Drinking and nightlife in South India

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Mumbai (Bombay)

    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 (from ₹295) – the Acharroska is the perfect marriage of Indian pungency and Brazilian sweetness. The food (mains ₹190 to ₹490) spans everything from Bollywoodised fish and chips and poutine (French fries and cheese curds topped with gravy) to Thai thalis and great Parsi dishes for breakfast. There are also Social locations at Todi Mill in Lower Parel and Khar.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Bengaluru (Bangalore)

    Third Wave Coffee Roasters

    A mecca for hardcore java heads, this temple to the arabica bean has a multitude of gourmet-coffee combos, including espresso classics, quirky cold brews like coffee colada (with coconut water and the sweetener jaggery) and seasonal specials. Coffee culture is a serious business here. The Third Wave scene is young freelancers on Macbooks, polished-concrete floors and acoustic tunes on the stereo. Food wise, there's a snacky menu of salads, egg dishes, bagels and sandwiches (most ₹165 to ₹220). There are three other branches in the city.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Panaji

    Cafe Mojo

    The decor is a dark cosy English pub, the clientele young and up for a late party, and the novelty is the e-beer system. Each table has its own beer tap and LCD screen: you buy a card (₹500), swipe it at your table and start pouring – it automatically deducts what you drink (use the card for spirits, cocktails and food, too). Depending on the night there might be live music or DJs and there's a new dance space upstairs.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Mumbai (Bombay)

    Koinonia Coffee Roasters

    Mumbai's best speciality coffee is served in this tiny Third Wave coffeehouse in atmospheric Chium Village. Single-origin Indian estate coffee is roasted in-house with a top-end Probat roaster. It comes cold-brewed, via Clever and Aeropress methods, as exquisite espresso (₹140), or with a dollop of ice cream from the affogato bar. Selections include salted caramel, Pondicherry vanilla or dark chocolate Italian truffle oil.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Mumbai (Bombay)

    Independence Brewing Company

    A California-trained Indian master brewer oversees the craft at this trendy new Andheri West taproom from Pune-based Independence Brewing Company. Nine of the 10 taps are devoted to IBC brews, like four-grain saison, juicy Indian Pale Ales (IPAs), occasional sours and one of India's only double IPAs. There's Bollywoodised bar food to go along with it (grilled pickled paneer sandwiches, hot paprika wings).

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Mumbai (Bombay)

    Toto’s Garage

    A highly sociable, down-to-earth local dive done up in a car-mechanic theme, where you can go in your dirty clothes, drink draught beer (₹200 a glass) and listen to classic rock. Check out the upended VW Beetle above the bar. It's always busy and caters to all kinds. Its facade took a beatdown from a municipality bulldozer for extending without permits in 2017, but its innards kept on truckin'.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Bengaluru (Bangalore)

    Brahmin's Coffee Bar

    This terrific darshini (South Indian cafe) is famous for its filter coffee (₹16). There are only four food items on the menu: idli (fermented rice cakes), vada (deep-fried lentil savouries), khara bath (semolina and cashew snack) and kesari bath (sweet made with ghee). It makes a good pit stop between the centre of town and the Bull Temple.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Hyderabad

    Prost Brewpub

    A highly popular, cavernous brewhouse with five tap beers, including an English ale and a stout, plus cider. There are several zones, all stylishly lit, including ample outdoor space and an extensive East-meets-West pub-grub menu (egg fritters, Cajun potatoes, Jeera coriander prawns). Also hosts comedy (every Thursday), DJs and live music.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Hyderabad

    MOB

    A stylish, sociable Belgium beer house that draws a refreshingly mixed-gender, mixed-age crowd. Try a 'beer platter' for a sample of four choice brews, while on the menu you'll find good fish satay (₹350), fiery prawns (₹445) and other pan-Asian bites. There's live music on Saturday nights. It's 4km west of Banjara Hills' Rd No 1.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Visakhapatnam

    Moksha Restocafé

    Community cafe popular with a hip young Vizag crowd, with distant sea views from its terrace. There's fine coffee, including espresso options, and good juices (try the minty lemon). On the menu you'll find Western, Thai, Tibetan and Indian dishes (plus treats like Nutella crepes). Also hosts talks and events.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Mumbai (Bombay)

    Haji Ali Juice Centre

    Serves fresh juices and milkshakes (₹50 to ₹400), mighty fine falooda and fruit salads. Strategically placed at the entrance to Haji Ali mosque, it’s a great place to cool off after a visit. Try the Triveni, a gorgeous trifecta of mango, strawberry and kiwi (₹270).

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Hyderabad

    Coffee Cup

    Excellent neighbourhood cafe and creative hub that's a magnet for East Hyderabad's arty crew. Offers a fine selection of interesting coffees, teas, snacks and meals (try a loaded jacket potato). There's stand-up comedy here most Fridays. It's above Canara Bank.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Mangaluru (Mangalore)

    Spindrift

    The city's premier microbrewery is a big space with indoor and outdoor seating; the acoustic artists, indie bands and DJs create quite a vibe on weekend nights. Beers on tap (from ₹230) include wheat beer, pilsner and IPA, and there's good finger food, too.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Mysuru (Mysore)

    Frosting

    One of the city's most attractive cafes, occupying an elegant villa in an upmarket corner of town. It's a relaxing spot for an espresso or a glass of wine, with an attractive AC interior, a garden and a menu of Italian classics.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Bengaluru (Bangalore)

    Biere Club

    There's a continual buzz about this multistorey temple to craft beer, which always has a guest beer or two on the blackboard. You'll find plenty on the menu (platters, burgers) to nibble while you sup.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Mumbai (Bombay)

    Thirsty City 127

    The former space of Mumbai's first microbrewery has been revamped into a slick craft beer and cocktail destination under the direction of Indian beer maven/visual artist Vir Kotak. The striking space catches attention with copper-plated fermentation tanks, velvet and turquoise banquettes, but the swill reigns: eight taps (solid Neipa, Kölsch, Hefeweizen, etc served in Teku glassware) and cocktails (₹800) themed by beer ingredients.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife 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 eight taps change often – look out for the Four Grain saison (a highly carbonatred pale ale), Juicy IPA, sours, the chocolate-bomb Ixcacao porter and Maharashtra's best (only?) Double IPA. The Indian-Asian bar grub means it's very easy to settle in for the night.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Mumbai (Bombay)

    Cafe Zoe

    Exposed brick and railing dominate the bilevel hipster hideaway inside a redeveloped cotton mill at Mathurdas Mills Compound. Forty wines by the glass, along with strong, well-mixed cocktails (₹700 to ₹1200) – like black grape caipiroskas and sage and lime martinis – ensure a lively crowd, who mingle alongside the old B&W photos of the space's former life dotting the walls. Live jazz on Wednesdays at 9pm.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Mumbai (Bombay)

    Bonobo

    This bar champions underground and alternative music. DJs spin drum and bass and electronica, big beats and funky tech-house, and musicians play folk and blues. There’s a great rooftop terrace and better-than-average craft beer on tap (Gateway and Brewbot). It's always a fun night out with a wildly eclectic crowd.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Calangute & Baga

    Keventers

    Had enough of the Kingfisher? Keventers, the famous Delhi milkshake maker, has set up in Goa and on Tito's Lane no less. The hole-in-wall joint serves up classic milkshakes in its signature glass bottles, or sample the more exotic Oreo, bubblegum or salted caramel. It's the perfect antidote to a big night out.