Qatar’s ‘best’ sports bar will be charging £80 for a beer during the FIFA World Cup
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Lads, you might have to take out a loan just for this one.
While sports bars in Doha will be enforcing an entry fee, The Marriott Hotel’s Champions Sports Bar is taking it to the next level, as it’ll be charging customers an exorbitant price just to sit and drink.
According to iNews, The Marriott Hotel’s Champions Sports Bar is charging fans 200 Qatari riyals, which equates to around £48 (AUD $84.9 or USD $56) just to get in and watch the group stage matches.
This will include three drinks, from Budweiser, Corona or a glass of house wine.
But forget about nursing your drink as this offer will only last for three hours. If patrons want to stay for the next match, they must pay an extra entry fee.
For the knockout stages, the price will rise to 750 riyals, which equals £180 (AUD $141.6 or USD $93.6).
For the semi-finals and final, the entry fee will increase to a jarring 1000 riyals, which is £240 (AUD $425 or USD $281), which equates to £80 for one drink.
The ‘sin tax’ was implemented just weeks after Qatar announced its annual budget, which introduced a levy on ‘health-damaging goods’.
Head of supporter Engagement and governance at the Football Supporters’ Association Ashley Brown told iNews: “There isn’t a variety of museums, theatres, restaurants, bars, cafes, it is fairly limited what you can do in Doha.
“You kind of feel, particularly in the early rounds when all those teams, all those fans are there, Qatar is going to be sort of bulging at the seams, and people may have trouble finding places to get in and watch the game and have a beer, that’s if they can afford to have a beer of course.”
Brown warned: “You’re probably not going to go in there for like six or seven hours and drink six or seven pints at that price, certainly not every day, which some people might normally do in a tournament. So I think the combination of capacity, costs, it’s going to be a bit of a strange one.”