On New Year’s Eve, security of women is a big concern across nightclubs in the city. Not only have most introduced a ‘no stag’ policy, some are even offering personal bodyguards for guests. For a price, these guards will stand by you through the evening, and will even walk you all the way to the loo!
At JYNXXX, a nightclub in Nehru Place, guests who book the ‘R1lakh table’ (the one nearest to the DJ’s console) will also be given a dedicated bouncer. "The bouncer will stand by the table all evening and also accompany the ladies till the washroom. We have the popular Punjabi group RDB performing and the crowds can get pretty wild, so security is vital," says Mohit Jain, the owner.
At Shiro in Hotel Samrat, guests who book the VIP table for R2,50,000 will be provided special security. "There will be a wellgroomed English-speaking security guard, who’ll work as a shadow and will accompany the guests, even to the dance floor. At a special price, guests can also register for an escorted drop-back to their homes after 1am. New Year’s Eve gets chaotic and that’s why we’re taking such measures," says Pravesh Pandey, GM Shiro.
At Royal China in Nehru Place, guests can book private tents on the terrace for R18,000 per couple. Each tent will have a security guard. "He will ensure that no one misbehaves with guests under his care and if required, drop them back home safely," says Aashita Relan, owner.
No place for singles
If you’re a single guy in Delhi, chances are, you’ll spend New Year’s Eve sitting in front of the television. What else can you do when most clubs won’t let you in without a girl in tow?
Last year, we reported that single men stood stranded on December 31, thanks to the strict ‘No Stag’ policy of most nightclubs in the Capital. A year later nothing’s changed.
Venues that make an exception, do so with strings attached. “We allow a single man to enter only if he’s with a male-female couple,” says Anuj Kapoor of Attitude Alive, Gurgaon.
“We only allow stag entry if they are part of a group of couples. We have to maintain the male-female ratio and decorum,” says Deepali Narula of F Bar & Lounge.
“We don’t allow entry to single men as single girls come to party and we have to ensure their safety,” says Sid Mathur, owner, Shroom.
The limited options spell bad news for gay couples too, who are counted as single men. “Even gay couples have to be with heterosexual couples,” says Kapoor. But, there’s some hope. While there is a ‘gay only’ party at Orange Hara in Saket, places such as Daffodils in Chhattarpur are welcoming stags. “We are confident of our security, so stags are allowed after an ID check,” says Sunil Wig, marketing director of Purpleberry at Daffodils. Namya sinha
Stags allowed here:
CIRCA 1193, Mehrauli
Tivoli Garden Hotel, Chhatarpur
Daffodils Purpleberry Hotel
BluO, Gurgaon and Vasant Kunj
Power Play, Gurgaon
Agni, The Park Hotel
Inputs by Vaishali Bhambri