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Alcohol in Morocco

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Alcohol in Morocco

Can you buy alcohol in Marrakech for personal consumption . .

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marrakech
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11. Re: Alcohol in Morocco

Hi,

Poster number 8 obviously didn't ask anyone at the Riads where to go for a restaurant which served alcohol. There are loads. Type alcohol into the search box or look at the restaurant tab on the left of the page for previously posted reviews.

Hope all these answers are of some use Janet F.

Edited: 1:48 pm, December 19, 2012
12. Re: Alcohol in Morocco

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Sydney, Australia
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13. Re: Alcohol in Morocco

Hey guys, read what I said, check and plan in advance.

When we wanted to buy alcohol in Fes, admittedly in the evening, our driver had to take us to a supermarket quite a way away. In Marrakesh the people from the riad took us to a lovely rooftop restaurant, but again, no alcohol. In Casa, we were directed to a restaurant down the road as the hotel restaurant wasn't open that night. Again no alcohol.

Now this wasn't grossly important and we didn't specifically ask for places that did serve alcohol. I am just saying that if you want alcohol, plan in advance.

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14. Re: Alcohol in Morocco

You don't have to plan at all. All you have to do is ask a specific question of the staff in your Riad like "can we have a glass of wine in this restaurant?"

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15. Re: Alcohol in Morocco

There is plenty of alcohol in Marrakech. Buy one of the main guide books which list all the cafes and restaurants which sell it. Supermarkets like Carrefour and Acima sell it.

On the Jemma el Fna the only place is the Marrakchi (expensive), Cafe Arabe is good on Rue Mouassine. Kozy Bar is probably the best venue in the Medina.

Ask at your Riad and they will buy wine etc for you.

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17. Re: Alcohol in Morocco

The Medina does not have pubs or wine bars, however there are plenty of hotels and restaurants with public bars. Alcohol is not available in the cafes around the place Jema al Fna. In the new town of Guiliez there are several European style bars as well as a vibrant night club scene. A number of the fashionable cafes in Guiliez serve alcohol indoors, including the Grande Café de La Poste, and where this is the case the logo of a beer brand is often displayed discreetly outside. Local Café bars on the backstreets in Guiliz are basic and inexpensive but these are pretty much male only and are not recommended for female visitors.

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18. Re: Alcohol in Morocco

Dragging an old thread from 2012 is somewhat pathetic, especially when the information is wrong. There are are outlets for alcohol within the medina and several close to the main square, Djemma al Fna.

Grande Café de La Poste has to be one of the most expensive venues to drink/dine. One has to wonder how knowledgeable a poster is when he spells Guilez as Guiliez and Guiliz in the same post!

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19. Re: Alcohol in Morocco

We hired a taxi for a round trip to a well-stocked Carrefour near the Majorelle Gardens. I stocked up because we were heading south into the desert & one of our riads along the way was dry . . . But that is the exception rather than the rule . . .

Ian

Edited: 11:54 am, June 02, 2013
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20. Re: Alcohol in Morocco

All the Supermarkets and Hypermarkets , Marjane, Carrefour, Acima have large Alcohol departments, usually with 2 separate check-outs. Only exeptions are three Marjane Hypers in towns where there have been big problems with security (Shop Lifting). In most towns there are large unmarked alcohol shops, so just ask, or follow your nose ! In the last five years the price of the excellent Moroccan Beer and Wine has risen by about ten per cent, and Booze has soared by more than 100 per cent. A bottle of Gordons Gin in Marjane is £16, the same as UK. In many towns there are enormous beer halls, with of course Football Screens round the walls. They are always packed, noisy, and smokey. Needless to say there are no women. You just sit down and are served by a waiter, the bottles remain on the table until you are ready to leave. The waiter counts the empties and you pay up. Sales of illegal vodka, Mehia, are enormous. Enjoy ! Anthony Keaveny, Zagora.

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