Easter pub opening hours

Open hour restrictions are in place over the Easter weekend.
Open hour restrictions are in place over the Easter weekend.
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Details of the pub opening hours over the Easter period have been confirmed.

Police in Derry have issued a reminder to local people that restrictions on liquor licensing hours will apply over the Easter weekend.

On Holy Thursday (March 24) opening hours will run from 11.30am to 11pm (with half an hour drinking up time). Premises with an Article 44 ‘late licence’ may remain open to serve alcohol until 12am (with half an hour drinking up time) provided an entertainment licence is in force.

Good Friday: Drinking hours are from 5pm to 11pm only (with half an hour drinking up time). Premises can open earlier than 5pm for the sale of goods other than alcohol, for example. lunches and soft drinks. No additional hours allowed. Off licences can open from 8am to 11pm.

Saturday March 26: 11.30am to 11pm (with half an hour drinking up time). Premises with a ‘late licence’ may remain open to serve alcohol until midnight (with half an hour drinking up time) provided an entertainment licence is in force.

Easter Sunday: 12.30pm to 10pm (with half an hour drinking up time). No additional hours allowed. Off Licences: No opening hours.

Easter Monday and Tuesday: Normal licensing hours.

*The hours are similar for Licensed Clubs. Those with an Article 26 Authorisation may remain open to serve alcohol to their members and guests until midnight only (with half an hour drinking up time) provided a function is being held for the benefit of its members, but the exceptions to this are Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Police in Derry have confirmed they will be carrying out random checks of premises.