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That Thursday feeling — why Fridays are no longer the day for office workers to enjoy end-of-the-week pints

As more of us embrace hybrid working patterns and head for home earlier in the week, pubs and restaurants are noticing a new trend of post-work drinks on Thursdays

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Crowds enjoy the atmosphere outside Grogan’s on Dublin’s South William Street on a recent Thursday evening. Picture by Frank McGrath

Crowds enjoy the atmosphere outside Grogan’s on Dublin’s South William Street on a recent Thursday evening. Picture by Frank McGrath

Orla McBarron, Emily Coppin and Marian Lynch outside The Ferryman pub in Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin. Picture by Frank McGrath

Orla McBarron, Emily Coppin and Marian Lynch outside The Ferryman pub in Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin. Picture by Frank McGrath

Alan Fagan, Claudius DeBeer, Eoin O'Neill, and Pete Schram at Kehoe’s, South Anne Street, Dublin. Picture by Frank McGrath

Alan Fagan, Claudius DeBeer, Eoin O'Neill, and Pete Schram at Kehoe’s, South Anne Street, Dublin. Picture by Frank McGrath

Enjoying a Thursday after-work drink outside Kehoe's in South Anne Street, Dublin, were Thomas Sammon from Letterkenny and Ben Campbell of Blackrock. Picture by Frank McGrath

Enjoying a Thursday after-work drink outside Kehoe's in South Anne Street, Dublin, were Thomas Sammon from Letterkenny and Ben Campbell of Blackrock. Picture by Frank McGrath

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Crowds enjoy the atmosphere outside Grogan’s on Dublin’s South William Street on a recent Thursday evening. Picture by Frank McGrath

The long Friday power lunch is dead. In the new world of hybrid work, Thursday is rapidly becoming the most popular day for post-work drinks and networking as the majority of workers choose Friday to work from home.

The latest commuter figures show Monday to Thursday are still the ‘core’ days for workers to attend the office, with the numbers travelling into Dublin city still lowest on a Friday — down 40pc on 2019 figures, according to a spokesperson for Irish Rail.


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