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    Ireland drinking age

    I am about to visit Ireland and I want some info from someone who has visited or lives there. Is the drinking age striclty enforced? at bars? clubs? restaurants??? any info would be greatly appreciated.

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    Im pretty sure the legal age is the same as the UK, 18.

    If its anything like the UK you will probably get served in a lot of places provided you look around the age of 17 - 18, even if you are actually 15 lol!

    It will vary from place to place though, some places will be very strict, the bigger clubs for example probably will be, however smaller places will probably be very lean.
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    I know this thread is about alcohol but if you're going to Ireland you might want to know that a couple of months ago, a ban on smoking in pubs, bars, clubs and other pblic places came into effect. I hear they enforce that quite strictly in Dublin and i guess the rest of Ireland but don't know for sure.

    Just if that is an issue for anyone going and they didn't know.

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    They have that in NY too (the states ) It sucked in the winter when you had to go outside the bar to smoke.

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    lol, sucks for the smokers, I don't want to smell tobacco anyway ;-)
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    I've been there and it is great. If you are interested, there is smoking allowed everywhere, even in places where there are no smoking bans (I didn't even know they existed because everyone smokes all the time). The drinking age is actually enforced fairly strongly at popular places, because crowding in pubs is an enormous problem. The drinking age, however is 18 officially. If you are younger, you will have no trouble getting into small town pubs and such, but liquor stores will most definitely not sell you booze. If you are going to Dublin, get a place to stay as close to Temple Bar as possible. If you do not know where that is, look it up in google. It is the most happening place with the most youthful and lively crowd, so you are always guaranteed a good time.

    Remember: A pint of guinness a day keeps the doctor away.

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    Originally posted by Carp
    They have that in NY too (the states ) It sucked in the winter when you had to go outside the bar to smoke.
    They just did that last week here in Kentucky in Lexington. Freakin' #2 producer of tobacco in the nation and they don't allow it in any public places... except designated areas in *goverment* buildings for employees only.

    Double standard?

    Anyway, yes it's legally 18, but they rarely enforce it. The Irish didn't get a reputation for loving the booze for nothing.
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