Clubs, Restaurants and Laws in India.

India has its fair share in the global electronic dance music scene. Due to which PBCLs (Pubs, Bars, Cafes & Lounges) establishment is growing in the country with international acts coming down almost on every weekend in some city or the other to sway the crowds on their thumping tunes. At the same time, Indian acts are also growing and establishing their music, globally.

India has over 6200 licensed bar premises. The nightlife industry in India is also known as PBCLs (Pubs, Bars, Cafes & Lounges) which contributes over Rs. 11,500 crores to the Indian economy and is providing employment to over 20 lakh people.

After studying the figures mentioned in various articles by renowned publications like TOI, Economic Times, etc. I feel if the rules are tweaked or slightly revised in favor of PBCLs, it can increase the employment opportunities and also contribute more to the Indian Economy as it is already growing with a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 10% by 2021.

Why revision of the laws?

I am no expert in making or studying laws but I may come down to a conclusion with the help of some verified information/facts available on the internet.

  • The operational time of any such establishment can be extended.
  • Taxation (expenditure, service tax, etc.) for such places can be revised and if possible toned down.

Also check out the list of the timings for LAST CALL at a bar in:

1. India

PBCLs in –

Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata closes by 12 AM.

Delhi closes by 1 AM.

Mumbai closes by 1:30 AM.

Chandigarh by 1 AM on weekdays and 2 AM on weekends.

Bangalore closes by 11:30 PM on weekdays and 1 AM on Friday & Saturday nights.

2. Belgium

No legal mandate to close the bar at certain hours. Bars can stay open all night.

3. United States

Bars in New York can sell alcohol till 4 AM.

Bars in Washington DC are open till 3 AM on Friday, Saturday night and the night before a federal or DC holiday; 4 a.m. on the night of New Year’s Eve.

Florida bars are open till 2 AM & PBCLs in Miami can be operational for 24 hours.

On an average, different US counties & states have a legal mandate to be operational till 2 AM to 3 AM.

At various locations in the world, parties start at 12 AM or even later. I am sure even India has the potential to grow its scene and make even a bigger mark on the global scene.

This is my point of view, let me know what you guys think about this 🙂

2 thoughts on “Clubs, Restaurants and Laws in India.

  1. Yes i think timings should be increased for PBCL’s
    And concert timings too it should start by 8pm and end at 2am like most of venues are in non residential areas
    Like other countries where arena concert starts by 10pm and ends at 4am

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