Irish pub update: Pub bosses give confident update on indoor pints despite the uncertainty of outdoors

Despite the recent uncertainty surrounding the consumption of alcohol in the newly-created spaces outside pubs and restaurants, the return of indoor dining and drinking on July 5 is on track. That’s the view of the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) and the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (VFI) after both groups expressed cautious optimism about the return of indoor service.

While most of Ireland’s pubs are open, there are still some businesses that haven’t seen their customers since December, mainly those without a beer garden or space near their premises that would allow extra tables to be erected. Despite the recent confusion about alcohol licensing and county council bye-laws for those newly-created areas outside pubs and restaurants, the pub industry has consistently said that while the return outdoor service is welcome, it’s merely a small step towards the larger goal of indoor pints.

Speaking with Hospitality Ireland, CEO Donall O’Keeffe struck an optimistic tone when he was discussing the return to relative ‘normality’ for the industry.

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