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A Guide on Bar and Restaurant Licenses in Ireland

A Guide on Bar and Restaurant Licenses in Ireland

The Irish premises in which clients can consume alcohol or food products need special licenses. In the case of bars (or pubs) and restaurants registered in Ireland, the investors will need licenses for selling alcoholplaying music and other specific activities. During the procedure of company formation in Ireland, the company’s representatives have to apply for special licenses, depending on the specific activities that will be carried out in the respective locations. In this sense, our team of specialists in company registration in Ireland can offer assistance and in-depth information on all the business permits available for bars and restaurants

Alcohol license in Ireland  

Customarily, all bars and restaurants registered in Ireland serve alcoholic beverages to their clients. When opening a company in Ireland that will sell alcohol, it is necessary to apply for special permits, as follows:

Special Restaurant License;

Wine Retailer’s License

The above mentioned licenses are issued by the National Excise License Office, working under the Office of the Revenue Commissioners. The Restaurant License is applicable to all legal entities which sell alcoholic beverages and which also offer substantial meals within the premises. 

Our team of agents in company formation in Ireland can offer in-depth information on the application procedure available in this case, which is regulated under the Special Restaurant License Regulations, 1988

In the case in which the company also sells wine, it is necessary to apply for a separate license, as mentioned above, and the document is compulsory for any business form which falls under the regulations of the Section 6 of the Refreshment Houses Act

Selling alcohol in Ireland  – a few rules presented by our experts in company formation in Ireland

Companies in Ireland that sell alcohol also have to respect a set of rules related to the hours in which such beverages can be sold. Pubs in Ireland have to follow the next schedule: 

• Monday – Thursday: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m;

• Friday and Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m;

• Sunday: 12:30 pm to 11:00 pm. 

Persons with an age below 18 years old may enter pubs in Ireland, as long as they are accompanied by a parent or a guardian. 

Other regulations referring to the business permits for pubs and restaurants can be further detailed by our team of consultants in company registration in Ireland. Please contact our specialists for consultancy services on the Irish business permits.