Delhi's bar scene has grown rapidly in recent years. Apart from 5-star hotels, Delhi's drinking dens can be found concentrated around Connaught Place or in the prosperous southern suburbs. Many Delhi bars also double up as restaurants and nightclubs. Fancier bars stock a myriad of domestic and foreign alcohol, the latter at premium prices. Espresso bars are becoming increasingly popular - the two most prolific chains are Barista and Cafe Coffee Day. Delhi also offers a rich blend of music, dance and theatre shows. Local newspapers including the Hindustan Times and The Times of India carry daily and weekly listings of events. Time Out Delhi offers comprehensive listings and reviews.
Bars in Delhi
One of the swankiest hotel bars in Delhi is 1911 in The Imperial hotel. Named after the year when Delhi was proclaimed the capital of British India, this is neo-colonial drinking at its best, amid opulent surroundings.Address: , Janpath, Delhi,
Telephone: (011) 2334 1234.
A relaxed British pub-like sports bar with upbeat music, friendly bartenders and stick-to-your-ribs bar fare.Address: New Friends Colony, 8 Community Center , Delhi,
Telephone: (011) 2684 4380.
A self-proclaimed rastafarian bar, though you're unlikely to hear much reggae. Expect top 40s music, laid-back atmosphere and lively karaoke nights.Address: , 30 Hauz Khas Village, Delhi,
Telephone: (011) 4062 3028.
Clubs in Delhi
A luxury club for people in the mood to party. Great for groups. Based at the upmarket Shangri-La Hotel.Address: , Connaught Place, Delhi,
A new-agey dance club with a focus on trippy lighting systems and high-quality audio.Address: Lado Sarai (Mehrauli), 3rd Floor, Crescent Mall, Delhi,
Telephone: (011) 2952 3737.
A hookah bar and dance club with chic patrons, good food and great DJs.Address: N Block Market (GK 1), N-4 Greater Kailash-I, Delhi,
Telephone: (011) 1880 5909.
Live music in Delhi
Blue Frog is an eclectic bar and music venue – with a nightly DJ, in case you don't like whoever's gigging.Address: Mehrauli, 7 Style Mill, Delhi,
Telephone: (011) 3080 0300.
The go-to venue for local live rock shows, this bar feels like a little slice of American culture in the heart of Delhi.Address: , E-12, South Extension Part-II Market, Delhi,
Telephone: (011) 6510 6169.
This late-night drinking lair attracts a loyal crowd of musicians, expats and tourists. Chill out to a musical medley, ranging from reggae and raga to soft rock and soul. Its three floors heave at the weekends with energetic dancers and live music but you can always escape the sweaty masses by battling your way to the fourth-floor terrace for a breath of Delhi's sultry night air.Address: , 31 Hauz Khas Village, Delhi,
Telephone: (011) 4608 0533.
Classical music in Delhi
Delhi's concert halls tend to be busy more or less year-round, with the Delhi Symphony Orchestra often performing here. Hindustani music is by far the most popular, but Delhiites also have a keen interest in international music.Address: , 1, Copernicus Marg, Delhi,
Telephone: (011) 4350 3351.
Dance in Delhi
Sangeet Natak Akademi
This premier performing arts institute is India's national academy for dance, music and drama. Dance aficionados are well catered for in Delhi and a rich mix of classical (including Kathak, Bharatnatyam and Kathakali), folk and tribal dance, as well as ballet, are performed throughout the city, including The India International Centre and Triveni Theatre.Address: , Rabindra Bhavan, Delhi,
Telephone: (011) 2338 7246.
Theatres in Delhi
Delhi has a number of innovative theatres, many located just to the north of India Gate. These include Abhimanch Auditorium, which stages experimental theatre.Address: , Bahawalpur House, Bhagwan Das Road, Delhi,
Telephone: (011) 2338 2821.
Triveni Kala Sangam
This venue has two galleries devoted to an indoor theatre, plus fine art and a sculpture park.Address: , Tansen Marg, Delhi,
Telephone: (011) 2371 8833.
Music and Dance in Delhi
India International Centre
Among the ranks of Delhi's 'chatterati', the India International Centre is a political icon and post-independence institution. It is the capital's premier cultural centre and organises music and dance recitals as well as seminars, lectures and film screenings.Address: , 40 Max Mueller Marg, Delhi,
Telephone: (011) 2461 9431.