Raja Bahadur City Center: Quiet weekend at pubs, bars following crackdown

Staff at these establishments were heard cautioning customers about daily checks by the Crime Branch, discouraging any unnecessary risks.
Raja Bahadur City Center: Quiet weekend at pubs, bars following crackdown

Pune: The bustling scene at the pubs and bars in Raja Bahadur City Center behind Pune Railway Station, once marked by crowds, chaos, and loud DJ music, has seen a significant change.

This Saturday (June 22), the area was noticeably quiet. Staff at these establishments were heard cautioning customers about daily checks by the Crime Branch, discouraging any unnecessary risks. Despite the crackdown, some pubs and bars continue to serve alcohol past the permitted hours, violating regulations.

The police and municipal authorities initiated a stringent crackdown on pubs and bars following an accident in Kalyani Nagar on May 19. This led to increased inspections and a noticeable decline in the usual crowd. The number of young patrons significantly decreased on Saturday.

An inspection by 'Sakal' publication's crime journalist Pandurang Sarode revealed that even after 11:30 PM, some pubs and bars were still serving alcohol, despite the rules prohibiting service after 11 PM.

Establishments were checking Aadhaar cards for age verification, recording customer details, and refusing service to minors. Bouncers maintained strict surveillance to prevent any disturbances.

Typically, the area experiences a higher influx of young patrons from Friday to Sunday nights, but this Saturday saw fewer groups, reduced DJ volume after 10:30 PM, and an almost empty parking lot.

In contrast, nearby hotels and restaurants experienced a significant turnout of families dining late into the night. Patrons enjoyed extended meal times and services. The pubs and bars that were shut down by the municipal corporation, state excise department, and police remain closed, although the police presence in the area has decreased.

Late-night alcohol service continues

Despite the crackdown, some pubs and bars continue to serve customers late into the night. When informed about the alcohol service rules, groups of young patrons tend to move elsewhere.

Due to the reduced customer base, those who do visit are not turned away. Clear instructions are given to "order quickly and finish within the given time." Although these establishments appear closed from the outside, they continue to operate late into the night.

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