wine to cocktails and spirits, toppled Budapest (£30.20) from last year’s top spot to second place. Prague’s prices, down eight percent year-on-year, are also less than half of those in 10 of the 16 cities surveyed, including London (£60.70), Barcelona (£60.56) and Paris (£63.26).
The Post Office research found that bargain-hunters should head to cities in Eastern Europe. Aside from Prague and Budapest, three others – Krakow (£33.82), Riga (£49.95) and Tallinn (£53.11) – made it a clean sweep for Eastern European cities at the top of the table.
Majorca’s capital, Palma (£56.72), emerged as cheapest in Western Europe. Its barometer cost for the 12 drinks is also lower than in two other Spanish seaside celebration cities.
“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,” said Andrew Brown of Post Office Travel Money. “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.”