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Delhi Nightlife

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

1911

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.
Website: http://www.theimperialindia.com

Pebble Street

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.

Raasta

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.
Website: http://www.raastathestreet.in/

Clubs in Delhi

Hype

A luxury club for people in the mood to party. Great for groups. Based at the upmarket Shangri-La Hotel.

Address: , Connaught Place, Delhi,
Telephone:

Shroom

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.
Website: http://www.shroom.co.in

Urban Pind

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

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.
Website: http://www.bluefrog.co.in/

Café Morrison

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.
Website: http://www.cafemorrison.com

TLR

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.
Website: http://www.tlrcafe.com

Classical music in Delhi

Kamani Auditorium

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.
Website: http://www.kamaniauditorium.org

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.
Website: http://www.sangeetnatak.com

Theatres in Delhi

Abhimanch Auditorium

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.
Website: http://www.artheritagegallery.com/

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.
Website: http://www.iicdelhi.nic.in

Culture in Delhi

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Optus Sarovar Premiere

In the heart of the Gurgaon commercial district to the southwest of New Delhi, this is a business hotel with a difference, in that it has a genuinely Indian character to its modern and comfortable facilities. It's not a bad place for relaxation either, with its rooftop swimming pool, lobby lounge bar and up-to-the-minute gym facilities. The hotel has 80 rooms, all equipped with the latest TVs and other technology, and also offers a choice of meeting/conference rooms. Central Delhi is connected to Gurgaon by metro link.

Hotel Marble Arch

A new property conveniently located at Karol Bagh – 10 minutes by metro from Connaught Place, and little further from the New Delhi railway station, this is a comfortable and friendly place to base yourself for a short stay in Delhi. The accommodation floors surround an open-air courtyard restaurant area. Wi-Fi access is available, and the hotel will arrange collection and drop-off at both the airport and main railway stations if arranged in advance.

The Lodhi

Formerly the Aman New Delhi Hotel, The Lodhi is an contemporary, upmarket resort featuring exquisite Indian decor such as hand-made rugs and jaali screens. It offers 40 rooms, with balconies offering city, courtyard or garden views, deep bathtubs, a spa, tennis courts, 50m-long (140ft) pool, restaurants and even a library and a cigar lounge.

The Imperial New Delhi

Built in 1931, this contemporary colonial hotel was a favourite haunt of Nehru, Mountbatten and other luminaries. It continues to welcome many dignitaries and affluent Delhiites who drop by for Sunday brunch (one of the best in Delhi). There are 233 beautifully appointed rooms and 43 suites. Additional amenities include a swimming pool, beauty centre, shopping precinct and a selection of superlative restaurants and bars.

The Oberoi New Delhi

An elegant and modern hotel, The Oberoi occupies a peaceful position overlooking New Delhi's principal golf course and the historic Humayun's Tomb. Ideal for business travellers and well-heeled tourists, it offers a state-of-the-art business centre, spa, swimming pool and gym. Fine dining options are plentiful and include the excellent Italian restaurant Travertino and the popular Threesixty, which is also the setting for The Oberoi's indulgent breakfasts.

The Claridges New Delhi

Positioned among the leafy boulevards of New Delhi, The Claridges is one of the capital's most elegant and atmospheric places to stay. There's a touch of art deco to this low-rise building, which dates from the mid-1900s. Its 137 rooms and suites are a blend of classic and modern styles, all spacious and well presented. There is also a decent health club, swimming pool, beauty parlour and a choice of several restaurants.