OPEN YOUR WALLET
Inflation isn’t the only thing bringing down the vibes (and the balance) of your bank account. A night out in Austin has always been pricey, but it has only become even more expensive in recent years.
In fact, it has become so costly that Austin is now the third most expensive city in the country for a night out. That’s according to a new study by price-monitoring website PriceListo.
The study looked at cost-of-living data from US cities with populations over 500,000 to discover the average prices of a cocktail, cab fare, bottle of wine, and a pint of beer. They also collaborated with hotel deal-finders Vio to determine the median price for a single-night stay in the city.
The overall cost for that late-night buzz adds up to $221.23, which is a pretty penny considering how expensive it is to live in the area. The median single-night price for a hotel stay in Austin will set you back $169.74, while the cost of a three-mile cab fare is $7.49. One cocktail at a downtown club costs an average of $13, while a bottle of good-quality red wine for the table is $16. If you cap off the night at a pub, a pint of beer is just $6. And if you need to eat some food to offset the impending hangover, a McDonald’s combo meal costs $9. All of that adds up to the third most expensive night out in the United States. Don't forget to close out your tabs.
Only two cities were slightly more expensive than Austin: San Diego (No. 1) and Charlotte, North Carolina (No. 2). A night out in those two cities will cost $225.27 and $224.75, respectively.
How did other Texas cities fare? Better than Austin, that’s for sure. Houston is home to the No. 9 most expensive city for a night out with their overall cost adding up to $209.54. Dallas, on the other hand, ranked No. 24 with the most expensive price for a cocktail ($25) but the cheapest three-mile cab fare at $5.41.
The top 10 most expensive cities for a night out are:
- No. 1: San Diego – $225.27
- No. 2: Charlotte, North Carolina – $224.75
- No. 3: Austin – $221.23
- No. 4: Memphis, Tennessee – $216.25
- No. 5: Columbus, Ohio – $212.47
- No. 6: Boston – $211.16
- No. 7: Seattle – $210.61
- No. 8: Washington, D.C. – $210.39
- No. 9: Houston – $209.54
- No. 10: Tucson, Arizona – $203.39
Two Texas cities made it into the top 10 in a comparison of the most affordable cities: San Antonio (No. 2) and Fort Worth (No. 9). A night out in San Antonio has the second most affordable cost in the country at $134.56, only to be beaten by Las Vegas, whose night out costs $120.76. Fort Worth has the No. 9 most affordable price for a night out at $172.14.
The top 10 cities that are the most affordable for a night out include:
- No. 1: Las Vegas – $120.76
- No. 2: San Antonio – $134.56
- No. 3: Oklahoma City – $136.98
- No. 4: San Francisco – $142.94
- No. 5: Fresno, California – $145.55
- No. 6: Albuquerque – $157.47
- No. 7: Jacksonville, Florida – $162.42
- No. 8: Philadelphia – $168.74
- No. 9: Fort Worth – $172.14
- No. 10: Chicago – $173.81