With an ever-increasing number of pubs and clubs, Delhi’s nightlife scene is in full swing. During the week, lounge and dance bars are your best bet, but come the weekend the clubs really take off. Most, if not all, of the ones popular with Delhi’s young jet-set are out satellite cities such as Noida and Gurgaon; and many don’t allow “stag entry” (men unaccompanied by women), which makes them a whole lot more comfortable for women, but is tough luck if you’re in an all-male group. India Gate and Rajpath attract nightly “people’s parties” where large crowds mill about, snacking and eating ice cream; these are not advisable for women on their own, as you’re likely to get hassled. For drinking, the five-star hotels all have plush and expensive bars, and many of the better ones have dancefloors. Lounge bars with laidback music have become very popular, and there are some good ones scattered about the southern suburbs and satellite towns. Quite a few bars have happy hours with BOGOF offers (“buy one get one free”) on beer and Indian liquors. Note that the minimum drinking age in Delhi is 25; this may be reduced to 21 under proposed legislation, although it is set stay at 25 in Haryana (Gurgaon, for example).

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