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Publicans calling time on boozy 12 pubs of Christmas

Published 11/12/2013 | 09:06

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Christmas jumpers and Santa hats are the uniform for the 12 pubs of Christmas.

Bar staff are beginning to ban revellers on the annual 12 pubs of Christmas pub crawl.

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The 12 Pubs of Christmas, a crawl which involves having a drink in a dozen different pubs in the one day, has grown in popularity in recent years in cities around the country.

But publicans  have grown weary of drunken groups in Christmas jumpers and Santa hats falling into their pubs on the final leg of the crawl.

The owner of the Swan pub on Aungier Street has told the Irish Sun that he has banned the custom from his premises.

He told the paper: “Certainly later in the day they’re not welcome and we’ll make a judgement call if they’re in earlier.

“As a publican you’re not allowed by law to serve anyone who is drunk yet clearly score of people are drunk later in the day and getting served.”

The pub owner  said he finds the new tradition a sloppy one, with the crawls being badly organised, and the customers it brings to his pub for the one evening, not being seen again in the year.  

“Arthur’s Day is properly run event which the HSE are involved in but there is none of that on the 12 pubs,” he told the paper.

This week Will Ferrell and the stars of Anchorman 2 joined a group in Toners pub on Baggot Street who were on a mini pub crawl around Dublin, in honour of the stars.

Irish Independent

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