Nightlife

Top Choice Lassi 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 ninety years.
Bar in Agra

Amarvilas Bar

For a beer or cocktail in sheer opulence, look no further than the bar at Agra’s best hotel. A terrace opens out to views of the Taj. Nonguests can wander onto the terrace, but staff can be funny about it.
Bar in Lucknow

EOS

This chic bar on the rooftop of the Best Western Levana is Lucknow's attempt at a genuinely trendy bar. It draws the young and restless, especially for Saturday night DJ sets. Otherwise, the breezy, plant- and bambo…
Cafe in Varanasi

Mangi Ferra

This colourful, laid-back lounge in the garden at Hotel Surya is a relaxing place where you can sip on espresso (₹70), a cold one or a cocktail (₹120 to ₹480) in the garden, or on waves of couches and armchairs.
Cafe in Agra

Café Coffee Day

Probably the trendiest Agra outlet of India's popular cafe chain (coffee ₹90 to ₹140), this branch near Sadar Bazaar is handy when exploring the market. There's another at the east gate of the Taj.
Bar 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 (but stick to beer as the 25ml cocktail pour is weak).
Cafe in Agra

Café Coffee Day

This AC-cooled branch of the popular cafe chain is the closest place to the Taj selling proper coffee (₹90 to ₹140). Another branch is located at Sadar Bazaar.
Bar in Allahabad

Patiyala Peg Bar

Allahabad's most interesting bar for tourists has live ghazal (Urdu love songs) performed nightly from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. Serves mostly beers (from ₹300) and whisky.
Cafe 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.
Cafe in Agra

Costa Coffee

Agra's only outlet of this UK coffee chain offers a cool and clean caffeine fix (coffee ₹90 to ₹240) off Fatahabad Rd – and wi-fi.