Last Updated on May 5, 2014
India is a lot of things — dynamic and heartbreaking, peaceful and spiritual, cutting-edge and firmly classical — but despite its signature dichotomies, the country is a fantastic place to party. Searching for the best places to revel in the nightlife? Head out to these hot spots.
Restaurant by day, dance party by night: Aurus is Mumbai’s best place to get your groove on right next to the ocean.
This bustling night spot is a Mumbai favorite for after-hours events; on the weekends, it blares Punjabi hip-hop and other crowd-pleasers later than any other club.
Another can’t-miss spot for night owls, the 25th-floor Ssky Lounge offers luxurious late-night events with a panoramic view of Delhi.
Perched atop the Four Seasons, this artsy Mumbai lounge is the perfect mix of high-brow tunes, sophisticated decor and trend-setting patrons. You’ll pay more than usual for a basic mojito, but trust us: The experience is worth it.
Delhi is India’s garden city, and Cheri makes full use of that moniker by placing its party scene in the middle of a gorgeous courtyard. Just don’t forget your credit cards; the cocktails and snacks at this garden wonderland don’t come cheap.
Cocktails & Dreams
Speakeasies are all the rage in Delhi right now, and no place conjures the 1920s vibe better than Cocktails & Dreams. The drinks are cheap, the crowd is vibrant, and the security is retro perfection; you’ll need to master a three-knock code just to get past the bar’s hulking door.
If you’re looking for a true mega-club experience, head to Kolkata’s Tantra for its two floors of neon dance floors. Visit on Saturday, and you’ll be able to dance the night away to an upbeat mix of trance and house tracks until 6 a.m.
This club-meets-hookah bar offers an exotic taste of Kolkata’s nightlife. DJs blast a perfect blend of Bollywood and techno, and the weekends pulse with a certain VIP energy. Planning to check out Shisha’s scene on a weekend? Show up early, or you’ll risk getting turned away at the door.
Goa is internationally famous for its club scene, and no place makes good on that reputation quite like Club Fresh. Situated on Candolim Beach, this expansive hot spot features bass-pumping dance parties and avant-garde performance artists on a regular basis. What’s more, you can get a taste of haute Southeast Asian cuisine on the gorgeous deck.
Cafe Del Mar
It may look like a little beach shack, but Cafe Del Mar offers a truly unique Goa experience. Located on Baga Beach, this minuscule restaurant and lounge lets party-ready patrons use the entire beach as their club. Order a few cocktails, and then dance on the sand from sunset to sunrise.