Last Updated: 10th Dec 2013
Drinking age varied from country to country and sometimes from region to region.
What qualifies as a valid form of ID and proof of age varies from region to region and even place to place. Some bars in Europe will let almost anyone inside while entry and service will be refused to even the oldest clients in Australia, New Zealand and the USA or Canada if they cannot prove their age.
A valid Driver’s License from your home country is usually sufficient no matter when you travel but nothing beats having your Passport on hand, particularly when travelling in a foreign country.
Again, the enforcement of these restrictions and the need for identification will vary from region to region and this is a general guide for the whole of Europe. 18 is the oldest you must be to drink in any European country.
- Drinking Age
- Beer and Wine – 16
- Liquor and Spirits – 18
- Bars and Clubs – 16 – 18 depending on the venue
Please Note: Different laws apply for the legal drinking age in Sweden.
- Drinking – All States – 21
- Bars and Clubs – Varies from 18 -21 – No drinking without ID
Laws vary between 18 and 19 from Province to Province.
- Drinking, Bars and Clubs
- Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec – 18
- All other Provinces (including British Columbia and Ontario) -19
- Drinking – All States – 18
- Bars and Clubs – 18
- Drinking – 18
- Bars and Clubs – 18
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Does anybody know any good clubs/bars that are 18+ in New York, San Diego, Las Angeles or Las Vegas? I’m 19 and will be travelling in Jan 2012. I know that I won’t be able to drink, but hopefully I can find some places where I can dance the night away!!
Drinking age in Switzerland is 16 for beer and wine and 18 for Spirits…including alcopops but the real issue is the price Switzerland can realy damage your wallet….I kno w i live here now, a good tip is if you like beer club together for a pitcher/ jug and share! a 1.5 ltr jug is 19 chf in one of the cheaper places, Frankenstrasse 6 Bar in Luzern just behind Mc donalds, and they show Satellite sports with English comentary if you are missing the game…enjoy your trip….benitsesbill
I’d like to point out this article isn’t entirely correct. In Sweden if you want to purchase alcohol from their liquor stores, you must be 20 years of age, as I found out first-hand.