We asked respondents to name their favourite thing about going out to restaurants/bars. The most popular response was related to the social aspect of going out. Many young people commented about spending time with friends. A common answer also included the atmosphere of restaurants/bars, whether its the excitement or the change of scenario from their normal everyday lives. Another popular response was food-related, particularly trying new things and not having to cook/clean.
Despite these positives, respondents pointed out many areas for improvement. These responses were very diverse but a common theme related to cost, whether asking for better deals or requesting cheaper drinks. Another theme included the selection of food and drink, in particular, a number of respondents want more non-alcoholic drinks. People also wanted less crowding and cleaner settings, a suggestion that may have been spurred by the pandemic.
Most young people view the supply of restaurants/bars in Ireland has healthy, only 22% thought there was an oversupply, while another 19% believed there to be a shortage of bars/restaurants. When asked to rate Ireland’s social infrastructure ie restaurants/bars between 1 to 5, over half of the respondents (52%) rated the infrastructure as 4. 16% ranked the social infrastructure at 5, while only 1.59% gave 1. We also asked how much respondents enjoyed going out to restaurants/bars. 34% said “they really enjoy it”, another 46% said, “they quite enjoy it”. Only 2.35% said “they didn’t enjoy it all” while 3.82% said they were unsure.