{"id":5564,"date":"2019-09-28T18:33:41","date_gmt":"2019-09-28T18:33:41","guid":{"rendered":"http:\/\/overinireland.com\/?p=5564"},"modified":"2019-10-10T04:03:51","modified_gmt":"2019-10-10T04:03:51","slug":"drinking-laws-ireland","status":"publish","type":"post","link":"https:\/\/overinireland.com\/drinking-laws-ireland\/","title":{"rendered":"Drinking Laws in Ireland: 9 Things You Need To Know"},"content":{"rendered":"\n

With Guinness producing 3 million pints a day, 25 whiskey distilleries\nspread across the country and about 7,000 pubs, alcohol is definitely part of\nthe Irish culture.  <\/p>\n\n\n\n

What\u2019s the legal drinking age in Ireland? Can you drink in public spaces? Can you buy alcohol any time of day? When traveling to Ireland<\/strong><\/a>, it is good to know the law. <\/p>\n\n\n\n

Despite general beliefs, Irish liquor regulations are amongst the strictest in Europe. Whether you are a tourist or a national citizen, the same rules apply in terms of alcohol consumption.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

To keep you away from trouble, we\u2019ve gathered nine essential things to know about alcohol consumption in Ireland.<\/p>\n\n\n\n


#1 What is the Minimum Legal Age to Buy and Consume Alcohol?<\/h2>\n\n\n\n

Like most of the countries in the world, the drinking age in Ireland is\nset at 18-year-old*. To prove your age, you must always carry your National Age\nCard (Irish only) or a proof of ID (passport, driving licence etc.) with you.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

If a minor pretends to be an adult and tries to purchase alcohol, he is liable for Class E fine (up to \u20ac500) on a summary offense in a District Court. If a minor is found in an off-licence premise (such as supermarkets, grocery stores, and bottle stores), with or without the attention to purchase, the same prosecution will apply. <\/p>\n\n\n\n

When in a private dwelling though, and only with parents\u2019 consent, minors\nare legally allowed to drink. <\/p>\n\n\n\n

*same age\nin Northern Ireland<\/p>\n\n\n\n

#2 Can a Minor Go to a Bar when Under 18?<\/h2>\n\n\n\n

You can go\nto a bar when under 18 between 10:30 AM to 9:00 PM (10:00 PM from May to\nSeptember) but only if you are with a legal guardian or a parent. Minors (15 to\n17-year-old) can stay longer if they are attending a private event with a solid\namount of food. <\/p>\n\n\n\n

If a\nnon-adult is found in an establishment serving alcohol, his\/her parents will\nhave to prove that they were unaware of his actions. Otherwise, they will be\naccountable for a class E fine on summary conviction. The owner of the bar will\nalso be indicted. <\/p>\n\n\n\n

#3 Can a Minor Work in a Bar when Under 18?<\/h2>\n\n\n\n

With the parents’ authorization, anyone from 16+ can work in a bar, but cannot serve alcohol. A legally authorized teenager should always start after 6:00 AM and stop at 10:00 PM. <\/p>\n\n\n\n

However, the\nworking time can be extended to 11:00 PM if there is no school on the following\nday. In this case, the young employee will not commence his shift before 7:00\nAM the next day.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

#4 Public Drinking in Ireland: Is it Allowed?<\/h2>\n\n\n\n

When there is no national law refraining adults from drinking in public,\neach local jurisdiction applies their own bye-law (see below for the rules of\nthe 10 biggest cities). However, there are some governmental legislations to\nrespect to avoid prosecution anywhere in Ireland:<\/p>\n\n\n\n