Delhi has always been known as the grub hub, known for its delicious street food and great restaurants. Of late, it has been making impressive leaps in the mixology & concoctions department. Head to these bars. They whip up the most interesting cocktails, hands down.
Andaz Delhi houses India’s first gin bar Juniper Bar, that boasts of eclectic in-house infusions, diverse selection of stylized gin and tonic infusions. The bar is known for its use of pure ingredients such as flowers, hand-picked herbs, fresh juices and carefully distilled liquors, which are thoughtfully and creatively crafted by its mixologists. The menu has classified cocktails by its taste profile such as sweet, savoury, sour, soothing, sassy, fruity and bitter, offering something to please all palates.
Must try are the Juneberry, a twist on the gin classic “Martinez” using an
infusion of Cherry Blossom Gin and Paradise Valley, which uses the flavours
of Kashmir and Kawa tea infusion.
Where: Asset No.1, Aerocity, Delhi
It’s time to Sip on a twist to the classic favorite! What if your Regular mojito meets freshly muddled strawberries and basil, coming together with coconut rum, lime juice and sparkling soda. Doesn’t that sound exciting ? Pretty much it is. Hard Rock Cafe has recently launched its new Tropical menu to indulge you into the treasure of Flavours.
Where: M 110, Multiplex Building’ 1st Floor, Dlf Place, Saket District Centre
Fio Cookhouse & Bar not only offers great European and Contemporary Indian food, but their skilled bartenders also rustle up much-acclaimed cocktails. Do try their signature Martinis which speak volumes about the quality of their skill. Some of the must trys include Belini Martini and the Blueberry Martini. Subtle flavours and interesting combinations make these crowd-pleasers.
Where: Epicuria Mall, R1, Nehru Place, Under Metro Station, New Delhi.
Hauz Khas Social is an attempt to combine two most important elements of our daily life – work and play. The place is spread out for the village, and it whips up a wealth of comfort dishes and drinks with a twist that are exceptionally snazzy. All their cocktails, with their offbeat and quirky presentation besides great taste will definitely keep you coming back for more. We recommend their Electric L.L.I.I.T, Aacharoska, Screw Social Driver and the Famous Social Margarita to name a few!
Where: 9A & 12, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi.
Quirky bar and even quirkier drinks! This place is an ode to all things Indian. Right from their kitsch artwork to their history inspired cocktail menu, everything about this place is Indian and refreshing. They prepare cocktails with an Indian twist. One of the most experienced mixologists in town, Nitin Tiwari was instrumental in putting together the cocktail list.
Hold on! We know that this is a wine and coffee bar, but don’t underestimate the cocktails here. Bartenders Ani Sharma and annu Jha are extremely skilled at their job and do an interesting cocktail list. Among the signature cocktails is The Bourbon Toast, a quirky mix of American whiskey, orange juice, egg white and chamomile – basically breakfast in a glass.
For long, PCO has been everyone’s favourite cocktail bar. Speakeasy styled, there’s an endearing elegance to everything about the place, from the hideaway entrance to the themed decor. they do prohibition cocktails (those invented during America’s misguided prohibition) most faultlessly. They also offer Mood Cocktails which are customized drinks according to your mood for the evening which always turn out good. Old Fashioned (Whiskey Sour) is another must-have here.
If you prefer music that doesn’t drown out conversation then this high-end lounge, located near leafy Nehru Park in the diplomatic enclave of Chanakyapuri, is for you. The best part? It serves the tastiest Middle Eastern mezze in town while patrons enjoy the vibey beats and more than decent wine list. Add a luscious rose petal and cinnamon ice cream and even foodies will be persuaded to stay for one more round.
Fez, has a well stocked bar. It offers bar seating, and offers some delightful concoctions infused with Saffron, Rose and Mint, on it’s menu.
Focusing on the gourmet diner as well as the youth of India, Farzi Café aims to bring Indian cuisine back “in-Vogue”. “Farzi” can have many connotations, but at Farzi Café, it has just one, “creating an illusion” with its cuisine. Best described as a gourmet experience, it amalgamates traditional global and Indian classics, with Indian influences, contemporary presentations. This rolls over to their bar menu as well- Gulab jamun, Bottle Ka Gin, Chuski Margarita and Bunta cocktails are heady!
Where: E-38/39, Rajiv Chowk, Inner Circle, Block E, Connaught Place, New Delhi
The first gastropub in Delhi, it is a quirky & contemporary British-style lounge. The restaurant is conceptualized on the British subculture from the 1950s. The cocktails are a blend of Classic and Neo techniques, but with infusions and ingredients that spell Indian, read, Beetroot and Curry powder. The Codd-necked bottle or the Bunta has been infused as cocktails.
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