Geared up to party safe

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Geared up to party safe

New Year’s eve is all about partying. The City’s clubs are decked up and have lined up the best artistes to bewitch the party-goers.

‘Party till you drop’ may be the motto for New Year’s eve. But it is safety that comes first. The youngsters of Bengaluru share their opinions on how to party safe on this New Year’s eve.

Namratha Prakash, a professional, says, “With increasing crime rates and the City being unsafe for women, I am sure to read about the havoc created in the parties the next morning. So it’s better to organise a house party and spend the last day of the year with the people you feel safe with rather than go to pubs.”
Another youngster, Suraj Sampath, adds, “It is necessary to avoid places which have offers and serve unlimited alcohol as one can get into fights here. It is also not safe to be with drunk people and all these places are a total rip-off in terms of money too. Instead, it is better to spend quality time with family and go out for dinner. The year has just started and we can always party we want.”

But not everyone wants to stay away from the pubs. “Staying at home on New Year’s eve is too depressing. You can’t stay at home just because you feel unsafe. Rather take precautions and know your limits. Stay away from drugs and strangers. Go out with a big group of friends, have your own fun, book a cab if you are drunk to return home safe,” says Vishwas BV, a programmer at Akshaya Patra.

It is always good to inform your family or friends about your plans, says Neha Cecilia Menezes, a project coordinator at Deluxe Digital Studios. “Since a lot of people will be partying into the wee hours on New Year’s day, it is better to book a cab in advance or get a friend to drop you back home. And also, let your friends and family know your whereabouts,” she adds.

Even the clubs are taking extra care to make this New Year’s eve a hassle-free celebration. “We are calling for extra security around the place and hiring extra bouncers for the New Year’s eve. Everyone will be checked thoroughly before they enter the lounge bar. As we are located near MG Road, there is no vehicular movement on that day after 5 pm and so we cannot arrange for cab services,” says Kishore, resident manager of Church Street Social.
The pubs in the malls are also taking precautions to make this New Year’s affair a safe one for party-goers. “As UB City has many pubs, there will be more people coming here to party on New Year’s eve. The mall management has arranged for sniffer dogs to check on the surroundings. At City Bar, we have called for more bouncers and there will be extra care taken regarding the security,” says Abhishek, operations manager at City Bar.

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