What 'wrong' crowd might you be attracting selling pints at 3 euro?
Poker is definitely not past its hey day. Loads of my friends and I play regularly with Texas Hold'em being the most popular.
Poker - heyday is truly gone. In 2006/2007 it would not be unusual for a rural pub to get 80+ players on a Tuesday night, now 15-20 is considered good.
after spending most of the last two weeks around Ireland and many rural pubs. It seems they don't seem to be learning. Lots of dead pubs and over priced pints.
Reduce the cost of the pint = more punters = more atmosphere = profit.
Cost of pint is about 1.65 (not sure exactly these days, but it was 1.58 2 years ago)
Of the 3.80, 71c goes in vat, 1.65 to guinness and 1.44 to the publican.
But even if the pub sells other drinks at higher margins, the average rural pub will make 1.50 on each drink.
Then you have the costs
Rent if not owned
Excluding rent and running on a very tight budget, it would be difficult to get costs below €80,000 - add in 10k for rent and its min 90k.
That's 60,000 drinks that have to be served just to break even - Over 1000 per week.
Considering the only busy time is Sat night, its not hard to see how ends are not meeting for a rural pub - so lets knock the "too expensive" argument on the head, in reality its a cheap night out.