Delhi's ever-growing cafe scene has given rise to artisanal coffee, Turkish pastries and the like, while the city's bar and live-music choices are also burgeoning, though licences rarely extend later than 12.30am. For the latest places to go at night, check out Little Black Book ( or Brown Paper Bag (


Delhi's nightlife is very quiet when compared with similar sized cities in the West, but there are a few decent bars, some with live music, dotted across the South Delhi enclaves. In the centre, there are some cocktail and single-malt hangouts in five-star hotels, while bars in Connaught Place tend to be brash and a bit samey, with a few exceptions. Backpacker-centred Paharganj has some dives that are fun hangouts, with reasonably cheap beer.

A smart-casual dress code (no shorts, vests or flip-flops) applies at many places. Many bars have two-for-one happy hours from around noon till 8pm.

Alcohol-free nightlife

There are ubiquitous coffee chains, including Café Coffee Day, Costa and Starbucks, but Delhi also has independent cafes that are doing special things, with fine fresh-grind coffees and organic eats.

Many locals and domestic tourists, especially families, spend the evening enjoying a stroll along nighttime promenades such as Rajpath or Connaught Place, buying Dilli-ka-Chaat (street-food snacks) and ice cream from pop-up stalls. Some street markets, such as Paharganj's Main Bazaar, stay open after dark, and are buzzing places to go for an evening stroll even if you're not intent on actually buying anything.