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Offline alex7xl

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Is alcohol banned in Bahrain?
« on: January 29, 2013, 08:02:17 AM »

I was wondering to know is alcohol banned in Bahrain?

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Re: Is alcohol banned in Bahrain?
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2013, 08:03:31 AM »
As I know Bahrainís alcohol ban confined to Muslims only.

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Re: Is alcohol banned in Bahrain?
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2013, 04:10:40 AM »
Alcohol is legal in Bahrain but drinking alcohol in public is illegal.
There are many pubs and restaurants where alcohol is available.
You should not be drunk in public and the worst thing is drink and drive. Never do this or you will go to court and pay a huge fine if police stop you.
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Re: Is alcohol banned in Bahrain?
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2013, 07:40:57 AM »
Short answer is, yes. Long answer is, when it comes to consuming alcohol, Bahrain is probably the most accepting country in the region. Buying and storing alcohol is completely legal and you do not need any special permission to do so. There are limited places to buy alcohol but the cheapest place to buy alcohol would be the duty-free shop at the airport. At Bahrain Airport, you can buy 1 litre of alcohol + 12 cans of beer and 400 cigarettes per person and we recommend doing so if you are a drinker because the price of alcohol in the country is relatively expensive.

You will not be able to buy alcohol in supermarkets or corner-shops, however there are number of places that are licensed to retail alcohol. The places where you can buy alcohol are: Gulf Brands International, African & Eastern and BMMI. These companies also deliver which is useful if you do not drive or work long hours. In addition to those, most bars, clubs and restaurants sell alcohol but nearly all of them has to be as part of hotels. Outside hotels and clubs, it is almost impossible to find alcohol.

Despite the fact that alcohol is legal, you are not allowed to drink alcohol on the streets or in public areas except the ones mentioned above. Being drunk in public places is also not legal but can potentially cause an issue if you are disturbing others. So, always be respectful to each other and drink responsibly.

One other thing to note is that gents canít get into some nightclubs without a female companion. May be worthwhile making friends with the ladies if you wish to go clubbing or make yourself known to the entry staff and be good friends with them.