Hyderabad: Great news for those who love spirits! For those who love to hop pubs, you can spend some extra time at the bar. Yes, according to the new rule passed by the state government, liquor can be served an hour more in the weekends only under Greater Hyderabad Police Station (GHMC) limits and its five-kilometre periphery.

As per the orders by the Telangana government, the bars in the city will remain open till 1 pm on Saturday and Sunday. However, the timings on weekdays remains unchanged and will continue to serve liquor till 12 pm from 10 am.

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There are around 400 bars and pubs which are under GHMC limits which serves 5 lakh litres of liquor per day. And with the new rule, the excise officials are expecting an increase in the sale of liquor due to the extension in bar timings.

"On the request of hotels and pubs in the city to increase timings, the government has agreed to their plea after considering the bar timings in other metro cities," an excise official said.