Delhi's Best Bars & Clubs. NEXT UP. Your Trip to Delhi: The Complete Guide Delhi's nightlife is varied, but you'll find the classiest bars and clubs in luxury hotels. These establishments attract an immaculately dressed rich crowd and a cover charge to match. However, numerous trendy casual stand-alone bars have recently opened up and are proving to be popular alternatives. Many are centrally located in Connaught Place. Do note that the legal drinking age in Delhi is 25 and proof of age may be required. In addition, most bars close by 1 a.m. due to the nightlife curfew that's in place. 01 of 10. International DJs: Kitty Su.
Whether you’re a cocktail kind of guy, a man who enjoys great craft beer or one unaffected by the sexist connotations attached to drinking rosé, there’s something out there for you.
And you deserve the best of that something. With that in mind, we set out on a task to scoop out the best bars around the country – one geographical area at a time. This list takes on a section of South Delhi – Chanakyapuri, Lodhi, Defence Colony, Sundernagar and Ansal Plaza. Read on for our list of the GQ-worthy drinking spots to suit every taste. 1. Sazerac – ATM This once members-only spot is almost through with its overhaul that will turn the lower level bistro into a swanky cocktail bar.
Christened Sazerac, the bar will focus on American classic concoctions. From the folks behind PCO and PDA (two of our other favourites) who always get their cocktail programme right, we’re looking forward to a couple of Sazeracs once they open doors at the end of July. Address: 1st Floor, Sunder Nagar Market, Behind HDFC Bank, Sunder Nagar, New Delhi 2. Ek Bar Back with a new look and a new menu, Ek Bar works for a little mid-week party.
The cocktail list is quirky – a little something for everyone – but if you want to stick to a straight, there’s ample to choose from. They recently had the folks from Singapore’s 28 Hong Kong Street – among the ‘World’s Best Bars 2017’ – take over the bar for a two-night stint.
We hear more such pop-ups are in the works. Address: 1st Floor, Defence Colony, New Delhi (+91 8527129988) 3. Polo Lounge The Hyatt Regency inhabitant has a fresh lease of life, thanks to its new art-inspired signature cocktail menu. Each potion, named after celebrated artists, interprets elements of their life or work.
Van Gogh draws on the Dutchman’s affinity for the yellow palette to create a summery passion fruit, sunflower and dark rum concoction. Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass turns into a glass with lime and banana juice, strawberry syrup and French toast-infused bourbon. Ambience-wise, it is an elegant though slightly staid hotel bar, but if you’re looking for an inventive cocktail that will please the psyche as much as the palate/palette, this is it.
Address: Hyatt Regency, Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi (011 66771314) 4. The Electric Room At the basement level of The Lodhi, The Electric Room comes alive when all else in the city is winding down.
Enter at midnight and you’ll probably be one of the first ones in at this after-party staple. From Thursday to Sunday, this swanky bar dials up the nightclub mode, often with acclaimed live acts and guest DJs. Go if you’re ready to hit the dance floor. Skip if you want to just lean by the bar. Address: The Lodhi, Lodhi Road, New Delhi (011 43633333) 5. House A This members-only club at The Hyatt has turned into quite the after-party hub.
It’s trendy, glossy, and on any given weekend, loud. The concoctions are elaborate, stylised and modern while the back of the bar stocks a range of spirits that you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere in the city. Outdoors, by the plunge pool, is The Deck that serves up a quirky tiki-inspired menu. Address: Hyatt Regency Delhi, Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi (011 6677 1308) 6. Cirrus 9 In a city with a severe dearth of quality rooftop drinking spots, this one at the revamped The Oberoi New Delhi is a blessing.
The signature cocktail list is not quite ‘five-star’ but the ambience and view make up for that. Overlooking the Delhi Golf Course and the site of Humayun’s Tomb means that your G&T doesn’t need to work too hard to remind you of all the things you love about the capital. Unless there’s smog blinding you, of course. Address: The Oberoi, Dr. Zakir Hussain Marg, New Delhi (011 24363030) 7. Perch Wine & Coffee Bar This easy-breezy Khan market staple translates seamlessly from quick lunch spot, to convenient meeting location, to post-work wine and cocktails.
What we appreciate about Perch is that it allows you to pair your drink with conversation. No screaming over the playlist required here. Address: Multiple outlets 8. Rick’s, The Taj Mahal Hotel With its old-school charm, Rick’s serves up a neat martini with a side of nostalgia.
It’s the kind of place that makes you inexplicably think of Gloria Estefan. (Perhaps because it’s one of the only places to have consistently played ‘Conga’ in Delhi over the last decade?) If you’re an ’80s or ’90s kid, the ‘Rhythm is Gonna Get You’. Okay, we’re done here. Address: The Taj Mahal Hotel, 1, Mansingh Road, New Delhi (011 23026162) 9.
The Library Bar Quiet and contained, this woody spot at The Leela Palace works well for a lazy weekday dram. You’ll find this bar awash with special labels and bathed in that ubiquitous Leela grandeur. Sink back into a leather Chesterfield with a single-malt in hand. Once the weather lets up, the alfresco terrace with its water and fire elements are perfect to light up a Montecristo. Address: The Leela Palace, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi (011 39331234) 10.
Public Affair A stylish bar, Japanese and Peruvian small plates, and a cocktail list that takes its cues from the Prohibition era – this is one fun place to kick back, one that seems to get louder at the same pace as you do. Thursdays are ‘International Night’ special while Wednesdays are ‘Peruvian Nights’. You know what that means… pisco sours all around! Address: 67-68, Khan Market, New Delhi (011 33106379) 11. Novelé For a cocktail lover, this bar at Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel is an exploration of the curious.
Think artichoke and herb liqueur, resin-infused gin, longan fruit, curry banana syrup, Macadamia tahini, dulce de batata foam… just a few of the peculiar ingredients that seem right at home in a glass here.
Celebrated cocktail duo Luca Cinalli and Gabriele Manfredi have created this list that takes us back to Willy Wonka’s factory – well, the adult version of it. Address: Shangri -La’s, Eros Hotel, Ground Floor, Shopping Mall Arcade, 19, Ashoka Road, Janpath, New Delhi (011 33105727) 12. Noi Situated on the lower level of The Chanakya, the new luxury mall, Noi hits all the right spots when it comes to the aesthetics – a glitzy bar + seating + enough space to shake a leg without being in anyone’s way.
Given its location, it’s an ideal spot for post-work drinks for a lot of the embassy workforce, so it’s fairly buzzy if you’re thinking of making it an early one. Address: Chanakya Mall, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 13. Grappa One of the best places to enjoy the sun on winter afternoons, the bar at Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel opens up to an outdoor deck with a sprawling lawn beyond. Weekend evenings get pretty busy out here. A nice beverage list that includes a range of gins, whiskies and wines, among other things, will keep you good company.
Address: Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel, 19, Ashoka Road, Janpath, New Delhi (+91 9599787835) 14. The Beer Café The Beer Café manages the best variety of brews available in the city – from a range of lagers and wheats to more elusive and specialty styles like Kölsch, Trappist, IPA and Belgian brews. It’s pretty much a no-fuss space to hang with some pints and basic bar snacks. Address: Multiple outlets. Log onto for more information. NOW READ > More on
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Delhi's nightlife is varied, but you'll find the classiest bars and clubs in luxury hotels. These establishments attract an immaculately dressed rich crowd and a cover charge to match. However, numerous trendy casual stand-alone bars have recently opened up and are proving to be popular alternatives. Many are centrally located in Connaught Place. Do note that the legal drinking age in Delhi is 25 and proof of age may be required. In addition, most bars close by 1 a.m.
due to the nightlife curfew that's in place. Famous for hosting renowned international electronic music artists, Kitty Su is decked out for dancing and DJs. The sound setup is top quality, the dance floor is large, and the multiple bars mean that you don't have to wait long to get a drink.
The club's funky decor adds to the party vibe. Not surprisingly, Kitty Su has been frequently named Delhi's best nightclub since it opened in 2011. It's also the only Indian club to have been featured in DJ Mag's Top 100 Clubs of the World. The hottest new entrant on Delhi's clubbing scene, Privee' won the 2017 Times Food & Nightlife Award for Best Nightclub. This sprawling party place is spread over 10,335 square feet, and includes a massive dance floor and VIP area. It aims to provide a world-class, luxurious and futuristic experience.
The music is mostly commercial, Bollywood and EDM. But, here's something unique in India, you can actually breathe alcohol in their exclusive Breathe n Booze room!
Thursdays is Expat night and there's free drinks for the ladies. Luxurious Lithiyum opened in July 2017 and replaces the Ashok Hotel's iconic club Capitol. Its goal: to charge you up and be highly explosive. The venue has had a complete makeover and is divided into three sections -- a nightclub, lounge, and fine dining restaurant.
Apparently, the club has one of the best sound systems in the world. Depending on the night of the week, the music ranges from Bollywood to house. The food is curated by internationally renowned celebrity chef Akshay Nayyar. Sprawling Tamasha opened in early 2016, and is spread over 16,000 square feet and three floors.
It has five separate areas, including courtyard and hookah lounge, backyard, rustic-style mezzanine, and rooftop overlooking central Delhi. The bar shaped like a truck at the entrance gets top points for creativity. Delicious fusion food and cocktails, along with great music, add to the tamasha (meaning "a grand show or commotion"). This travel-themed bar serves up a global street food from 40 countries across the seven continents, combined with innovative cocktails (you can even make your own).
Recline on the hostel-style bunk beds, order from the passport menus, and be transported around the world! The bar has three levels, including a classy rooftop terrace with a fabulous view. For a taste of Mumbai (Bombay), head to this new themed restaurant and bar.
It opened in September 2017 and has the same founder as Tourist (restaurateur Dinesh Arora), so you know it's going to be special. Dedicated to recreating the nostalgia of Bombay, the retro interiors have Bollywood glamour and disco balls. The food and drinks are named after the city's famous landmarks and food destinations. Think Khao Galli Platters, Mumbai Chowpatty Chakna, and cocktails such as the Queen’s Necklace (Marine Drive) and Baadhshah Journey. Of course, there's Bollywood music as well!
Ever wondered what you could make out of old junk? You'll really get some amazing ideas at the Junkyard Cafe! In fact, you'll find it hard to tear your eyes away all from the weird and wonderful installations made from old tyres, barrels, car parts, radios, TVs, gas bottles (think upcycled stools) and beer bottles. Pitchers of cocktails are served in plastic buckets. Live bands and DJs regularly perform on weekends. Summer House Cafe was inspired by sultry summer vacations, barbecuing on the lawn with cold beer.
This versatile bar has both indoor and outdoor seating over two levels, with superb rooftop. The bar is renowned for its unique gigs, and there are special electronic music acts most weekends.
It's so cool that Chris Martin from Coldplay even did a surprise impromptu performance there. No surprisingly, it gets very crowded.
Don't miss it! Go back to the time of the Prohibition era in America in the 1920s at PCO. Short for Pass Code Only, this exclusive bar has been set up as a speakeasy, where alcohol was clandestinely served. Located in an upmarket alleyway in south Delhi, there are no signboards indicating its presence and you'll need to put a secret code into a black phone box to gain entry.
Inside, the atmosphere is distinctly vintage with dark wood, plush chairs, hardbound books, classic cocktails, jazz and blues. If you're not in the know, call up well ahead and make a reservation to get the code.