Delhi Nightlife

Delhi's nightlife is in a constant state of flux, and among the growing set of young people who can afford it, the scene is intense. Various kinds of watering hole are on offer, with the lounge bar emerging as the most successful formula. Though Delhi doesn't rival the cosmopolitan feel of Mumbai, it seems as if a new lounge opens here every week. That said, the city's somewhat stodgy reputation

is still partly deserved: All the major hotels have bars, but most are better suited for a collective nap with a few tired foreigners than a night of Indian camaraderie; they still shut by midnight and many nightclubs close not much later, though there are a few all-night venues.

Hotel bars come in two stripes: those that aim for a British Raj look and an older, quieter clientele, or raucous, late-night dance clubs. Due to high taxes on alcohol, especially imported brands, drinks prices come close to those in London and New York. Those in search of late-night dancing and drinking sometimes head for the suburbs or five-star hotels, which can stay open later.

The disco scene has undergone a transformation in recent years. Select places attract top international DJs and charge cover prices to match. Slowly electronic dance music is overtaking drunk renditions of classic rock and Bollywood favorites at most places. Overly casual attire (shorts, T-shirts, sandals on men) is typically frowned on, and closing times tend to vary with the mood of the city government that month.

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Baci is a charming Italian-style bistro that serenades with soft jazz. The sophisticated cocktail list has some delicious creamy drinks.


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A vaguely Chicagoesque rock bar with occasional live music nights. ...

Hard Rock Café

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This isn't especially India, but it does sometimes book some interesting bands (call for the weekly performance schedule). If you're...


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Chic, chic, chic, and the cocktails are innovative and delicious: street-food-inspired concoctions include the betel-leaf martini and...


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A cavernous space, a pleasant terrace with wonderful views, and well-mixed drinks that all add up to a pleasant nightspot. ...


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A magnet for Delhi's beautiful people, with as many voices yelling into their cell phones as talking to each other. The booze selection...


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This laid-back lounge with plenty of low-slung couches is where expats head for quiet drinks and conversation over wood-fired pizza.


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ai, a Japanese restaurant with a bar, is one of the premium spots in town; the restaurant is in one end of the huge space, while the...


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A Delhi favorite: it's hard to resist the al fresco charms, or the lure of the extremely evolved drinks list. Sit outside in the dewy...


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Brick-walled DV8 is a casual place to kick back. ...


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