Belfast Telegraph

Big night out thing of past

By Clare Weir

Pubs might also be feeling the pinch this weekend. According to a survey by the Post Office more people are planning a big night in than the traditional big night out this New Year's Eve, with many revellers staying indoors due to concerns about cash.

Nearly three-quarters of people (74%) will stay in this year, up from 72% who were planning to stay in last year and 55% in 2007, which the surveyors gloomily say suggests the "death of the biggest night out of the year".

Pubs and restaurants are already struggling to recover from a disastrous 2010 in which many partygoers were snow and ice-bound.

This year, money and cost are an important factor in deciding how to see in the New Year, with 14% of people citing this as the main reason behind their plans.