Nightlife

Top Choice Cafe in Greater Delhi & Gurgaon (Gurugram)

Blue Tokai

In an unlikely, tiny lane behind the fake Dilli Haat shopping centre ('Delhi Haat'), Blue Tokai produces and grinds its own amazing coffee; you can get serious caffeine hits such as nitrogen-infused cold brew – ther…
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 (around ₹900) amid designer-clad clientele, ag…
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 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 garden, wrought-iron chairs and tables, and swing seats, all under the shade of a mother of a banyan tree hun…
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 (drinks ₹250 to ₹800) showcasing Indian flavours (how…
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

Bandstand

This popular place is near Hauz Khas and has a great glass-covered terrace with views over the tombs of Green Park. It's also one of Delhi's live-music venues, with gigs from 9pm on Thursday and Sunday.
Teahouse in Greater Delhi & Gurgaon (Gurugram)

Jugmug Thela

A hidden surprise in a tiny back lane, this is an artisanal tea specialist styled as a streetside tea stall. They have more than 180 herbs and spices to work with, and serve delicious ayurvedic teas and fine blends …
Cafe in New Delhi

Indian Coffee House

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 chips and sandwiches like it's 1952, and the r…
Cafe in New Delhi

Cha Bar

Connaught Place’s smart, if soulless Oxford Bookstore contains the swish cafe Cha Bar, with more than 75 types of tea to choose from, as well as snacks, such as respectable fish and chips. It buzzes with happy, chat…