How pubs in Bengaluru are doing a fortnight after alcohol service resumed


According to an Excise Department order, as much as 50% seating capability is allowed.

A fortnight after pubs and bars resumed alcohol service on September 1 underneath Unlock four pointers, pub house owners say the response from patrons has been good however, after all, nowhere near pre-COVID-19 instances. This was borne out by the sight of normally buzzing areas akin to 12th Main Indiranagar nonetheless wanting subdued on a Saturday evening.

According to an Excise Department order, as much as 50% seating capability is allowed.

Ajay Nagarajan, CEO of Total Environment Hospitality, runs Windmills on the worldwide airport and in Whitefield unfold over three flooring and with practically 120 seats outdoor. He mentioned: “We’re at 30% of normal sales in both locations. In Whitefield, we are very corporate heavy – 60% to 70% of our revenue came from corporate dining and entertainment but that doesn’t exist any more because nobody is coming in to work. That’s why we are suffering right now. At the airport, usually we would record a footfall of 1 lakh passengers in a day. Now, it’s about 30,000. But sales are improving there by the day as more and more international flights get added on.”

Stating that most of the patrons are regulars, he mentioned: “Our loyal customers are coming back. They trust us and they’re familiar with the beers and the ambiance.”

While saying that filling the Hennur venue to full capability (the venue has a seating capability of practically 2,000) is certainly not going to occur any time quickly, Pravesh Pandey, director-partner, Byg Brewski Brewing Company, says: “It will take a minimum of one year to get back to pre-COVID-19 numbers. As of now we have seen green shoots coming up in terms of footfall. We are operating at an overall capacity of 30%.”

Agreeing there are extra regulars coming in than new prospects, Mr. Pandey mentioned: “It clearly shows that brand trust has been the major pull in this scenario. We haven’t even done any marketing. In fact, now, after seeing the footfall, we are soon going to have two new festivals: one a Chowmein festival and the other is season two of our cocktail festival called Gin Revival.”

Abhishek Gidwani, who visited Bob’s Bar in Indiranagar and Sanchez in UB City, says that there was a distinction in expertise between the 2, referring to the previous as packed. On being requested if he would step out to a pub once more, he says, “Only if all adequate safety precautions are taken.”

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