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Jakarta Post

Drinkers at loss to get their favorite tipple

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 13 2018   /  01:22 am

Obtaining alcoholic beverages in the capital has been a challenge ever since 2015, when the Trade Ministry limited the retail sale of drinks with an alcohol content ranging from 1 to 5 percent to supermarkets.

The challenge is even harder during the Ramadhan fasting month when entertainment venues are shut down.

Jakarta Regulation No. 6/2015 on tourism and Gubernatorial Decree No. 18/2018 on tourism businesses stipulate that bars are not allowed to operate during Ramadhan.

Due to such regulations, expatriates and casual drinkers in the city have to rack their brains whenever they want to go for a sociable drink.

Belgian citizen Annemarie Hellemans, 50, said it was not that difficult to find a place that served alcohol when she first moved to Jakarta some years ago.

“When they introduced the law that limited alcoholic beverage sales it became a bit in...