8 ways to get around the Good Friday drinking ban


It’s Good Friday – which can only mean one thing – the pubs are closed. The horror!

If you didn’t make it to the off-licence on time last night, there are certain ways to get around the no-booze rule.

1. Hotels can serve alcohol with a meal

For obvious reasons hotels are allowed to serve a drink and a meal, but keep in mind many hotels demand that you be a guest to avail of their Good Friday loophole.

2. Take in some dog racing

Why not take a trip down to your local greyhound stadium for a race, a bet and a tipple.

3. Head on to the ferry or take a flight

It is slightly drastic and sometimes quite pricey, but you can drink away on board both an aeroplane and a ferry. Once you get through security with a ticket in your paw, you can grab a pint at one of the airport bars!

4. Cross the border

Head for the hills and cross the border. All pubs and clubs should be open in Northern Ireland as well as off-licences.

5. Private Members Clubs

If you know some impressive secret handshakes that unlock the doors of certain clubs you could be in luck as various private members clubs are allowed to sell alcohol for up to six hours.

6. Head to the theatre

Once you have a ticket and you’re inside the playhouse you can avail of the theatrical loophole and grab yourself a few scoops. To the theatre darlings!

7. Go to the train station

Once you have a ticket you can be served in some train stations throughout Ireland. Once you have an intercity ticket you’re sorted, you’ll be served in the station bars and you don’t even have to take the train.

8. Befriend a soldier

Army bars don’t have to comply with the dry-Friday laws and the drinks are supplemented. This means discount pints, soldiers and firearms a plenty.

But remember, don’t drink and drive

And stay safe