Most of the party venues of the city have decided against serving liquor to youngsters below 21 years of age this New Year’s Eve. In fact, to keep matters safe, many places won’t be allowing entry to such youngsters in the party premises.
The decision comes in the wake of the major party busts carried out by the city police, few months ago. Most event managers are ensuring that there aren’t any party busts on the occasion.
Keshav Naidu, owner of Armada Entertainment which is organising ‘Step Up 2013’ at Koregaon Park’s Raga Lawns, said that he has ensured to procure the necessary licences from the police, excise, etc before promoting the event.
“We are posting extra bouncers at the entrance who will check the identity proof of each guest. If they are below 21 years, they won’t be allowed in. Guests are advised to carry individual liquor permits to avail drinks. Though we would buy such permits in bulk too,” he said. Jon Evangelos, media relations manager of lounge bar Penthouse, said “Even if they have bought passes, the under-aged will be refused liquor,” he said.
Superintendent of state excise, Pune division, AB Chaskar said that individual permits for liquor consumption has jumped dramatically in the last couple of months. “Although the final figure for party permits is yet to be tabulated, I can say there is no slack in the party scene for Pune this year. There is awareness and cautious attitude leading to spurt in licence applications,” he said.
Party deadline: 1:30 am
Same as last year, this year too the deadline for New Year’s party remains 1:30 am. With the recent Delhi gang-rape incident and concern over women’s safety, most party organisers were apprehensive about the deadline.
Home Sweet Home
Fed up by the restrictions, some youngsters have decided to host house parties. “Most places where we used to party won’t give give us entry because of age restrictions. Hence, we have decided to have a house party,” said Vishwajeet Kale, a student.