Is it safe to buy beers and mojitos from street vendors in Barcelona? No.

FAQ. Is it safe in Barcelona to buy alcohol from street sellers and vendors?

No, it is not safe and not recommended.

Here's why.

If you are on beach and offered mojito cocktails - or out at night in Barcelona and offered cans of beer from street sellers then beware

Dangerous and potientally deadly E.coli bacteria has been found in cocktail ingredients and beer cans.

This is because the street sellers typically store their ingredients and beers under manhole covers of sewage drains and in garbage containers!

Do NOT buy drinks or beer from street vendors.

E.coli infections can be very nasty cause bloody diarrhea, severe anemia and kidney failure, which can lead to death.

On the moral side, while it might seem convenient and a little cheaper than going to a bar, it's completely illegal and the street sellers don't pay taxes or VAT. 

Their sales also hurt local bar and restaurant owners who are paying rent, wages and taxes. 

Finally it often creates litter as many cans and plastic cups are left on the beach and the street.

Add all these reasons up and we hope your conclusion is, that it is a better idea to buy cold beers and clean cocktails in bars - or in the some of the many convenience stores in Barcelona.

So please. Be a considerate tourist and don't risk your health.

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