CHEERS! THE BEST RESORTS FOR CHEAP DRINKS
Fancy a G&T? We've rounded-up our list of the cheapest places to drink in Europe and further afield, so you can indulge in your favourite tipple without spending, well, triple. Whether you want a lively city break with your mates, a budget beach holiday, or you simply want to unwind and cheers with your partner, these all-round resorts offer something for everyone - but most importantly, cheap booze...
Budapest ranks high on the culture quotient, plus the fact that it boasts a cool and cosmopolitan vibe and is one of the cheapest beer cities in Europe. By day, you can explore this Hungarian capital with a visit to the famous Buda castle, a cruise along the glinting Danube, or by simply wandering its cobblestone squares and soaking in the rich architecture. But by night, Budapest swiftly transforms into one of the hottest short haul party destinations in Europe, brimming with atmospheric beer gardens, sunset party cruises, and a medley of traditional pubs serving up both a glass of white wine and a beer for less than £1 (wine averaging at 90p and lager at 88p) - if you're pushing the boat out with a cocktail however, you're looking at paying between £3-£4 for the pleasure. Head to one of the resort's best-known ruin pubs, Szimpla Kert, a quirky venue with live music worth ticking off.
Prague comes a close second, equally featuring beautiful baroque-style architecture and super cheap drinks - slightly surpassing Budapest's beer prices at £1.97, and wine at £1.41. Those visiting Czech capital can make their way from bar-to-bar, sampling cheap beers and soaking up city views. Among the most famous drinking spots is U Fleku, a grand beer joint which has been brewing its own frothy dark ale for over five and a half centuries. Unijazz, Letna Beer Garden and Bukowski's Bar are all lively venues worth a visit, while Riegrovy Sady is a centries-old park close to a bustling beer garden, an ideal space for tourists to relax with a drink on the grass.
If you're seeking a summer holiday on a shoestring, Bulgaria should be at the top of your list. The country's flagship resort, Sunny Beach, has been crowned as the best-value resort in Europe four times by the Post Office Travel Money Holiday Cost Barometer, with their annual survey of on-the-ground costs. A bottle of beer can be purhcased for the equivalent of approximately £1.50, a diet coke for £1, and a three-course meal for two will set you back roughly £30 in total - making it a great destination for groups of friends looking for a low cost beach holiday in the sun. Head to lively hotspots such as Sunny Beach, Sofia, Varna and Bankso to get the most bang for your buck on the boozing front, but be sure to save time and explore the authentic 7,000 year-old capital, too.
Sunny Malaga is famous for its laid-back Mediterranean vibes, popular with families wanting a beach holiday that has it all. This short haul resort offer round-the-clock entertainment, with exciting waterparks at Torremolinos, and gorgeous beaches in Costa del Sol bustling with watersports, seafront towns and colourful markets to explore. Better still? You can have all the fun for pocket-friendly prices.
Let’s admit, Munich is not the cheapest city when it comes to alcohol prices (at the average of £3) but this historic city is synonymous with Oktoberfest, traditional pubs and steins of great beer - so we're throwing it in here anyway! The beer tents, the market stalls and the festive fun kicks off during September and October, ideal for a late city break. If you're visiting in summer, you can drink in the city’s famous beer gardens after a visit to the city's museums and art galleries. The Schwabing district and Hofbrauhaus (Platzl 8) are a must on the to-be-tipsy list.
The gorgeous coastal city of Porto in northweast Portugal is best known for its port wine production, but did you know that it also has one of the lowest alcohol prices in Europe? The locally produced beer, Super Bock, retails at around €1.6. Head to one of the quaint waterfront bars such as Bar B's, where you can grab a beer for €1(89p) and a jug of sangira for €8 (£7.15). While you're here, check out the grand São Francisco Church or Palácio de Bolsa for its baroque interiors or potter around the narrow cobbled streets fringed by pretty merchants’ houses and cafes.
Thailand is recognised for being one of the best-value destinations in Asia, especially when it comes to alcohol prices. With local brews costing less than half a pound and good brands at £1.36 a beer, this Asian Sin City of Bangkok is a haven for party-goers. Whether you're hitting the beach parties serving buckets of Sangsom (rum), or prefer a sophisticated sky bar - this exotic resort sure knows how to make tourists happy. Throw in powder-white beaches, mouthwatering street food and elegant Stupas and Temples and you've got a luxurious holiday for wonderfully low costs.