Traveling costs can add up, but alcohol doesn’t need to be a focal point of your trip’s bill. So, what could be better than knowing where to find the most affordable drinks for a good time?
To help you out, VacationRenter investigated in a new study where you can save the most money on booze and where you’ll find great drinks at unbeatable prices.
It costs less than 50 cents to buy a bottle of beer in Pakistan, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, and Hungary. In the U.S., it’s cheaper to buy a 12-ounce oz bottle of beer (Bud Light is $1.34) than a 1.5-liter bottle of water ($1.86). The cheapest bottles of wine are in Argentina and Uzbekistan – only $3.00 USD per bottle. Taipei, Taiwan, and Cáceres, Spain are the best cities for cheap bars worldwide.
The most wallet-friendly beer you’ll find is a bottle of Murree in Pakistan, where you can buy one for just 28 cents. Cheap beer lovers should also take note of these other inexpensive 12-ounce options around the world: Slovakia’s Zlatý Bažant, Sri Lanka’s Lion Lager, Hungary’s Borsodi, and Paraguay’s Brahma Chopp.
Travelers can find the cheapest reds, whites, and rosés in Argentina and Uzbekistan, where a mid-range bottle costs only $3.00. It’s pretty easy to find cheap wine in the eastern regions of Europe — Kosovo, Moldova, Ukraine, and Hungary all sell bottles of wine for under $4.00. Westward European countries also enjoy relatively reasonable wine prices.
To find which destinations have the highest percentage of cheap ($) rated bars, VacationRenter scraped Yelp.com data from cities all over the world. Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, ranked highest among cities with the cheapest bars in the world, with 100% of the city’s bars rated only ($) instead of ($$), ($$$), or ($$$$) on Yelp. Within the city, you’ll find the best nightlife in the commercial district of Anho Rd in East Taipei and Shi Men Ding (or West Side). While some restaurants close by 9:30 pm, many bars are open all night.
The study found the most affordable haunts in Cáceres, Spain: a city where three-quarters of the bars were ranked as the least expensive. But it’s not just the cheap bars that make Cáceres worth visiting; its exquisite architecture and many parks, hikes, and delicious eats complement the city’s robust nightlife.
If you want to stay local, the U.S. also has plenty of options for bargain-friendly bars. These American cities made the top 10 for the highest percentage of cheap bars on Yelp: Memphis, Tennessee; North Las Vegas, Nevada; Astoria, Oregon; Indianapolis, Indiana; New Orleans, Louisiana; and St. Louis, Missouri.
Meanwhile, cocktail lovers can try a timeless cocktail like a Negroni, old-fashioned, martini, or margarita in any of these cities: Venice, Italy; Berlin, Germany; Madrid, Spain; Florence, Italy; or Oslo, Norway.
So there you have it – cheers to a great vacation!