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Djinns

William Dalrymple’s book 'City of Djinns' inspired the name of this place. Rather like in the book, Western business people can be seen with the local 'beautiful people' enjoying their drinks in a relaxed ambience. The atmosphere is helped along by American rock band posters of the 1980s and a red English telephone booth in the corner. This place has live bands playing most evenings.

  • Location: In the Hyatt Regency, at the ring road, Bhikaji Cama Place, about 45 minutes drive from central Delhi.
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Dublin Bar

This is a nice place to enjoy some live jazz or Latin music at weekends. It has a lively crowd and is quite comfortable. Most in-house guests make up the crowd but you do get visiting tourists and locals as well. Being located inside a hotel premises you do not get much of a street crowd. Quite a controlled atmosphere and the snacks are yummy.

  • Location: Situated in the Maurya Sheraton, at the Diplomatic Enclave on Sardar Patel Marg, central Delhi.
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Patiala Peg

The name is a pun on the measure of a drink of whiskey. A Patiala Peg is supposed to be an extra-large drink with no water. They have some fine cocktails and also an extensive food menu. This place is frequented more by the younger generation. The décor has dark wood paneling, and the seats are leather and it is a very trendy place to be seen in for the youngsters. Relatively few foreign tourists.

  • Location: In the Imperial Hotel, in central Delhi.
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Rick’s

Another popular destination; it is quite an intimate place and has some great cocktails. One of the older and more established places to enjoy a drink in New Delhi, it lives up to the five-star service that it claims to provide. Most affluent and mature locals are more likely to end up here than anywhere else. In case you want to go dancing, you can just head to the disco in the same hotel. It is called My kind of Place. Music ranges from hip hop to Bollywood blockbusters.

  • Location: Situated in the Taj Mahal Hotel, on Mansingh Road, central Delhi
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