The Best Places to Drink in Delhi
Collected by Allison Sodha , AFAR Local Expert
Sip on Delhi’s liquid refreshments and refuel your thirst for discovery. Cold coffee, lassis, chai, lemon waters can keep you hydrated by day, but the bar scene ranges from British pubs to glamorous speakeasys and hotel cocktail lounges. Cheers.
22, Janpath Bhawan,Janpath, Janpath, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Many locals believe that no trip to Janpath is complete without a visit to DePaul's. The hazelnut-flavored cold coffee is served in a glass bottle with a straw. Nothing fancy, but delightfully refreshing and creamy—especially during hot summers....
Rose Minar, 87, Chapel Rd, Annexe, Reclamation, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050, India
A hot day in Delhi (or any day, really) is made even more delightful by a frothy milkshake at Keventers. Locals call it a "milk bar" because of the preparation and presentation in traditional milk bottles. Lines can be long for a taste of the...
M-37, Block M, Greater Kailash II, Greater Kailash, New Delhi, Delhi 110048, India
Costa Coffee is the Indian version of Starbucks. The popular chain has several locations in Delhi, including Connaught Place, Nehru Place, Kamla Nagar and Greater Kailash. The upscale interior and well trained baristas mirror many westernized...
Sadar Bazar Road, Basantra Line, Sadar Bazaar, Delhi Cantonment, Basantra Line, Sadar Bazaar, Delhi Cantonment, New Delhi, Delhi 110010, India
This 60-year old shop is known for its juice and lassi, the latter of which is a yogurt-based drink from the region of Punjab. Delhiites also flock here for the Chole Bhature: spicy chickpeas with fried bread. The space can be overcrowded,...
Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi, India
This Chandni Chowk juice shop has been operating for over 100 years. The specialty is numbu pani (lemon water) and the shop owners claim to have invented the famous Banta bottle. Fact-checking aside, the unassuming shop can be considered a...
Building No: 5, DLF cyber city, Near Indian Oil Petrol Pump, DLF Cyber City, DLF Phase 2, Sector 24, Gurugram, Haryana 122002, India
The pulse of Delhi has often been brewed in chai, a spiced tea. Generally there are four core ingredients: black tea, milk, spices, and sweetener. (The spices vary depending on the region, though the most common are cardamom, ginger, cloves, and...
131, Khanna Market Rd, Block D, Lodi Colony, New Delhi, Delhi 110003, India
Devan's has been serving hand-crafted, filtered coffee to Delhiites since 1962. Not an easy feat in a community known for their love of tea! Devan's sources their beans from environmentally responsible plantations in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and...
N 81, Block N, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Tea lovers unite at Cha Bar! Located in the Oxford Bookstore at Connaught Place, Cha Bar features an enviable selection of teas curated from across the globe. It is a space that encourages open books and open minds. There is a wall that showcases...
12, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Rd, Tees January Road Area, Motilal Nehru Marg Area, New Delhi, Delhi 110011, India
There are some bars that get lost in the crush, while others make a lasting impression. Headed straight into the latter, Aura, a luxury bar in the 5-star Claridges Hotel, specializes in a wide array of vodkas, with more than 60 different rare...
14, Schindia House, K G Marg, Connaught Place, Atul Grove Road, Janpath, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Premium cocktails + a menu crafted by Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor = Sura Vie. The lounge, conveniently located in Connaught Place, offers "Golden Hours" from 4pm - 8pm with deals on drinks and food. There is also an unlimited lunch buffet with...
Building No 8, Community Center Community Center 8, Block A, New Friends Colony, New Delhi, Delhi 110025, India
Pebble Street is a local watering hole nominated for "Best Bar Beer" in Delhi. At the end of a long work day, locals descend on this pub for good brew and conversation. One of their tag lines? "I got 99 problems and beer solves all of them." Happy...
Hauz Khas Social can be considered a social space or a social experiment. Either way, this is perhaps one of the best drinking spots in Delhi. Social is a unique concept that unites a cafe, office space, and nightclub. The identity depends on the...
23 Sector 15 Part 2 Market, Sector 15 Part 2, Sector 15, Gurugram, Haryana 122001, India
Cocktails and Dreams Speakeasy is a classic bar accented in 1920's decor. I am a fan of their scotch selections, including a Scotch Sour with egg white, lime, and sugar. The bartender-owned space also offers live music, trivia nights, and cocktail...
Second Floor, MGF Megacity Mall, Mehrauli Gurgaon Road, A Block, DLF Phase 1, Sector 28, Gurugram, Haryana 122002, India
As one of the original breweries in Gurgaon, Vapour offers several varieties of draft beers and beer-tails. The rooftop deck is a worthy spot to recharge after work, as the views and bar menu are creditable. Try the Vapour Kula, a dark beer with a...
The Lalit Hotel, Barakhamba Avenue, Fire Brigade Lane, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
24/7 is fine dining in the exclusive LaLiT Hotel near Connaught Place. It is also the only space in the city where you can order drinks at any time of day or night - hence the name 24/7. A buffet is offered during breakfast, lunch and dinner, with...
8 market, Sundar Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110003, India
With dozens of new bars popping up on a weekly basis, Number 8 stands out. The multi-level restaurant and bar in Sundar Nagar market is aptly located in...shop #8. Head to floor 2 for the bar/DJ and then step on the terrace for hookah on floor 3....
15, Sansad Marg, Hanuman Road Area, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Aqua Lounge is a sophisticated/trendy hotspot located in the Park Hotel. When looking for an open-air, relaxing alternative to the crowded, bustling nightclubs, Aqua Lounge is the perfect solution, especially on a warm midsummer night. Sip on...
Lobby Level The Lalit Hotel, Barakhamba Rd, Fire Brigade Lane, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Kitty Su is a multi-level nightclub housed in the deluxe LaLiT Hotel. The space is sophisticated, bold, and erotic with tantric sculptures replicated from Khajuraho. Kitty Su features live music, special events (movie premiere after-party's, for...
1580/1, KD Marg, Near Qutub Minar, Mehrauli, Seth Sarai, Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi 110030, India
An impeccable selection of whiskey + beautiful views of historic monuments + divine cuisine = an evening of perfection. Dramz Whiskey Bar and Lounge beautifully balances all three of these elements by pairing reinvented cuisine with a collection...
9A, Hauz Khas Fort Road, Hauz Khas Village, Deer Park, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, Delhi 110016, India
The design and philosophy of Out of the Box is...well...out of the box. The all-wooden bar and cafe in trendy Hauz Khas Village features a rooftop terrace overlooking the historic sites and lake. What I appreciate most about "The Box" is the...
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