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How to Order Beer in 15 Different Countries! -- The Quirky Pineapple

¡Salud!

Proost!

Sláinte!

Well, before we get to the cheers and good health wishes, it’d be nice to have a cold drink in our hands first. Y’all know that as the warmer weather approaches, what better way to enjoy life than by sitting outside and sharing in a cold drink with your friends and family. And if alcoholic beverages aren’t your thing (and they’re not always my thing either), a cold soda will suffice! But, for all my Pineapplers that love having a cold beer to go with that meal, I asked a few other travel bloggers on the best way to order beer in their country! AND THEN, we can get to the cheers and good health and wealth wishes!

United States:

“Can I have a beer, please?” OR “One beer, please.”

Spain:

“¡Una caña (o cerveza) por favor!” O “Dame una caña (o cerveza)”

Germany:

“Ein bier, bitte” — Ine beer, bitt-uh

Vietnam:

Xin một ly rượu bia. — sin-muht lee roo bee-ah

Japan:

ビ一ルを一本下さい — Bee-ru ip-pon ku-da-sai

How to Order Beer in 15 Different Countries! -- The Quirky Pineapple

Photo by Brian Chan

Korea:

맥주 한잔 주세요 — Mayk-joo hahn-jahn joo-se-yoh

Thank you, Laura, from Willful and Wildhearted! Cheers to you!

Portugal (Portuguese):

Uma cerveja, por favor — oo-mah sehr-vay-juh, poorh pha-vohr

Thank you, Tendelle, from Travel à la Tendelle! Cheers to you!

Russia:

Manye pazaloosta butilku piva — mah-nyeh, pa-zah-lu-sta, buh-tyl-ku pee-vah

Poland:

Proszę piwo — prohsheh pee-vo

Netherlands (Dutch):

Mag ik een biertje? — mak ee-ken beertche
Note: this gets you whatever is on tap!

If you want a specific beer, you need to ask for the beer:
Mag ik een Heineken? 

Thank you, Karen, from WanderlustingK! Cheers to you!

Greece:

μία μπύρα παρακαλώ — mee-ah bee-rah para-kal-oh

Thank you, Amanda, from Olive, Feta & Ouzo! Cheers to you!

Italy:

Una birra, per favore! — oo-na beer-rah, pair fa-vo-ray

France:

Une bière, s’il vous plait! — ewn be-ehr, see-vooh-pleh

Hungary:

Kérek egy korsó sört — key-rek egg korsho shirt 

Thank you, Eniko, from Travel Hacker Girl! Cheers to you!

Cambodia:

Soum Sraah Muoi Geao — som srah moi cheeoau

To be more polite:
Add “bong” if it’s an older person you’re talking to
OR “ohn” if it’s a younger person

Thank you, Elise, from Travel, Work, and Play! Cheers to you!

How to Order Beer in 15 Different Countries! -- The Quirky Pineapple

And of course, you can’t order a beer without celebrating and toasting to friendship, family, good health, and a whole lot of love! Here’s how to say cheers in 15 different languages:

United States:

Cheers!

Spain:

¡Salud!

Meaning: Health!

Germany:

Prost!

Meaning: Cheers!

Vietnam:

Một hai ba, yo — Moat hi bah, yo

Meaning: One, two, three, inside!

Japan:

乾杯 — Kan-pie

Meaning: Cheers, empty the glass!

Korea:

건배 — Gun bae

Meaning: Cheers, toast!

Portugal (Portuguese):

Saúde — Saw-OO-de

Meaning: Health

Russia:

Будем здоровы — Budem zdorovi

Meaning: To your health!
Tip – Most Russians rarely use this phrase, the above phrase is more used by foreigners. Russians will change their wishes based on the person and the type of celebration.

Poland:

Na zdrowie — Naz-droh-vee-ay

Meaning: To your health!

Netherlands (Dutch):

Proost!

Greece:

ΥΓΕΙΑ — yamas

Meaning: Health!

Italy:

Salute!

Meaning: Health!

France:

Santé!

Meaning: To your health!

Hungary:

Egészségedre —Egg-esh ay-ged-reh

Meaning: To your health!

Fenékig — Fehn-eh-keg

Meaning: Until the bottom of the glass!

Cambodia:

ជល់មួយ — chôl muŏy

Meaning: Cheers, good health!

How to Order Beer in 15 Different Countries! -- The Quirky Pineapple

So whether you’re a beer drinker, a fizzy drinker, a sweet-treat, or dirty martini drinker, cheers to you! May we all have good health, great wealth, and live a life full of truth, hard work, and a little bit of adventure here and there.

How do you order beer in your home country or language? Let me know in the comments below!

Feeling generous? Buy me a beer in my next destination and I’ll toast to you!


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  • Cassandra Le

    Thank you, Ashley! I knew there was something wrong with the spelling! I suppose that is the phonetic way of saying it that I have on my blog. I’ll make the changes!

  • Ashley Le-K

    Hi Cassandra! The correct Vietnamese spelling with accents is “Xin một ly rượu bia.” Thank you for this handy guide!

  • Cassandra Le

    Haha what countries have you visited and learned new words from? It’s always so interesting to me to learn about what “cheers” can mean in different languages and countries.

  • Cassandra Le

    Yay! Thanks, Erin! (: Cheers, to you, too!

  • Cassandra Le

    Haha YES! That’s exactly my thought process (:

  • Cassandra Le

    LOL *HIGH FIVE* Jin! Have you visited all of the countries mentioned on this post? That’s awesome! Thank you!!

  • Cassandra Le

    Hahaha yes, I’ve definitely had a bit of trouble!

  • Louise Oliver

    This is a great idea for a post! The word for cheers in different countries is one of those things that you know so well whilst you’re there and then it just disappears from the memory. So it was great reading all these and it got me reminiscing about my toasting in different countries! Cheers indeed!

  • Erin

    Ha ha what a fun idea for a post! (Also, very important information!) I love that you included how to also toast in different countries. Cheers!

  • Stephanie Rose

    This is so fun! I love learning about little ways to interact with the locals when I travel. And there’s no better way to get to know someone than by sharing drinking traditions!

  • Jin Chu

    I am proud to say that I already knew all these! *High Five* Knowing these beer phrases are essential for traveling lol. Such a fun post – thanks for sharing, Cassandra!

  • Wow, this is such a useful post. I think everybody had a problem with order alcohol abroad at least once in a lifetime.