Boozy Brits hit the pubs and fast food shops in the first Friday night since coronavirus lockdown was lifted.
Leeds in Yorkshire saw groups of young people turn out in the finest to enjoy a drink and the company of their friends followed by the obligatory kebab or fish and chips on their way home.
But it was clear for some social distancing was an issue in pubs and takeaway shops.
Landlords admitted they are finding it difficult to to encourage their younger customers to adhere to social distancing rules – a one-metre distance is required.
Louise Chauvin, 26, who runs the Jaguar Shoes bar in Hoxton, told The Times : "It's quite hard to communicate to customers, especially after two or three drinks, that they need to behave.
"They can't just get up and go to the bar and get a drink or go to another table and chat to someone random they don't know.
"Mostly the issue we have is there's a table of pretty ladies and a table of pretty boys and they just go over, like, 'All right do you want a drink?' – you can't do that."
In Manchester, Roy O'Keefe owner of The Tib Street Tavern, said: "The older crowd don't seem to be coming in as much, it's all lager that we're selling at the moment – so you can tell it's a younger age group.
And thousands of pubs have actually refused to open at all, even they were allowed to officially open last Saturday July 4.
This is due to the fact that it'll be too costly to open and run with a reduced capacity.
This comes as a police force said they were busier than a rowdy New Year's Eve night following the reopening of pubs.
Last night Devon and Cornwall Police received more than 1,200 crime logs were reported – the equivalent of a busy New Year's Eve.
RDO Lisa Burnett was working as a 999 call handler for the police force on Friday night and took to Twitter to share her experience of the extreme volume of calls.
She posted about a multitude of drink related incidents including fights, drink driving, missing people, domestic violence, racist attacks and vandalism.
She said: "11.20pm – we have 1,222 logs.
"Overheard that this is the amount of logs we usually have for New Years.
"I've taken 6,999 calls from the public and other agencies.
"These are logs I've had to create. Half of them are mental health related. All allocated, all getting help.
"We reached 1,281 logs by midnight. No signs of it slowing down. Lots of alcohol related logs.
"Remember you can drink and have a good time without being violent."