Delhi: Restaurants, clubs to serve alcohol until 3 a.m.


Hotels, restaurants and clubs in the capital will be allowed to serve alcohol to customers until 3 a.m. as part of sweeping reforms to the alcohol trade in Delhi set out in the excise policy for 2021 -2022.

The policy was posted by the excise department on its website on Monday, following instructions from the Delhi High Court in a petition from the Delhi Liquor Trader Associations demanding that the policy be made public.

The policy also allows hotels, restaurants and clubs to serve alcohol in open spaces, including terraces, and to play any type of music or musical instruments on site. Previously, independent restaurants and bars could only hire groups to sing live or play instruments. Now they can choose from many options to entertain customers.

The policy also removed the need to obtain multiple licenses before obtaining a license to open a bar. “HCR licenses will be issued with the mandatory requirement of Fire NOC in accordance with Delhi Fire Department guidelines,” he said, adding that the UNHCR industry will be charged license fees based on size. of their establishments, instead of the seats as is the case. presently. The 10 percent annual license fee hike was also halted.

Anurag Katriar, President of the National Restaurant Association of India, said it was “one of the best news we have had in some time.” “It’s the right way to do business. This is one of the most progressive policies… ”He added that it would also help the industry to recover from the losses suffered as a result of the lockdowns. “We will continue to be Covid compliant and act responsibly… In the long term, this decision will change the way Delhi celebrates. It might even make Delhi the party capital of the country. “

Zorawar Kalra, Founder and Director of Massive Restaurants, which includes Farzi Cafe, Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra and Pa Pa Ya, said: “This is a welcome move, in line with what major travel destinations in the world are already doing. world. This will help all stakeholders. This will position our national capital in the nightlife capital of India.


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