Minimum drink prices agreed by bars and clubs

PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 August 2012 | UPDATED: 09:31 17 August 2012

Bars and clubs have agreed to a set of minimum prices

Bars and clubs have agreed to a set of minimum prices

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AN AGREEMENT has been struck to limit the price of drink promotions in Weston’s bars.

The Mercury has previously reported that promotions offering rounds for correctly guessing the toss of a coin or drinks for as cheap as 98p had been slammed as irresponsible and promoting binge drinking.

North Somerset Council’s licensing team called a meeting at Weston Town Hall after concerns were raised about the promotions.

At the meeting, owners of the town’s nightspots agreed that the price of drink promotions should be limited to £1.50, apart from shots which are 25 per cent proof or less, which will be available for £1.

No cider or lager with a strength of 4.2 per cent or less can be sold for £1.50 or cheaper, while any pint above 4.2 per cent proof must be sold for at least £2.

Harry Mousoulou, owner of Club Vision in Richmond Street, said: “I think we got somewhere at the meeting.

“Basically it is illegal to price-fix, so the council couldn’t tell the bars what the price is going to be. There was an informal agreement that no-one would sell drinks for cheaper than £1.50.

“No-one wants to do 99p offers because no-one would make any money. The reason there were the offers was because one place started offering them and others had to try and compete.

“Everyone around the table agreed that the prices wouldn’t go below £1.50.”

Louis Macrides, co-owner of La Costa nightclub in Princess Royal Square, was one of a number of bar owners who had called for a minimum drink price to be introduced before the meeting. He said: “I’m not anti-promotions, I’m anti-promotions that make people binge drink.

“The trouble is that the larger, national chain bars such as JD Wetherspoon and Yates’s can offer cheap drink promotions, and that can sometimes put pressure on the other bars.

“Most of the bars don’t want to do drinks that cheap, but feel they have to because other bars are doing it.

“But they shouldn’t be doing cheap drinks as not only is it asking for trouble from their customers, it could bankrupt them.”


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