Ireland’s pubs have reopened for the first time in three months, and one thirsty punter was not messing about.
The mystery customer made up for lost time last night by sinking €220.90 (£200) on Guinness in less than an hour-and-a-half.
A receipt from a hotel bar in County Meath documents the damage from the pub-goer’s 105-minute stint in the boozer.
The round at the Darnley Lodge Hotel in Athboy consisted of two bowls of soup, a portion of fish and chips, two cokes – and 42 pints of Guinness, reports Dublin Live.
Ireland was back to the pubs yesterday in the first day of Phase 3 of the country’s reopening following the coronavirus lockdown.
Around half of the country’s pubs and bars were able to reopen and only under strict conditions that include they serve food, and customers spend only 1 hour and 45 minutes in the venue.
The stout in the Darnley Lodge Hotel must be something to write home about – and a review on Booking.com says that the three-star guesthouse has a “well-stocked bar”.
They certainly proved that yesterday.
Just as well the thirsty punter weren’t in Dublin’s tourism hot-spot Temple Bar, where a pint of the black stuff can cost as much as €7 (£6.30) and not the €4.50 (£4) he or she paid.
Fortunately for the mystery punter’s hangover this morning – the pints weren’t all for one person.
A staff member at the Darnley explained that the bill had been split between several customers and one had been stung with the pints.
However, the other pint drinkers had also bought food which was paid for other members of the party and as such, didn’t appear on the pictured receipt.
The hotel has enforced strict measures to comply with health authorities directives following the lifting of the lockdown.
They have put in place a one-way system and customers can’t so much as blink without spotting a hand sanitizer or a poster remind them to keep their distance.
Separately, a receipt doing the rounds on social media today shows how one table at an unspecified location bought 31 pints of Heineken alongside a single portion of chicken gougons and chips, with the bill coming to a whopping €194.85 (£176).
British pubs are behind the Irish in reopening as the coronavirus lockdown continues.
This Saturday July 4 bars, pubs and restaurants in the UK will finally be able to reopen with strict social distancing measures in place.
However Leicester’s establishments will stay as the city is forced into maintaining the lockdown due to a fresh outbreak of the virus.