Azaad Wine Shop

An institution by now in Karachi and perhaps the most famous of all the liquor stores aka wine shops in the city, Azaad seems to be the place where half of Defence and Clifton make a stop every Saturday night. What I particularly like about the place is its egalitarianism: you don’t need to shell out a couple of thousand to a bootlegger nor do you have to wait to chill your beer. And best of all it reveals the demand for alcohol in this country, making a mockery of Bhutto’s self-serving ban in 1977.

58 Comments so far

  1. Mariam (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 8:48 am

    Wine is not good for health one

    Why is that we jumped out of our seats when something sold legally while poor
    Pakistanis are dying everyday from Heroine overdose? No one is selling it but
    somehow they are getting it via Afghanistan and Northern Pakistan. As for wine, it is suggested certain amount of Red wine is beneficial for your cardiovascular health. It is up to the human being to decide what is better for one.


  2. mansoor (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 9:29 am

    any thing in overdose is bad for health… be it food, water or wine.

    i still say.. live n let live. imposing your own moralities over other people is stupid! especially when beliefs are differnt!

    so much for tolerance….


  3. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 4:44 pm


    any thing in overdose is bad for health… be it food, water or wine.

    that doesn’t justify selling wine,does it?

    do you mean ,_eating_2much_biryani==too much wine glasses?

    Miriam bibi,everyone even knows that alchol is used in little amount in few syrups,does it justify to drink wine?its like i can drink wine because i can eat grapes.


  4. Dee (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 9:05 pm

    Okay Miriam……..> You are a woman so you should know/will know, during pregnancy drinking wine even a glass a day can be dangerous to your baby.
    You also made a comment,Here in this competitive world some Pakistanis are nothing and when they come to realize this they have to hide behind religion.My answer to that is , IT TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE.
    Dee.


  5. Mariam (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 6:37 am

    Dee,

    You are a woman so you should know/will know, during pregnancy drinking wine even a glass a day can be dangerous to your baby.

    So does smoking and other bunch of things.

    IT TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE

    I guess you are asking do I impose my beliefs on others. No I don’t. I think it is the birthright of the minorities (White space in Pakistani flag is for them) to buy Alcohol legally. I like to see that people give them respect which they deserve and they don’t have to buy it from black market, which is dangerous.


  6. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 10:21 am

    Mariam:both minorities and majorities can get alcohol easily.Come to Karachi i will supply you as much you want.You dont need to get worried at all


  7. Mariam (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 10:43 am

    Adnan,

    No kidding legally to Muslims. Then how come there aren’t any protest from Mullhas, do they own it (it’s very profitable)?

    Come to Karachi i will supply you as much you want.

    No thanks, I’ll pass.


  8. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 10th, 2006 @ 4:55 pm

    Miriam because unlike you ,others ars suffering in severe problems than running here and there for getting alchol.I have been seeing that you have lots of concern about Pakistani minority,by keeping hypocricy aside ,you should really do something for their better education and future rather considering that supplying *wine* can bring something good in their life.


    No thanks, I’ll pass.

    Then stop whining about Alcohol



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