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Has Brexit made a night out in Europe more expensive?

We get it, you're probably tired of the B-word. But whether you’re an avid Brexiteer or staunch remainer, there’s no denying that the uncertainty surrounding when (or if) Britain will leave the EU has weakened the value of GBP since the Brexit vote. 

There's a lot of hype about the weak Pound, but how much has the Referendum really affected the price of our holidays abroad? With our new mini-series, we're on a mission to bring you a realistic picture of how far your £ will go in Europe - from sipping Gin & Tonics in sunny Majorca to enjoying bargain beers in Prague. 

For our first post, we've analysed the price of an average night out in some of the most popular destinations - comparing the pre and post-Brexit cost of most going out essentials you can think of (yes, even the hangover food!).

Read on for how much the cost of your night out on holiday has changed, and where to go to make the most of your travel budget in 2020.  

Majorca 

Majorca is famed for its natural beauty and wild nights out. With various bars and clubs across the whole island, similar to its nearby neighbour Ibiza, you can party until the early morning hours like nobody’s business.

 

2016

(Pre-Brexit)

2019

(Post-Brexit)

Difference

In £££

A bottle of local beer

£2.21

£2.70

+ 49p

A can of coke

£1.36

£1.66

+ 30p

Gin & Tonic

£5.90

£7.21

+ £1.31

Tequila shot

£3.69

£4.51

+ 82p

Taxi ride (5km)

£6.64

£8.11

+ £1.47

McMeal at McDonald’s

£5.90

£7.21

+ £1.31

Algarve

The fantastic bar and club scene with a pristine coastline and 25 different resort towns make for a great holiday spot. Whether you are seeking a quiet escape filled with historic towns or a raving nightlife, the Algarve represents the best of what southern Portugal has to offer.   

 

2016

(Pre-Brexit)

2019

(Post-Brexit)

Difference

In £££

A bottle of local beer

£1.48

£1.80

+ 32p

A can of coke

£1.06

£1.29

+ 23p

Gin & Tonic

£3.69

£4.51

+ 82p

Tequila shot

£2.58

£3.16

+ 58p

Taxi ride (5km)

£1.84

£2.25

+ 41p

McMeal at McDonald’s

£4.39

£5.36

+ 97p

Crete

There is no better place in the world to have a Mamma Mia-inspired karaoke night than in Crete! Start a peaceful evening with dinner in one of Crete’s legendary taverns and continue the night in countless clubs while dancing till the sunrise. There is something to do for everyone, whether you fancy traditional Greek music with dancing on tables or foam parties with DJs playing music until dawn.

 

2016

(Pre-Brexit)

2019

(Post-Brexit)

Difference

In £££

A bottle of local beer

£3.45

£3.91

+ 46p

A can of coke

£1.38

£1.56

+ 18p

Gin & Tonic

£4.21

£4.78

+ £57p

Tequila shot

£3.86

£4.34

+ 51p

Taxi ride (5km)

£4.44

£5.04

+ £60

McMeal at McDonald’s

£5.72

£6.99

+ £1.27

Sardinia 

Super-friendly locals, natural beauty and stunning architecture, mixed with sensational food and bars and clubs around every corner - that's Sardinia for you. The Sardinian nightlife is somewhat laid-back and known for its many festivals that are centred around music, wine and you guessed it- Italian food. What’s not to like!

 

2016

(Pre-Brexit)

2019

(Post-Brexit)

Difference

In £££

A bottle of local beer

£3.06

£3.74

+ 68p

A can of coke

£2.30

£2.81

+ 51p

Gin & Tonic

£5.36

£6.55

+ £1.19

Tequila shot

£3.83

£4.68

+ 85p

Taxi ride (5km)

£8.04

£9.83

+ £1.79

McMeal at McDonald’s

£5.53

£6.76

+ £1.23

 

Tenerife

Tenerife is known for many tourist attractions, including sandy beaches and the vibrant clubbing scene in Playa de Las Americas. Whether you want to relax on a rooftop hammock with a cocktail or two, or hit a club until early morning hours, Tenerife easily tops the list of holiday destinations for an unforgettable night out.

 

2016

(Pre-Brexit)

2019

(Post-Brexit)

Difference

In £££

A bottle of local beer

£2.68

£3.28

+ 60p

A can of coke

£1.38

£1.68

+ 30p

Gin & Tonic

£4.98

£6.08

+ £1.10

Tequila shot

£3.06

£3.74

+ 68p

Taxi ride (5km)

£4.79

£5.85

+ £1.06

McMeal at McDonald’s

£5.17

£6.31

+ £1.14

Prague

Welcome to Prague, Central Europe’s most underrated party destination. Even if the idea of drinking beer like it is water and partying around the city until you get to see the sunrise over the Charles Bridge does not float your boat, Prague offers a much cheaper holiday alternative filled with plenty of entertainment and rich culture that everyone can enjoy.

 

2016

(Pre-Brexit)

2019

(Post-Brexit)

Difference

In £££

A bottle of local beer

£1.06

£1.37

+ 31p

A can of coke

£0.81

£1.05

+ 24p

Gin & Tonic

£3.30

£4.29

+ 99p

Tequila shot

£2.64

£3.43

+ 79p

Taxi ride (5km)

£3.70

£4.80

+ £1.10

McMeal at McDonald’s

£4.23

£4.78

+ 55p

Krakow

Do you fancy inexpensive drinks, quirky bars, and delicious street food next time you go on holiday? Krakow might be the right choice for you then. Having an unbeatable reputation for budget-friendly hen and stag dos, Krakow has a lot to offer for travellers seeking night out adventures worth sharing with your friends.

 

2016

(Pre-Brexit)

2019

(Post-Brexit)

Difference

In £££

A bottle of local beer

£1.25

£1.59

+ 34p

A can of coke

£0.74

£0.95

+ 21p

Gin & Tonic

£3.12

£3.98

+ 86p

Tequila shot

£1.59

£2.04

+ 45p

Taxi ride (5km)

£1.84

£2.36

+ 52p

McMeal at McDonald’s

£3.21

£4.10

+ 89p

Bucharest

A hub for younger generations eager to experience the nightlife full of electric clubbing and live music arenas, Bucharest is THE hidden gem of Eastern Europe for a good night out. And once you get tired of partying like royalty until early morning hours, you can swap Bucharest’s lively nightlife for a quieter day spent in museums and the National Theatre.

Majorca is famed for its natural beauty and wild nights out. With various bars and clubs across the whole island, similar to its nearby neighbour Ibiza, you can party until the early morning hours like nobody’s business.

 

2016

(Pre- Brexit)

2019

(Post- Brexit)

Difference

In £££

A bottle of local beer

£1.00

£1.20

+ 20p

A can of coke

£1.01

£1.22

+ 21p

Gin & Tonic

£1.86

£2.23

+ 37p

Tequila shot

£1.36

£1.63

+ 27p

Taxi ride (5km)

£1.47

£1.77

+ 30p

McMeal at McDonald’s

£3.09

£3.72

+ 63p

Final takeaways

1. Consider cheaper alternatives

You might have not instantly thought of Bucharest or Prague as THE party cities to begin with, but they are great cheaper alternatives. Let the good times flow, not your savings.

2. Get money beforehand

Instead of ending up withdrawing money outside of a club at 2 am and paying ridiculous withdraw fees that could easily cover another McMeal from McDonald's, be prepared and have some backup cash saved in your wallet. 

Worried about carrying too much cash on you? The ICE Clear Mastercard® gives you very competitive exchange rates and no transaction fees to use it in shops, restaurants and bars in millions of locations worldwide.

3. Plan your night out 

There is no need to plan out the whole night beforehand. But it might be a good idea to take a little bit of time researching different pubs and clubs you want to go to, so you can avoid some seriously overpriced tourist traps. 

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