Its Official: Bangalore
Great news for Bangalore?s pub goers! After a three month trial run of the extended deadline for pubs and retsaurants, it?s finally official. Restaurants are allowed to be open till 1am throughout the week while pubs remain open after midnight only on weekends. With the passing of the formal order owners of these establishments have geared up to welcome customers and their appetites. Most owners and managers are happy about the extra hours while others have mixed feelings. ?I don?t keep the bar open after 11.30?, says Dominic, manager of the Coconut Groove on Church Street. ?The crowd that comes then creates a nuisance for the public and the youth spoil their lifestyle.? It is not surprising that Dominic says so, considering the driving under influence charges filed every year. He also found a negligible increase in business when he kept the bar open till after midnight during the trial period. This was not true for all. A recent addition to Church Street?s landscape, Church Street Social, is a hip and trendy place with a never ending rush of customers. It is the kind of place favoured by the young crowd. ?Yes, definitely? says Kishor, the manager, when asked if his business has improved owing to the extended deadline. Dev, manager of another popular pub, Guzzler?s Inn, concurs and says that they have customers walking in even at 11pm. Pub owners have one thing in common. They rake in the biggest profits from draught beer. This is probably due its low alcohol content allowing people to remain responsible on the roads. Also almost none of the pubs have their own cab service which makes customers think twice before consuming alcohol. With the last call fixed at 12 to avoid stragglers, managers have found it easy to stick to the deadline. Minor setbacks aside, the pub going community remains responsible as a whole. Let?s raise our cups and welcome Bangalore as a child of the night once more but responsibly.