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Where to buy alcohol on Good Friday 2020

Forgot to stock up on booze for Good Friday? We've got you covered.

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Yes, you can buy booze on Good Friday... but only from select venues.

It's a question that pops up at least once every time Easter comes around: "Can you buy alcohol on Good Friday?"

The simple answer for 2020 is yes. But with the nation currently in lockdown and the government urging everyone to stay at home on Good Friday – and any other day for that matter – the rules have changed for this year.

Bottle shops are still closed on Good Friday. So if it's a slab or case you're after, it's best to get that early.

However, licensed venues have been given the green light to serve alcohol with meals for delivery or takeaway. Another option is to hit up your local brewery for a quick pick-up or delivery.

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Types of establishments that sell alcohol on Good Friday

1. Delivery or takeaway from restaurants, bars and other licensed venues

If it were any other year, licensed venues such as restaurants could serve you alcohol, for consumption on the premises only, between midday and 10pm.

However, in 2020 new rules have been applied to comply with social distancing laws in the context of COVID-19. As all dining venues are currently closed, Liquor & Gaming NSW has announced greater flexibility around serving alcohol as takeaway or delivery over the Easter break.

Licensed restaurants, bars, clubs, hotels and cafes that would typically be able to trade on Good Friday may do so if they wish as takeaway or delivery only. Alcohol must be sold with an accompanying meal order and trade is only permitted between midday and 10pm on the day.

Additionally, if it's just food you're after, clubs, hotels, restaurants, bars and cafes that wouldn't typically be able to trade on Good Friday are permitted to offer takeaway or home delivery on the day.


2. Microbreweries – buy from the producer/cellar door

While you shouldn't be travelling to wine country over the Easter break (unless you actually live there), microbreweries are becoming a dime a dozen in Sydney and other major cities around Australia. So if there's one in your suburb, you could swing by to pick up a few tinnies for the day.

Opening hours are dependent on the microbrewery itself – should they choose to open at all. Many have already turned to delivery, so visit their website first to see if they can come to you so you can stay at home over Easter.

While the law states that no takeaway alcohol may be sold on Good Friday, there's a loophole. Producers and cellar doors are exempt and will be able to sell you booze.

For anyone in Sydney looking to buy a few beers who forgot to stock up in time, the answer could be a quick drive-by your local brewery. Remember, only travel if necessary. Many of these offer delivery which could be a better option for you.

Here's a list of microbreweries in NSW that'll be open for pick-ups on Good Friday:

MicrobreweriesLocationGood FridayBusiness hoursAvailable

Archie Rose Distilling Visit website

85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery NSW
  • Open for takeaway
10am-6pmVodka, gin and white rye

4 Pines
Visit website

4F/9-13 Winbourne Rd, Brookvale NSW
  • Open for takeaway
11am-9pmBeer

Willie The Boatman
Visit website

Mary Street in St Peters, Sydney
  • Open for takeaway
10am-5pmBeer
Modus Operandi

Visit website

14 Harkeith Street, Mona Vale, NSW
  • Open for takeaway
10am-closeBeer
Rocks Brewing Company

Visit website

Building 2, 160 Bourke Rd, Alexandria NSW
  • Open for takeaway
11am-6pmBeer

The Grifter Brewing Company

Visit website

1/391-397 Enmore Rd, Marrickville NSW
  • Open for takeaway
12pm-6pmBeer

Nomad Brewing Company

Visit website

5 Sydenham Rd, Brookvale NSW
  • CLOSED
CLOSEDBeer

Young Henrys
Visit website

76 Wilford St, Newtown
  • CLOSED
CLOSEDBeer, cider and gin


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