Drinking and nightlife in Uttar Pradesh

  • Nightlife in Agra

    Amarvilas Bar

    For a beer or cocktail in sheer opulence, look no further than the bar at Agra’s best hotel. Nonguests can wander onto the terrace with its Taj views, but staff often restrict tables to in-house guests if things are busy. Bring your best shirt.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Varanasi

    Blue Lassi

    A tiny yoghurt shop with a big – and well-deserved – reputation for serving up Varanasi's freshest, creamiest, fruit-filled lassis for over 90 years.

  • Nightlife in Lucknow

    EOS Bar & Bistro

    This chic bar on the rooftop of the Levana Hotel is Lucknow's attempt at a genuinely trendy bar. It draws the young and restless, especially for Saturday night DJ sets and big-screen sports. Otherwise, the breezy, plant- and bamboo-filled spot is pleasant for a cocktail or a full meal (mains ₹500). Happy-hour deals from 4pm to 10pm.

  • Nightlife in Varanasi

    Mangi Ferra

    This colourful, laid-back lounge in the garden at Hotel Surya is a relaxing place where you can sip an espresso (₹90), a cold one or a cocktail in the large garden, or on waves of couches and armchairs. It's also called Sol Bar. Get 30% off a cocktail between 4pm and 7pm.

  • Nightlife in Varanasi

    Prinsep Bar

    For a quiet drink with a dash of history, try this tiny bar named after James Prinsep, who drew wonderful illustrations of Varanasi’s ghats and temples (look for an 1830 copy of his Benares Illustrated in a glass case here). Stick to beer as the 25ml cocktail pour is weak.

  • Nightlife in Agra

    Café Coffee Day

    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 . Another branch is located at Sadar Bazaar.

  • Nightlife in Agra

    Café Coffee Day

    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 east gate of the Taj.

  • Nightlife in Prayagraj (Allahabad)

    Patiyala Peg Bar

    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 and whisky.

  • Nightlife in Lucknow

    Cafe Coffee Day

    Our favourite Indian coffee chain – known as CCD by locals – sits in prime position at the start of MG Rd's upscale shopping district.

  • Nightlife in Mathura

    Cheers Bar

    Bathed in the dim glow of pastel-hued lights, this bar at the Hotel Brijwasi Royal is an acceptable if somewhat gloomy place to drink to a jazztronica soundtrack. The clientele is mostly men, but women aren't likely to be hassled.

  • Nightlife in Lucknow

    Tashna Bar

    Inside, this is a typical hotel bar, but it has the added attraction of a beer garden on a well-tended lawn.