Treat yourself to a night of great drinks at these luxe hotel bars when you’re in the capital. By Shweta Gandhi
Whether you’re looking to try a new and innovative cocktail or have the usual, classic you love, these top five hotel bars will cater to all your needs—in a luxurious and comfortable ambiance.
Golf Bar, ITC Maurya Sheraton
Massive leather couches and armchairs await your arrival here—relax in the casual and cosy environs of Golf Bar, styled and decorated just like an English Country Club. If you’re a golf fan, even better—the entire bar is dedicated to golfing legends. Expect the finest selection of wines, whiskies and other spirits from all around the world, including the best cigar brands, all at your disposal.
Blue Bar, Taj Palace
Set in a red-and-black colour scheme, the Blue Bar offers a wide selection of cocktails delicately blended together for the perfect taste. Opt for the BB Signatures—Black Forest (Glenmorangie Original, chocolate, cookie, cherry, and angostura bitters) or the Blue Bar Martini (homemade Gin, dry vermouth, with an orange and lemon twist) for an experience to remember. Take in the serene view of the swimming pool or the well-kept gardens of the lavish hotel as you slowly sip your drink. Food options are limited to quick bar bites.
1911 Bar, The Imperial
The surroundings of 1911 are reminiscent of the same year, when the British reigned over India. You will see walls adorned with pictures of various battalions during the British Raj, and the one and only Victoria Cross award (the highest gallantry award in the British Army) in the city. Comfortable seating, wood panelling and a stained glass roof add to the flair. As for the drinks, expect no less than 500 types of beverages, delivered in two spectacular private rooms—the Hardinge Room and Lutyens & Baker Room.
G Bar, The Grand
The bar at The Grand offers a complete five-star treatment, with their supreme selection of wines, champagnes and cocktails. G Bar promises a fun and upbeat atmosphere, which is kept alive by DJ Manish, who plays everything from house, funk, jazz, Bollywood and classic hits. The menu features an array of canapés and finger foods, all set in a welcoming decor.
Library Bar, The Leela Kempinski
Extravagant water walls and fire torches surround this bar, bringing it life and zest. Set on a terrace, Library Bar offers over 540 wine and champagne labels, 172 brands of single malts and premium whiskeys, and a wide selection of the loveliest cigars. Sample the scrumptious finger food as you whet your appetite for the tastiest and most innovative cocktails in town.