Pantibar given outdoor licence for Dublin pride

Pantibar given outdoor licence for Dublin pride

PANTIBAR has been granted permission to serve alcohol outdoors during the gay pride 2016 festival in Dublin.

An application was made for an occasional licence to serve alcohol on June 25 at the Strand Street Great in Dublin 1 which is adjacent to the popular Capel Street venue by owned by Rory O'Neill, aka Panti Bliss.

Dublin Pride is a celebration of LGBT life in Dublin and includes a 10-day programme of events culminating in a parade through the city's streets on June 25.

Barrister Niki Andrews, for Pantibar, told Judge Michael Coghlan at Dublin District Court that they have consulted with the Fire Brigade and Gardai. By-laws banning drinking alcohol in public at the street has been suspended by Dublin City Council.

Ms Andrews (instructed by Fanning & Kelly solicitors) also said that the event is being organised in conjunction with Dublin City Council.

Shane Harte the manager of Pantibar which is one of the country's best known gay venues, confirmed that there had never been any incidents during the previous festivals. There is room for 1200 people in the street but Pantibar intended to just allow a 600 capacity in the area and there will be barriers, the court heard.

He also said they will give an undertaking to clean up the the street afterwards and if gardai think it needs to be shut down they will comply. He also confirmed that the venue has insurance.

Judge Coghlan also noted that in previous years the venue had been granted a licence to serve alcohol in the street during the festival. There were no objections and the judge said he had no difficulty in granting the licence.