It’s no secret that Delhi has a storied past - it has been under the rule of several dynasties, including Mughals and the British. The city’s turbulent past has moulded it into the lively, multicultural place it is today. And this is evident in the many bars dotted across the city. From super cool bars nestled within the premier hotels to quirky little cocktail bars where art, design and drinks mix, the capital has it all. It’s worth noting that many bars in the capital have a 1 am curfew, so if you plan for a longer session, pick your spot carefully. Here’s a rundown of the best bars in Delhi, India, where you’ll never go thirsty or hungry.
1. Hauz Khas Social
Hauz Khas Social is a cafe-bar workspace where co-working meets drinking and snacking. It is popular among Delhi’s young and hip residents, as well as freelancers, artists, and designers who use it as their temporary office. The drink list is dazzlingly long, including innovative and quirky cocktails, while the ambiance is laid-back and warm, complete with recyclable furniture, unfinished brick walls, and a view of the beautiful Hauz Khas lake. Regular live music events are hosted here. Besides the drinks and atmosphere, the food is another reason to visit this venue. It is filled with American, continental, Indian and Chinese dishes.
Hauz Khas Social
Address: 9A & 12, Hauz Khas Fort Rd, Deer Park, New Delhi, Delhi 110016
Website: Hauz Khas Social
Opening hours: 11am - 12am (daily)
2. Lord of the Drinks
If you haven’t had a drink at Lord of the Drinks, you haven’t had a drink in Delhi. The bar’s gigantic terrace is complete with plush leather couches, wooden tables, and medieval-style lighting that makes it easy to nestle in for the night, and the bartenders serve up a wide range of mouthwatering cocktails. Opt for My Passion drink or LIIT with Kala Khatta; and if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, get the Spicy Love drink that includes tequila, spices, red bell pepper, coriander, and cranberry ice. If you can’t decide, ask the bar staff to make you a custom creation. To accompany the drinks, this place also serves a good range of food that is prepared from local and imported ingredients. On the food menu, you’ll find a mix of Indian, European, Italian and Asian dishes.
Lord of the Drinks
Address: G-72, Radial Rd Number 2, Block G, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
Website: Lord of the Drinks
Opening hours: 11:30am - 12am (daily)
3. Grappa Bar
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Stationed inside Shangri-La Hotel, Grappa Bar is known for its elegant setting complete with indoor and outdoor seating. Its Italian-inspired cocktails are top-notch. Order any classic that comes to mind for an outstanding result, whether it’s the addictive barrel-aged drinks or the delicious negronis. A small selection of bar snacks and Italian fares like pasta, pizzas, bruschettas, and club sandwiches, round out the menu. There’s also live music by resident DJs every weekend that makes it a perfect spot for a date or a stylish evening out with friends.
Address: Ground Level, Shangri-La’s - Eros Hotel, 19, Ashoka Rd, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
Website: Grappa Bar
Opening hours: 12:30pm - 3am (daily)
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4. Fez Mediterranean Bar
The ornate chandeliers, comfy seating, a well-stocked bar, and a cozy lounge make a trip to Fez Mediterranean Bar an absolute must. Here, you’ll find city residents and tourists clustered at small tables, chatting and sipping a classic cocktail, including rum, wine, whiskey or martini. If you get hungry, their food menu is extensive and filled with Indian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes. Cold mezze platter, non-veg mezze platter, doner kebab, and Mediterranean veg casserole are crowd favorites. Those with a sweet tooth will be pleased to discover that the bar also has a dessert menu - make sure to sample the baklava or chocolate truffle gateaux.
Fez Mediterranean Bar
Address: 3/48, Malcha Marg Shopping Centre, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi 110021
Website: Fez Mediterranean Bar
Opening hours: 12pm - 1am (daily)
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Lotus-style seating, spacious bar and lounge, soft music in the background, and a plethora of board games are the ingredients that go into making this excellent sports bar. When it comes to food, Quoin has bar snacks and healthy nibbles, including North Indian and Asian fare. To accompany the delicious food, there is an extensive selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Their classics like bourbon, daiquiri, single malt, martini, and wine are quite a hit among the patrons. And if you’re feeling adventurous, give the resident mixologist a few hints about what you like and you’ll get a drink made just for you.
Address: Asset No 02 GMR Hospitality District IGI Airport New Delhi, Aerocity,New Delhi-110037- Novotel Lobby Level, New Delhi, Delhi 110037
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
6. Savannah Bar
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Nestled within Radisson Blu Plaza Airport Hotel, Savannah Bar is a nice hotel bar, but the real attractions are the inexplicably delectable continental and finger food, and their signature cocktail, Blu Sapphire. The drink menu also includes an impressive list of wines, beers, and spirits that perfectly complements your food. It’s a secluded spot with squishy sofas and doesn’t get too crowded, which makes it a perfect place for a date or a romantic evening.
Address: Radisson Blu Plaza, Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway, Near Mahipalpur Extension, Mahipalpur, New Delhi, Delhi 110037
Opening hours: 11am - 1am (daily)
Split across two floors, 38 Barracks is one of the best places to drink in Delhi. Amid the psychedelic lighting and the striking interior is a full-fledged bar with a diverse range of alcoholic beverages, including whiskey, red and white wines, beer, liqueur, shooters and classic cocktails. If alcohol is not your thing, you can grab some refreshing mocktails, shakes or soft beverages. On top of it all, check out their interesting menu that includes finger food, North Indian, American, Italian and Chinese delicacies. Do try the malai broccoli, mutton seekh kebab, and the ‘clash of clans’ dish, which is a mix of fried fish and roasted chicken. The bar also hosts live music performances, thus offering a complete and unique experience.
Address: M-38, Connaught Cir, Opp. Shanker Market, Shankar Market, Block M, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
Website: 38 Barracks
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 12pm - 11:30pm; Fri - Sun: 11:30am - 11:30pm
8. The Darzi Bar & Kitchen
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The Darzi Bar & Kitchen is a tailor-shop themed bar. Brown leather seating, wooden flooring, and walls adorned with hangers, scissors and other tailoring motifs provide a look that will transport you to a tailor shop, albeit a stylish one. This restaurant-bar boasts a great menu of cocktails, of which saffron-based gin drinks and tiramisu-flavored vodka concoctions are the bona fide stars. It also has a substantial food menu to accompany cocktails. They have a great selection of vegetarian, chicken, seafood and lamb dishes. The Darzi mutton curry, meat salad, malai soya chaap, and makhni maggi are some of the noteworthy dishes.
The Darzi Bar & Kitchen
Address: H, 1st Floor, 55, Connaught Cir, Block H, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
Website: The Darzi Bar & Kitchen
Opening hours: 12pm - 1am (daily)
9. The Library Bar
The Library Bar is perfect to lounge in during the winter or summer, as its interior is both warm and inviting, with Chesterfield chairs and a fireplace. Rare and first edition of tomes from all over the globe also adorn the bar. But as spectacular as the decor is, the pièce de résistance is the cocktail menu, which includes hundreds of brands of single-malt whiskeys, wine, and champagne labels. Try the ‘Louis 13 Special Cask’, which is a mix of different batches of cognac and infused with Habanos cigar smoke, or sample the 'Black Ceremony’, which is a mix of champagne, black pearl cognac, and caviar. Besides the cocktails, it also has some of the finest cigars on offer, in addition to Italian and continental dishes.
The Library Bar
Address: The Leela Palace New Delhi, Modern Palace Luxury Hotel, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi 110023
Website: The Library Bar
Opening hours: 11am - 1am (daily)
10. The Junkyard Cafe
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The Junkyard Cafe is a great go-to spot if you’ve got an affinity for whimsical art, live music, exotic cocktails, cold beers and an effortlessly sophisticated menu filled with Indian, Asian and Mediterranean dishes. Indoor and outdoor seating is part of its appeal, too. During the evening, you can venture outdoors - which is beautifully lit up - and enjoy an alfresco meal with some casual drinks. Do try the chicken tikka bruschetta - it is a spin on traditional bruschetta. The food menu also includes dishes for calorie-conscious folks.
The Junkyard Cafe
Address: 91, N Block, Connaught Cir, Mc Donalds, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
Website: The Junkyard Cafe
Opening hours: 12pm - 1am (daily)
Enjoy a drink or two in India's capital city
If you like the idea of unwinding with a nice drink, a laid-back vibe, and some good company, Delhi is the perfect place for you. Whether you’re looking for an elegant restaurant-bar setting, a casual spot to hang out with friends and enjoy a perfectly mixed drink along with bar snacks, or something in between, India’s capital city has got you covered.
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