Mixing it up: Firms respond to lower alcohol consumption by widening product offerings

A range of factors have influenced operators in the Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs industry over the past five years. Declining per capita alcohol consumption has constrained industry revenue growth over the period. In addition, increased regulation for gaming machines and nightclub operation has put pressure on the industry. Pubs with gaming machines are also facing rising competition from online gambling companies. Limited gambling expenditure in industry establishments and falling per capita alcohol consumption have reduced industry-wide profitability over the past five years. Despite these issues, the shift towards the rising consumption of premium, higher priced alcoholic beverages and food options has supported industry operators...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Greater regulation for gaming machines and nightclub operation has put pressure on the industry
  • Declining per capita alcohol consumption has put pressure on industry profitability over the past five years
  • Forecast growth in tourism will support demand, particularly for operators in tourist hotspots
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    Barriers to entry in the Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs industry are moderate, and this has remained steady over the past five years. Small players characterise the industry, with most establishments employing fewer than 20 staff members. Industry concentration is low, allowing new entrants to easily enter the industry. While low concentration and high fragmentation allow the entry of small operators, the industry’s regulatory burden is substantial. High competition can also be a significant deterrent to new entrants.Acquiring a liquor licence is a key barrier to entry. Following gradual deregulation of liquor licences throughout Australia from the late 1980s onwards, it has become easier for smaller bar venues to obtain a liquor licence. Vic...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs 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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    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 on-premises consumption
  • Liquor for off-premises consumption
  • 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

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    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
  • Demand drivers
  • Positive trends
  • Challenges

    constrain growth

  • 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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Beer Manufacturing
  • Liquor Wholesaling
  • Spirit Manufacturing
  • Tea, Coffee and Other Food Manufacturing
  • Wine Production

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

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Consumers aged 45 to 64
  • Consumers aged 25 to 44
  • Consumers aged 18 to 24
  • Consumers aged 65 and over
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

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

  • Industry Globalization
    Woolworths Group Limited,
  • Table: Woolworths Group Limited - financial performance

  • 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
    Table: Industry Data for the Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Purchases (2010-2024)
  • Profit (2010-2024)
  • Depreciation (2010-2024)
  • Rent (2010-2024)
  • Utilities (2010-2024)
  • Other (2010-2024)
  • Taxes (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A pub that has high-quality food offerings.
  • 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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