Delhi drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in New Delhi

1911

The Imperial, built in the 1930s, resonates with bygone splendour. This bar is a more recent addition, but still riffs on the Raj. Here you can sip the perfect cocktail (₹1000) amid designer-clad clientele, against …
Top Choice Club in South Delhi

Piano Man Jazz Club

The real thing, this popular, atmospheric place with proper musos is a dim-lit speakeasy with some excellent live jazz performances.
Top Choice Teahouse in Greater Delhi & Gurgaon (Gurugram)

Jugmug Thela

Another hidden surprise in Champa Gali – the mini art enclave down Lane 3 behind the fake Dilli Haat store – this tea specialist has more than 180 herbs and spices to work with. It serves delicious ayurvedic teas an…
Top Choice Bar in New Delhi

Unplugged

There's nowhere else like this in Connaught Place. You could forget you were in CP, in fact, with the big courtyard garden, wrought-iron chairs and tables, and swing seats, all under the shade of a banyan tree hung …
Top Choice Cafe in Greater Delhi & Gurgaon (Gurugram)

Blue Tokai

Found in a magically unexpected art enclave called Champa Gali, down a lane beside the fake Dilli Haat shopping centre ('Delhi Haat'), Blue Tokai is one of a few cool cafes here – but it's the one the coffee aficion…
Top Choice Bar in South Delhi

Hauz Khas Social

This chilled-out restaurant-bar-club is a Hauz Khas hub, and has an urban warehouse-like interior with stone walls, high ceilings and huge plate-glass windows overlooking lush greenery and the Hauz Khas lake. There'…
Top Choice Cafe in New Delhi

Atrium, Imperial

Is there anything more genteel than high tea at the Imperial? Sip tea from bone-china cups and pluck dainty sandwiches and cakes from tiered stands, while discussing the latest goings-on in Shimla and Dalhousie. Hig…
Top Choice Bar in South Delhi

Ek Bar

On the upper floors of a building in the exclusive area of the Defence Colony, this place has stylish, kooky decor in deep, earth-jewel colours, serious mixology (cocktails from ₹475) showcasing Indian flavours (how…
Top Choice Juice Bar in Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad)

PT Ved Prakash Lemon Wale

Quenching Chandni Chowk’s thirst for over a century now, this stalwart has a menu comprising just one item: homegrown fizzy lemonade that comes from a glass bottle sealed with a marble. Summer days find this hole-in…
Cafe in New Delhi

Indian Coffee House

Up on the 2nd floor of Mohan Singh Place, Indian Coffee House has faded-to-the-point-of-dilapidated charm, with the waiters' plummage-like hats and uniforms giving them a rakish swagger. You can feast on finger chip…