Alcohol is available at licensed bottle stores, many supermarkets, bars, restaurants and even petrol stations around Namibia. Hard liquor (pretty much anything other than wine & beer) can only be retailed by bottle stores - so do not expect your local supermarket to stock your favourite brand of gin!
It is important to note that supermarkets & bottle stores can only sell booze until 5pm on weekdays, 1pm on Saturdays and sales are not permitted on Sunday, so make sure you stock up for the weekend.
The larger towns such as Windhoek, Swakopmund and Oshawa have thriving shebeens (unlicensed drinking places), these are usually found in the poorer areas or townships, alcohol is nearly always available here but it is best if you visit with a local.
- As Namibia is generally a hot country most of the beer drunk here is in the form of lager. But the good news is that all Namibians are passionate about their beer and that means it is readily available everywhere, often you can buy beer in places that do not have supermarkets or petrol stations (frequently you can buy beer in petrol stations). Namibian Breweries brew several beers, Windhoek Lager, Tafel Lager, Windhoek Light (a low alcohol lager) and Urbock (which is only brewed during the winter months).
South African beers are widely available, but ask any Namibian (and many South Africans) and they'll tell you South African beer is not nearly as good as our own. Some bottle stores stock imported brands (esp from Germany) but these are not widely available.
- Namibia does not have a rich tradition of wine making and vineyards are scarce in this desert country. Two notable wineries do exist in the form of the Kristall Kallerie, near Omaruru, and the exceptional Neuras Wineries in the south of the country near Bullsport.
Although South Africans are not that good at making beer they produce pretty good wine. A wide variety of South African wines are therefore available in restaurants and bottle stores throughout the country, those looking for wines from further afield are likely to be disappointed.
- Spirits & Liqueurs
- Namibia does not produce many spirits, but bars and bottle stores all over the country have fairly good stocks of imported liquor. Particular favourites are brandy (normally mixed with coke), amarula (a sweet South African liqueur that tastes something like Baileys) and schnapps
I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me - Hunter S. Thompson