This year, Valentine’s Day may just pass by with a whimper. While civic elections in Mumbai may lead to February 14 being a dry-day for them, midnight onwards, Delhi pubs don’t hope for footfalls as most Delhiites abstain from drinking on a Tuesday.
City restaurants and cafes, too, are wary of organising big bashes on that day, and are planning parties over the preceding weekend. “This Valentine’s Day is not likely to make much business sense, a lot of people won’t drink on Tuesdays. Also, who prefers to party on a weekday? We have a pre-Valentine bash on February 11-12,” says Suruchi Dutta, owner of Quantum the leap nightclub.
“Nothing’s happening on Tuesday for us,” says Kapil Vig, F&B manager of Kitty Su. Priyank Sukhija of 1 Cafe Bar agrees, “We have nothing special planned for Feb 14. Business is really low on Tuesdays.” These places are usually packed on Valentines day every year, with tables booked in advance. We have no plans for Tuesday,” says Akhil Sahni from Qafe Pasha.
He adds, “However, we have a pre-Valentine party on February 11, with a live band playing.” Ankit Khilwani of Et Al Cafe and Bar also says that their party is over the weekend as Tuesdays are ‘dead days’ for pubs, with some even giving the weekly-off to the staff on that day.
Party planners, too, are complaining of less business, as there aren’t too many requests for private parties on Tuesdays. Anshum Grover, director, Rise 2 Shine Events, says, “I handle parties at some of the best five-stars but this year, there is no business from them for Valentine’s Day.” Raghav Joshi, a DU student says, “It’s so ironical that V-Day this year is on Tuesday. I fast on Tuesday, so do a lot of my friends. Drinking is out of question. Delhi does not party on Tuesdays.” Ria, 23, echoes the same feeling. “It’s going to be a dull Valentine’s Day,” she says.