Some of the country's well-known publicans are telling the Government they don't want to charge extra for pints or introduce cover charges - but they need urgent State help.
Charlie Chawke, who owns nine bars and employs 400 staff, said his premises, including Searsons in Ballsbridge, Dublin, were "well capable" of operating social distancing measures.
"But the Government has to set out the requirements and open the pubs up," Mr Chawke added.
"People are getting very worried. The pubs across Ireland have no revenue.
"A lot of them are in trouble. They want to get back to work and get staff working again, otherwise if it goes on too long people will not open anymore," he told the Irish Independent.
"We need help from the Government. We have to get back to work and put in the restrictions and need the Government to set that out."
Mr Chawke said he wouldn't consider charging the customer extra on a pint or entry to any of his bars as a way to claw back lost revenue.
"I wouldn't even discuss that," he said. "It's not on the agenda."
His pubs serve food and thus he expects when the restaurants are reopened, his bars will be too.
"And we'll abide by the Government restrictions. Everyone will have to take this very seriously," he said.
"All of my pubs are big and they can handle the social distancing well and that's what we intend to do.
"People need this social outlet, the pub is a way of life for people. We want to get back to work, we will put safety as our priority and our customers' happiness and safety will be number one."
He said they needed Health Minister Simon Harris to set out the conditions and to allow pubs to comply with them.
"People will have to stay the required two metres away, we understand," he said. "But let's sort this out, get on with it, let the restaurants and pubs associations sit down and sort this with Minister Harris.
"Get pubs back open for people to have somewhere to go.
"Please God, let us have better days soon."
Tom Cleary has run the famous Temple Bar in Dublin since 1993. For him, charging the customer for lost revenue is also a no-go area.
"We haven't considered charging extra," he said.
"Our priority is to make sure the customer is happy they're coming to us.
"This is consumer-led. In Temple Bar today, if you opened up there would be no customers, so you have to make it attractive for people to return to the pub.
"But we want to know as soon as possible, when the virus is under control, when the hospitals are running smoothly and when the health workers are looked after - just what plan is going to take place for the industry.
"There have to be strict hygiene measures, staff tested for the virus, customers might have to wear masks and keep to their own small groups.
"It's difficult to operate social distancing in pubs, as when drink is had people are more relaxed, but if we are allowed to open up we would get a system everyone is happy to work with and ensure social distancing is adhered to."
It comes as six in 10 Dublin pubs said they would be forced to permanently shut down if restrictions did not allow them to reopen until 2021.
A survey by the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) found that 60pc of the capital's pub owners said their businesses would not reopen if it must remain closed until next year.
In the survey, 76pc of respondents also said they would not support a scenario where restaurants were allowed to reopen but not bars.