We will be visitng Dublin on Easter Sunday. Will we find pubs, museums, tours open?
The pubs will be most definitely open and packed id guess. A lot of people in Ireland would traditionally give up drinking alcohol for Lent, possibly making a exception for St Patricks Day.
By Easter Sunday they are thirsty souls and would head out for a few pints.
I think dublin bus continue operating their tour busses on Easter Sunday, but am not sure about the museums.
If its a fine day, you should consider the viking splash tour from Patrick Street
It should be noted, as we have received a lot of queries on the matter, that pubs will be shut on Good Friday and alcohol won’t be sold/served anywhere on Good Friday. For the rest of Easter weekend they will be open.
Just as a follow up to the editors message, if you are staying in a hotel on Good Friday, you are allowed drink in the hotel bar. Non residents are not allowed in on this day.
We too are having a city break in Dublin over Easter – will we be able to get an evening meal in a restaurant?
thats a question i honestly dont know. Bars, Restaurants and supermarkets which have alcohol available to sell to customers have to close to the public by law on good friday. A debate comes up every year around this time, from the hospitality industry asking for this law to be changed due to the inconvenience it causes visiting guests on one of the busiest weekends of the year.
I dont know if there are any restaurants in dublin city without wine licences which let you bring in your own wine, there is one in Bray which is about 40 mins south of Dublin on the dart.
If you are staying in a hotel, you could dine there and drink away.
Some supermarkets remove all their alcohol from their shelves and stay open on Good Friday. I dont know if restaurants are allowed do the same.
Maybe somebody else can enlighten us?
Can we take duty free in on Good Friday?? I have been told some clubs open at midnight is this true?
We were caught out in Dublin last year with nowhere selling alcohol on Good Friday. Not suprisingly you don’t see this arcane ban included in any of the advertising! We did have a (poor) meal but with only soft drinks.
The day was saved however when we bought tickets to the Elvis Presley story – their bar was open (a brilliant surprise when we walked in) so we proceeded to drink it dry; and Elvis wasn’t bad either!
Following on from earlier messages, we visited Dublin over Easter weekend and found pubs closed, restaurants selling only soft drinks (althoungh we did have melon and port in a Chinese reatarant!). Some clubs did open at midnight. The best advice is to book a hotel with a bar.
I am coming on my stagg do to dublin from the 21st march untill the 24th. i have been told that we wont be able to drink anywhere over the whole weekend. is this so
There are no sales of alcohol on Good Friday other than in bars in hotels to “Bona Fide” guests. You need to have accommodation. Off-licences do not open after midnight as they are not permitted to open. In 7 years living here I have not heard of any clubs opening after midnight. Find it doubtful as they would have to close within the next 3 hours. The only other source is Irish Rail who are permitted to sell to passengers on trains.
Have just rung the irish tourist board as I also have a trip booked from the 22nd March to 24th March and they have advised that although pubs/clubs/ restaurants etc are closed on good friday everything is open as normal on the saturday and there should be no problems finding places to eat and drink on the sunday.
Are nightclubs open until their usual times on sat 22nd march or do they close at 12?
in God Friday pubs are not open, but restaurants, cafes, and markets are still open but not selling alcohol anywhere, but the hotels if you are acomodated in, you must also show the card of your room to ensure you are a real visitor! really boring that day, i dont understand that strange law, in Spain everyone is very catholic but nothing is banned, never back to Ireland in Easter.