Melbourne bars at Perth prices

On January 11, 2013, in CBD, by Jonno

$10 for a pint of beer!

Mountain Goat

Not much change from $10

Well it had to happen, after the news last year of the high cost of beer in Western Australia, beer prices in Melbourne have risen to meet the challenge. The shock of the press when a pint in Perth was $10 was ” there is no way we can charge that here”. Well, now their moral indignation has been silenced with bottles of beer in most Melbourne CBD pubs selling for $9:50.  OK these are boutique beers such as Mountain Goat and White Rabbit, suggesting that a beer with an animal name commands a higher price.


Strangely its all gone quiet on the price front with no outrage of $10 for a pint. Sadly this is now the norm and some of the mass produced beers are also getting up there. Somehow, if a boutique beer has a cuddly name, then you don’t feel quite so bad at paying a higher price. So one has to wonder how much people would pay for a Fursty Ferret, an Old Badger or even a pint of Arrogant Bastard. I kid you not, these beers do exist in the UK (and are available in very boutique bottle shops here, if Dan Murphy’s actually qualifies as boutique).


Will Dan Murphy’s replace our beloved pubs??


Is this Australia most expensive pub?

Is this Australia most expensive pub?

So how much will a pint rise to? Well we understand that Perth leads the way in expensive beer, thanks to all the flouro’s with money to burn. One ocean front pub in Hillary’s boat harbour was charging $14 for a normal pint and $18 for a boutique pint. Sadly the cost of a pint is becoming beyond the reach of most ordinary workers and many are now resigned to drink at home with a carton from the bottle shop.

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There has been a lot of press coverage  about the soaring cost of a pint of beer in Perth WA. It is standard now to pay $10 for a pint of premium beer such as Little Creatures or Fat Yak. The east coast press has jumped on this and branded everyone in the west as rich. Publicans in Sydney has been on the telly stating that there is no way people over in the east would pay those sorts of prices.

Are West Australians the richest in Australia? 

So I was rather surprised in the Carlton Hotel in Melbourne to be asked for two more dollars to my twenty dollar bill I proffered in payment of two pints of Fat Yak. Yes that is $11 for a pint of beer. No longer is the east a place of cheap beer, unless you travel north a bit to Asia, then there is plenty of cheap beer! But it is nice to see that people on the east coast of Australia are obviously as rich as people in the west coast.

On a world stage, Australia is perhaps becoming the most expensive place to buy beer. And it’s not helped by the soaring Australian dollar. Browsing the web, Studentbeans suggests the 10 most expensive countries for a beer are:

  1. Greenland £7.35
  2. Norway £6.78
  3. Qatar £6.00
  4. Djibouti £5.47
  5. Singapore £5.04
  6. United Arab Emirates £5.02
  7. France £5.00
  8. Sweden £5.00
  9. United_Arab_Emirates £4.86
  10. Guadeloupe £4.80

$11 is currently £7.44, making Australia top of the list!

You can find the Carlton Hotel in Best Melbourne Pubs and Bars app for iPhone along with 250 other pubs and bars.