India drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Mumbai

Colaba Social

Colaba is the best of the locations of the hip Social chain, which combines a restaurant/bar with a collaborative work space. The happening bar nails the cocktails (₹295 to ₹450) – the Acharroska is the perfect East…
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 Craft Beer in Pune

Independence Brewing Company

Reserve a table in the outstanding beer garden at this industrially hip craft brewery – Pune's finest – and you'll swear you're in California. The seven taps change often – Four Grain saison, Method to Madness IPA a…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Mumbai

Doolally Taproom

This Pune transplant, the vision of German brewmaster Oliver Schauf, was India's craft-beer pioneer. The Bandra location debuted in 2015. The fresh IPA, tangy Belgian Wit and apple cider are staples among the weekly…
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 Microbrewery in Mangaluru (Mangalore)


The first microbrewery in town is a big space with indoor and outdoor seating and the acoustic artists, indie bands and DJs create quite a vibe on weekend nights. Beers on tap (from ₹230) include a wheat beer, pilsn…
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 Cafe in Leh

Lala’s Art Cafe

Entered beside a 2000-year-old Buddha stela, this tiny, mudbrick house with a historic ground-floor shrine was saved from demolition and brilliantly restored in 2006. Stone steps lead to a cafe with floor seating an…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Mumbai

White Owl

Arriving on foot at this industrially bent brew-pub is an adventure (security gates, metal detectors, optical turnstiles – take a taxi!). Mumbai's freshest craft brews await inside though: a citrus bomb of a Belgian…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Mumbai

Woodside Inn

Colaba classic Woodside Inn's third outlet in the city is their most beer-focused yet – 25 taps in total easily makes it Mumbai's most exhaustive craft-beer destination (pints from ₹445). You can knock back many of …