Must-see nightlife in India

  • Hilltop

    North Goa

    Hilltop is a long-serving Vagator trance and party venue that’s deserted by day but comes alive from sunset. Its edge-of-town, neon-lit coconut grove…

  • Nine Bar

    North Goa

    Once the hallowed epicentre of Goa’s trance scene, the open-air Nine Bar terrace, on the clifftop overlooking Little Vagator Beach, is fading but stills…

  • 100% Rock

    Jaipur

    Attached to, but separate from, Hotel Shikha, this is the closest thing there is to a beer garden in Jaipur, with plenty of outdoor seating as well as an…

  • F Bar & Lounge

    Jaipur

    Glamorous F Bar is modelled on (excuse the pun) Fashion TV – a mix of fashion, music and art. There are DJs nightly and occasionally there's a weekend…

  • The Daily All Day

    Pune

    One of Mumbai's most beloved pubs staked out a prime Koregaon Park location for its 2018 Pune opening. It's a much bigger, more diverse space than the…

  • Coco’s Bar & Grill

    Hyderabad

    The rooftop setting, with rustic bamboo couches and thatch roofs, makes Coco's perfect for a cold drink on a balmy evening (beer/mocktails from ₹175/170)…

  • Soho

    Panaji

    Take the side entrance (behind the music shop) and climb the stairs to the top floor for this sophisticated little bar and music venue where, let's face…

  • Tantra

    Kolkata (Calcutta)

    Kolkata’s best-established nightclub has contemporary sounds throbbing through the single small dance floor and a somewhat cramped chill-out zone,…

  • Harbour Bar

    Mumbai (Bombay)

    With unmatched views of the Gateway of India and harbour, this timeless bar inside the Taj Mahal Palace is an essential visit. Drinks aren’t uberexpensive…

  • Jheel’s Ginger Coffee Bar & Bakery

    Udaipur

    This small but slick cafe by the water’s edge is on the ground floor of Jheel Palace Guest House. Large windows and a waterside sit-out afford good lake…

  • Urban Desi

    Kolkata (Calcutta)

    Pumping music energises this highly rated lounge-bar which serves a colour-changing mojito and an elderflower margarita among its long list of cool…

  • Café Coffee Day

    Jaipur

    The India-wide franchise that successfully delivers espresso, plus the occasional creamy concoction and muffin, has several branches in Jaipur. In…

  • Blackout

    Jaipur

    This popular spot is spread over three levels, including the rooftop, which boasts great views of the city. There's ample seating, good food, a DJ and a…

  • The Square

    Gangtok

    Moodily lit with pacey music, and walls chock-a-block with black-and-white portrait photos, The Square pulls off a clever balance between family-friendly…

  • Irish House

    Mumbai (Bombay)

    The Indian owners have done a bang-up job recreating an authentic Irish pub atmosphere. This cosy place has a considerable domestic and international beer…

  • Sam’s Bar

    Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad)

    If you can nab one of the two tables by the big window overlooking Main Bazaar this is a fine place to chill with a couple of beers (from ₹115). Sam’s Bar…

  • 10 Downing Street

    Hyderabad

    With its classic decor of wood panelling and leather sofas, this place is just the ticket for a relaxed drinking session (check out the terrific daytime…

  • Phoenix

    Kolkata (Calcutta)

    This stylish yet unthreateningly casual bar is most appealing on Thursday evenings when young local musicians perform jazz, blues and progressive sets …

  • Bootlegger

    Bengaluru (Bangalore)

    For an intimate alternative to the city's megasize brew-temples, try this small neighbourhood pub a 10-minute walk from Mahatma Gandhi Rd. You'll find a…

  • What’s in a Name?

    Bengaluru (Bangalore)

    Located above 1st Cross Rd, and adding to the clutch of bars that are tilting the balance of nightlife towards Koramangala, this is a great place to relax…

  • The Tavern

    Mussoorie

    A good spot for a cold beer is this upstairs bistro in business since 1972. Prices are probably closer to what you're used to paying back home (large beer…

  • Barebones

    Bengaluru (Bangalore)

    Sometimes value for money trumps swanky ambience. Barebones lies in the belly of the nightlife area of Bengaluru and the cafe-like interior is a great…

  • Leda Lounge & Restaurant

    South Goa

    Part sports bar, part music venue, part cocktail bar, Leda is Colva’s best nightspot, though it operates as much as a restaurant, and even the bar closes…

  • Som Bar & Cafe

    Uttarakhand

    A surprisingly good find in the centre of town is this dark, but contemporary bar with blonde-wood furniture, cold beers and cocktails. Food is also good…

  • Curlies

    Anjuna

    Holding sway at South Anjuna Beach, Curlies mixes laid-back beach-bar vibe with sophisticated nightspot – the party nights here are notorious, legendary…

  • Pelican Pub

    Mysuru (Mysore)

    A venerable, still-popular watering hole located at the fringes of upmarket Gokulam. Serves draught beer (pitchers are ₹450) and food (try the chilli pork…

  • Roxy

    Kolkata (Calcutta)

    The in-house lounge bar at the Park Hotel, Roxy belts out boozy bellinis, caipirinhas and daiquiris as fast as its stylish patrons can down them. There's…

  • Aqua

    New Delhi

    If you feel the need for some five-star style after visiting Jantar Mantar or shopping in Connaught Place, Aqua is an ideal place to flop, forget the…

  • German Bakery Wunderbar

    Maharashtra

    A youngish and hip crowd flocks to this Pune transplant for cocktails (₹190 to ₹310) and pitchers of Bira draught beer (₹630), as well as an expanded cafe…

  • Brewsky

    Bengaluru (Bangalore)

    With sweeping city views from its fine roof terrace, a mezzanine zone and a funky restaurant with vintage decor, Brewsky is a fine night out. It brews six…

  • Big Chill

    Delhi

    Popular, film-poster-lined cafe at Khan Market, packed with chattering Delhiites. The menu is a telephone directory of Continental and Indian dishes (₹290…

  • Lord of the Drinks

    New Delhi

    A cavernous space done up in wood, leather and metal trim, with cosy corners and a huge sports TV screen. Serves trademark oversized drinks, including…

  • Himalayan Java

    Darjeeling

    Branch of the Nepal cafe chain, serving up good organic coffee and desserts, plus breakfast pancakes, waffles and sandwiches (snacks and light dishes ₹90…

  • Barleyz

    Bengaluru (Bangalore)

    A suave rooftop beer garden with potted plants, artificial grass and tables with built-in BBQ grills. Offers free tastings of its six beers, as well as…

  • Woodside Inn

    Mumbai (Bombay)

    As close as you’ll get to a London pub in Mumbai, this cosy place has a gregarious vibe and serves Gateway and Independence craft beers on draught (pints…

  • Cafe Mondegar

    Mumbai (Bombay)

    Iranian-founded 'Mondy's' has been drawing a heady mix of foreigners and locals since 1871. It's first and foremost a rowdy bar serving ice-cold mugs of…

  • Gatty's

    Darjeeling

    Backpacker-friendly Gatty's is the only place in town that has a pulse after 9pm, with live music at weekends. The food (dishes ₹80 to ₹280) includes…

  • Polo Bar

    Jaipur

    This spiffing watering hole adorned with polo memorabilia boasts arched, scalloped windows framing the neatly clipped lawns. A bottle of beer costs from…

  • Nico Bar

    Port Blair

    The closest you’ll get to the Nicobars, the Fortune's bar is a classic for sea breezes and palm-spangled coastal views (the image on the old ₹20 note is…

  • Cha Bar

    Mumbai (Bombay)

    Cha Bar serves a large selection of exotic teas (₹34 to ₹80), including organic, ayurvedic, single-estate and Japanese matcha along with tasty snacks,…

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