Hot on the heels of cafes Barista and Costa Coffee starting to serve liquor, it now seems the city is all set to see many more pubs and bars to spruce up it’s nightlife.
With the Delhi government making the process of getting a liquor licence a lot simpler, restaurateurs and patrons are ready to raise their glasses.
“This move is a big boon for people thinking of opening bars, and eventually, the city’s people will reap the benefits of greater choice,” says Nikhil Kanwar of restaurant, Circa 1193. Satish Warier, who runs Gunpowder, adds, “Even the option of a licence to serve beer and wine only is great for restaurants with less covers.”
So far, to get a liquor licence, one needed approval from the Municipal Corporation, police, Excise and Fire Departments. But from now on, the Tourism Department will function as a nodal agency to facilitate the same.
“It’ll be a positive move as long as they involve just the Tourism Department,” says Dharmesh Karmokar of Tasty Tangles.