Here in the UK, the argument over which town has the best selection of pubs has raged for centuries, but who can claim the honour on a global scale?
Whether a traditional pub, a trendy cocktail bar or a late-night superclub, having somewhere to go for a drink and meet up with friends at the end - or even the middle - of the week is important for many of us.
But where in the world can claim to have the most places to enjoy a pint per person? Having already revealed the places in the UK with the most options in Pubs to People, our mortgage experts have taken a look at the global cities that have the highest number of bars and clubs listed in Tripadvisor compared to their population.
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Bars & clubs listed on Tripadvisor: 631
Bars & clubs listed per 100,000 people: 47.87
The Czech Republic is one of the highest beer consuming nations in the world, so perhaps it’s no surprise that Prague comes out on top as having the most drinking establishments per person, with 47.97 per 100,000 people.
The city has more than 600 bars listed on Tripadvisor, particularly in the districts of Malá Strana, Staré Město, Žižkov and Nusle, showcasing the best Czech beer from local breweries.
Bars & clubs listed on Tripadvisor: 283
Bars & clubs listed per 100,000 people: 41.89
The bright lights of Las Vegas attract millions of tourists every year, with the nightlife being at the top of the agenda for many visitors.
Billed as the Entertainment Capital of the World, Vegas is a 24-hour city with something to cater for any kind of night, with 41.89 bars listed for every 100,000 people.
Bars & clubs listed on Tripadvisor: 117
Bars & clubs listed per 100,000 people: 40.06
Another of America’s most popular tourist towns comes in third place, with Orlando, Florida, having just over 40 bars listed per 100,000 people.
Despite being a hugely popular destination, with lots of things to do (and places to drink!), Orlando is actually relatively small compared to many other major US cities, with a population of around 300,000 people.
|Rank||City||Bars & clubs listed on Tripadvisor||Population||Bars & clubs listed per 100,000 people|
|1||Prague, Czech Republic||631||1,318,085||47.87|
|2||Las Vegas, United States||283||675,592||41.89|
|3||Orlando, United States||117||292,059||40.06|
|4||Edinburgh, United Kingdom||188||548,206||34.29|
|5||San Francisco, United States||239||884,108||27.03|
|8||Dublin, Republic of Ireland||251||1,255,963||19.98|
|9||Miami, United States||89||483,395||18.41|
|16||Honolulu, United States||41||339,421||12.08|
|17||London, United Kingdom||1,068||9,540,576||11.19|
Looking specifically at Europe, it’s no surprise to see our global bar winner - Prague - take the European crown - especially given the average beer consumption per person is 144 litres of beer each year.
As the Czech Republic is also one of the biggest beer-producing nations, perhaps this shouldn't be a surprise although it’s also likely that a lot of that consumption is down to tourists, not just locals.
Two Polish cities come in joint second place, Warsaw & Kraków, with both consuming 127 litres of beer per person.
While Poland is perhaps a country more associated with vodka, beer consumption has been on the rise, and like Prague, both of these cities are popular party destinations for travellers.
And in third place, we have three German cities tied, Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin, each with beer consumption of 107 litres per person.
Germany is another country known for its beer production so it makes sense to see these cities near the top of this list, with the famous Oktoberfest being a prime example of these cities’ love for beer.
|Rank||City||Average annual beer consumption per capita (l)|
|1||Prague, Czech Republic||144|
|14||Dublin, Republic of Ireland||93|
|15||The Hague, Netherlands||86|
|16||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg||83|
Looking over in the United States, the state with the highest number of binge drinkers is Wisconsin, with binge drinking being defined as five or more drinks in a single session for a man, or four or more for a woman.
Wisconsin’s neighbours in Iowa have the second-highest alcohol consumption, with 24.5% falling under the binge-drinking category.
Another Midwestern state completes the top three US states, with North Dakota having a binge drinking prevalence of 22.7%.
|Rank||State||Binge drinking prevalence|
|4||District of Columbia||22.50%|
Pubs are a common sight in cities, towns and villages across the UK and while many are closing down, there are still plenty open.
As of 2020, there were around 46,800 pubs in the UK, although this is down from 55,400 ten years previously and 60,800 in 2000.
While the most recent figures available relate to 2020, it’s likely that these numbers could be lower today due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on pubs.
Pub opening times were changed throughout the coronavirus pandemic when a 10 pm curfew was imposed.
However now that curfew has been scrapped, so the time that pubs close is up to the owners, depending on their licence.
Many usually shut at around 11 pm, although some with a later licence may choose to stay open later.
It was made illegal to smoke in pubs on July 1st 2007. This rule doesn’t just apply to pubs, but also to restaurants, nightclubs and most workplaces in the UK.
Breaking the smoking ban can result in a fine and since it was introduced in 2007 the number of people smoking has dropped, as have hospital admissions for heart attacks.
While recent data on the number of pubs per capita on a country isn’t available, a survey from 2017 suggested that Spain has the most.
Even the Spanish region of Andalucia alone had more bars than Ireland, Denmark, Finland and Norway combined, with 47,000 in total, with the country as a whole having 350,000.
For each city, the number of bars and clubs listed on Tripadvisor was sourced (as of March 8th 2022).
This was then calculated per 100,000 people in each city, with the population figures being sourced from World Population Review.
Data for the countries with the highest beer consumption was sourced from Statista and shows the average annual per capita consumption of beer.
Data for the states with the highest binge drinking was sourced from the CDC’s data on excessive drinking and shows the percentage of adults that binge drink (five or more drinks in a single session for a man, or four or more for a woman).
James is our senior personal finance editor and has spent the past 15 years writing and editing personal finance news. He has previously written for ReachPLC, was money editor of Mirror Online and Yahoo Finance UK, and has recently been quoted in City AM, Liverpool Echo and Daily Record as well as featured on national radio shows TalkRadio and the BBC.
James has spent the past 15 years writing and editing personal finance news, specialising in consumer rights, pensions, insurance, property and investments - picking up a series of awards for his journalism along the way.