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Pubs cash in on IPL, cancel Happy Hours

Everyone is trying to make money on the IPL including pubs and restaurants in the city. Sports Bar at Phoenix Mills is known for its Sunday deals on alcohol and food. Their 40 per cent discount during Happy Hours on Sunday was one reason why the joint is jam packed on weekends.

india Updated: Mar 25, 2010 14:32 IST
Serena Menon

Everyone is trying to make money on the IPL including pubs and restaurants in the city. Sports Bar at Phoenix Mills is known for its Sunday deals on alcohol and food. Their 40 per cent discount during Happy Hours on Sunday was one reason why the joint is jam packed on weekends. Last Sunday, during one of the IPL matches, the management conveniently forgot to mention that they had nullified the 40 per cent discount.

When questioned, snap came the reply, “There is a conditions apply sign on the board, we’re not supposed to tell you.” The manager also refused to reimburse.

Conditions apply
The Colaba branch of the same bar insists that they make it a point to notify customers of the change but the Phoenix Mills branch did no such thing.

“We have been doing this since the IPL started,” claimed Melvin, the manager of the Colaba outlet. “We even have a big board notifying customers that Happy Hours have cancelled it.”

Sports Bar isn’t the only bar that is acting suspicious this cricket season. Firangi Pani that usually has its Happy Hours from 6 pm to 8.30 pm, initially agreed to having cancelled it during the IPL, then, denied it immediately after.

Mumbai Times Café, another popular pub in Bandra, claimed that they had cancelled their Happy Hours for over a month.

When asked, whether it was the IPL that was the reason for the change, they denied it. “We are waiting to formulate a new concept for the Happy Hours. When we do, we will implement it again,” says Jignesh Patel, the attendant.

Minor tweaks
Some places like Temptations, has tweaked the Happy Hour policy to the ‘one drink on one free’. So unless you are having two beers, you’ll still be paying the same price.

Our advice to all those who are planning on enjoying the IPL matches with friends at the neighbourhood bar, be sure to ask about discount policies before you down your drinks.