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What is this all about?

27 edits on the wiki page, but no discussion so far!? A proposal not marked as a proposal. What's up with this tagging scheme? Why are we supposed to use it, and in what cases? An unlimited number of keys, one for each single beverage product in the world? When a given supermarket sells 100 different drinks, are we supposed to add 100 tags to the supermarket node? Who keeps the data up to date? I don't believe this belongs in a geo database. --Fkv (talk) 17:21, 4 January 2015 (UTC)

Ultimately I think it's because a lot of mappers are coffee/tea/alcohol enthusiasts, and tag in ways they find useful. I don't think there's any need to list every beverage a shop sells, but "where is the closest place I can buy beer/wine/espresso?" is a very common question, and it's good to have the data available to answer that question. And to many people, the types of drinks available at a restaurant are just as useful as its cuisine. It's an important part of culture.
Personally, I live in an area where, due to licensing restrictions, many establishments serve beer and wine, and a subset of those also serve liquor. Similarly, some grocery stores sell beer and some do not. Even some pharmacies sell beer. This is good information to have. --Jmapb (talk) 19:55, 4 April 2018 (UTC)

Replacement for "retail"?

As of last year, retail has been scrapped as a valid value for drink:*, at least on this wiki. What would be the appropriate tagging for a shop that sells some beverages (say, coffee) that can be consumed onsite and others (say, beer) that cannot? This is a very common situation in the USA: A convenience store with a few tables where you can buy and consume packaged food, soft drinks, coffee, but does not have the license to allow beer consumption on the premises even though they do sell beer. I thought that this was a situation for drink:beer=retail. So now, what's a good way to tag this -- maybe drink:beer=takeaway-only?

Probably, though, it's better to assume that a drink:beer=yes tag on a shop implies takeaway-only, since this is by far the more usual case... If so, what's the proper tag for the other case? Maybe drink:beer=yes;consumption_permitted? Some other wordy monstrosity? Or is this data simply too granular to describe cleanly? --Jmapb (talk) 19:55, 4 April 2018 (UTC)


I could have sworn I read a discussion about =byob (or =bring-your-own?) being a possible value for drink:* tags. But now I can't find it anywhere. Obviously wasn't here on the wiki, but I can't find it on the mailing lists either. Maybe I dreamt it. --Jmapb (talk) 19:55, 4 April 2018 (UTC)