Photo by Simon Leischke
Watched the match at Bayleaf. Was lovely last time but this time was notsomuch. The match, of course, has to be watched with people. Then there is beer, and food, and television and sound. Not that hard to manage, and lucrative. Bayleaf charged a Rs 1500 minimum at the door – an amount you could charge against your bill. Very steep, but what makes it worse is that it was impossible to spend the damn paper tokens. Waiters had no cash to motivate them and the billing procedure was draconian. The end result being a bunch of sober and hungry people. Like the place, but don’t think I’ll go back again. Which makes me wonder where to go. All the various cricket clubs seem cool, but some are members only. There’s also the public Parliament, Cheers (retch) and the car radio. What to do.Bayleaf
To elaborate, the Bayleaf thing was a fiasco. Expensive is fine, but getting value for money was impossible. Granted, there were a hundred odd people to serve, but they had cash in hand. You had to spend 1500 in one shot, or deal with endless running around of receipts. The dude working the till was also going overtime. The end result was that food and drink took forever to arrive, if it arrived at all. They should have just had an open bar and Kottu for 1500, or the usual cash economy. This shit was nowhere in between. I normally tip at open bars, but my friends recoiled at ‘bribing’ the help. But you have to. A fistful of hundreds and you can get some service, and they get some value for their time.
I enjoyed the match anyways, but I missed big chunks of it hunting and gathering.
My boss said he went to CH and it was great, cash economy and food for like 200+. Big screen good crowd. I nodded, but I don’t really know what CH stands for.
Clubs – CR&FC, Nondescripts, SSC, etc
I don’t know how this stuff works and I’d appreciate any hints. Are they free or what? Most of them have space outside, which I think is the only place to watch the game. Seems like the target audience as well.
Clubs – Cheers, Tabu, Cricket Club
I think Cheers is very Bourgeois and watching a cricket game inside kinda nauseates me, but it is very hot outside. I’m assuming they have cover and cash bar.
On the other end, I think the West Indies tourney is poorly done – the stands for the semis look half full. There seems to be room there. I think the place is just to far from the fan base and difficult to travel around. Anyways, what to do