What alcohol to buy in Morocco?
One of the most common questions I receive from travellers is about alcohol. “Can you buy alcohol in Morocco? Are there bars/clubs? Can women drink in the bars”?
Although Muslims are forbidden to drink alcohol, Morocco is liberal and not dry. By the recent number, Moroccans consume approximately 120 million litres of alcoholic beverages, 68.3 per cent of which is beer.
In the article There is (no) alcohol in Morocco? I already wrote where to buy alcohol, what kind of places in Morocco sell alcohol. This time, I want to introduce you to the main types of alcohol types you can purchase in Moroccan stores.
In general, in Morocco, imported alcohol is expensive, so I recommend buying locally produced drinks – beer and wine. There are locally produced spirits like vodka, gin, whiskey, etc., but I would doubt their quality. If you want to buy spirits, go for the foreigner production or bring your own from duty-free shops. Forgive me if I am wrong, I am not a big fan of spirits, and don’t buy them often.
FLAG SPECIAL (pilsner) – remains the best-selling beer in Morocco since 1973. In the shops, 24 cl. bottle of Flag Spéciale cost 12 MAD (around 1,1 euro). It’s also available in cans of 25cl, 33cl and 50cl.
In the summer season, you will find the yellow labelled Flag Spéciale Gold. Slightly more flavour than Flag Spéciale. I prefer this Gold type than the regular Flag Spéciale.
Flag Pils is the only Moroccan beer available in 33cl bottle and 33cl cans and also in the big 50 cl cans. Cost similar to Flag special. The taste is similar to Flag Special.
Stork Premiere (Pale Lager, 4.7%) – least liked and the cheapest of the other Moroccan beers from the list. Can be found in more affordable local bars.
Casablanca beer (Pale Lager 5%) – created in 1996 for the export market only. Now, this beer is popular among locals as well. Available in 25cl and 33cl bottles and in 33cl can. Price is around 18 MAD (1,6 euros) per 33 cl bottle. It’s worth to pay a bit more for the Casablanca beer. The sweetish taste and elegant bottle design make the beer my favourite. It’s also a great present home!
After French colonization, French converted Meknes city into the wine region. Now, Morocco is the second-largest wine-producing country in the Arab world. I don’t have much knowledge about wine; therefore, I made a list of the most popular wine brands in Morocco.
My favourite is Moroccan grey wine. Yes, exactly, grey wine! It is neither white, red, nor rose, and it is only produced in Morocco. If you can’t decide what to buy, always go for the Domaine Sahari – all colours – cost around 80 MAD (7 euros).
In Morocco, there are a few local vineyards. However, it’s hard to find their products in the local alcohol stores. I was happy to discover that my favourite winery Domaine du Val d’Argan sells wine in Carrefour. Their wine is not cheap, around 10-20 euros/bottle, but worth the price if you are a real wine lover. As well, Domaine du Val d’Argan has a restaurant and wine shop next to Essaouira; it’s a must-stop for wine lovers.
Cuvée du Cabernet President Rouge or CP is a popular cheap local wine (around 50 MAD). However, for me, it’s the least favourite wine to taste. Better, try Bonassia or La Cuvée du Terroir (La Ferme Rouge or Guerrouane wine. If you can’t decide what to buy, always go for the Domaine Sahari – all colours – cost around 80 MAD (7 euros). In my opinion, it is the best value of Moroccan wine. Sahari is widely offered in many Moroccan restaurants and bars