#95: Street Drinking is OK

In contrast to the UK, where drinking in the street can likely end up in a police officer disposing of said alcohol, in Germany, it is largely OK to drink in public.

A German friend of mine was enjoying a nice beer on the tube in London last year to round off a splendid Feierabend (the period between finishing work and getting home – there is no direct English translation) only to be accosted by the British Transport Police and told to dispose of the contents. Imagine his surprise as only Two weeks earlier he had been doing the exact same thing in Germany with no problem whatsoever.

Drinking on the tube and on the streets is largely acceptable in Germany, just watch out for Saturday afternoons where local supporters of football clubs will be celebrating victory – with a beer, or drowning their sorrows after a loss – with a beer.

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