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RECOMMENDED BY Deepali Gupta, nightlife critic

  • Cocktails & Dreams, Speakeasy
  • Dirty Martini@Olive – Mehrauli
  • Ek Bar
  • Flyp
  • Junkyard Café
  • Lights, Camera, Action – Air Bar
  • Molecule
  • Monkey Bar
  • PCO
  • Perch
  • Piano Bar
  • Rubicon
  • S Bar & Restaurant
  • Sandy’s Cocktails & Kitchen
  • Smokey’s Bar & Grill
  • Social Offline – CP • Soi 7
  • The Library Bar
  • The Piano Man Jazz Club
  • Vapour Bar Exchange

*listed in alphabetical order


For nights out with friends, romantic dates and after-work parties with colleagues, our expert picks the best bars with the right combination of food, drinks and ambience

Molecular gastronomy @ Molecule, SCO-53, fourth floor, Sector 29, Gurgaon
The brainchild of Manish Sharma. Molecule’s modern architecture is inspired by the American and German war themes. They serve molecular gastronomy cuisine – under one roof, they provide a combination of a fine air bar, molecular kitchen and fresh brews straight from the brewery. They’ve won not only praise, but also critic accolades, and the outlet has been awarded as among the Noteworthy Newcomers at the Times Food and Nightlife Awards 2016. They serve home-infused beverages to offer a distinctive flavour. There are three ‘magic men’ who together work wonders – Chef Piyush Jain curates and creates the best of flavours, mixologist Gaurav Bhyani makes great cock-tails and Nishant Grover makes beer cocktails. Contact: 08826677705

So flippin’ fun @ Flyp, N57-N60, half of N61, first floor, N block, Outer Circle, Connaught Place
Flyp is a space that offers good music, but takes its love for music further by being a platform to show-case and promote talent. The 10,000sqft space has 250 covers and can accommodate more than 1,200 guests at a time. Curated by Chef Ranveer Brar, the menu offers some of the most delectable delights and couples them with quirky names for effect. Nitin Tewari, beverage director, is the brain behind their fun drinks menu. Artists like Shafqat Amanat Ali, Papon, Ami Mishra, Jubin Nautiyal, Amit Trivedi, Sukh-E, Nawinder, Raftaar, Fazilpuria, DJ Chetas, Benny Dayal and Akriti Kakkar have held performances over the past months at the outlet. Timings: 11.30am-12.30am Meal for two: 21200 plus taxes (approx) Contact: 9821393780


A mocktail served at the outlet
Music and more @ The Junkyard Cafe, N-91, second floor, Connaught Place

Among the most Noteworthy Newcomers awarded at the Times Food and Nightlife Awards 2016, The Junkyard Cafe hosts high-visibility gigs with big names like Kailash Kher, Mika, Kanika Kapoor, Ankit Tewari, Himesh Reshammiya, Ankit Malik and Meet Brothers, and also with bands like Advaita and Sufi Sparrows etc. The outlet has been visited by celebrities like Kangana Ranaut, Riya Sen, Chris Gayle and more. Their mixologists have created in-house signature cocktails that have a unique presen-tation – served in bulbs or shared in baltis! Umang Tewari says that Junkyard is “for those who don’t want to compromise on anything when they step out – food, drinks, gigs or ambience.” Contact: 8010699999

A mocktail served at the outlet
Aged and exclusive @ Rubicon, The Leela Ambience Gurgaon Hotel & Residences, Ambience Island, National Highway – 8, Gurgaon

Designed by Japanese designers, The Rubicon Bar and Cigar Lounge has a cozy set-up and can seat up to 60 guests. Warm, wooden colours complement the ma-roons, adding to the intense mood of the decor. The bar’s easy ambience and comfortable seating pro-vide guests of 25 years and above with just the setting to appreciate the finer details in life – the live jazz band, an ex-haustive list of fine beverages, single malts (every bottle is from a single cask), eclectic drinks and liqueurs. Rubicon is the only bar to have ‘wine flights’, providing an opportunity to try wines from different countries such as France, Italy, Argentina, Spain, Australia and more at very reasonable prices, start-ing from 2750 plus taxes. Timings: 12noon-12am Contact: +91-124-4771255

Dynamic pricing @ Vapour Bar – x.; Exchange, plot no 13, 14, 15, Sector 29, Gurgaon, near Leisure Valley Park
A cool new concept in which the prices of drinks keep changing with ‘—demand – they start as low as 220 for a drink! Just like a stock mar-ket, when the prices escalate, the market crashes, to the delight of guests. This microbrewery offers about eight different varieties of brews, from dark stout to classic Indian Pale Ale and popular wheat ones from Belgium. Customers now understand that starting early or choosing drinks dynamically can not only save them money, but also add an element of fun to the eating experi-ence. After Sector 29 market, Vapour Bar Exchange is now open at Sohna Road Gurgaon. One can download the Vapour Bar Exchange app from Google Play and Apple app store to track the real-time prices of drinks. Contact: 9599817337, 9599817334, 9582555614

Desi cool @ Ek Bar, D-17, first floor, Defence Colony, Delhi

India’s first Indian cocktail bar by the Olive Group, it serves New Indian cuisine and India-inspired cocktails made with in-house syrups and seasonal fresh ingredients. It won the awards for Best Cocktails, Chef of the Year and Mixologist of the Year (Times Food and Nightlife Awards 2016). On Wednesdays, at the #ShadyLady night, it’s all about the girls, with a pop-up shop, complimentary drinks, makeovers and prizes. At their #PressPlay nights, creative people play music curated by them. Enjoy Ek + Ek happy hours every day and the Tikki Meets Tikka brunch every Sunday. Timings: 5pm-12.30am; Sunday brunch: 12noon-4pm; Happy hours: 5pm-8pm Contact: 011-41688811, 7042818122 Facebook: Ek Bar; Instagram: ekbarinda; Website: wvvw.ekbarin

The interiors of Ek Bar and Phool Bagan Phizz, a mocktail served at the outlet Filmi fun @ Lights Camera Action, J2/6B, BK Dutta Market,
Rajouri Garden West Delhi’s premiere Lights Camera Action -Air Bar is a niche, quirky and fun dining place. Its food and cocktails have won many patrons, and the interiors of the outlet are beautifully designed with movies and sit-com posters, a delight for movie buffs and Bollywood fans. Dinesh Arora, owner, LCA, is on an expansion spree and is curating many new concepts. His efforts got LCA nominated for the Times Food and Nightlife Awards 2016 as well. The rooftop restaurant, relaxed vibe, great view, outdoor seating, private dining lounges and molecular-gastro cocktails inspired by Bollywood and Hollywood movies are a must-try. Signature dishes include the Bhiku Matre Vada Pay, Tofu Kabool Karo (Crispy Tofu Hot Basil Sauce), Quick Gun Murugun Gunpowder Chicken, Bachan Sahab ke Raj-ma Chawal, Sallu Bhai ki Biryani and many more. Contact: 9643708889, 9650841211, 9999473654 Cost for two: 21300; Facebook: www.facebook.com/LightCameraAction.Delhi


Big bad dogs @ Bulldogs, T-6B, Hauz Khas Village
A party destination spread across three floors in the culinary hub of Hauz Khas Village, this outlet serves world cuisine with a special menu of 15 kinds of hotdogs (from Big Bad Dog sizes — 22 inches — to 5 inches for Short Dogs). A drinking game called the ‘Drink Exchange’ is a sort of guest-driven all-day happy hour, where the prices decrease or crash depending on demand and supply. One can buy drinks at rock bottom prices, making these the `Happiest Hours’! Contact: 9810004215, 9711571752,011-43524216

One can download the Vapour Bar Exchange app 9582555614 A Unlocking delights @ The Vault Cafe, F-60, second floor, Connaught Place
The flamboyant The Vault Cafe, the brainchild of Umang Tewari, relives the legacy of colonial-inspired royal cafes. Easily accessible to shoppers and corporates in CP, it has food from various places. The cafe has interesting signature cocktails served in a treasure chest. With the USP of 5 PDRs (private dining lounges), it lets customers hold small get-togethers or kitty parties in their private space. Says Tewari, “We make each experience memorable by ensuring that each event is bigger, whether it’s an evening out with friends, a weekday lunch or weekend dinner. The Vault Cafe opens the lock to a delightful experience.” Contact: 8010699999

Different theme every day @ Moonshine Bar & Cafe, second floor, 30, Hauz Khas Village Every night of the week here has a different theme, from Commercial Fridays to Hip Hop Saturdays, from Sufi Sundays to Mixed Tape Mondays, Fizzy Wednesdays (a favourite with expats) to Lady’s Favourite Thursday nights. Many top Indian DJs have performed here. From among over 50 restaurants and clubs in a radius of 50 meters, it has managed to retain a large clientele for two years, with its affordable yet fancy cocktails and yummy snacks. Moonshine will soon expand to Mumbai and open a couple of more outlets in Delhi soon. Contact +91 9899828004, +91 8130355029

Celebs @ Take Off Scarlet, 13 C, North West Avenue, Punjabi Bagh, Club Road

Take Off Scarlet, the latest addition to Punjabi Bagh Club Road, is now known for hosting celebrities — the likes of Evelyn Sharma, Riteish Deshmukh, Aftab Shivdasani, Urvashi Rautela, Vivek Oberoi and others have visited the outlet. Recently, the venue hosted a Mika Singh Night as well. With a fully loaded bar offering a wide range of spirits, they have set themselves apart with some of the unique drinks on offer. The Terrace is a real treat, with vibrant fixtures and power-packed performances. Owner Arpan Gupta says, “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response we have received. It’s only for our patrons that we host such celebs. Evelyn Sharma, Vivek Oberoi and Riteish Deshmukh gave us a surprise, and Mika nailed it with his performance. It was one of the best nights here at /- Take off Scarlet, and you can only expect more in ‘k –the coming days.” Contact No. 8999299299

Maritime masti’ @ Dockyard, The Brewing Co, SCO-53, Sector 29, Gurgaon

Conceptualized by Ashish Goyal and Taminder Bunny, Dockyard, The Brewing Co. has the feel of a maritime museum with a brewery. It’s designed like the cargo hold in a ship with a pier walkway to the entrance, original ship labels inlaid in the floor, reclaimed miniature ship models, 19th century ship wheel etc. They have hand-crafted brews, and the food, which includes the innovative Wheat Beer Pizza, is the result of much research. The bar has the massive backdrop of a 30- foot video wall that showcases underwater footage and an almost convincingly real aquarium. It offers cocktails like Basitini, Ye Lelona, signature concoctions and `Desiiiir ones like Mr Dock Signature Up, Al Plaazo, Calling Hey You, Buzz Masala, Thandi Imly and more. Contact: 9250000035

Party luxuriously @ The Sky Bar, A7, Vishal Enclave, Rajouri Garden
This three-floor gourmet hub in west Delhi is an all-day lounge, a night-club by evening and a luxury dining option as well. The ven-ue boasts of one of the best terraces in the city and a beach bar. With live bands every Saturday and Wednesday, The Deck is one of the most hap-pening options. Monu Talwar, a dedi-cated partygoer himself, who conceptualized this outlet, says, “We created this place keeping in mind what our patrons will love. Today, we have Electro Fridays dedicat-ed to EDM, with freestyle dancers performing as well. We see all age groups party at our venue, and are opening one more venture, BBQ Beach, offering unlimited BBQ-sushi-teppanya-ki, which will be a classic treat for our regulars.” Contact 9958290691/92/94/95, 011-4103500
VIP tables and private dining rooms available on prior reservation

Source :Times of India

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