Must-see nightlife in India

  • Quarterdeck

    Panaji

    The riverside location on the banks of the Mandovi is the main redeeming feature of this open-air garden restaurant and bar near the Betim Ferry dock…

  • Latitude 28°

    Delhi

    Above the bijou Good Earth homewares store, this is Khan Market’s prettiest cafe, awash with colour and sparkly chandeliers, with global snacks, such as…

  • 19th Hole Bar

    Himachal Pradesh

    The bare, all-timber wooden clubhouse surveys the main fairways and water traps of Naldhera's classic golf course, with the best views from the bar. That…

  • Purple Martini

    Anjuna

    The clifftop sunset views, blue-and-white colour scheme and swanky bar at this beautifully situated restaurant could easily transport you to Santorini…

  • Paramount

    Kolkata (Calcutta)

    Tucked away in the educational area east of the University of Calcutta, this unassuming 100-year-old place makes delightfully refreshing juices and…

  • 10 Downing Street

    Chennai (Madras)

    Casual British-themed pub (Big Ben on the wall, fish fingers on the menu, the Beatles and the Who on the sound system) with a small dance floor. It's…

  • New Cathay

    Kolkata (Calcutta)

    This classic old-style bar with double-height ceilings and whirring fans doesn't make an effort to keep up with the times, and its patrons certainly like…

  • Café Coffee Day

    Agra

    This AC-cooled branch of the popular cafe chain right outside the Taj's east gate offers a great place to refuel after sightseeing over a proper coffee …

  • Hoot Cafe & Brewery

    Bengaluru (Bangalore)

    With water channels and palm trees in the outdoor seating area, Hoot makes full use of the pleasant Bengaluru weather. The brewery's craft credentials are…

  • Seed Cafe

    Mcleod Ganj

    This metal-roofed bar-club has a grungy youth vibe enlivened by a dancy DJ soundtrack on a powerful sound system. On Saturday party nights there's…

  • Manhattan, The Craft Brewery

    Delhi

    One of a few bars and small clubs in the otherwise largely empty Global Foyer Mall, 200m north of Sector 42-43 metro station, Manhattan is where Gurgaon’s…

  • Bob’s Inn

    North Goa

    The African wall hangings, palm-thatch, communal tables and terracotta sculptures are a nice backdrop to the rava (semolina) fried mussels, but this…

  • Scarlet Cold Drinks

    North Goa

    Selling juice, lassis, fruit salads and muesli to travellers, Scarlet is the second-most popular of Chapora’s juice bars. There’s a useful noticeboard…

  • Paksam Homestay

    Sikkim

    This sweetly unpretentious cafe, little more than the family's front room, serves wickedly good organic tongba (hot millet beer, ₹100).

  • Blend

    Chennai (Madras)

    Glossy contemporary styling, pounding house music, a tiny dance floor and a lengthy list of colourful cocktails make this upscale Taj-hotel bar a…

  • Naya Beer Garden

    Delhi

    The relaxed beer garden at Anya Hotel is a small outdoor space where you can enjoy the chef’s recommended pairings of Indian tapas with up to 18 varieties…

  • Cape Town Cafe

    Calangute & Baga

    The most laid-back of the Tito’s venues, Cape Town has a street-front lounge bar with wi-fi and live sports on big screens, while inside international DJs…

  • Polo Bar

    Uttarakhand

    One of the more salubrious of Dehra Dun’s many hotel bars, Polo Bar is downstairs at Hotel President. Being in a basement it's a bit on the dingy side,…

  • Cafe Kalimpong

    Kalimpong

    Relax on a cushioned seat on the terrace and enjoy fresh-ground coffee, or a variety of teas or shakes, with cool, relaxed music and an expansive Relli…

  • Homemade Bakery Café

    Himachal Pradesh

    This tiny cafe stares across the valley, its few roadside seats offering an even more breathtaking view, albeit somewhat plagued by passing traffic.

  • Labooze

    Mcleod Ganj

    Though as much restaurant as bar, Labooze is nonetheless McLeod's most urban drinking den, with an engrossing cartoonesque ceiling mural and parts of a…

  • Cafe Paradiso

    Alappuzha (Alleppey)

    Espresso coffee, cold drinks, lassis and light breakfasts (₹80 to ₹250) are served from this tiny, cheerful canal-side cafe, which also organises kayaking…

  • Café Coffee Day

    Agra

    Probably the trendiest Agra outlet of India's popular cafe chain, this branch near Sadar Bazaar is handy when exploring the market. There's another at the…

  • Big Pitcher

    Bengaluru (Bangalore)

    With six floors, this is microbrewing on a macro scale. Events include concerts, pub quizzes, karaoke and a barbecue buffet. Its Brazilian brewer does six…

  • UV Bar

    Anjuna

    UV Bar flies under the radar compared with the likes of Curlies and Vagator's Hilltop but its becoming known for wild trance parties, with two dance…

  • Dome

    Mumbai (Bombay)

    This white-on-white rooftop lounge has awesome views of Mumbai’s crescent beach from its 8th-floor vantage and cocktail prices (₹1250 to ₹1450) that will…

  • Leather Bar

    Chennai (Madras)

    ‘Leather’ refers to furniture, floor and wall coverings rather than anything kinky. This tiny pad has mixologists serving up fancy drinks and, sometimes,…

  • Oasis

    Assam

    Chilled bottles of Kingfisher beer are served with a wide array of kebabs, curries and tandoori items at this popular, if seemingly men-only, bar a short…

  • Monkey Bar

    Mumbai (Bombay)

    Successful ventures in Delhi and Bangalore led this chill gastropub to Bandra, where scenesters gather on the excellent patio – particularly great when it…

  • Book Cafe

    Shimla

    Cheap, clean, cheerful place to nurse an instant tea and do some reading if the skies should open.

  • Gatsby 2000

    Chennai (Madras)

    Belting out beats from hip hop to Bollywood, this longstanding three-floor party place is an Irish pub until everyone arrives, then it becomes a busy club…

  • Kham Coffee

    Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad)

    A cosy cafe with an interior resembling that of a traditional Tibetan stone blockhouse, Kham brews decent coffee, Tibetan butter tea and a few choice…

  • Riverside Bar & Restaurant

    South Goa

    Head on down to the north end of the beach, but on the river side of the road, for a friendly, rustic bamboo-bar hang-out with regular live music, open…

  • L’e-Space

    Puducherry (Pondicherry)

    A quirky little semi-open-air rooftop bar/cafe lounge that's friendly, laid-back and sociable, and which does good cocktails (assuming the bartender hasn…

  • Café Coffee Day

    Chennai (Madras)

    India's favourite coffee shop has many branches around Chennai. This Egmore branch is small and more downmarket than others, but handy if you're visiting…

  • Patiyala Peg Bar

    Prayagraj (Allahabad)

    Prayagraj's (Allahabad's) most interesting bar for tourists has live ghazal (Urdu love songs) performed nightly from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. Serves mostly beer…

  • Dylan’s Toasted & Roasted

    Manali

    This ever-popular hole-in-the-wall cafe was Manali's first place for real barista coffee and still serves great macchiatos, hearty breakfasts, pancakes…

  • Wise Owl

    Kolkata (Calcutta)

    Popular among young professionals as a stop-go coffee spot, this alfresco cafeteria makes a robust espresso that hits the spot. There are a few good teas…

  • Café Coffee Day

    Guwahati

    A central branch of this popular coffee chain, with red-and-black decor and reliably good lattes, macchiatos and frappés. Snacks and pastries too.

  • Chirmi Palace Sports Bar

    Jaipur

    Stop by for snacks, drinks, and the current big game or match (on multiple screens, including a large projector screen). Happy your is 3pm to 7pm.

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