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age restrictions?

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age restrictions?

Am travelling to amsterdam end of november am hoping to take my lil bro whose 17 i just wanted to know if there was an age restriction on things we can do? Do they ask id for the clubs and coffee shops? I am 23

Fort Worth, Texas
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1. Re: age restrictions?

yes, they ask for ID..but at 17 he can drink beer.

Amersfoort, The...
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2. Re: age restrictions?

Coffee shops age limit is 18 and they will ask for ID.

Beer and wine are legal here from 16. You need to be over 18 to buy spirits.

The door policy in clubs will vary but it is usually min age 18 or 21.

aberdeen
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3. Re: age restrictions?

He definitely will not get into a coffeshop age restriction is 18 and over.

Maryland
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4. Re: age restrictions?

And if he could get into a coffeeshop it is not him or you that would get into trouble. It is the coffeeshops.

Coffeeshops get closed down and fined.

Fort Worth, Texas
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5. Re: age restrictions?

and with the uncertainty of what will happen jan 1 they are probably extra diligent checking ID's

TheHague
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6. Re: age restrictions?

The drinking law changed this autumn, much to the consternation of my 16 year old daughter. The legal drinking age is now 18 for beer, wine and liquor.

ID checks for drinking are not so strict. In supermarkets, yes, in small shops, no. In nightclubs, yes, in quieter bars, no.

Amersfoort, The...
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7. Re: age restrictions?

Didn't know that Casualist. Thanks for the update.

Amsterdam, The...
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8. Re: age restrictions?

Has that increase in the drinking age gone through yet Casualist. I can't find any confirmation of that just that it is planned.

Brussels
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9. Re: age restrictions?

< I can't find any confirmation of that just that it is planned >

The intention to raise the drinking age from 16 to 18 is in the agreed programme for the new government.

…omroep.nl/bd1577606cc9582deb861bc6eb6bf83d/… - last bullet point on page 29

Amersfoort, The...
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10. Re: age restrictions?

So it is not law yet. As it will need to be passed through parliament it will probably take about a year before the law is changed.