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porridge

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30 months

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madala said:
It's only money .and in reality is worth fk all ... so spend it ... simples ... and ... enjoy ... smile
A lot of the young trendy types I know in London who spend £100 plus on regular nights out have nothing left come the next payday and rent a room.

Fast forward a few years and you hear the moaning of children on the way and no money for a house deposit...

BrabusMog

6,721 posts

72 months

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porridge said:
A lot of the young trendy types I know in London who spend £100 plus on regular nights out have nothing left come the next payday and rent a room.

Fast forward a few years and you hear the moaning of children on the way and no money for a house deposit...
They're called idiots. If you can afford it there is no issue.

Drop Test b3nxj

1,091 posts

100 months

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vescaegg said:
I used to go out with the missus whilst she was at uni in Newcastle and have a good night for £20. Unfortunately I live in London and having a 'proper' night out means the financial results can be shocking. From £5 pints to £15 cocktails (doing rounds can be painful with 5-10 people!), combined with £10-15 club entry perhaps and up to £50 for a cab home... It all adds up.

We are all however, amateurs:

Proper damage can be done in some establishments biggrin
Not a bad tip!




Edited by vescaegg on Monday 8th October 15:45
that last bottle cost almost as much as my house! yikes

Jimmy No Hands

2,542 posts

42 months

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Could manage easily on £30-40 when I was 17-18. Fast forward 5 or 6 years and the average is probably £60-70 now. If it's Leeds or Manchester on a weekend then £150 is normal.

Needless to say I don't go out much anymore.

devnull

1,102 posts

43 months

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My work colleague used to budget £400 a month for nights out. When I worked in retail, some staff on £fkall per year used to draw out £150 on the payday night out.

I generally budget £30, predrinks, transport, the lot smile
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liller

450 posts

55 months

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Guvernator said:
This isn't a I spend more money then you so I'm better post but some people on this thread seem seriously out of touch with prices in big cities, especially London.

Yes you can go to a local and have a relatively cheap night but even then you are looking at £30-40 assuming your not billy no mates and haven't gone on your own. 3 pints will cost a tenner, spirits even more, if you buy a few rounds for you and your mates that's £40 done on drinks alone.

On the other hand if I out in to Central London "for a few drinks" I am thankful if I get change from £100, a PROPER night out can end up being several times that. How? Easy, £15-£20 to get into most clubs or bars in London, £10-£15 for a drink so buying a round for mates will cost £30 minimum and if you are celebrating or just get silly and start ordering bottles of spirits or bubbly they are £100 going up into the hundreds.
Even a quite meal out with the missus can cost £100 for some decent food and wine.

Is it a rip off? Definitely but it's just an inevitable fact of living in a big city, especially London and I find the fact that in this day and age of technology\interweb\constant information flow that some people on this thread seem genuinely surprised at just how expensive London can be.
This is just painting an absurd picture of central London life. This is quite simply down to choice - you want to spend £100 on dinner easy, you want to spend £20 on dinner, also easy. You want to drink in hotel bars and flash places in Mayfair then £20 drinks it is. You want a £3.50 pint with your mates? no problem, 100's of central London pubs will happily serve you. Spending big money on food and drink in central London, or in fact in most major UK cities, is done through choice.

Guvernator

3,450 posts

51 months

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liller said:
This is just painting an absurd picture of central London life. This is quite simply down to choice - you want to spend £100 on dinner easy, you want to spend £20 on dinner, also easy. You want to drink in hotel bars and flash places in Mayfair then £20 drinks it is. You want a £3.50 pint with your mates? no problem, 100's of central London pubs will happily serve you. Spending big money on food and drink in central London, or in fact in most major UK cities, is done through choice.
Oh I agree but my post was more in response to those who seemed shocked that it was even possible to spend more than £20 on a night out. As stated in my post you can have a "cheap" night in London although cheap is relative as it'll still probably cost you £40 (this seems to the minimum I can get away with, even on a so called cheap night) or you can literally spend thousands. I'm just startled that some people seem quite blinkered to that fact. Even when I was a poor lowly student drinking £1 pints, I was very much aware that some people spent a huge amount of money and probably a large percentage of their income on going out.

Studio117

3,248 posts

77 months

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1. Cheap night in the local; £50

2. Normal night out; £150

3. Drinking out in posh places; £450

I mainly go with option 1. Option 2 is every once on a while. Option 3 is a rarity and only happens on special occasions. Considering I live London I don't consider that to be excessive.

However spending 10k on a bottle of fiz seems a waste of money no matter what your earnings are.

Edited by Studio117 on Tuesday 9th October 13:07

tyrewrecker

6,419 posts

40 months

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As does the rich kids spunking £120k/bottle!

DJRC

22,179 posts

122 months

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500 a weekend were not uncommon in Zurich last yr. They were benders though and a normal evening out would be under 60 quid. Given that Zurich is roughly twice the price of London, Im stuggling to see how the London lot are all claiming to be mega spending.

Chrisw666

22,654 posts

85 months

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DJRC said:
Im stuggling to see how the London lot are all claiming to be mega spending.
It's the internet, 79% are liars, 19% are the kind who play Bertie big potatoes and pay for lots of rounds, 2% are wealthy and just go to mega expensive places.

Brother D

1,271 posts

62 months

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Chrisw666 said:
It's the internet, 79% are liars, 19% are the kind who play Bertie big potatoes and pay for lots of rounds, 2% are wealthy and just go to mega expensive places.
Bizzare. I don't see what is so unbeliveable about cost of drinking in London? 3-4 drinks an hour at 5 quid, then 7-8 quid for shorts later plus taxi home by 12, thats 100 straight-away just drinking in crappy bars like Fine-line/All-bar-one.

Plus if you are not savvy you can get stiched by the usual suspects when doing rounds. Annoying.

DJRC

22,179 posts

122 months

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Brother D said:
Chrisw666 said:
It's the internet, 79% are liars, 19% are the kind who play Bertie big potatoes and pay for lots of rounds, 2% are wealthy and just go to mega expensive places.
Bizzare. I don't see what is so unbeliveable about cost of drinking in London? 3-4 drinks an hour at 5 quid, then 7-8 quid for shorts later plus taxi home by 12, thats 100 straight-away just drinking in crappy bars like Fine-line/All-bar-one.

Plus if you are not savvy you can get stiched by the usual suspects when doing rounds. Annoying.
Its about £3-4 a pint in most pubs in London. If you start off doing 3-4 beers an hour, then 3 hours later you *wont* be doing 3-4 beers an hour. Whatsmore if you are in a busy place and or yacking with mates you wont really be doing 4 pints an hour. So realistically its 3 an hour for say 3 hours. Thats 9 pints and frankly most are calling it day for anything that constitutes a normal night out. Anything 10 pints plus is going into "session" territory. Either way, lets call it 10 points at £4 a pint = £40. Throw some food in...£20 for a meal and cpl of drinks. Thats £60 for a pretty good night out. Taxi? You are in London, thats what the tube is for. Ive *never* used a taxi to get anywhere in London! Throw a bird into the mix and its a bit different, then it becomes a £100 night because whilst you *wont* be doing 10 pints, whatever you save there will go on her drinks + throwing £40 quid into the pot to upgrade the meal.

Ive never blown £100 on a night out in the UK thats for just me and not a wife/gf. I rarely have to blow north of £100 in Zurich and as said Zurich is double the price of London.

icetea

846 posts

28 months

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Brother D said:
Plus if you are not savvy you can get stiched by the usual suspects when doing rounds. Annoying.
Tip - if there are 'usual suspects' who just freeload drinks and avoid buying rounds... they're not your mates and you shouldn't be out drinking with them in the first place.

tonker

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134 months

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DJRC said:
Its about £3-4 a pint in most pubs in London. If you start off doing 3-4 beers an hour, then 3 hours later you *wont* be doing 3-4 beers an hour. Whatsmore if you are in a busy place and or yacking with mates you wont really be doing 4 pints an hour. So realistically its 3 an hour for say 3 hours. Thats 9 pints and frankly most are calling it day for anything that constitutes a normal night out. Anything 10 pints plus is going into "session" territory. Either way, lets call it 10 points at £4 a pint = £40. Throw some food in...£20 for a meal and cpl of drinks. Thats £60 for a pretty good night out. Taxi? You are in London, thats what the tube is for. Ive *never* used a taxi to get anywhere in London! Throw a bird into the mix and its a bit different, then it becomes a £100 night because whilst you *wont* be doing 10 pints, whatever you save there will go on her drinks + throwing £40 quid into the pot to upgrade the meal.

Ive never blown £100 on a night out in the UK thats for just me and not a wife/gf. I rarely have to blow north of £100 in Zurich and as said Zurich is double the price of London.
Get to pub. You're late. So, your first round is £15 - three of you - 3 pints and 3 bags of Scratchings (£20 if it's poncey nibbles like chilli puffs in a glarse)

You then drink 3-4 pints in the first hour. Two rounds are yours. So that's £35 (we'll say someone is slimming or doesn't like Bacon Fries). Then you move on for bite to eat - in a taxi - your share is a fiver. Food is more like £20 a head in London these days, for an 'entree', main and 'two sides' (even in an OK pub) - no pudding - you're not gay. And another tenner on drinks in there (two pints or a wine and a beer). I am nearly at £75 gone (allowing minimal tip). Walk to another bar or so - G&Ts are nearer £7 a pop these days - but you've eaten, you don't want much volume. So 4 G&Ts later - that's another £30 down. Plus £15 for a cab home.... you're not getting the Tube after a few. You just spent £120. And were home by 11pm - and probably didn't leave zone 3. And no dirty bab. And no club entry/overpriced club drinks.

Trommel

12,263 posts

145 months

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DJRC said:
Its about £3-4 a pint in most pubs in London. If you start off doing 3-4 beers an hour, then 3 hours later you *wont* be doing 3-4 beers an hour. Whatsmore if you are in a busy place and or yacking with mates you wont really be doing 4 pints an hour. So realistically its 3 an hour for say 3 hours. Thats 9 pints and frankly most are calling it day for anything that constitutes a normal night out. Anything 10 pints plus is going into "session" territory. Either way, lets call it 10 points at £4 a pint = £40. Throw some food in...£20 for a meal and cpl of drinks. Thats £60 for a pretty good night out. Taxi? You are in London, thats what the tube is for. Ive *never* used a taxi to get anywhere in London! Throw a bird into the mix and its a bit different, then it becomes a £100 night because whilst you *wont* be doing 10 pints, whatever you save there will go on her drinks + throwing £40 quid into the pot to upgrade the meal.

Ive never blown £100 on a night out in the UK thats for just me and not a wife/gf. I rarely have to blow north of £100 in Zurich and as said Zurich is double the price of London.
It's a pretty pointless argument because there are nights out and there are nights out - having six pints of cooking lager (good luck with the £3 pint) and a kebab on Clapham High Street isn't going to hit you like ending up in some member's club or wherever in town. As for the tube - presumably you're staying out clubbing (on your £60 budget) until it starts running again? Or are you on the night bus?

My admittedly limited experience of Switzerland suggests that it would be easier to find good nightlife on Sark though.

Guvernator

3,450 posts

51 months

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DJRC said:
Its about £3-4 a pint in most pubs in London. If you start off doing 3-4 beers an hour, then 3 hours later you *wont* be doing 3-4 beers an hour. Whatsmore if you are in a busy place and or yacking with mates you wont really be doing 4 pints an hour. So realistically its 3 an hour for say 3 hours. Thats 9 pints and frankly most are calling it day for anything that constitutes a normal night out. Anything 10 pints plus is going into "session" territory. Either way, lets call it 10 points at £4 a pint = £40. Throw some food in...£20 for a meal and cpl of drinks. Thats £60 for a pretty good night out. Taxi? You are in London, thats what the tube is for. Ive *never* used a taxi to get anywhere in London! Throw a bird into the mix and its a bit different, then it becomes a £100 night because whilst you *wont* be doing 10 pints, whatever you save there will go on her drinks + throwing £40 quid into the pot to upgrade the meal.

Ive never blown £100 on a night out in the UK thats for just me and not a wife/gf. I rarely have to blow north of £100 in Zurich and as said Zurich is double the price of London.
What if you don't drink pints? What if you are also buying rounds for a couple of mates? Also £20 for a meal is fine if you are going to Nando's or your local indian\kebab house\pizza express, anything better than that especially in Central London will cost at least twice that. Oh and the tube stops working at around 12.30am so unless you are planning to have an early night or take a night bus (shudder) you've got to get a cab.

I'm not saying I go and spend hundreds of pounds on nights out EVERY week (those days are long behind me wink) and local nights can off course be a lot cheaper but even now on the occasional times we do go out into town, either with the OH or mates, I am surprised\happy if I have spent less than 3 figures.

vescaegg

3,871 posts

53 months

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DJRC said:
Its about £3-4 a pint in most pubs in London. If you start off doing 3-4 beers an hour, then 3 hours later you *wont* be doing 3-4 beers an hour. Whatsmore if you are in a busy place and or yacking with mates you wont really be doing 4 pints an hour. So realistically its 3 an hour for say 3 hours. Thats 9 pints and frankly most are calling it day for anything that constitutes a normal night out. Anything 10 pints plus is going into "session" territory. Either way, lets call it 10 points at £4 a pint = £40. Throw some food in...£20 for a meal and cpl of drinks. Thats £60 for a pretty good night out. Taxi? You are in London, thats what the tube is for. Ive *never* used a taxi to get anywhere in London! Throw a bird into the mix and its a bit different, then it becomes a £100 night because whilst you *wont* be doing 10 pints, whatever you save there will go on her drinks + throwing £40 quid into the pot to upgrade the meal.

Ive never blown £100 on a night out in the UK thats for just me and not a wife/gf. I rarely have to blow north of £100 in Zurich and as said Zurich is double the price of London.
Just because you haven't done it does not mean its not possible. I've done it many times without trying. I think you are expecting most people to go home by 11pm.... Tubes don't run in the early hours. I wouldn't call a couple or 3 hours in the pub a 'night out'.

If you are out until 5-6am at a club with drinks costing £5-6 each then add several hours of that onto your previous costs....
Whilst I cannot, several of my friends can put away 15-20 pints on a long drinking session.

£100+ is a doddle. Nothing to be happy about, but still a doddle.

ewenm

27,006 posts

131 months

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I spend less than most it would seem hehe

A decent night out with mates nowadays is 4 of us buying a round each, so £15-£20 each depending on the drinks (beer/wine usually). Walk into town and back. Big nights out have lost their appeal for me (as lie-ins are a thing of the past).
A night out for dinner with the OH will be up to £200 or so for the two of us, but with a toddler around they are few and far between.

qube_TA

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131 months

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We go out once a month, will spend around £100 - £120 between the both of us (meal/bottle of wine).

Usually go somewhere local so can walk and not need a taxi.

The idea of going out more frequently than that would be horrific.

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