Haven't read the whole thread, but I can't stand this 'woe is me' attitude from pub owners. They have such a sense of entitlement. If they aren't attracting customers, it's because they've been ripping people off for years and refuse to lower their prices like any other struggling business would do. If people prefer to buy alcohol at the supermarket and consume it at home, why the hell shouldn't they? The pubs here in England have the same issue with people preferring to drink at home, so what do they do? They LOWER THEIR PRICES. And still make a profit. I just had dinner and a drink at my local on the way home. £6.75 for two decent enough dinners and the 'beer of the month' at £1.70 a pint. They do all sorts of special drinks offers on weekend nights and the place is always packed. Most pubs in Ireland still insist on charging 5 euro a pint and 8-9 euro for mixed drinks and then they wonder why nobody wants to go there. I went out for a few drinks in Dublin before Christmas and spent an absolute fortune. 5 or 6 times what I'd have spent in London. For a few pints of crappy bog standard beer.
It just makes me angry that all the pubs and clubs were so incredibly greedy during the good times and can't understand that things have changed. People are no longer willing to part with 100 euro to be treated like crap by the bouncers, treated like crap by the bar staff and to be served mediocre and overpriced drinks in crowded, dirty pub. If the owners can't understand that, they don't deserve to be in business. Funny how every other city in the world has plenty of successful bars and pubs, even though their economies are fcked as well.