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A bar's 'Bottomless Prosecco' deal is among three ads given a slap on the wrist

Alcohol Action Ireland wasn’t happy with the ads.

THREE BARS HAVE been found to have broken rules that forbid them releasing ads that encourage ‘excessive drinking’.

The Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland found against The Library Bar in Limerick, The Exchequer Wine Bar in Dublin and Chelsea Drugstore, also in Dublin.

All of the complaints related to ads on their respective Facebook pages with Alcohol Action Ireland making the complaint in each case.

The Library Bar

PastedImage-32550 The bar was accused of encouraging young people to binge drink. Source: Facebook

The complaint in this case related to an ad for the bar’s Monday Stock Exchange event and a plea to,


Alcohol Action Ireland objected to the ad saying that it encouraged young people to binge drink. In response, The Library Bar said it had removed the ‘drink more’ reference in the ad.

The ASAI subsequently concluded that it was wrong of the ad to encourage consumers to ‘drink more’ on a night out.

The Exchequer Wine Bar 

The complaint in this case was about a promotion run by The Exchequer Wine Bar in Ranelagh which was offering customers ‘Bottomless Prosecco’ for a four-hour period.

The deal was part of a ‘Bottomless Brunch’ deal which saw customers avail of the deal if they bought brunch in the bar. The price of the deal was €15.

The bar’s Facebook ad also contained the line: “Get the facts Be Drink Aware – Visit drinkaware.ie.”

PastedImage-99153 The bar said the promotion was part of a deal that included food. Source: Facebook

Alcohol Action Ireland objected to the ad on the grounds that it, “encouraged irresponsible excessive drinking and promoted over indulgence in alcohol.”

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In its response, the bar said that the event was a “food and drink” event and that complementary food items were circulated throughout the four-hour period.

In its decision on the ad, the ASAI noted that while the offer was “time-limited” and that food was part of the deal, the word “bottomless” nonetheless “encouraged excessive and immoderate consumption of alcohol.”

Chelsea Drugstore

PastedImage-79438 The bar's ad had encouraged people to drink multiple glasses of wine. Source: Facebook

In this instance, the complaint also related to the encouragement of excessive drinking. The Facebook ad had read:

Here at The Chelsea Drugstore, we know that first glass of wine is for health benefits. All the glasses after that are for your witty comebacks and flawless dance moves. So why wait to wine down? Book your table today and bring your friends along. Let’s have an incredible evening together.

The bar said that it was merely written in jest but that if it breached guidelines it would be removed.

The ASAI decided that the use of the terms “first” and “all the glasses after that” meant that the bar were encouraging the consumption of “multiple glasses of wine” which could be considered excessive.

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Rónán Duffy

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