Major changes to alcohol licensing laws will be discussed by the Cabinet today.
Staggered and extended closing times for bars and possibly nightclubs are under consideration as well as bringing Sunday trading times into line with the rest of the week
Night-Time Economy Committees will be established in six cities and towns across the country.
Supports for venues such as cafes and clubs to stay open later for culture or live events from Monday to Thursday are also set to be examined.
There is a possibility too that planning codes could be changed to allow empty buildings be used for events.