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Delhi Nightlife Guide to Delhi Restaurants, Bars, Nightlife

Delhi Nightlife Guide to Delhi Restaurants, Bars, Nightlife


Delhi Nightlife

If you want to enjoy an exuberant nightlife, Delhi is probably not the place to be. With clubs and bars closing early and the legal drinking age still at 25, nightclubbing is not a tourist attraction like its fellow city Kolkata.

Many restaurants have a dual purpose and transform into nightclubs usually after 8pm. The common dress code is “smart casual” which means even in the summer you are not to wear shorts, singlets or flip flops. Also there are heavy taxes on alcohol and can pack on a hefty 12 20% onto your bill. However, a good night out can still be on the cards.

The Park Hotel has a poolside bar called Aqua (just one of its four restaurant/bars) which has a lounge atmosphere and broad range of drinks available for those wanting variety. Located near Connaught Place on Parliament Street, this bar is only a 5 minute drive from the railway station and is an upmarket, glamorous bar decorated extensively with an open design.

Alternatively, the Shalom is a Mediterranean restaurant that transforms into a lounge bar at night. This award winning bar is perhaps a trendsetter for the Delhi nightlife with exotic food on the menu and exquisite drink blends. With its peaceful ambience, this is no raging club but more a great place to meet up with friends over a few drinks while enjoying the ambience. There are two locations in New Delhi, one at N Block Market, off Ekasuar Vithi behind Gyans, and the other at the D Block Market off Paschimi Marg and opposite the Modern School. Prices are quite reasonable, equivalent to what you’d probably spend at home.

The Urban Pind is another place worth checking out. Located at number 4, N Block in New Delhi, this bar/lounge has a large floor space covering three floors. This sophisticated bar exudes a soothing ambience with comfortable seating areas and exquisite décor. If the night is clear, make sure you head for the roof top lounge and listen to the music under the sky. Make sure you check whether there are events happening here as they are often well worth attending.

If an open bar at Saket Market sounds like a treat, the Manre Bar/Lounge offers a modern atmosphere coupled with both indoor and outdoor areas where you can enjoy an array of delicious food with an extensive beverage list.

So although Delhi is not the most lively nightclub city in India, it does have some fantastic lounges to enjoy the tasty cuisine and cool beverages.