How to buy alcohol in the Netherlands – The Dutch laws and regulations for drinking

Fairly recently, the laws of buying and consuming alcohol in the Netherlands have tightened. There are a couple of things to keep in mind when purchasing alcohol now. So let’s talk about those laws!

The legal age of drinking alcohol in the Netherlands

The legal age used to be a bit lower and more relaxed. Now it is not allowed to consume alcohol under the age of 18 years. This goes for low alcoholic beverages like beers and wines and for strong alcohol like liquors.

In short: You have to be older than 18 years old to drink and buy alcohol in the Netherlands

The legal age of buying alcohol in the Netherlands

If you are not consuming it, you can at least buy it for others, right? Nop, you have to be over 18 to buy alcohol too.

Having alcohol with you when you are younger than 18 is illegal. And you will get fined for it.

In supermarkets, they will ask for an ID if you look younger than 25 years old. All the people of your group have to show a legitimate ID at the cash register. There is no discussion possible either. (Trust me, I’ve been there)

Some great places to purchase and consume alcohol in the Netherlands

Although the regulations are tight, there is no need to worry. The Dutch are relaxed people and if you are older than 18 years old there is no hassle.

In the following list, I have a couple of bars and shops where you can drink or buy great Dutch beers, wines, and liquors.

Disclaimer: There is none, I just really wanted to write this piece of content for you. <3

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