There are all kinds of bars but there are some which stand apart for their classic décor, drinks, music and overall character. Here we bring you top 4 exceptional bars in Delhi. They’re a heady combination of rare cocktails, groovy music, stunning ambiance and impeccable service. We promise these fancy bars are worth a visit.
1. The Library at The Leela Palace, New Delhi
This one is known for the Most Expensive Cocktail in the history of India. The Louis XIII Rare Cask 786 Smoked Sidecar is priced at whopping INR 1,25,000 plus taxes. It is a limited edition classic drink using legendary Louis XIII Rare Cask 786 which is a delicate blend of 1200 different batches of cognac, aged over 100 years, infused with the Habonos cigar smoke.
Interiors: The interiors have been inspired by an era of Chesterfield chairs, cigars and brandy perfect for long lingering evenings. The bar is adorned with a warming fire place and a collection of rare and first edition tomes handpicked from across the world. ‘The Library’ is a perfect hideout for a cocktail by the fire, mingle at the bar, or dine alfresco.
‘The Black Ceremony’ – A combo of Caviar, Champagne and The Black Pearl Cognac!
Rare Cognacs such as Louis 13 special Cask, Camus special collection, served in crystal glasses and gifted as souvenirs to the guests.
Location: The Leela Palace New Delhi, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
Timings: 11am to 12.45 am
2. Grappa Bar At Shangri-La’s- Eros Hotel, New Delhi
Old-timers and young cuties rub elbows over handcrafted cocktails and Italian aperitifs at the hip and happening ‘Grappa Bar’ amid eclectic decor. The bar celebrates cocktail culture showcasing a menu of groundbreaking experimental beverages including barrel-aged cocktails such as Manhattan, Indian Sour, Gluehwein, and New York Sour High Ball.
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Interiors: Echoing the name of Italy’s most popular drink, Grappa, the bar promises the ‘dolce vita’ experience with its dynamic, casual and friendly vibe, boasting both indoor and alfresco seating. Celebrate the bar’s innovative mixology skills through a collection of classic Italian cocktails with aged spirits, Negroni’s, bitters and sours.
Cucumber Mellow – A cocktail with features cucumber and melon that weave into rhododendron.
Charley’s Rum Punch – A gorgeous bouquet of grenadine, nutmeg and dark rum.
La Fayette – A cocktail with fruit flavors like pear (infused in vodka) and lime beautifully complemented with subtle notes of sugar syrup and sage leaf.
Location: Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel, New Delhi
Timings: 12:30 pm – late night
3. The Blue Bar at Taj Palace, New Delhi
An uber chic bar with a seamless blend of contemporary design, decadent ambience, effervescent music, alfresco deck and a range of world class beverages. Indulge in uniquely designed drinks like infused martinis, frozen and forgotten cocktails, saketinis and signature vodka infusions.
Interiors: The bar looks stunning with ox blood red upholstery, black carpets, shimmers and white curtains. Enjoy alfresco deck, giant bonsai trees and large over-scaled seating with bespoke standing French baroque torchers. Music is soft & jazz, rhythmic & country as well as modern day electronic when guests can shake a leg. The bar sets the mood with sensual and Bohemian undertone lighting which can be set as per the mood and occasion.
The Amazing Grace cocktail by Vikram KU, Mixologist who won at North American Whiskey Cocktail Championship. Amazing Grace is name behind the catholic religious song – “Amazing Grace” in which they pray to god before having food. Vikram’s drink comes in a similar way of drinking before dinner.
Location: Taj Palace, 2, Sardar Patel Marg Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi
Timings: 5 pm – 12:45 am
4. 1911 Bar at The Imperial New Delhi
1911 bar, true to its name, pays homage to the historic milestone year when New Delhi was established as a seat of power. Vintage décor, lounge and club music, 500 varieties of spirits, wine, beer, and impeccably blended cocktails and more. This gorgeous bar overpowers you with bygone splendor.
Interiors: Enhanced by prized memorabilia from the Raj history, the art deco interiors is picture perfect with bold black-and-white checkerboard floor tiles, hunter green leather sofas, and a main bar fashioned from dark wood and stained glass accents.
Besides the spacious main room, 1911 Bar is home to two private rooms: the Hardinge Room and the Lutyens & Baker Room – both named after New Delhi founding fathers. Do not miss the most coveted VICTORIA CROSS, the highest gallantry award in the British Army, the one and only existing in the city.
Chak De Phatte – signature cocktail made with 8 kinds of spirits
Location: The Imperial Janpath, New Delhi
Timings: 11.30am to 12.30 am
So which one are you planning to check out this weekend?
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