Uttar Pradesh drinking and 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 90 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. Nonguests can wander onto the terrace with its Taj views, but staff often restrict tables to in-house guests if things are…
Bar 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, p…
Cafe 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 ca…
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 (look for an 1830 copy of his Benares Illustrated in a glass ca…
Cafe 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.
Cafe 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.
Bar in Allahabad (Prayagraj)

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 beer 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.
Bar 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…