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St Patrick's Day pint hits Belfast pockets hardest

St Patrick's Day pint hits Belfast pockets hardest. Picture by AP Photo/John Cogill

A PINT of the black stuff on St Patrick's Day will hit Belfast drinkers the hardest in the wallet, according to a survey of cities across Ireland and the UK.

The cost analysis by job board CV-Library found the price of Guinness varies by up to 117 per cent in different pubs across the Republic, Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

More than 200 pubs across 20 different cities found that cheapest pint in Northern Ireland is in Lisburn (€3.32) and Waterford and Drogheda (€4.30) in the Republic.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the most expensive pint was found in London (€5.86), although it was 74 per cent more expensive than the cheapest price located in the capital.

Dublin was close behind, with its most expensive pint coming in at €5.70.

However, when calculated as a percentage of the living wage in the respective cities, Belfast - where, on average, a pint costs €4.67 - is the most expensive, drinking up 55 per cent of Northern Ireland's £7.50 minimum wage.

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