Mark Paul: Irish pubs will be changed forever by the pandemic

On future nights out we are likely to seek out better ventilation and thinner crowds

For as long as there is social distancing and any hint of a public health threat  the trading environment for pubs will be difficult. Photograph:  Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie

For as long as there is social distancing and any hint of a public health threat the trading environment for pubs will be difficult. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie

What did a typical night out for Irish people look like prior to the pandemic? The correct answer, of course, is that there was no such thing as a typical night out. It varied hugely depending on factors such as age and family status, where you live, your income and how bold you felt on a given evening.

But sometimes it is reasonable to make certain generalisations. Most Irish people’s idea of a night out would typically have included a visit to a licensed premises, such as a pub. Not always, of course – drink does not always have to be at the heart of everything. But often in Ireland, it is.

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