As the Mumbai Excise Department proposes to keep cafes and bars in the city open till 3am, Delhi youngsters and restaurateurs think its time the Capital, too, sees an extension for its nightlife. Currently, clubs in Delhi have a 1am deadline, which leaves most revellers grousing.
“There really should be some relaxation. People hardly get to party, as we have to shut our services by 12.30 or 12.45,” says Gagan Kapoor, owner of Buzz in Saket. “There should be different rules for restaurants and bars. We pay for 24 hour licenses to serve drinks, but we can’t serve after 1am,” says AD Singh of Lap.
City revellers feel a 3am deadline will be a practical move. “We finish work by 9 or 10pm and can only reach a nightclub by 11pm. If the bar takes the last drinks order at 12.30am or shuts down the dance floor at 1am, it doesn’t make any sense,” says Anshum Grover, 26.
“We claim to be an international city, but shut down by 1am. Authorities should make sure that we have proper security so that we have the freedom to party all night,” says Priyank Dumra, 23, an IT professional. Aniket Singh, 25, adds: “Why can’t we beef up our security and party longer? Isn’t it time we became like Mumbai?”