Delhi offers more than beautiful monuments and a warm climate. At Elite Traveler we believe it is at night that things really start to heat up.
We have picked some of our favorite bars and nightclubs to quench your appetite at almost any hour.
AURA VODKA BAR
This Vodka Bar at The Claridges, boasts an innovative cutting-edge vodka list with over 75 brands of the finest and rarest vodka from around the globe.
French, Irish, Polish, Swedish or British – at this bar you don’t have to choose. Some of the exclusive brands available are Van Gogh, Blavod, Kauffman and Jean Marc XO. Also available on the menu are exclusive vodka platters where one can sample shots of premium vodka from, among others, Finland, Russia and Poland. The attentive bartenders at Aura have put together an amazing selection of cocktails with their signatures being Spicelandic, The Matrix and Wild Honey Pie. The drinks are complemented by a very novel and cosmopolitan selection of foods and the delectable snacks range from dim sum to bruschetta. The chic minimalist interiors and their state-of-the-art sound system, which plays foot tapping music nightly, makes Aura the perfect place for lounging until 1am.
Markus Schneider, General Manager
+91 11 3955 5082
The Claridges, 12 Aurangzeb Road, Delhi, 110 011
This unique watering hole at the Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel beckons you back to the days when the maharajahs would indulge in their favorite sport: hunting.
Wildlife trophies, hunting, fishing and pig sticking memorabilia along with cozy interiors make a wonderful setting in which to enjoy the fine selection of single malts, wines, liqueurs and Cuban cigars. This venue also features rare elephant-foot stools and tiger skin cushions throughout. For the extravagant and adventurous types, the not-for-thefaint- hearted regiment special is also on offer (an array of daring refreshments). Though a late night bar, this venue has a lowkey impression, giving it that extra exclusive atmosphere. Past guests have included Prince Charles, Bill Gates, Madonna and Mick Jagger.
Naveen Bhartwal, F&B Manager
+91 29 1251 0101
Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur 342 006, Rajasthan
PEPPER (FORMERLY PEGS N PINTS)
Set within a quiet nook, in the plush area of Chanakya Puri, Pepper is the capital’s new gastronomic hideaway that is tastefully appointed amidst curtains of greenery.
Encapsulating you with its overall rustic elegance, unfussy decor and disarmingly soulful experience, it is a comforting culinary delight within India. At night this bar has been described as an electrifying experience, with renowned DJ Vaibhav playing a perfect blend of retro house and commercial music with an unstoppable flow of energy. The finest of international grills are on offer with an endless of variety to choose from – healthy choices for both meat eaters and vegetarians are available as is a wide variety of spirits with the some of the most modern cocktails, wines and whiskeys. Aside from the gourmet menu at this venue, Pepper also welcomes its guests to the VIP lounge where tables can be reserved. A warm, yet lively night out!
+91 99 1049 8855
Chanakya Lane, Akbar Bhawan Annexe, Chanakya Puri, Delhi, 110021
The glamour of the princely equestrian sport is masterfully captured in every little detail at the legendary Polo Bar.
Adorned with trophies and polo memorabilia, this bar serves up signature cocktails inspired by the royal sport. Guests can take their pick from a fine selection of single malts, wines, liqueurs, and Cuban cigars. This bar at the Rambagh Palace has a relaxed charm that invites you to enjoy the evening at a leisurely pace.
Saji Thachery, F&B Manager
+91 14 1221 1919
Rambagh Palace, Bhawani Singh Road, Jaipur, 302005
Unlike its name, this bar attracts a quaint crowd and many are enticed through the doors after hearing about the bar’s unique interior.
Famous villains from Hollywood and Bollywood are displayed in photographs all over the walls – icons include Bonnie and Clyde, Al Capone, Lex Luther, Gabbar and Mogambo. Being situated in Hotel Broadway, between both New Delhi and Old Delhi, the venue offers magnificent views of the city. VIP guests can reserve tables in advance and the bar will also arrange all luxury transportation as required. The imaginative menu has cocktails like Mona Darling (Bloody Mary), Mogambo Margherita (Frozen Fruit Margherita) and Loin’s Punch (Planter’s Punch). Part of the financial district, Thugs also offer guests a rich cultural experience through live dance shows and authentic Kashmiri cuisine served in traditional ‘Wazwan’ style.
Ask for Kuldeep
+91 11 4366 3600
Hotel Broadway, 4/15A, Asaf Ali Road, Delhi 110002
The 1911 Bar celebrates the historic milestone that led to the emergence of New Delhi as a seat of power.
Leather chairs and walls adorned with period art work make this a stylish place to share drinks with friends or colleagues. Over 500 different kinds of drinks are on offer and VIP guests are at liberty to access the two stunning private rooms: the ‘Hardinge’ and ‘Lutyens & Baker’.