An off licence is a shop that primarily sells alcoholic drinks to be consumed off the premises. Typically, you can also purchase smoking products and confectionary at such an establishment. They make an alternative to pubs by allowing you to take the alcohol home and charging less for it. You may find you can buy a bottle of a given brand of beer for half the pub price in an offy.

Off licences are not as useful as they used to be because large supermarkets now tend to stay open longer and can afford to sell booze for even less. They also tend to have a larger selection than many off licenes.

You can often spot an offy by the group of underage drinkers hanging around in front of it.