Delhi drinking and 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


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


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 (cocktails from ₹475) 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…
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'…
Bar in South Delhi

Summer House Cafe

Close to Hauz Khas, this roomy, rustic 1st-floor bar has a spacious terrace and is a popular, lively evening haunt for a mixed crowd of men and women. There's frequent live music or DJs (from 9pm), a wide-ranging mu…
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…