If you ever have been to Berlin you will know that one of our big advantages is that you are allowed to get drunk 24h a day, there is no closing hour for pubs, discotheques etc. If you are hungry, you might run into a problem, as most restaurants close at latest 1 am if you want to buy milk in the middle of the night, you might have to go to a gas station and buy something they say is milk and that might have been relabeld so if you come home your milk turns out to be sour. But, If you want to get drunk, no problem, just head into the next 24h pub and get drunk, no brown bags needed, no secrecy at all. You are old enough…get drunk. Now from today on, still asking myself if this has anything to do with Chancleress Merkel visiting Great Britain today, the UK allows their fellow citizenship and everyone old enough to do exactly that. The curfew is dead, long live nightlong drinking. So Angie if you are hearing me: turn down the German shop closing hours act in return and we, the people, will happily applaude that Brits are allowed to drink all night long from this day on. May they drown in what they have the balls to call beer (just kidding my fellow Uk friends, I know you can take it).

5 Comments so far

  1. Tom (unregistered) on November 24th, 2005 @ 6:11 pm

    Having lived in and enjoyed Berlin for four fantastic years, this website is excellent in bringing me back “home”. Many thanks.

    Now, if only the shops opened beyond 4pm on a Saturday … and on Sundays :]

    Apart from that, Berlin’s pretty much perfect!

    Tom, in Singapore

  2. till (unregistered) on November 24th, 2005 @ 7:49 pm

    @Tom: Some shops are really open that long here. Most in fact close at 8 PM on a Saturday. And there are three or four stores that are open all day on Sunday too.

    So I guess Berlin rockz all. ;-)


  3. P.inBerlin (unregistered) on November 24th, 2005 @ 8:17 pm

    Yeah, the Saturday thing changed a year or so ago and is the same as a normal weekday when it comes to when shops are allowed to be open.

    Apparently, this huge shopping centre that they are planning in the new Lehter Bahnh…sorry, Berlin Hauptbahnof will be open all day Sundays because of the special dispensations for train stations.

  4. terrible (unregistered) on November 24th, 2005 @ 8:45 pm

    Damn, forgot the train stations…what I am really talking about is that were living in a big city that closes down shops at night, for jesus christs sake I want to shop on saturday nights and do all those things constantly, whenever I like…I am willing to pay for it. Not a big deal. Just Imagine going to the supermarket in the middle of the night, like you may in lots of big cities around the globe and german law still treats us as if electric energy had been invented just a few months ago, hello?

  5. darthwalk (unregistered) on December 21st, 2005 @ 2:36 am

    Come to Hungary, we have all the Tesco hipermarkts open for you non-stop, 24/7, most of our pubs stay open till 4 in the morning, and after, you can eat, at some non-stop mcdonalds, or if you dont like the commerce junk, just take kebab :)

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