Will the bouncers at Delhi nightclubs get as tech savvy as their counterparts in the US? To keep away the regular rowdies, nightclub security guards in America have started capturing their pictures on iPhones, which are then emailed to all the bars and pubs in the vicinity. In the Capital, save a few exceptions, nightclubs rely less on gadgets and more on well-tested desi tactics.
At Lizard Lounge in South Extension-II, “We throw out rowdies. The guys get so ashamed that they never return,” says Manjit Singh, the lounge’s captain. “If someone plays naughty, we hand him over the police,” says Ajay Mishra, manager, Bacchus, a pub in Basant Lok. “Sometimes we snatch their cell phones and call up their families to complain. That’s a bigger embarrassment.”
The closest Delhi gets to US-style tech savviness is perhaps at Urban Pind, GK-I. “Our surveillance cameras capture the images of regular rowdies and share them with our staff so that everyone keeps an eye on them,” says restaurant manager Prabhat Kumar Sharma. The management of F-Bar in Ashoka Hotel has a list of people whose entry is banned.