With a host of new restaurants and bars popping up in Delhi every week, it can be difficult deciding where to go on the weekend. Even if you manage to be heard over the clamouring voices of all your friends, you might end up picking a bad spot, and not only will your friends never trust you to make decisions, but you won’t visit that bar ever again.

Here are our favourite nine spots that have kept us coming back for more.


One of our favourite old haunts, 4S has been around since Defence Colony Market had only three other eateries. Catering to regulars, a host of different generations of college-going students and walk-ins looking for a place light on the wallet, 4S has been a perfect example of a chill Delhi evening out for decades. Serving delicious Chindian cuisine {the Honey Chilli Potato is to die for}, cheap drinks and a wonderful human being in their guard, you can always rely on them for a good time.

Where: A26, Defence Colony Market, Delhi

Nearest Metro Station: Lajpat Nagar

Timings: 11.30am – 11.30pm

Price: INR 800 for two {approx.}

Contact: 011 41664314, 011 41664316

Summer House Café

Summer HouseImage courtesy Nishant Jhamb/Summer House Cafe

When Summer House Café first opened in Aurobindo it provided much needed space and relief from the large crowds of Hauz Khas Village. These days, being as popular as any of the HKV spots, it is always packed to the rafters. Even though it has lost some of it’s easy going charm by embracing the party atmosphere of the Village, the always fun rooftop, regular music gigs and the surprisingly good food make us regulars of this establishment.

Where: First Floor, Aurobindo Market, Delhi

Nearest Metro Station: Green Park

Timings: 12pm – 1am

Price: INR 2,000 for two {approx.}

Contact: +91 9350927000

Find out more here. Follow them on Facebook here.


Hauz Khas Village regulars will know all about Raasta. Known for having bangers on the weekends, and good reggae and dub events, this is one spot in the Village we eventually find ourselves being drawn back to. Their outdoor space is very comfortable for a group of friends {as long as you manage to nab one of the tables} and smoker-friendly. Success has brought them more outlets, with another huge Raasta opening in Cyber Hub.

Where: 30-A, Hauz Khas Village, Delhi

Nearest Metro Station: Green Park

Timings: 12pm – 12.30am

Price: INR 2,000 for two {approx.}

Contact: 011 40623028

Find out more here. Follow them on Facebook here.

Monkey Bar

monkeybarSome of the older night owls among you will remember the old Ministry of Sound {we do, we used to get kicked out of there all the time}, and its huge glass pyramid ceiling. That Louvre copycat building now houses one of our regular hangouts in Monkey Bar. Known for their smashing events, and regularly showcasing limited-time-only menus, they are one of Delhi’s safest bets for a fun night out. Their drinks aren’t bad either!

Where: Plot No 11, Local Shopping Complex, Pocket C6 & 7, Vasant Kunj, Delhi

Nearest Metro Station: Chattarpur/Qutub Minar

Timings: 12pm -12.30am

Price: INR 2,000 for two {approx.}

Contact: 011 41095155

Find out more here. Follow them on Facebook here.

Cocktails and Dreams Speakeasy

Gurgaon’s Cocktails and Dreams is known for their intense and delicious cocktails {it all really is in the name, isn’t it?}. Their classic mixes are good, but it is their signature cocktails that keep us coming back for more. Their sweet décor, tasty starters and regular trivia nights don’t hurt either! The intimate space makes it a great place to go to with a small group of friends if you’re looking for something low-key and want to avoid the weekend chaos.

Where: SCO Part, Sector 15-2, Sector 15, Gurgaon

Nearest Metro Station: IFFCO Chowk

Timings: 5pm – 12am

Price: INR 2,500 for two {approx.}

Contact: +91 9810104439

Find out more here. Follow them on Facebook here.

Soi 7

Soi 7We can’t talk about Soi 7 without talking about beer. One of Gurgaon’s plethora of microbreweries, they serve up four unique beers brewed in-house. Another plus is their huge space, and an outdoor sitting area perfect for some winter chill sessions {you almost don’t feel like you’re in Cyber Hub!}. Their delish Asian cuisine, boxing ring, and performance stage add to the experience and help them host a series of events.

Where: 205-208 & 209-A, Cyber Hub, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon

Nearest Metro Station: IndusInd Bank Cyber City Rapid Metro

Timings: 12pm – 1am

Price: INR 2,200 for two {approx.}

Contact: +91 8130666011

Follow them on Facebook here.

Ladakhi Kitchen

For the more budget conscious among us, the ahaatas in Gurgaon are a great place to get your weekend drunk on. Operating on a BYOB basis, these spots provide you the cover, and serve up some food to keep your alcohol company in your belly. Among our favourites is Ladakhi Kitchen, known for their scrumptious, juicy Ladakhi and Yarkandi momos, and Nepalese and Tibetan cuisine.

Where: Opposite Vyapar Kendra, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon

Nearest Metro Station: HUDA City Centre

Timings: 11am – 11.30pm

Price: INR 850 for two, excluding alcohol {approx.}

Contact: 011 33107892

Adda By Striker

AddaAnother Gurgaon-based microbrewery, Adda by Striker has been taking the Sector 29 market by storm. Their two types of beer – wheat and dark – come relatively cheap for in-house brewed beer, and having one on their terrace overlooking the market, while munching on some snacks, is a hard feeling to beat.

Where: SCO 24, 1st Floor, Sector 29, Gurgaon

Nearest Metro Station: IFFCO Chowk

Timings: 12pm – 12.30pm

Price: INR 1,500 for two {approx.}

Contact: +91 8287567265

The Backyard

We’ve tried to avoid the newer bars {opened in the last year} on this list {because we’ve only just started going to them!} but we felt we had to include The Backyard, due to its propensity to keep bringing us back. We know we’ve mentioned it to death but a good rooftop space is really a draw for us, and The Backyard is no exception. If you’re looking to fill your stomach while drinking, this is a good spot to grab a bite as well.

Where: A/2A, Sri Aurobindo Marg, Near Sartaj Hotels, Hauz Khas

Nearest Metro Station: Green Park

Timings: 11.30am – 1am

Price: INR 1,800 for two {approx.}

Contact: +91 9555553553

Follow them on Facebook here.