Overview of Bar License in UP
A Bar License is a key for operating a bar in Uttar Pradesh, even for the home bar (since 2021). Obtaining a bar license is very complicated and challenging, and it cannot be guaranteed whether one will get this License or not. But UP Government tried to simplify the process of obtaining a Bar License in UP by introducing new rules under the provision of Uttar Pradesh Excise (Grant of Bar License) Rules, 2020. As per these new rules, the provision of granting a License on the recommendation of a committee that is headed by the divisional commissioner has been scrapped, and the Excise commissioner is now delegated with authority to grant Bar Licenses on the recommendation of the committee in each district headed by the district magistrate. It has reduced the number of processes by simplifying the process and providing decentralisation rules for approval. These new rules are going to consume less time in obtaining a Bar License. According to new rules, the Bar License will be granted to airport lounges, special trains and domestic and international cruises. The bar and club that are licensed will be geo-tagged. In case the bar is located in a mall or in any commercial complex, then the washroom and parking facilities of such a mall or commercial complex will be deemed to be facilities of the bar.
In September 2021, the UP-State Excise Department announced new rules for obtaining a home Bar License for those who wish to open a bar in their own home only.
The UP Government, in May 2022, gave approval to its Excise Department to relax the norms and rules for setting up and operating bars in the state. The Department has proposed the following three major amendments to the existing policy:
Objectives of this UP’s Excise Policy are as follows:
Benefits of Bar License in UP
Following are the benefits enjoyed by the holder of a Bar License in UP:
- Compliance with relevant state excise authorities
A bar with such a license complies with UP state excise laws and rules. And so, the excise duties are paid on the Liquor that is brought within the appropriate state under the prescribed laws.
- Improvement of Reputation
Any restaurant and bar that obtains such a bar license in UP earn a reputation amongst the people in UP.
- Raise in turnover
Maximum retailers and manufacturers will start providing more sales to such restaurants, bars or pubs that have bar license and thus, such restaurants, bars, etc., starts making more money.
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Pre-requisites for Bar Licensing in UP
Pre-requisites for opening and establishing a bar in the State of Uttar Pradesh required are as follows:
- Unique Name and logo
The restaurant or bar must have a unique name and logo design that others have not used.
- Available space
There should be enough space where customers can sit and enjoy their drinks at the bar. One can also set up a partial service bar where bartenders can make drinks and waiters can carry them to the customers. For setting up a bar, appropriate planning and interior design are essential.
- Appropriate Equipment
Arrangement of appropriate equipment to assist the process going more smoothly. It should include the following equipment:
- Ice bins
- Wine racks
- Freezers and ice makers
- Ranges (Gas/Flat)
- Grills and Induction
- Food processors
- Blenders and Mixers
- Food prep surface
- Food prep equipment like knives, cutting boards, pots and pans
- Mixing bowls, storage containers and shelves
- Sinks and dishwashers
- Utensils, napkins, apron and linen
- Keg equipment
- Underbar sink
- Other bar accessories and amenities
Additionally, the floor should not be slippery and safe for the staff and bartenders.
- Creating the Ambiance
The bar should be illuminating enough and appealing to be more customer friendly. There should be a low lighting bar should, and it should not be too gloomy. Furniture should be artistic or classy as it is essential for setting a suitable environment for the customers.
- Recruiting the best staff and Bartender
One should hire proper individuals to make the best use of resources and create revenue. The restaurant management and bartenders should be of top quality. Other staff includes the head chef, Chef De Partie, Commis level Chefs, helpers, waiters, captain and bouncers. All the staff hired must be experienced and skilled at their work. The staff should be well dressed as it leaves a good impression on the customers.
- Making use of Appropriate Technology
Investment should be made in a quality POS system to assist in running bar operations smoothly. To assure a rapid service, one should establish the greatest technology at their bar.
- Liquor Inventory Management
Stock management should be there to help limit potential losses.
There is a variety of licenses required to open a bar in UP, such as:
- Shop Establishment License
- Eating House License
- Liquor License
- FSSAI License
- Fire Safety Certificate
- GST Registration
- Music License
- Health and Trade License
- Lift clearance
- Certificate of Environment Clearance
- Signage License
Marketing of the bar is essential to enhance profits and engage more customers. The bar should include online services also. There should be a well-designed and laminated menu for each table.
Types of Bar License in UP
The following are different types of bar licenses:
- Restaurant Licenses
This type of License is required to sell beer, wine or any other type of alcohol at a restaurant.
- Tavern License
To make more revenue, one can sell food and alcohol both at his or her premises and for opening such a place, this License is required.
- Beer and Wine License
This License is for those places that do not sell hard Liquor and only sell soft or wild Liquor such as wine or beer.
- Brewpub Liquor License
This License permits the holder to brew or manufacture their own wine and beer.
Documents Required for Bar License in UP
Following are the documents required for obtaining Bar License in UP:
Procedure for obtaining Bar License in UP
The Bar License in UP is granted by Excise Commissioner or an Officer authorised by him, and such an officer should not be below the rank of Joint Excise Commissioner. Steps to follow while applying for the Bar License in UP are as follows:
- Night Club
- Brewpub or beer bar
- Sports bar
- Tapas bar
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