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Can a 17 year old, buy beer and cigarettes in Poland?


patwal 1 | -
18 Aug 2010 #1
Hey everybody,

i'm moving to warsaw this friday (20th aug) after living in china for 4 years. I have some questions about what a 17 year old can buy in poland.

1) can i buy beer? alright its not to party but back in beijing where i lived when i would go grocery shopping i used to be able to buy beer for my dad just as a normal part of shopping. is this possible in like a small convenience mart, or even a large supermarket?

2) IS THERE ENERGY DRINKS?? in beijing i was in heck because i couldnt get a can of monster unless i wanted to spend 28rmb ($4!!!)

3) can i buy marlboro at 17? in china there was no purchase age and i kinda got hooked and when i left i was smoking 3 a day. so im not a heavy smoker i just used it to calm down from school.

any help would be greatly appriciated :) if you think telling a 17 year old about smoking is wrong and evil please dont post anything, i run a mile every other day as part of track so i dont think its that big a health risk for the recreational smoker.

thanks :) when i get to poland il try to help people on this site
pgtx 30 | 3,156
18 Aug 2010 #2
1) can i buy beer?

no, you have to be 18 but they would probably sell it to you...

IS THERE ENERGY DRINKS??

redbull...

can i buy marlboro at 17?

no, you have to be 18 but they would probably sell it to you...
George8600 10 | 636
19 Aug 2010 #4
starbucks.pl/pl/

and no, Poland used to have some of the best small coffee houses and "Mom&Pop Shops" as economists say before the corporatists came in....
convex 20 | 3,978
19 Aug 2010 #5
Yea? Where were those hiding? The coffee here has always been crap.
sobieski 107 | 2,128
19 Aug 2010 #6
Looks like a troll to me.
Seanus 15 | 19,706
19 Aug 2010 #7
Pgtx, there are MANY more energy drinks than Red Bull. The market here is awash with all kinds of them. Bullet, Dominator, Tiger, R20 and MANY others. Even Piast Gliwice have their own one. I recommend the cheaper ones as they do the same thing. They have the same levels of caffeine and taurine. I'd recommend Isotonic stuff more. They have Powerade, Gatorade and even Górnik Zabrze have their own stuff.

Avoid Red Bull and Coca Cola's Burn, they are overpriced and only fine if you have no alternatives.
pgtx 30 | 3,156
19 Aug 2010 #8
there are MANY more energy drinks than Red Bull.

really?! i thought there is only this one on shelves in Poland... ;)
well, i gave one brand, google should do the rest...
Seanus 15 | 19,706
19 Aug 2010 #9
Oh no, they have so many on the shelves here. Even Rossman has their equivalent in West Bull :) I can see many bottles and cans in my mind but forget their names. It would shock you, pgtx, they are everywhere.
pgtx 30 | 3,156
19 Aug 2010 #10
It would shock you, pgtx, they are everywhere.

what do you mean EVERYWHERE?!!
;)
Seanus 15 | 19,706
19 Aug 2010 #11
Well, in more than one type of place. Społem shops, Piast, supermarkets, Żabki and other places.
pgtx 30 | 3,156
19 Aug 2010 #12
Społem shops

i don't think Społem exists anymore :)
Seanus 15 | 19,706
19 Aug 2010 #13
Well, in Gliwice they do :) It's conservative and they don't get rid of things easily.
pgtx 30 | 3,156
19 Aug 2010 #14
Well, in Gliwice they do :)

really? hehehe... geez, i thought it's long gone...
Seanus 15 | 19,706
19 Aug 2010 #15
Nah, they are, like the babcias, alive and kicking ;)
MareGaea 29 | 2,752
19 Aug 2010 #16
Tonight, as part of their "War On Terror"-tour through Poland and Russia, playing in a venue near you: ....The Stalin Jews! With special guests: The Babcias!

:)

>^..^<

M-G (tiens, tiens)
Seanus 15 | 19,706
19 Aug 2010 #17
And a 17-year old boy looking to find beer and ciggies the easy way ;)
kondzior 12 | 1,242
19 Aug 2010 #18
Unless you go to the shop and say "I am 17 y.o. and give me that beer, please!" you should have no troubles. If you not look like a kid no one is going to ask for your ID. Well, most of the time. If so, just go to another shop.
schultzlb10 - | 2
12 Sep 2010 #19
Hi

I am traveling there in October - do you know if the stores carry monster energy blue or rock star no sugar - I know this sounds dumb but I don't drink coffee and I am a zombie without my daily kick

I will be in Warsaw then Krakow do they have store chains for groceries or clothing (like Target or walmart?)

thank you so much
zetigrek
12 Sep 2010 #20
i've never heard such names.

I will be in Warsaw then Krakow do they have store chains for groceries or clothing (like Target or walmart?)

no walmart, no target. but we have tesco! ;D

you won't find nice clothes in hipermarkets. We have chain apparel stores as H&M, Zara, Bershka, etc. If you are asking about shopping malls (in poland called galerie handlowe - trade galeries), like this:

mokotow

then there is plenty of it!
schultzlb10 - | 2
12 Sep 2010 #21
but they have red bull...ok

I'm looking forward to shopping - thanks for the names :)
zetigrek
12 Sep 2010 #22
I'm looking forward to shopping - thanks for the names :)

names? No problem. Can give you more: Reserved, Orsay, Mohito, House, Cropp, Tally Weil, Stradivarius, Troll, Diverse, Pretty Girl

In Warsaw when get out off train you are just few steps far from Złote Tarsy:

You will find many of those stores there ;)
arec14 - | 1
7 Dec 2012 #23
Merged: ID in Poland (to buy cigarettes?)

Going to Poland in 4 days and I'm planning on getting some cigarettes for friends, as it loads cheaper over there.
Only problem is I'm 17 and look it.
If I go to a corner-shop or a paper shop, will they ask for ID?
Thanks!
TheLox - | 50
7 Dec 2012 #24
I'm not from Poland but I will tell you there's a 50/50 chance they will ask you for ID like most other countries. If it doesn't work you can always try bargaining your way out of it. A lot of Poles smoke.
jon357 67 | 16,655
7 Dec 2012 #25
Agreed. One thing you'll notice is that cigarettes are sold in kiosks. These come in various shapes and sizes with a hole at around waist height to give your money and get your goods through (always in that order; Poland is not a trusting place). Just choose one where the front window above the hole is full of products on display, and the salesperson will hardly see you.

Not that smoking is at all good, and it is much better never to start. The health warnings are not a joke.
f stop 25 | 2,513
7 Dec 2012 #26
even if you can get the cigarettes, it may still be illegal for you to possess them.. where are you taking them to?
TheLox - | 50
8 Dec 2012 #27
F Stop, I think the authorities have better things to do than to scope a 17 year boy out, smoking a cigarette. If a cop stopped me on such b*******, as a 17 year old boy, I would tell them to go screw themselves. Needless to say, they would probably stare as you as if they think themselves higher than you are, and speed off like the arrogant b******* they are, laced with Steroids and Amphetamnines.
f stop 25 | 2,513
8 Dec 2012 #28
I think the authorities have better things to do than to scope a 17 year boy out,

I was thinking more about customs and such
Magdalena 3 | 1,837
9 Dec 2012 #29
You would definitely be asked for ID. Customs might be a problem as well. Overall, it's not the smartest idea.

stop18.pl/pl/co-mowi-prawo
TheLox - | 50
9 Dec 2012 #30
Over here, some store won't ID you simply because they don't give a sh***. They just want money. An yes it's probably not the smartest idea, but over here it's almost like a don't ask don't tell policy.


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