Buying alcohol over Easter – 6 things you need to know

March 31, 2021

Buying alcohol over the Easter break can often cause confusion. Here are six things you need to know so you don't get caught dry:

1.      No off licences can sell alcohol on Good Friday. That includes all supermarkets, bottle stores, wineries, breweries and anywhere that sells alcohol to take away.

2.      The rules for off licences are the same on Easter Sunday, except wineries are allowed to sell from their cellar door, provided that they actually make or harvest the grapes on that land.

3.      On licences like bars, restaurants and cafes with a licence to sell alcohol to be drunk on-site can sell alcohol on Good Friday and Easter Sunday but only to customers who are ‘on the premises to dine’. So you can’t have a beer at the pub unless you order a burger to go with it.

4.      You can’t linger at the bar. You can’t be served alcohol more than one hour before or after eating a meal, otherwise the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act says you aren’t there to ‘dine’.

5.      The exception is for hotels, bed and breakfasts or other accommodation providers that sell alcohol to their guests. Guests ‘residing’ on the premises for the time being (in other words, people who will be staying overnight) are still able to buy and drink alcohol on-site.

6.      Trading on Saturday and Monday is not affected.

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