It was last orders for pubs and restaurants last night as revellers enjoyed their final taste of freedom ahead of the incoming second round of Covid restrictions.
The night began fairly quietly, but queues could be seen outside some premises later, with some observing social distancing rules more than others.
The Executive announced its long-awaited plan to tackle the rapid rise in positive virus cases on Wednesday and, as expected, the hospitality sector was hit hardest by the new rules.
From 6pm today, pubs and restaurants will be forced to close their doors until Friday, November 13.
With venues allowed to stay open until 11pm last night, the Belfast Telegraph spoke to some of those in the city's Cathedral Quarter who were determined to enjoy themselves ahead of the latest lockdown.
Numerous pubs held drinks offers to try to get some customers through the doors.
The Rusty Saddle on Howard Street was even offering a pint for just £3 - a bargain compared to the usual price in the city centre. Customers and staff alike were in sombre mood as talk of the restrictions was on everyone's lips.
The National's beer garden was host to numerous people enjoying a drink with friends.
Supervisor Kayleigh Martin (22) expressed her disappointment at how late the restrictions were announced.
National bar managers Kayleigh Martin and Conor Rodgers
"All the customers have felt really sorry for us because we have been grateful for all the service we have been getting from them," she said.
"The fact is, over the past couple of weeks there has been a lot less people coming out and we're not making as much money compared to last year."
Conor Rodgers (22), who also works in the venue, was worried for those who work in the industry as many will not receive financial support over the next month.
Friends Niamh McCallister (23), Aisling Teague (23) and Nicole McClean (25) were enjoying one last cocktail.
"I'm not surprised the closure happened," stated Niamh.
Both Aisling and Nicole lost their jobs during the Covid pandemic.
"We just came out to enjoy ourselves a bit before we're stuck in the house for the next four weeks," Nicole added.
Adam Fox (24), who works in the hospitality sector, explained he will be placed on the furlough scheme but will be stuck "doing nothing" at home.
Aoife McLaughlin (23) expected Northern Ireland to follow England's lead over pub closures but feared the four-week 'circuit breaker' could be extended. "Over the next four weeks I'm going to look for a job outside of the hospitality sector because it's just so unpredictable," she added.
Elsewhere in Bittles Bar, Daniel Courtney (24) and his friend Rob (35) were enjoying their last pulled pint of Guinness for a month.