Three-day 'happy hours' to beat rules

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PUBS in the Capital are launching marathon cheap drink offers in a bid to beat new licensing legislation.

The new rules, introduced last week, aimed to prevent "happy hour" offers by forcing publicans to keep drinks at the same price for a period of 72 hours.

But rather than abandon their drinks offers, bars have been extending them to last for 72 hours or more.

The Tun in Holyrood Road – close to the Scottish Parliament – has launched a Happy Days promotion with pints of Strongbow, Heineken and John Smith on offer for 2 all day Monday to Thursday.

Drinks industry experts said that pubs are moving towards a two-tier pricing system, with cheaper drinks offered during the week.

Paul Waterson, chief executive of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association, said: "People are going from having a happy hour to having a happy 72 hours."