Have a look at our updated lists of best drinking places in Delhi here, here and here

By Editors

“Show me the way to the next whisky bar.”

Nothing sustains human communities better, or stronger, than the presence of a watering hole. You only have to pick up sequences from famous sitcoms, movies and books to know how a bar/pub is crucial to creating and maintaining interpersonal relationships. Celebrations, after-work catch ups, girls’ night outs, solitary pensiveness, karaoke nights, dates, break ups, brawls, you name it – a bar will see everything in the course of its lifetime.

A city, I once read somewhere, is defined largely by its drinking culture. While most would jump to suggest that Delhi has cemented its reputation as being the obnoxious, unruly, pompous city that has no mature drinking culture to boast of, I would like to disagree – a city’s bar culture should be judged on the basis of the plethora of options it provides to every kind of drinker, and Delhi actually scores fairly high on that scale.

Whether you claim to have drunk at every spot in the city, or are new to Delhi and would like to know where to grab a quick drink, or could do with options beyond your existing patronage – LBBD brings you the definitive list of watering holes in the city, when you’re looking to:

Catch up with colleagues/Grab a drink after work

Nothing completes a long work day better than a few beers knocked back with the office folks. No one ever bonded in a meeting room, and if you want to make some lasting work friendships – we suggest you check these places out:

  • TGIF | Apart from offering the convenience of being present at multiple locations across the city and almost always having enough space to accommodate everyone; this Yankee-diner style bar also boasts of some scrumptious comfort food items and a knockout LIIT.
    Where | 302 To 304, 2nd Floor, DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi
    2nd Floor, Courtyard, DLF Place Saket, New Delhi
    MGF Mall, MG Road {Near Parking Exit}
    GIP Mall, Sector 38, Noida
    Happy Hours | 5PM – 8:30PM {All 7 days}


  • Route 04 | Reasonably priced drinks, longer happy hours, good crowd {although, it seems to get younger each time one visits} and a decent selection of rock music make this a perfect venue to catch up with colleagues, friends, whoever. The CP branch is much bigger, but the Khan Market one will always have our vote.
    Where | K 2, Middle Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi
    4, Khan Market, New Delhi
    Ground Floor, Tower E, Cyber Greens, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon
    Happy Hours | 4PM – 9PM {All 7 Days}


  • Moets {Shack/Stone} | Usually a flocking ground for either the yuppies, or the slightly more privileged college-goer crowd, Shack and Stone {right across each other} provide ample space for large groups, decent service and a great deal on beer buckets. The central location {Def Col Merket} included, we think it serves as a perfect venue to host a promotion party, a farewell, or just a chilling session.
    Where | 50, Moets, Defence Colony Market, New Delhi
    Happy Hours |
    Up till 10Pm


  • Downtown | One of the many breweries that have mushroomed in Gurgaon in recent times, Downtown is a relatively promising venue for the following reasons: good service, good space, good brews and some like-able commercial music.
    Where | 34, Leisure Valley Road, Near Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sector 29, Gurgaon
    Happy Hours |


  • 7 Degree Brauhaus | New, glitzy, expansive, well located, seriously good beer and awesome sausages {try the Bratwurst}. The new-brewery-on-the-block has us hooked on every visit to Gurgaon! If you haven’t visited – you’re missing out on what is quite possible the MASSIVEST space ever.
    Where | 3rd Floor, South Point Mall, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon
    Happy Hours |
    11PM onwards


  • Striker | Lots of space, good music set up, varied live acts, convenient location {right upon entering Golf Course Road} and good crowd. If we’re ever making the drive to the country cousin – Striker makes it well worth our while; unless, ofcourse, you work in Gurgaon, in which case – Striker really is one of the better after-work drinking options.
    Where | 23, 1st Floor, Global Foyer Mall, Sector 43, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon
    Happy Hours |


  •  Boombox  café | The graffiti on the walls gives the café a vibrant and youthful feeling providing the comfort you need to unwind and with free cocktails for ladies from 3 pm to 7pm on weekdays, this is a popular waterhole.Where | Middle Lane, Khan MarketHappy Hours | 12 PM – 9 PM


  • 100% Rock | New in town, 100% rock has the much raved about terrace where one can spend an afternoon catching up with friends while munching on scrumptious snacks and swaying to rock music. With 50% off on alcohol during happy hours, this place is becoming a popular hangout.Where | 3rd floor, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj


  •  Underdoggs Sports Bar & Grill | Tv screens, pool tables, loud music, great ambience, and mouthwatering food. What else do you need with your drink? Where | Level 4, Platinum tower,Ambience Mall, DLF City Phase III, Gurgaon. Happy Hours | 10pm to 12 midnight.


Go on a date

It may be believed that only two crucial aspects can make or break the chances of a good date; one being the absence of a sense of humour and the other being more important – the venue for a good first {or even subsequent} date. If you’re stressing over where to enjoy a lovely dinner, head to:

  • Lodi – The Garden Restaurant | Boasting of an ambience that’s open, leafy, green, zen-like and very, very relaxing, Lodi also offers an extensive wine list {200 wines from across the world}. Get a table outside on a cool evening, and enjoy one of the prettier dining spots in the city.
    Where | Opposite Mausam Bhawan, Near Gate No 1, Lodhi Road, New Delhi


  • Amour | Open rooftop – check; good music – check; decent food-check; impressive beverage menu – check; therefore, romantic – check. One might complain about it being a wee bit expensive, but hey – romance and beautiful rooftops don’t always come cheap!
    Where | Top Floor, 30, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi


  • Cheri | A beautiful courtyard seating, fantastic music, spacious and well-appointed indoor seating, good choice of alcohol {great wine list} and some seriously amazing wood-fired pizzas – all make Cheri one of our top picks for a date/chilling/catching up with friends/anything. Also known for hosting some great live acts and salsa nights.
    Where |
    1501, Kalka Das Marg, Mehrauli, New Delhi


  •  Sky Bar {Kylin} | With stars as the rooftop and a quaint deck following a Japanese palette. The Wasabi Martini served at the right temperature is great to start your evening.

              Where | T 302, 3rd Floor, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. 


Sing your guts out

Who doesn’t love croaking to “I Love Rock & Roll” or “Born to Be Wild”, or even “Single Ladies,” when too many beers down? We know we’ve done it, and if you haven’t experienced the unparalleled joys of public humiliation yet – we suggest the following venues:

  • Turquoise Cottage | TC, as it’s lovingly called, has been the pioneer of the karaoke phenomenon that hit the city not too long ago. Although, the bar is always packed and the service is always just a tad too slow, it’s still a hit for those that want to grab a beer and head bang to their favourite rock hits, or even get a few lyrics in once liquid courage kicks in. 
    Where |
    MA-03, DLF Place Mall, Saket , New Delhi
    100% Rock {erstwhile ‘TC’} – 81, Adchini, Sai Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi


  • RaastaPseudo-Marley in its vibe, but offers a good, open space, terrace seating, a good sound system and is always packed around the weekend. One of the few {if not the only} places in Delhi that offers Patron {tequila}on the menu!
    Where | 30-A, First Floor, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi
    Happy Hours |
    Till 10PM


  • Cafe Morrison | It’s been around for ages, but it figures on every rock-music and karaoke lover’s list of favourite bars in Delhi. It only attracts a few loyal patrons now {and a lot more on their famous Ladies Nights every Tuesday}, but they do a great vodka/gin tonic and a worthy Bloody Mary too.
    Where | E-12, NDSE, Ring Road, South Extension Part-II Market, New Delhi
    Happy Hours |
    Ladies Nights Every Tuesday – Free Drinks for Ladies. For happy hours/discounts – contact establishment directly.


Party like a Delhi-Star

Notice how we say ‘Delhi-star’ and not rockstar? Well, we mean no disrespect, but Delhi’s never been much of the go-out-and-dance kind of culture – we’re more the let’s-play-dress-up-and-stand-by-the-bar culture. Either way, here’s a list of some of the best Saturday night hotspots in the city to get your mojo grooving:

  • PCO | Our favourite speakeasy – and the first in the city – PCO is more than just the hippest hangout spot in the city – they offer the BEST bespoke cocktails, by virtue of having the best mixologists in the city. You do, of course, need a password to get in, but it’s totally worth the scramble. We hope you’re not cool enough to go on just a Friday/Saturday night – take the hint!


  • Keya | Not a club, not a restaurant, but a serious bar, is how one might define Delhi’s much-loved party spot. Truly international in it’s ambience {the island bar concept was first introduced by Keya, among others}, with great electronic music, and an impressive alcohol list; Marut Sikka’s baby even gets their concoctions spot on – try the Paan Martini and Cucumber Caprioshka, or the Raw Mango and Basil with Vodka when you’re there next.
    Where | 122/124, Ground Floor, DLF Promenade Mall, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi


  • Shiro | One of our favourite clubs in the city – come 11PM and this massive, asian, Buddha-bedecked fine dining spot morphs into Delhi’s hottest dance bar. Great drinks, great service, huge outdoor section {no smoking inside, thankfully} and an EXCELLENT DJ with a console that towers above you, giving the feel of a truly international club.
    Where | 
    Hotel Samrat  Kautilya Marg, Poolside, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi


  • Anidra | Slightly hyped, exorbitantly priced {hefty cover charge}, commercial music, but packs in a good crowd on most weekend nights. Has an island bar, a raised dance floor and a spruced up decor. Good for supercar spotting outside the venue, we’d say.
    Where | The Lodhi, Lodhi Road, New Delhi


  • Blue Bar | Shiny, glitzy long bar stacked against one side, a glass facade that overlooks a spacious alfresco seating by the lawns and the pool, really good crowd and known for offering the best Cosmopolitans in Delhi. Perfect for people watching over the weekend, or just chilling with friends on any other night too.
    Where | Taj Palace Hotel, Diplomatic Enclave, Sardar Patel Marg, New Delhi


  • Kitty Su | Having hosted some of the most popular EDM artists of present time {Alesso, Hardwell, Ewan Pearson, to name a few}, the nightclub at The LaLit has made quite a mark for itself. What we like – the brilliant sound setup and the fact that you don’t have  to wait forever to get a drink, courtesy the multiple bars.
    Where | The LaLit, Barakhamba Avenue, Connaught Lane  New Delhi


  • BBar | With the décor inspired by the Buddha bars across the world this bar is pretty big as compared to  other in Delhi. Along with the concentric fine dinning experience we have heard a lot about their cocktails. However it is a tad bit expensive so be careful about what you order.Where | 4th Floor, Select Citywalk, Saket,Happy Hours | 6 pm~ 8pm


Catch a live act + Chill

Delhi has really woken up to the live gig scene, and how. To know more check out our guide to live act venues in the city, there’s even a pick of the venues where you can get cool privileges, only with the LBBD Membership Card {TLR/The Rose/ blueFROG, and more}.
Read More : http://members.lbb.in/restaurants-cafes/


Do Anytime Chilling

Drinking requires no special occasion, beyond willingness and perhaps, good company. So, when you’re just looking to chill, check these places out:

  • Market Cafe | Free wifi, friendly service, GREAT rooftop, good menu selection, and the longest happy hours ever. Try the greek lamb with their selection of imported beer.
    Where | 8, 2nd Floor, Khan Market, New Delhi
    Happy Hours | 12PM-12AM
    *LBBD Membership Card holders get a 15% off on total bill. Read more: http://members.lbb.in/restaurants-cafes/


  • On the Waterfront/OTW | Exhorbitantly expensive, but offers great food and a great ambience – this standalone ownership within the Aman Hotel has the best sushi. Splurge, you won’t regret it.
    Where | The Lodhi, Lodhi Road, New Delhi


  • Library BarFirst edition books. Chesterfield chairs. Cigars. A whiskey collection. Martinis. Smoking and non-smoking areas. This is a library for the connoisseur.
    Where | The Leela, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi


  • The Pint Room | Another beer bar, but well liked for it’s chilled out ambience, exhaustive collection of beers and good service. It’s not entirely cheap for just offering beer, but worth a trip when you’re in the mall.
    Where | 2nd Floor, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi


  • 24/7, The LaLit | Say, you want to grab a drink at 3AM, but everywhere you can think of is shut; where do you go? Simple, hop on over to Delhi’s only 24/7 club/bar at The LaLit hotel. The erstwhile EDM hotspot now serves as an anytime/everytime drinking spot with a super convenient {central} location to boot.
    Where | The LaLit, Barakhamba Avenue, Connaught Lane  New Delhi


Get drunk for cheap

One can never get enough of cheap booze, and thankfully, Delhi has several bars that cater to lighter wallets and bigger drinking capacities; whether you’re pinching pennies in college or far away from pay day, these venues won’t let you down:

  • 4S | Any mention of cheap booze in Delhi is incomplete {and maybe, even morally incorrect} without the mention of this popular bar in Def Col market – go here and stick to beer {and if you’re drunk enough, make your own rhyme?}.
    Where | A 26, Defence Colony Market, New Delhi


  • My Bar | Shady, yes. Crowded , mostly. Disappointing and unsafe, hell no! A favourite with the DU crowd, and Paharganj backpackers, and the editor of this post – all for the ridiculously cheap alcohol! 60 bucks for a peg, anyone?
    Where | 5136, Main Bazaar, Near Rama Krishna Ashram Metro Station, Paharganj, New Delhi


  • G {Lounge} | When you walk in, this might strike you as the most unlikely venue to offer cheap drinking options or be worthy of chilling, but a few minutes in and one look at the menu {cheapest rum, beer and gin ever} – you’re bound to appreciate the ghazal-parlour venue more.  Great service and an appreciable mughal-style decor add to it’s different desi charm.
    Where | 1/90, P Block, Opposite PVR Rivoli, Connaught Place, New Delhi


  • Knight Riders | Colorful, loud, tad gaudy, but fun – this place was known as the haven for cheap booze before anywhere else. Best suited to college folk – it’s a good idea to get buzzed here and stuff yourself with Nizam’s yummy {but oily} kathis from across the road.
    Where | B 45/47, 1st Floor, Near PVR Plaza, Connaught Place, New Delhi


  • Gola Sizzlers | Possibly one of the few places that still permit in-door smoking, Gola’s only worthy USP is a steady supply of cheap beer and..well, indoor smoking.
    Where | 9, Gola Southend, Defence Colony, New Delhi


  • Thugs | Done up like a 80’s Bollywood villain’s den, Thugs offers the charm of an old-school pub, in a rundown hotel and cheap, cheap booze. Good for when you’re looking for something different from the usual Khan/Def Col/CP options.
    Where | 4/15 A, Hotel Broadway, Daryaganj, New Delhi


  • Sam’s Cafe | A super nice rooftop that overlooks all of Delhi’s backpacker district – Sam’s is the favoured haunt for the firangs and college kids alike. We recommend it for the the excellent schnitzel, cheap beer, and chilled out ambience.
    Where | Vivek Hotel, Main Bazaar, Paharganj, New Delhi


  • Route 69 | Although, located in a far corner of Gurgaon, Route 69 promises a good time with psy trance, brilliant food, and did we mention you buy your booze from the wine shop/theka right next door?
    Where | 1, Yadav Market, Wazirabad, Near Sector 50, Gurgaon


Socialize and drink like a sir

Nothing screams exclusive–discretely, of course–much like chilling at “the Gym” or the ‘Pub at the Golf Club’; if polled, responses might suggest these memberships feature  in the top list of any worthy inheritance. If Thursday nights at Gymkhana, or any night at the Delhi Golf Club Terrace, excite you, and you’re not a member {yet} – grab a Green Card holder and make your way into:

  • Delhi Gymkhana Club | Thursday nights at the Gym are a well loved tradition for most, but if Thursday night drinking {or any night spent observing stuffy mannerisms} baffles you – picture groomed, well heeled, impeccably mannered, well turned out crowds, open lawn seating,  and SERIOUSLY cheap alcohol. Impressed, much?
    Where | 2, Safdarjung Road, New Delhi
    Rules for Entertaining Guests | Semi-formal clothing {collared shirts/tshirts + formal shoes}, no flip flops for the ladies, Green Card holders only take 4 guests on weekdays and 2 guests on the weekend.


  • Delhi Golf Club | Gymkhana’s snootier counterpart {if ever there was one}, the Golf Club is a favourite for their good food, beautiful bar ambience and an even better liquor list {sometimes, cheaper than the Gymkhana too!}. You haven’t seen nothing if you haven’t chilled by the pub terrace overlooking the Peacock course greens – must do!
    Where | Dr. Zakir Hussain Marg, New Delhi
    Rules for Entertaining Guests | Semi-formal clothing {collared shirts/tshirts + formal shoes}, no flip flops for the ladies, Senior Dependent Card holders take 4 guests on most days {exceeding which, pay a nominal amount per extra guest}. Check with the office for details on days when guests can go for free.


Don’t drink and drive, Delhi. Get a chauffeur to drive you in your own car to the venue and back on Home Safe India {011-41051010}. 

Have a look at our updated lists of best drinking places in Delhi herehere and here

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