Thrillist says the only thing better than drinking a cold beer in a foreign land is drinking a six-pack for less than a fiver. And there are destinations across the globe where a big night’s bar tab can be covered by the coins in your pocket.
According to Thrillist, in Vietnam the average price for a pint is 0.76 USD. It reports: “What you’ll be drinking: Almost assuredly Bia hoi, on ice. While 0.76 USD a pint is the average, it’s pretty common to find a 12oz glass of this 3 percent ABV pale lager for as little as 0.20 cents. For the bottled alternative, go with the Hanoi Beer.
Pair it with: Assuming you’ve had your fill of Pho (rice noodle with beef or chicken), and Banh mi (bread), and try a glass with Ca kho to (catfish cooked in a clay pot).”
Countries are ranked by the average combined price of both a 16.9oz domestic draft beer from a bar, and the equivalent-sized bottle sold in a store. Also mentioned on the list of cheapest beer are Cambodia, Ukraine, the Philippines and Ethiopia.
In Cambodia, the average price for a pint is 0.88 USD. While you’ll find a cold one for as little as 0.50 USD, odds are it’s going to be one of several indistinguishable pale lagers: Angkor, Anchor Beer, Tiger, or Khmer Brewery’s Cambodia.
Pair it with: A plate of red tree ants. No, seriously. Cambodians traditionally stir fry them with beef, lemongrass, and basil.
In Ukraine, the average price for a pint is 0.89 USD. Not only are Ukrainian suds cheap (0.58 USD a pint isn’t unheard of), but more and more beer enthusiasts are vouching for their quality — similar to Czech-style beers. You’ll likely take down major national brews like Lvivske, Chernigivske, and Obolon.
Pair it with: Ukrainians love their borshch, varenyky (stuffed dumplings), and home-made Kovbasa (sausage) – and their beer works with all of it.
In the Philippines, the average price for a pint is 0.89 USD. Two major brewers dominate the popular Filipino beer market – San Miguel & Asia Brewery. San Miguel’s Pale Pilsen’s probably the most ubiquitous brew, but you’ll also drink plenty of Red Horse (for as little as 0.50 USD a bottle) and Beer na Beer! Pale Pilsen, billed by AB as “an excellent value for the money”.
Pair it with: Filipinos love spit-roasting pig and pairing it with a cold brew. The stomach’s usually stuffed with star anise and lemongrass. And be sure to try Sisig, an appetizer made from pork cheeks and liver.
In Ethiopia, the average price for a pint is 0.93 USD. Beer continues to gain popularity in Ethiopia, and there’re plenty of local brews to choose from. Knock back a fair bit of St. George Beer (a refreshing lager named for the country’s patron saint and brewed since the early ’20s), Bedele pale lager, and Harar’s popular stout.
Ethiopia also brews a sweet 5.5 percent ABV lager dubbed Meta, totally sans irony. Hoppy lagers go well with Ethiopian cuisine, including traditional dishes like Doro Wat (stewed chicken) or Yebeg Tibs (grilled lamb).