By Editors

Any cocktail couturier worth their salt-rimmed glass will tell you this – be it a hint of wasabi or a passion fruit flavoured infusion, mixology is an art, one very few bars get right. We put down our staple vodka diet cokes and went cocktail hunting; from vanilla flavoured Bellini’s to Mango Coladas, we present 18 frontrunners picked from our favourite bars across the city.

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Clover Club, Mint Julep or the 19th at PCO | Cocktail specialists, the suited bartenders over at PCO know exactly what they’re doing with your potion. This recommendation comes straight from the horse’s mouth, our favourite mixologist over at PCO.

Where: D Block Market, Vasant Vihar

Price Range: Between INR 500-1000

Martini and Original Whisky Sour at Library Bar | With plush velvet couches, a fine whisky collection and a range of cigars, we recommend Library Bar for the more seasoned cocktail connoisseur. Perfect for a pre-party cocktail.

Where: The Leela, Chankayapuri

Price Range: Between INR 1000-1500

Copper Monkey at Monkey Bar | We’re certain you’ve heard more about their signature Aam Panna cocktail, Mangaa, but industry insiders have their money on the Copper Monkey – a whisky based cocktail infused with mandarin, passion fruit, mint and bitters.

Where: Pocket C6 & 7, Vasant Kunj

Price Range: Under 500

The New Old Fashioned at Smokey’s | With a winning set of bartenders and mixologists, this Bourbon based Smokey’s Signature cocktail is done right with fresh mandarin, cucumber, green apple, basil and drambuie.

Where: Plot no 2, Local Shopping Centre, Masjid Moth, GK-II

Price Range: Between INR 500-1000

FogHorn at Cocktails and Dreams, Speakeasy | A cocktail haven, this popular speakeasy does their rendition of the original gin and ginger ale mix, with a tall Collins, mixed with vodka, gingerbread syrup, ginger juice, lime and dry ginger ale, served over ice.

Where: Behind Galaxy Hotel, Sector 15, Gurgaon

Price Range: Under 500

Old Fashioned at Lobby Bar, Hyatt | A basic drink in the world of cocktails, the Lobby Bar gets it right with a perfect mixture of sugar, bitters, whisky and a twist of citrus rind.

Where: Hyatt Regency, Bhikaji Cama Place, R.K Puram

Price Range: Between INR 1000-1500

LIIT at Hard Rock and TGIF | Ditch the glass, order the pitcher.

Where: Hard Rock Café {DLF Place, Saket and Cyber Hub, Gurgaon}, TGIF {DLF Place Mall, Saket, DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj, MGF Metropolitan Mall, Gurgaon}

Price Range: Under 500

Olive Bloody Mary at Olive Bar and Kitchen | Eristoff vodka, fresh tomato juice and a Bloody Mary mix. We recommend the Bloody Marys join you on a Sunday brunch.

Where: One Style Mile, Mehrauli

Price Range: Between 500-1000

Gulabo at Dhaba by Claridges | Although more popular for their Indian fare, they also have a fantastic Theka styled bar. Try Dhaba’s version of the Long Island Ice Tea, with Kala Khatta.

Where: DLF Place, Saket & Cyber Hub, Gurgaon

Price Range: Under 500

Cosmopolitan at Keya | Keya gets the popular cocktail right, with the perfect balance of triple sec, cranberry and vodka. Fair warning: Just because you can’t taste the alcohol, doesn’t mean its not there.

Where: DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj

Price Range: Between INR 500-1000

Signature cocktails at Blue Bar | The boys over at Blue Bar know their spirits, and can definitely sense yours. Ask for a customized cocktail; pick a base, and let them surprise you.

Where: Taj Palce Hotel, Sardar Patel Marg, Chanakyapuri

Price Range: Between INR 1000-1500

Vanilla Bellini at Uzuri Deck and Dining | They’ve taken a classic Bellini, added a touch of vodka and vanilla liquor, and made it so much better. Don’t miss the {free} Appletinis and Coffee Martinis on ladies nights every Wednesday.

Where: M 40 Greater Kailash II

Price Range: Under 500

Mango Colada at Harry’s | A perfect drink for the summer, they ditched the pineapple and added mangoes instead, with coconut and light rum.

Where: Select Citywalk Mall, Saket and 62 Second Floor, Khan Market

Price Range: Under 500

Hammer at Downtown | A perfect blend of freshly muddled lemon grass, curry leaves, lemon juice and gin. Don’t be thrown by the name, it doesn’t do too much harm!

Where: 34 Leisure Valley Road, Near Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sector 29, Gurgaon

Price Range: Under 500

Electric Daquiri at B Bar | Another universally accepted staple cocktail, B Bar gives it a twist with Sechouan Button infused rum, orange bitters, fresh lime and sugarcane syrup.

Where: Select Citywalk, Saket

Price Range: Between INR 1000-1500

Passion Fruit Mojito at Anidra | A tropical twist on an old favourite, the base remains the same {Bacardi}, with a touch of passion fruit.

Where: The Lodhi, Lodhi Road

Price Range: Between INR 1000-1500

Wasabi Martini at Sky Bar, Kylin | Kick back on an expansive terrace, under a private canopy, with a gin and vermouth based Martini, infused with a dash of the perfect amount of wasabi.

Where: Kylin Premier {Sky Bar}, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj

Price Range: Between INR 500-1000

Banana Relay at Underdoggs Sports Bar and Grill | The IPL season might bring you here more than you anticipate, so switch up the pitchers of Beer with a special blend of Kahlua, banana and cream.

Where: Find a location here.

Price Range: Under 500

Embarking on our cocktail trail? Don’t forget to #mylbbd while Instagramming your experience!