Drinking age in Russia
The official drinking age in Russia is 18, but it’s hardly ever enforced at all. Russians have been drinking for Vodka for centuries, and now you can share in that national pastime and joy with them, as long as you’re over the age of 18, and as it turns out, sometimes under that age because of the lackadaisical attitude toward enforcement.
Drinking out in public is alright, even though there was a law recently passed against it. Seeing teenagers drinking beers coming home from university is pretty common. Liquor, beer, and wine, especially vodka, are available at street kiosks and supermarkets all over, and there are also cocktails available. You shouldn’t try to get poor vodka from kiosks on the street because it’s sometimes watered down, and it tastes just terrible. Bars with unique licenses are able to serve alcohol throughout the night, and many of them do. Some stores close down on Sunday, but those stores that stay open sell alcohol on Sunday, and on every day as well.
Tourists that go to Russia with their families, when they are under the age of 18, can possibly drink in the presence of a parent as long as they’re being supervised and guarded. However, the drinking laws are lax in their enforcement anyway.
The legal official drinking age is 18, and you can buy tobacco, cigarettes, and other vices at little shops as well, and you can buy beer at some street shops if you’re over the age of 16. Drinking out in public places, like in the middle of the city, is against the law. You’ll get a fine for drinking near a suburban area too. Some bars won’t serve clients unless they’re over 21. They won’t serve them spirits that its, that includes tequila, vodka, etc.
The street shops are a lot more likely to sell it to you, even if you’re under the age of 18. One user on a forum, speaking from personal experience, said that they sell it to you right on the streets no matter what you’re age, as long as you look sort of old enough. They’ll sell alcohol to you if you say that you’re American too.
Most European countries have a drinking age of 18, and it’s not considered too low to have a drinking age of 18 in Russia, because it’s congruent with the rest of Europe and other South American countries. It’s only in the United States and some Asian countries where the age is over 18 years old. Of course, there are some countries which outlaw alcohol consumption altogether. Some of the Middle Eastern countries don’t even let you drink alcohol. They impose Sharia law. In Russia, if you’re a tourist visiting with your family, you can enjoy some of Russia’s finest vodka if you just prove that you’re over the age of 18 in most of the finer establishments. Visiting there is a great opportunity to try some of the best vodkas in the world.