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Good Friday: When are the pubs open and where can you get an elusive pint when they're closed?

Belfast bar apologises for 'ancient' trading laws

By Jonny Bell

Good Friday and its licencing laws are a divisive issue for some - but there are ways to wet your whistle during the hours the pubs are closed.

In Northern Ireland alcohol can only be served between 5pm and 11pm on Good Friday. Bars have to stop serving at midnight on Thursday and Easter Saturday. And on Easter Sunday bars and restaurants have to stop serving alcohol at 10pm.

Off-licences too, are closed all day on Easter Sunday.

Click through the above pictures to see where and when you can get a drink - legally - before the pubs open.

Colin Neill, chief executive of Hospitality Ulster, said the industry, which employs 45,000 people in food and drink alone, could no longer work under "draconian legislation".

Read more: 'Draconian' licensing laws to cost trade £16m over Easter

Easter opening hours

THURSDAY MARCH 24

11.30am to midnight

FRIDAY MARCH 25

5pm to 11pm

Pubs and restaurants can open earlier than 5pm to serve food, but not alcohol.

SATURDAY MARCH 26

11.30am to midnight (If they have a late licence)

SUNDAY MARCH 27

12.30pm to 10pm

EASTER MONDAY

Back to normal.

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