The Ultimate Guide To A Kickass Nightlife in Delhi

by Kanika Saxena for TravelTriangle on July 2016

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The ‘happening’ aspect of Delhi comes to life at night when the streets are empty and the unadventurous population of the world has gone to sleep.

The only trouble is, most of us don’t know where the hidden party places and chilling zones are in the city or what they have to offer! And guys, that’s not where it ends. There are spots for photography, stargazing, ghost walks and so much more! We’ve put together for you a complete synopsis of the rocking nightlife in Delhi that can help you the next time you venture out into the dark streets of the city.

P.S: This piece has an experience for every kind of a night crawlers. Be it the party animal or the party pooper, the crazy rider or hungry soul! You might want to start planning right away.

When to explore: 10 PM – 5 AM

What all you need:

  • Friends (great adventures aren’t possible alone)
  • Car (need to be safe too!)
  • Music (what is fun without some good music?)
  • Camera/Telescope (optional)
  • Booze (an essential ingredient to ‘night’ & ‘fun’)
  • A free soul longing for some fun & adventure…

1. Best Nightclubs In Delhi For Some Feet-Tapping Music

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The Delhi nightlife is known for one of the best party cultures in India alongside Bangalore & Mumbai. There are numerous nightclubs in Delhi with feet tapping music, booze, & awesome ambiance. Listed below are some of the best and safest party junctions in Delhi that’ll redefine the meaning of fun for you.

i. Ghungroo
USP: Delhi’s favourite nightlife hub since the 90s.
Location: ITC Sheraton, Chanakyapuri
Timings: 10:30 pm onwards

ii. Agni
USP: The glamour and the glitter
Location: The Park Hotel, Connaught Place
Open till: 12:30 am
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iii. Kitty Su
USP: The enormous dance floor
Location: The Lalit, Connaught Place
Open till: 12:30 am
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iv. Raasta
USP: An energetic, fun environment & the exotic range of cuisines- European, Thai, Mexican
Location: Cyber Hub
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2. Best Lounges & Bars In Delhi For A Cosy Evening With Friends

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You haven’t lived fully if you haven’t experienced Delhi’s extravagant bar hopping scene. For people who want to simply chill with friends with a beer in hand and great music around, Delhi has some of the best lounges and bars for you. A fun nightlife in Delhi is incomplete without these cosy spots around.

i. AM PM Café
USP: The posh terrace ambience
Location: Rajouri Garden
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ii. Lights Camera Action – Air Bar
USP: An exciting blend of food and Bollywood
Location: Rajouri Garden
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iii. Fork You
USP: Customised burgers & cocktails
Location: Hauz Khas Village
Open till: 12:30 am
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iv. Hauz Khas Social, Hauz Khas
USP: The amazing range of cocktails and the classy atmosphere
Location: Hauz Khas Village
Open till: 1 am
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v. My Bar Headquarters
USP: The heaven of inexpensive alcohol
Location: Connaught Place
Open till: 1 am
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vi. Mocha Arthouse Cafe
USP: Great food among great artwork
Location: Vasant Kunj
Open till: 1 am
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vii. Turquoise Cottage
USP: The delightful cuisines and rooftop seating
Location: Kamla Nagar
Open till: 1 am
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viii. S Bar & Restaurant
USP: A great combination of booze & Sufi music
Location: Greater Kailash 1
Open till: 12:30 am
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ix. Kylin Sky Bar
USP: Drinking under the stars (rooftop seating)
Location: Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj
Open till: 12:30 am
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x. The Library
USP: Cosy surroundings and awesome cocktails
Location: The Leela Palace, Chanakyapuri
Open till: 1 am
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xi. The Beer Cafe – Biggie
USP: Probably the most enormous variety of beer you’d ever find in Delhi
Location: Connaught Place
Open till: 1 am
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xii. Soi 7
USP: The most tempting beers brewed on-site
Location: Cyber Hub
Open till: 1 am
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Suggested Read: 15 Super Fun Places In Delhi That Proves It Is The Happiest Metro In India

3. Best Music Locales of Delhi For A Night of Harmony & Rejuvenation

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Friends and music are the best remedy to help kill the stress of work. Which is why, Delhi has some of the coolest and hippest music venues for music lovers of all kinds. From live band performances, karaoke nights, to soft music playing in the background, Delhi nightlife has it all.

i. Hard Rock Café
USP: Live band performances by rising bands across the country
Location: Saket
Open till: 12:30 am
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ii. Hybrid
USP: Different kinds of music events almost every day, as in, a Sufi Night one day and a DJ Night the next.
Location: Janpath
Open till: 12:45 am
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iii. TLR: The Living Room
USP: A rooftop cafe with a pretty decor and laid back background music to enjoy your food with
Location: Hauz Khas
Open till: 1 am
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iv. TC Bar & Restaurant
USP: Karaoke Nights and heavy rock music
Location: Connaught Place
Open till: 1 am
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Suggested Read: 31 Best Romantic Places In And Around Delhi For The Love Birds

4. Best Thekas In Delhi For The Night Crawlers Seeking Their Elixir

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We can’t even imagine Delhi nightlife without booze. It is an essential ingredient. It’s difficult to find a good shop selling alcohol at night in the NCR region, but not if you know where to look! The best of thekas are open till midnight and some even have posh shacks alongside them so that people can sit, drink, and discuss crazy life stories with friends…!
Safety Alert: Don’t drink and drive. Besides, an overdose of booze can spoil your entire night that could otherwise have been fun and exciting.

i. Discovery Wine
USP: The best range of wines
Location: Golf Course Road, Gurgaon

ii. Knight Riders
USP: A posh liquor shop and dining place alongside
Location: Sikanderpur Metro Station
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iii. Wine Hub
USP: The finest quality wine in NCR
Location: Sector-31, Gurgaon

iv. Area 69
USP: A quaint eating joint attached to this decent liquor shop
Location: Ardee City, Gurgaon

5. Best Places For Lavish Dining In Delhi For A Grand Night Out

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Willing to shell some extra bucks for getting the best dining experience? Delhi has places for you all! With lavish surroundings, awesome ambiance and the most scrumptious of cuisines, Delhi nightlife has a wide range of options.

i. Bukhara
USP: The home of the ‘world’s best daal!’ (Dal Bukhara)
Location: ITC Maurya, Sardar Patel Marg
Open till: 12 midnight
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ii. Yellow Brick Road
USP: The YBR Mixed Grill & Bull’s Eye
Location: Taj Vivanta, Khan Market
Timings: 24 hours open
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iii. Olive Bar & Kitchen
USP: The Mediterranean food, especially the Classic Ceasar Salad & Seafood Rissoto
Location: Mehrauli
Open till: 12:30 am
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iv. Sevilla- The Claridges
USP: Among the most romantic & beautiful restaurants in Delhi
Location: Aurangzeb Road
Open till: 12 midnight
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6. Best Street Food & Budget Eateries In Delhi For Those Midnight Hunger Pangs

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a) Street Food:
You haven’t enjoyed the nightlife in Delhi if you haven’t tried it’s overly tempting and highly unhealthy range of street food. Apart from catering to the elite species in the city, nightlife in Delhi also caters to people who do not wish to spend huge amounts on food, but still want the best out of it. Here are some of the best places to visit in Delhi at night for the times you crave sumptuous delights!

i. JNU Dhaba
USP: Delicious double egg rolls, chicken rolls, & butter chicken
Location: Jawaharlal Nehru University, Mehrauli Road
Open till: 2:30 am
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ii. Jama Masjid
USP: The kebabs and biryani
Location: Chandni Chowk
Open till: 4 am

iii. Jain Chawal Wale
USP: Finger-licking rajma chawal
Location: Connaught Place
Open till: 1 am
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iv. Moolchand Parantha
USP: Butter-dripping paranthas
Location: Lajpat Nagar
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v. Bun-Butter-Chai
USP: The buns with butter, & of course, chai!
Location: DU North Campus, Patel Chest
Open till: 5 am

b) Buffet Dining:
Try out some of many places in Delhi that offer buffet services to late diners and ease your food cravings. These happening places in Delhi have the most extensive of menus for buffet that you just cannot try it all at once. You’d wanna come back again and again.

vi. Lockup
USP: The unique prison ambiance & tempting options in buffet
Location: Sushant Lok, Gurgaon
Open till: 3 am
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vii. Barbeque Nation
USP: Hot ‘Live on Table Grill & Barbecue Buffet
Location: Near District Centre, Janakpuri
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viii. Eggers Madhouse
USP: The Egg variants, especially Egg Chomu
Location: Saket
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Must Read: 26 Places To Try Street Food In Delhi That Is Worth Every Calorie

7. Best Home Delivery Option In Delhi For Those Too Lazy To Venture Out

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Too lazy to go out and eat? Worried about safety issues when it comes to eating out in Delhi at night, but also wanna get rid of those nasty hunger pangs? We’ve got you covered. Order food from the most favourite and most trusted services in Delhi that deliver amazing delicacies even till 3 am in the morning!

i. Midnight Munchies
USP: The pizzas and rolls
Contact details: 011 – 41034433
Open till: 1:30 am
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ii. Batman Delivers (Gurgaon)
USP: Chicken Biryani & Butter Chicken
Contact details: +91 9910099925
Open till: 5 am
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iii. MR.D- Deliciousness Delivered
USP: Famous for its Chinese, Italian, & Lebanese meals
Contact details: 011 33105694
Open till: 3 am
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iv. Baking Bad
USP: The wood fired pizzas
Contact details: 011 49052050; 011 49052060
Open till: 4 am
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8. Best Road Trips For Food Near Delhi For Some Meals on the Wheels

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Who said road trips only take you places? They can also take you to your favourite food! Start your engines and get to these awesome faraway places to gorge on some lip-smacking paranthas and burgers and experience Delhi nightlife like never before.

i. Murthal
USP: The paranthas laden with white butter
Location: Sonepat, Haryana
Distance from Delhi: 59 km (1 hour 50 mins)
Timings: 24 hours open

ii. McDonalds
USP: A fun drive down to your favourite burgers and wraps
Location: NH8, Manesar
Distance from Delhi: 41.8 km (1 hour)

Suggested Read: 12 One Day Road Trips From Delhi

9. Best Places For Late Night Movies In Delhi For You & Your Bae

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Nightlife isn’t all about parties, booze and food, right? If you want to enjoy a romantic late night show with your beloved, we have a list of some of the best theaters in Delhi that usually have shows running late into the night. Time to plan that late night movie date?!

i. D.T. Star Cinemas, Saket
ii. D.T. City Centre, M.G. Road
iii. MovieTime, Pitampura
iv. Satyam Cineplex, Patel Nagar

10. Best Places for Games in Delhi

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If you’re not a party animal but love some great music & pool and want this at the wee hours of the night, we have handpicked the best joints for you which you can pick over party places in Delhi! Think of playing a little pool or go bowling at in the night between 11 pm to 1 pm with your friends and make it a night worth remembering. Below is this list:

i. Monkey Bar
USP: Pool and booze
Location: Connaught Place
Open till: 12 midnight
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ii. BluO
USP: Best place in Delhi for Bowling
Location: Ambience Mall, Gurgaon
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iii. Underdoggs Sports Bar & Grill
USP: Pool and live screening of matches
Location: Golf Course Road, Gurgaon
Open till: 1 am
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11. Best Night Walks & Ghost Walks In Delhi For The Thrill Seeking Night Crawlers

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a) Night Walks:
Well, yes, most of you wouldn’t have expected a night walk in Delhi, right? If nightlife for you means exploring the city’s dark, secluded paths, you must venture out on a night walk with your friends or beloved at these amazing places and witness how beautiful and peaceful the city looks during such late hours.

i. India Gate
USP: Splendid view of the India Gate with Ice-cream and chuski

ii. Streets of Shahjahanabad
USP: Hot cups of chai & a walk on the long, historical roads
Location: Old Delhi

iii. Parthasarathy Rocks
USP: A perfect spot for love birds
Location: Jawaharlal Nehru University, Mehrauli road

Safety Alert: If you’re willing to take a long walk on the Gurgaon-Faridabad road, make sure you’re with your gang, as the place is considered unsafe for couples, unless they’re ‘driving’ down the road & not ‘walking’.

b) Ghost Walks:
Did you see this coming? The daring souls out there, if you are someone who is inspired by ghost stories and who wants to take ‘adventure’ to an ultimate level, go for Ghost Walks in the many haunted places of Delhi and explore the scary, deep, dark secrets of the past.

i. Jamali Kamali
Location: Mehrauli

ii. Karbala Graveyard
Location: BK Dutt Colony

iii. Sanjay Van
Location: Vasant Kunj

iv. Feroz Shah Kotla Fort
Location: Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg

Suggested Read: 10 Visit-worthy Places In The Capital, Delhiites Have Ignored For Long

12. Best Night Sky Gazing & Photography Spots In Delhi For The Astronomy & Photography Fanatics

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Those of you wondering how the hideously polluted NCR provides opportunities for sky gazing, get ready for a revelation! There are brilliant places in and around Delhi that provide stunning views of the night sky and a fascinating experience for those who’re into Night Sky Photography.

i. Damdama Lake
Location: Gurgaon

ii. Grounds near Lotus Temple
Location: Bahapur

iii. The abandoned Mining Zones
Location: Sohna Road, Gurgaon

iv. Astroport Sariska
Location: Alwar (a 4 hour Road Trip from Delhi)

13. Best Sunrise Spots In Delhi For An Eye-Warming End To Your Night Out

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Hold on! Your night out isn’t over yet! After spending an entire night out on the streets of Delhi, how can you go back home without witnessing the first light of the dawn? This heavily populated and industrialized urban centre has places that provide awesome views of the daybreak that make nightlife in Delhi all the more happening and that you just cannot miss on your adventure.

i. India Gate

ii. Lotus Temple
Location: Bahapur

iii. Aravalli Biodiversity Park
Location: Mehrauli-Gurgaon road

Safety Tips:
Guys, while Delhi offers some of the most unique and crazy nightlife experiences, we advise you take necessary precautions before venturing out into the dark.
1. Travel with your most trusted friends. If you’re a girl, make sure your gang includes boys that you can trust.
2. Go out in your or your friend’s personal vehicle.
3. Don’t get over-drunk. And don’t drive in case you get over drunk.

Frequently asked questions

Which is the safest pub in Delhi for a nightlife experience?

The Atrium Bar & Lounge, The Club Bar, and Blue Bar are among the safest places for clubbing in Delhi. Since these places are located in luxury hotels, the crowd is good too and you can stay the night away if you don’t consider it safe to drive home alone at night.

What are the best places for a night out in Delhi?

Khan Market, Hauz Khas and CP are among the best places to consider if you are going for a night out in Delhi.

Stunned? Never thought Delhi nightlife was this amazing while you were snoring it away? But now that you know, why don’t you tag your buddies and let them see your new-found formula for fun? Share the information with your trusted friends and plan an exciting venture onto the streets of Delhi that never sleep!

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