Sobering result: Revenue growth is under pressure from declining per capita alcohol consumption

IBISWorld’s Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.


Market Share of Companies
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2013 - 2018
Annual Growth
2018 - 2023

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Declining per capita alcohol consumption and gambling expenditure have constrained growth
  • Small bars are enjoying strong growth as new establishments open in trendy inner-city areas
  • Forecast growth in tourism will support demand, particularly for operators in tourist hotspots

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs industry has grown slowly over the past five years. Declining per capita alcohol consumption and gambling expenditure have constrained industry revenue growth over the five-year period. In addition, increased regulation for gaming machines and nightclub operations has forced the exit of some industry operators. Despite these issues, rising discretionary income levels and the shift towards the consumption of premium, higher priced alcoholic beverages has ensured some industry growth. Industry revenue is expected to increase at an annualised 1.2% over the five years through 2017-18, to $17.2 billion. Revenue is forecast to grow 0.3% in 2017-18...

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    Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

    The Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs industry is in the mature phase of its life cycle. Industry value added, which measures the industry's contribution to the overall economy, is forecast to grow at an annualised 1.0% over the 10 years through 2022-23. This represents an underperformance compared with Australia's GDP, which is forecast to grow by 2.5% over the same period.

    The industry enjoyed a new growth phase between the mid-1990s and the mid-2000s, underpinned by the introduction of gaming machines in many venues. However, this trend is ending, with mounting community and political opposition to gaming machines expected to result in regulation that will stifle growth in this segment.


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    Additional Insights for the Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs Industry are

  • Proximity to key markets
  • Membership of joint marketing/distribution operations
  • Having a loyal customer base
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Real household discretionary income and Per capita alcohol consumption in the Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs Industry?

    Industry operators sell alcoholic beverages for consumption either on the premises (e.g. bars) or off the premises (e.g. drive-through bottle shops). Industry venues sometimes also provide food service, live entertainment, and gaming and betting facilities.

    Industry Products
    Liquor for consumption on-premises
    Liquor for consumption off-premises
    Gaming and wagering facilities
    Meals and non-alcoholic beverages
    Other products and services
    Industry Activities
    Operating licensed bars
    Operating licensed hotels and pubs
    Operating licensed nightclubs
    Operating licensed wine bars

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Real household discretionary income
  • Per capita alcohol consumption
  • Per capita gambling expenditure
  • Population aged 18 and older
  • Health consciousness

  • Current Performance
  • Pubs under pressure
  • Profitability
  • Gambling
  • Changing industry landscape
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Economic landscape
  • Challenges constrain growth
  • Positive trends
  • Table: Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Beer Manufacturing
  • Computer and Electronic Office Equipment Manufacturing
  • Horse and Sports Betting
  • Liquor Wholesaling
  • Spirit Manufacturing
  • Tea, Coffee and Other Food Manufacturing
  • Wine Production

  • Products & Services
  • Liquor for consumption on-premises
  • Gaming and wagering facilities
  • Liquor for consumption off-premises
  • Meals and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Other products and services
  • Chart: Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • People aged 26 to 40
  • People aged 41 to 60
  • People aged 18 to 25
  • People aged 61 and over
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Gaming machine taxes and levies
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal
  • External

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Woolworths Ltd
  • Table: Woolworths Ltd - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Off-Premises Liquor Consumption
  • Liquor purchased from bottle shops for later consumption.
  • Pokies
  • Also known as poker machines or slot machines, these are coin operated machines used for gambling.
  • Voluntary Pre-Commitment Technology
  • Technology installed on gaming machines to allow gamblers to limit either the time or money spent gambling.
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