Over the past 15 years or so, Delhi's nightlife scene has undergone a major transformation, and there are now hundreds of trendy bars, nightclubs and lounges ready to roll out a good time to revellers in the nation's capital. Delhi has typically been known as a city that goes to sleep early because stand-alone bars, clubs and restaurants in the city proper must legally close by midnight; however, these days it is easy to sniff out a good time in Delhi and many places manage to stay open late. Hotel bars and clubs, for instance, are not subject to this rule and tend to close much later than midnight. Late-night revellers can also move the party to the suburbs of Noida and Gurgaon, which are technically in different states and not subject to the midnight law. Having said that, many of the best places are located centrally, in the areas surrounding Nehru Park (close to Niti Marg). Vibey spots, usually full of student-types and keen dancers, include Orange Room, Dublin Nightclub, Decibel and Athena Bar. Note that some clubs in Delhi institute a couples-only entrance policy, and that some places might be a little unsafe for foreign tourists. Trust your intuition: if a place feels seedy, don't hang around.
The best way to find out what's going on in Delhi and where the trendiest joints are is to get your hands on a copy of the twice-monthly magazine Time Out New Delhi, which is widely available.
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