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Drinking beer or wine in shops in Amsterdam?


Amsterdam retailers want to sell a glass of wine that can assist the customer, for example, the just purchased lunch. The political party VVD is on their side. The hospitality industry is against this idea.

An owner of a cheese shop who poors a glass of port, is that allowed? A book store where you, next to the new Houellebecq, also buy a glass of wine, is that allowed? A barber shop where men can let trimming their beard and, at the same time, drinks a single malt whisky, is that allowed?
The answer: no, that is not all allowed. The beverage and catering regulations prohibits retailers to poor a glass of wine or beer in their property. That’s rural policy.

But if it were up to the VVD, those rules should be changed. The Liberals want it for mixing formulas, shops that are using a part of their property for small-scale catering, also possible to uncorking a bottle around drink time.

Glass of wine

Shopping changes, so the rules should change. A deli where you can have lunch with a glass of wine you should not hinder but facilitate, ‘ says Marja Ruigrok, Group President of the Amsterdam VVD.

She finds retailers organization SMES Amsterdam at her side. ‘ The distinction between restaurants and stores will disappear over the next five to ten years. Customers find it very nice that they can drink a cup of coffee or a glass of wine in a bookstore, “says Ellen Jacobs, Director of MKB Amsterdam.

Let’s wait and see of this will happen in Amsterdam.

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