Belfast bars and hotels outside the city center are allowed to sell alcohol until 2 a.m. until January 31.
Ars outside the city center will be allowed to serve drinks until 2 a.m., an extension of the old 1 a.m. limit, with doors closing at 3 a.m. to include the new rule of consumption of one hour.
However, it will only apply for the Christmas and New Years period with a temporary template approved by the council to allow members to monitor the effects of changes on local residents.
Bars in the city center will be permanently allowed to serve drinks until 2 a.m. and will close at 3 a.m., without the temporary provision under the new licensing regulations.
At the Belfast Council Licensing Committee meeting this week, elected officials voted not to oppose demands by pubs and hotels outside the city center to serve alcohol until 2 a.m. morning, provided they agree not to provide entertainment after that time.
The council also agreed on the condition that they would not object to the drink being served until 2 a.m. as long as the bar withdraws its request beyond January 31, making the decision a trial. effective.
The ruling applied to everyone except premises where the provision of entertainment had “been the subject of significant objections or lawsuits in the past”.
Council officials will update the Licensing Committee next February on any issues that may arise.
Most bars in the city center have an entertainment license until 3 a.m., while the majority of bars and hotels outside the city center only have an entertainment license until 1 a.m.
New legislation introduced in October allowed pubs and hotels across Northern Ireland to request to serve drinks until 2 a.m. for up to 104 nights a year, and to extend drinking time by 30 minutes at one o’clock, with the net effect that the premises with the entertainment license voucher would not close until at least 3 a.m.
The new changes also include the removal of any additional restrictions on opening hours during the Easter weekend and Sunday night opening hours aligning with other evenings.
At the Belfast Council Committee meeting, it was agreed that there would be no objection to pubs in the city center making requests to serve alcohol until 2 a.m. with a closing time at 3 a.m., provided they have an entertainment license until 3 a.m., and depending on location and proximity to residences areas and other considerations.
However, after receiving two requests from locals outside the city center, Biddy Duffy’s, on Andersonstown Road, and Horatio Todds, Upper Newtownards Road to serve alcohol until 2 a.m. on Saturdays and other evenings selected, the advisers decided to give all establishments outside the city center a temporary trial. period on the new regulations.
The committee accepted a proposal presented by Sinn Fein adviser JJ Magee among four options provided by council agents.
Green Councilor Brian Smyth said, “We are here in new territory. But we don’t want to hammer the hotel industry, which is already on its knees, and I think we should give it a chance.
“We should come back and take a look at this in a few months, and see how things go, and we can get feedback from the residents, the police, and the place itself.” “
DUP advisor Tracey Kelly said: “Having entertainment until 3am very close to people’s properties is a bit too much right now, but I think we should give the locals a fair chance and see how does it happen. “