"In view of the week-long celebrations from Friday till next Thursday (January 1) for Christmas and New Year, pubs, bars, recreation clubs, restaurants and hotels in city limits will be allowed to remain open till 1 a.m. for serving their guests", Bengaluru Police Commissioner M.N. Megharik told reporters here.

Though pubs and bars remain open till 1 a.m. only on Friday and Saturday nights, restaurants, and eateries are permitted to serve food till 1 a.m. even on working days (Monday to Thursday)".

As the city attracts thousands of tourists and visitors during the week-long year-end holidays, we have agreed to extend night life by two hours only, keeping view their safety and security", Megharik said.

Declining representations for extending night life by four hours till 3 a.m. over the next seven days, the police chief said even the amended law does not permit pubs, bars and eateries to remain open after 1 a.m. as law and order had to be maintained at any cost.

Police have directed owners of pubs, bars, restaurants, clubs and eateries to secure permission from state excise department for serving liquor to their customers till 1 a.m. till January 1.

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