June 19, 2024


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All Merchant Hotel venues given entertainments licence until 3am


Belfast’s Merchant Hotel has been granted an extension to its licence to offer leisure at all its indoor venues until 3am.

Elected users at Belfast Town Council’s Licensing Committee have accredited the variation of a seven working day yearly indoor entertainments licence for the Skipper Road resort, which hosts a range of bars and nightclubs. It will not utilize to the out of doors beer backyard garden.

The new licensing several hours will implement to the Merchant Hotel, the Cloth Ear, Ollies Nightclub, Ollies Garden Place and Bert’s. It will also implement to Conference Rooms 1,2 and 3, the Fourth Flooring Lounge, and the four USC bars.

The days and hours during which amusement was supplied under the conditions of the prior licence were being Monday to Saturday, 11.30am to 1.00am the subsequent morning, and Sunday 12.30pm to 12.00midnight, with only Ollie’s and the USC 1st Flooring Rear Bar running until finally 3am. That will now improve so all venues can operate Monday to Sunday, from 11.30am to 3.00am the pursuing early morning.

The council report states: “The applicant has mentioned that the extension of hours to 3.00am is to fulfil the consumers demand for a late evening audio location and will be employed in conjunction with the Short article 44a extension to Liquor Licensing several hours.”

This premises also has an outside entertainments licence for a beer garden with a capability of 60 men and women. It will continue to have the out of doors licence from Monday to Saturday, 11.30am to 1.00am the following morning, and from Sunday 12.30pm to 12.00midnight.

General public discover of the software was placed and no published representation was lodged to the council as a result of the advertisement. The police and hearth and rescue company have been consulted in relation to the software and verified they experienced no objection.

New legislation released past October authorized pubs and hotels in all places in Northern Eire to use to serve drinks right up until 2am up to 104 nights per calendar year, and to lengthen consuming-up time from 30 minutes to an hour, with the web outcome that premises with the correct amusement licences would not close till at the very least 3am. The changes also integrated all supplemental restrictions on opening hours more than Easter weekend remaining eradicated and opening hours on Sunday evenings slipping in line with other evenings.


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