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Not getting away sloshed

This New Year’s eve, city clubs say they will refuse to serve liquor to those already too drunk.

entertainment Updated: Dec 30, 2010 00:23 IST
Namya Sinha

Don’t be surprised if your bartender refuses a drink this New Year’s Eve, or if your vodka tastes too watery. The time, authorities in the city, including club owners and the police, are planning to curb binge drinking right in your peg, even if you have a pass to unlimited alcohol.

“We will not serve booze to those are already inebriated, even if it means saying a strict ‘no’,” says Deepali Narula of F Bar & Lounge. Mohit Jain of Jynxxx and Freeze concurs: “We will stop serving drinks to anyone who seems too drunk.” “The bartender knows when a person is about to pass out. We will not serve more drinks to such people,” says Saurabh Khanijo of Poison Ivy.

Some clubs have clever tricks up their sleeve. “Our bartenders have been briefed to add water to the drinks of those who are too drunk,” says a bar owner, wishing not to be named.

Some party-lovers have a problem with that. “How do they decide how much I can have?” says 29-year-old Neha Singh. But, Sameer Chawla of the bar, Blues, retorts: “Anyone can make out if someone is too drunk.”

The cops, too, are all set to crack down, especially on those serving booze to the under-aged. “We will conduct raids on pubs serving liquor to those under 25” says DCP (South) HGS Dhaliwal. There will also be flying squads and special teams at popular party spots, like farmhouses.