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Where Restaurants Stand on Good Friday Trading

Don’t get caught out this Friday.


Alcohol trading on Good Friday is of course a massive bone of contention for many people in Ireland, however in more immediate terms the actual allowed operating hours for businesses selling alcohol isn’t entirely clear cut.

Legislation has been in place since 1927 disallowing the general sale of alcohol on Christmas Day and Good Friday with a few exceptions applying to hotels and theatres.

The Restaurants Association of Ireland, through their trade partners Compton Solicitors, have published helpful guidelines as to who can and can’t sell alcohol on Good Friday, and what the trade hours are.

You can find the full information here.

Restaurant with Wine On Licence trading hours:
Holy Thursday: 10.30am to 12.30am*
Good Friday: no sale permitted except to a guest in a hotel with a meal
Easter Saturday: 10.30am to 1.30am
Easter Sunday: 12.30pm to 1.30am
Easter Monday: 10.30am to 12.30am
*Please note that in Dublin city centre the Gardai wish the sale to finish at 12 midnight. You should check with your local Gardai to see what practice exists in your area.

Special Restaurant trading hours:
Holy Thursday: 12.30pm to 12 midnight
Good Friday: no sale permitted
Easter Saturday: 12.30pm to 1.30am
Easter Sunday: 12.30pm to 1.30am
Easter Monday: 12.30pm to 12.30am

Bring your own Bottle to a Licensed Premises on Good Friday:
Section 2 of the Intoxicating Liquor Act 1927 as amended prevents the sale, exposure for sale or to permit any intoxicating liquor to be consumed on Licensed premises at any time during prohibited hours. Good Friday is covered by the prohibited hours ban which therefore prohibits the possibility of bringing your own bottle to a Licensed Premises on Good Friday. You can still open on Good Friday and serve food but no alochol can be consumed or brought to the premises for consumption on Good Friday.

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