Alcohol in Tunisia: Beer and Wine

Tunisia is a Muslim country and although the use of alcohol in Tunisia is restricted to a certain degree, it is not completely forbidden.

Wine and beer as well as other types of alcohol are offered in some upscale restaurants and high end resorts. Alcohol in Tunisia can be quite expensive in these places and it is wise to check out prices before ordering so you will not be surprised with the bill. There are big department stores such as Carrefour and Géant, as well as some supermarkets that sell wine, beer and possibly some hard liquor imported from abroad. The selling of any type of alcohol in Tunisia is forbidden during official Muslim holidays.

Female travellers should be extra cautious when entering bars away from the hotel resorts. Most larger cities will have at least a few bards, but there are certain bars that can refuse to let women in. Some bars might even ask for your passport to check your nationality. Always check on the bar’s environment before deciding to stay. If you are staying at a resort hotel, they will likely serve alcohol so drinking at your hotel can be a safe option.

Tunisia’s most popular beer brand is Celtia. There are places where you can find imported beer too. Another highly preferred beverage is the Tunisian wine and there are lots of places that offer it.

It is said that Tunisia produces 180 million bottles and cans of beer per year which is an increase of 10% compared to the production in 2010.

About the author

Kevin Dyck is the founder of Mosaic North Africa and has over 11 years experience living in North African countries. He is an Arabic speaker with a passion for travelers to encounter the diverse cultures and natural beauty found throughout the North Africa region. He currently lives in and works for MNA from Tunis, Tunisia.

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