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Group Chug! Drink On A Budget At These 15 Bars In Delhi NCR

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Delhi people love doing three things: eating chole bhature, praising Delhi, and bar hopping like there’s no tomorrow. And now with the summer heat winding down (a bit) we’re all stepping out to grab that much-awaited drink with our BFF or squad. If you've got similar plans this weekend, then get ready to raise your cocktail glasses that won’t burn a hole in your pockets. 

Here’s a list of budget-friendly bars in Delhi that are free from the confines of dress codes and ridiculous prices. From whiskeys, G&Ts, to cosmos, drink up under INR 1,000! 

Disclaimer: While the below mentioned places are now open please make sure you're following all safety precautions like maintaining social distance and wearing masks at all times while heading out.

1 Oak Cafe And Bar

Even though the name is ripped off from one of NYC’s most popular clubs, we were very happy to stumble upon this affordable hidden gem. Tucked away under a flyover, 1 Oak is spread over two floors (with recently merged menus with the next-door Italian restaurant, Flavors). It’s the perfect watering hole for when you want some privacy. Also, they serve sheesha, so really take advantage of that solitude!

Price: INR 215 for a pint of beer (approx.) INR 700 for a round of cocktails for two (approx.)

4S

An all-day watering hole in the guise of a Chinese restaurant, 4S has consistently remained the standard affordable and budget-friendly go-to joint amongst Dilliwaalas for weekly drinking sessions. Blame it on the wallet-friendly pricing, and an exhaustive menu of Indian-Chinese comfort food making it all-situations appropriate.

Price: INR 180 for a pint of beer (approx.) INR 600 for a round of cocktails for two (approx.)

Sam's Cafe

Sam’s Cafe is reminiscent of a Goan shack. There’s a relaxed vibe (read: Pyjamas, feet up and chappals) and you can ask for pretty much any rendition of what you see on the menu. Expect to see a lot of the regular Paharganj crew whose happy hours don’t always involve just alcohol. Sam’s keeps things simple; no cocktails or innovative shots, just good ol’ pocket-friendly alcohol options. 

Price: INR 125 – 250 for a pint of beer (approx.) 

Cafe 27

In the middle of Kailash Colony market, Cafe 27 has three kinds of seating – the high bar stools for when you’re really in the mood, indoor tables, and outdoor seating complete with pebbled pathways and private tents. The food leaves much to be desired, so we suggest just sticking to safe starters to accompany the alcohol.

Price: INR 149 for a pint of beer (approx.) INR 700 for a round of cocktails for two (approx.)


Beer Café

The Beer Café should be first on your list for early evening drinks (right after a hard day at work). The outlets come complete with a giant screen, every type of beer, and Indian appetizers to boot. Do not miss their masala peanuts and always order the giant beer dispenser. 

Price: INR 145 for a pint of beer (approx.), INR 300 for a round of cocktails for two (approx.)

Beeryani

Located in SDA market, much like the name suggests, this is the hub for some good ol’ brews (Read: affordable pints of beer) and pots of biryani. Choose from a range of beers such as Tuborg, Corona, Hoegaarden, Heineken, Carlsberg and of course, Kingfisher. Our favourite eats include Chicken Tikka and the Kachhe Yakhni.

Price: INR for a pint of beer (approx.), INR 650 for a round of cocktails for two (approx.) 

My Bar

We recommend bookmarking this one only if you’re a large group; it has the potential to get borderline seedy. With its first outlet in Paharganj, My Bar has now expanded to all corners of the city including CP, Greater Kailash and even Hauz Khas Village. If you peek inside any of the outlets (dim lighting), you’ll notice that the only attraction is possibly the alcohol rates. For a less shady experience but at the same cost, we suggest making a visit to My Bar Headquarters in CP where you can score Jaegerbomb shots at INR 259 and also indulge in some yummy eats.

Price: INR 109 for a pint of beer (approx.), INR 550 for a round of cocktails for two (approximately).

Duty Free

At Duty-Free the best part is that by day it's a cheery cafe, while at night, it turns into a super budget-friendly bar that sells drinks .... well, duty-free! So, you can get entire bottles of alcohol duty-free. And, currently, the price of a pint over here is INR 215 per piece. 

Price: INR 225 for a pint of beer (approx.) NR 690 for a round of two cocktails (approximately).

MAD Music And Drinks

Earlier known by the name of "Too Indian", MAD Music And Drinks offers really good Indian food items like dahi ke kebabs, chakhna platter, momos, and dal makhani. But to be honest, you can also head here for a good serving of pasta or pizza. This resto-bar has a good vibe, the interiors are great too, and yes, it's pocket friendly too, hence chilling with your mates should definitely be fun.

Price: Starting at INR 245 for a pint of beer (approx.) INR 900 for a round of cocktails for two (approx.)

The Gol Chakkar Cafe

The Gol Chakkar Cafe is another great place to go for affordable drinks. If you do decide to head here you can try their pasta, momos and Peri Peri Pizza. They also offer sheesha, so you can settle in for a nice, long relaxing night with your squad. 

Price: INR 125 for a pint of beer (approx.) INR 650 for a round of cocktails for two (approx.) 

Matchbox

Known for its ambience and quick bites that are pocket friendly, Matchbox is located in Hauz Khas Village. Unwind from a hectic week with a beer (or two) while you soak in the lake view. Their popular dishes on the menu are pork ribs, chicken lasagna, pizzas and much more! 

Price: INR 195 for a pint of beer (approx.), INR 800 for a round of cocktails for two (approx.)

Café MRP

A student-pocket-friendly hub, Café MRP is located in the heart of Delhi - Connaught Place. They offer an extensive menu, music, and sheesha too. The ambience is not much to rave about, with no “views.” But, they do screen IPL matches and the likes, so if you’re a sports fan, then you can pop in.

Price: INR 85 for a pint of beer (approx.), INR 650 for a round of cocktails for two (approx.)

Café Hawkers

Located in Connaught Place, Café Hawkers is a funky, contemporary space packed with colourful and vibrant murals, and a menu stuffed with comfort food and cocktails. It’s a cozy outlet with a steady stream of regulars and the younger lot. Also, if you’re someone who doesn’t drink alcohol, then definitely try their crazy and super fun shakes!

Price: INR 250 for a pint of beer (approx.) INR 640 for a round of cocktails for two (approx.)

Underpass

With a rather contemporary décor, and a chill ambience, Underpass, located in Defence Colony, is all about having a laid back time with your squad. They offer a variety of cuisines to choose from and a full bar. They also have a DJ, good music, and a steady crowd especially on the weekends. The place has both indoor and outdoor seating which is ideal.

Price: INR 165 for a pint of beer (approx.), INR 750 for a round of cocktails for two (approx.)

Distillery - Craft Beer & Cocktails

Despite being a place with a Prohibition Era setting, Distillery, located in Gurugram is all about their cocktails and craft beers! They serve a bunch of global food too, making it a great place to throw a small party or finally treat your buddies to that new job. A huge plus is that they have a rooftop and a dance floor, so your Saturday nights are kinda sorted, eh? 

Price: INR 225 for a pint of beer (approx.), INR 1200 for a round of cocktails for two (approx.). Yes, we know it’s more than 1k, but we stand by the fact that you will have a good time here.

Pro-Tip

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