When we all heard about the new Three Tun Tavern (part of the Wetherspoons chain) opening in Blackrock the first reaction for many was disgust. How dare an English company come over here taking over our pubs and ruining our sacred drinking culture. That was perhaps ignoring the fact that pubs have by in large been decimated by a cruel combination of the recession and home drinking. Going to an Irish pub for the last few years in the suburbs has been as much craic as getting a verruca cut out of your foot with a blunt scalpel. Wetherspoons spotted a gap in the market and pounced on low commercial rates and made their move here.
Because their first outlet was in Blackrock it didn't bother me too much but then I saw their price list below. Holy shit they are cheap! I mean students are back in college with a €20 note to get drunk in the pub and can have a few scoops in Wetherspoons with change leftover for a packet of smokes.
They have plans for more across the country and I for one will be popping in to try them out at these prices. As we've seen with Lidl and Aldi we tend to move pretty quickly once we realise just how much our own supermarkets having been ripping us off for years. I'd imagine the exact same time will happen with pubs. Why pay €5 when you can pay €2.50. I'm grabbing my coat and getting the number 7 to Blackrock to live like it was 2002 again and I'll be back with plenty of change from my €50.