This is how Delhi does dry day: A day of jugaad and car-o-bar
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This is how Delhi does dry day: A day of jugaad and car-o-bar

The 48-hour ban on sale and serving of alcohol because of the MCD elections didn’t deter Delhiites — they found ways to beat the ban with their trademark inventive ways.

Updated: Apr 23, 2017 18:15 IST
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At Epicuria, Nehru Place, the pubs and restaurants were going half-empty, while people drank outside.

As the MCD Elections hit the Capital over the weekend, the city’s party scene took a hit. Subsequently, Wednesday will also be a dry day, as the counting begins. While we did come across empty streets, Delhi's jugaad janta found their way around things. Here's a first-person account of how the city survived the no-booze rule.


We saw people who were either sitting in the comfort of their cars or perched behind them, indulging in a good guzzle. At Epicuria, Nehru Place, where there are several pubs and restaurants, vacant tables and empty dance floors welcomed us on a Friday night. Interestingly, the parking lot had more people than these pubs. Some of those who roamed the premises told us on condition of anonymity that they already had their fill; others were seen with bottles in their hands at the entry. We also spotted some empty beer bottles in the parking lot. So, while the sale of alcohol was prohibited for 48 hours, Delhiites seemed to be well stocked.

Dinner on a dry Friday

Taking a detour to RK Puram for dinner, the scene was not very different. At a restaurant in the vicinity, the tables were laden with sushi and starters, but the wine flutes were missing. “Pakka aaj dry day hai?“ a harrowed guest asked the waiter, as he cursed his Internet speed for not giving him any answers. The foodie was happy, but the bubbly lover in every Delhiite, not so much. No scope for jugaad at dinner, but the mocktail menu smirked, for once.

First Published: Apr 23, 2017 18:10 IST