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TLM’s ultimate guide to the best speakeasy bars in Delhi NCR

Sip your way through the best speakeasies bars in Delhi NCR.
Best Speakeasy Bars in Delhi

In the bustling metropolis of Delhi NCR, amidst the cacophony of daily life, there exists a world veiled in mystery and allure – the realm of speakeasy bars. These clandestine havens, reminiscent of a bygone era, beckon the adventurous and the curious alike. 

All across Delhi NCR are hidden gems that transcend the ordinary, offering a glimpse into a world where secrecy is celebrated and libations are crafted with precision. From discrete entrances to whispered passwords, each speakeasy exudes an air of exclusivity, inviting patrons to step into a realm where time seems to stand still.

We uncovered the city’s best-kept secrets and raised a toast to the art of the speakeasy, where every cocktail is a masterpiece and every visit is an adventure and here’s our ultimate guide to speakeasy bars across the capital city.

Hoots’, Basant Lok Market: No#9

Hoots No#9 cocktail at Hoots, best speakeasy bar in Delhi

Photo: Hoots/Instagram

Hoots’, nestled in Basant Lok market, proudly earns its place among our top recommendations. Its recognition in Asia’s 50 Best Bars list, securing a spot in the prestigious top 100, validates its standing. While our previous recommendation was the No#7 cocktail, as part of the ultimate bar hopping itinerary for Vasant Vihar, after many more visits and taste tests, our newest recommendation is No#9. This delightful concoction, crafted with home blended rum, espresso and the warmth of ginger vanilla, and enhanced by Fernet-Branca, is an ideal choice to kickstart your evening on a high note.

Cocktails and Dreams, Gurugram: The Watering Hole

Cocktails and Dreams | The Watering Hole best speakeasy bar in Delhi

Photo: Cocktails and Dreams/Instagram

Boasting of being Gurugram’s go-to speakeasy bar, Cocktails and Dreams, started by barman Yangdup Lama in 2012, in a basement, came to be known by word-of-mouth, like most of the others. The speakeasy aims to be an approachable and not elitist and hence, is designed to have simple chairs and benches. Our recommendation is The Watering Hole, made with a blend of gin, fresh watermelon juice and Campari to top it all off, with summer making it’s way back, it’s sure to make it to your list as well.  

PCO, Vasant Vihar: Papa Don’t Preach

PCO | Papa Don't Preach, best speakeasy bar in Delhi

Photo: PCO/Instagram

Well-known to be one of Delhi’s first and finest speakeasy bars, popularised by the passcode machine at the entrance, Pass Code only has also made it to Asia’s 50 Best Bars. Our personal favourite is a tequila based drink, Papa Don’t Preach, harmonised with citrus undertones, this cocktail showcases the artistry of Pistola Reposado, blended seamlessly with peach nectar, lime, and a delicate peach foam, all infused with hints of dairy.

The Backyard, Punjabi Bagh: Berry Lin Sour

The Backyard | Berry Lin Sour best speakeasy bar in Delhi

Photo: The Backyard/Instagram

The Backyard, has been a haunt for most people in Punjabi Bagh, but recently took Instagram by a storm in lieu with their rebrand as a speakeasy hidden behind a grocery store. The bar menu is extensive and we personally recommend the Berry Lin Sour, concocted with gin, cherry infused Brandy, topped off with Blackberry, Gooseberry, and dusted with Sprinkled Hibiscus Dust, a sweet and sour drink.

Sidecar, Greater Kailash: Toast to Myrtle

Sidecar | Toast to Myrtle best speakeasy bar in Delhi

Photo: Sidecar/Instagram

Sidecar has garnered widespread acclaim across India, emerging as a familiar name in the realm of mixology. Nestled in the heart of New Delhi, it presents itself as a welcoming ‘friendly neighborhood bar,’ reminiscent of the clandestine speakeasies of yesteryears. 

Raise a glass to “Toast to Myrtle,” a tribute to its muse and namesake, the iconic Sidecar. Crafted with finesse, this exquisite concoction features St. Remy VSOP, Chempotty Estate Myrtle Leaf Cordial, and a dash of lime, culminating in a sensory delight that tantalizes the palate. Don’t hesitate to request this masterpiece during your next visit to the bar.

Lair, Basant Lok Market: Shopian

Lair | Shopian

Photo: Lair/Instagram

Lair, a contemporary speakeasy renowned for its immersive mixology and exquisite pan-Asian cuisine, stands tall among Delhi’s premier bars. Its accolades include appearances on India’s esteemed list of 30 Best Bars in both 2021 and 2022, solidifying its reputation for excellence. Among their impressive array of offerings, our top pick is none other than Shopian—a spirit forward blend of Boulevardier style drink created with Whiskey, Mishri Cherry Vermouth as Bitter Aperitif.