Crown Bar gets new liquor licence

Crown Bar gets new liquor licence

Belfast's Crown Bar, one of the most well-known drinking establishments in Northern Ireland, is able to reopen after getting a new liquor licence.

The bar, a popular location for tourists which is owned by the National Trust, had to close its doors at the end of last week - due to what staff described as "minor licensing complications".It then emerged that the liquor licence had expired in November 2012.But, following a court hearing on Wednesday afternoon, the Crown can now get back to business as usual.Colin Neill, Chief Executive of Pubs of Ulster, welcomed the news."This has no doubt been a difficult week for one of our most iconic pubs, but we are glad to see that common sense has prevailed and the licence to sell alcohol has been granted," he said.In light of the situation, police checks were being carried out and bars were urged to make sure their records were up-to-date.A number of others - including The Great Eastern and the Cock & Hen, both in the east of the city - did find themselves in similar positions to the Crown.Mr Neill added: "We hope the other pubs that have closed as a result of licensing issues will be given the same treatment and are dealt with as swiftly as possible."Belfast's Royal Bar closed today due to expired licence. Hopefully all pubs caught in same situation as Crown will receive same treatment!— Pubs of Ulster (@PubsofUlster) January 15, 2014


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