Published Monday, 23 April 2012
Bars in Belfast stop serving alcohol at 1am. (© Getty)
The measure was introduced at the weekend and is part of attempts to tackle "irresponsible" drinks promotions in the city.
The voluntary closure was agreed at a meeting following the death of Belfast man Joby Murphy, who fell into the Lagan in January after spending the evening at the Beach club in the Odyssey.
Colin Neill, the chief executive of Pubs of Ulster, described the measure as "another way that the industry aims to demonstrate its commitment to responsible practices by doing all in its power to address the issues at hand.
"The voluntary agreement is also a vital step in showing our ability to self-regulate."
He added that, while they continue to work on improving the industry from within, "we can only do so much within the confines of the current licensing laws in Northern Ireland".
Mr Neill said current laws need to be "modernised" to look at late night openings and address opening times at Easter.
He said Northern Ireland needs to prove its industry "can act responsibly within the current licensing laws".
He said the organisation will continue to work with its members to address any issues, while working with the Minister for Social Development Nelson McCausland and Environment Minister Alex Attwood "to develop a responsible way forward on licensing laws".