Best Cities in India for an Amazing Nightlife Experience

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Best Places for Nightlife in India

While India is known primarily for its culture, heritage and traditions, the growing urban population have ensured a sharp rise in the nightlife of India as well. While most cities have their unique pubs and microbreweries, they also have incredible night markets, monument sightings and delicious food options to keep you going through the night.

Here is the list of 14 Best Cities in India for an Amazing Nightlife Experience

1. Goa - What happens in Goa, Stays in Goa

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Known For : Calangute Beach Basilica of Bom Jesus Water Sports in Goa

The tiny state of Goa harbours some of the most exciting nightlife options in the country. Goa after dark awakens with bright neon lights, great music, and unlimited alcohol which makes for the perfect party mood. Goa quite literally has every kind of nightlife imaginable and completely transforms once the sun sets. Be it crazy partying with people from different continents, trying your luck at the casinos, visiting it's various night markets or having a quaint beach-side bonfire-barbeque night, Goa has something for everyone.

Best Time: October to March

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2. Mumbai, Maharashtra - The City That Never Sleeps

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Known For : Marine Drive, Mumbai Gateway of India Colaba Causeway

Do not be fooled by the hard-working Mumbaikars whose days are packed abuzz with activities and the hustle and bustle of the crowds. The people of Mumbai know how to unwind, party hard and the nights here are far from being calm. The city that never sleeps witnesses its hard-working residents venture out into the night to take on the town; be it to drown the Monday blues or loosen up on a Saturday night, Mumbaikars know how to party with full power. Regulations curb nightlife in India beyond midnight but you will be amazed to find some daring places thriving till the wee hours of the morning in Mumbai. Even as your night is culminating into day and you crave food or something to kick-start your day, the open streets of Mumbai are sure to have something for you.

Best Time: October to February

3. New Delhi, NCR - The Monumental City

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Known For : Humayun's Tomb Hauz Khas Village Qutub Minar

Some of the most electrifying nights you spend in the capital city are when you decide to say goodbye to your sleep. Yes, we are referring to the time when the moon is high and so are you! The nightlife in Delhi is famous for its crazy alcohol fuelled parties. But the nightlife in India's capital is more than of our imagination filled with the shots of drinks, dance, and DJ. Delhi's night wanderers also indulge in spending the evening in peace at any of Delhi's endless monuments, enjoying its street food and late night drives down Delhi's beautiful winding roads. Just like everything in Delhi, it's nightlife has its unique charm and the only way to capture it is to experience it.

Best Time: October to March

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4. Bangalore, Karnataka - Take it Easy Breezy

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Known For : Bangalore Palace Cubbon Park MG Road, Bangalore

The Garden City of India is better known for its nightlife in India rather than its tourist attractions. Bangalore doubles as the central pub housing some of the grooviest party destinations. Being a hub for young IT professionals and a sizeable college-going crowd, Bangalore has stupendous nightlife scene. The city is known for its endless network of breweries each surpassing the other with unique flavours of their beer. Since Bangalore has an early curfew of 1 AM it is recommended to turn in early to nightclubs, pubs and restaurants so that you can enjoy for a bit longer. After Mumbai, Delhi and Goa, Bangalore's will leave you spellbound with its young and vivacious nightlife. From old school beer joints, live karaokes, microbreweries and posh nightclubs, Bangalore has it all!

Best Time: Throughout the year

5. Gurgaon, Haryana - Millennium City of India - Holidify Explorer Awards 2018 Winner

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Known For : Kingdom Of Dreams Cyber Hub Ambience Mall

The sleepy satellite city of Delhi has seen rapid urbanisation over the recent years. This has also made Gurgaon's nightlife evolve with cocktails bars, restaurants with bars, clubs, breweries and lounges to make your nights into an unforgettable and enchanting fun affair. What used to be a dull corporate hub is now changing into a city that has a vibrant nightlife in India. To soothe your nerves and have a gala time, Gurgaon now has several options to uplift your mood.

Best Time: October to March

6. Hyderabad, Telangana - Music, Beer and Some Cheers

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Known For : Charminar Golconda Fort Ramoji Film city

The vibrant nightlife in India's Nawabi city of Hyderabad consists of amazing nightclubs, posh lounges, numerous bars serving unique cocktails and playing upbeat dance music. Hyderabad is also known for its wide range of indigenous food options such a Nawabi kababs, Hyderabadi biryani and Telangana cuisine. There are not just the popular party hubs in the city; there are also a good range of options if you do not want to be at a party like exploring the heritage of Old Hyderabad and relaxing by the beautiful Necklace Road. Explore the city and destress yourself with these options that guarantee you an exciting, fun night!

Best Time: September to March

7. Nashik, Maharashtra - Of Wines and Vineyards

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Known For : Panchvati Sula Vineyard Dudhsagar falls, Nasik

If you are looking to try out your new dancing shoes, Nashik is definitely not where you want to be. Primarily a Pilgrimage city, Nashik's nightlife is something which you would find on the opposite spectrum compared to the rest of India. Dotted with high end resorts, this is where you spend quiet nights with family and loves ones while sipping on great food and expensive liquor. Speaking of liquor, Nashik has plenty of it to offer, being the wine capital of India. The vineyards here produce some of the best quality ingredients for some of the finest wines made in India. So, if your idea of a nightlife is a fine dining experience then Nashik is where you need to be.

Best Time: July to March

8. Pune, Maharashtra - The Young and The Restless

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Known For : Shaniwar Wada Aga Khan Palace Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Temple

Pune is a city of contrasts. It confidently balances between its young, active urban life and its tryst with spirituality and mysticism. It is famous for many educational and corporate hubs, and therefore there is a massive inflow of the young Indian population. And consequently, the student populace has significantly augmented the nightlife of this city. There are more than 100 pubs and nightclubs in Pune and is among the very few cities in India where pubs open till late, sometimes till 4 a.m. Head there over the weekend and enjoy the easy vibes, dance your tensions away and fill your tired body with some delicious food and cocktails.

Best Time: July to March

9. Chandigarh, Punjab - Let's Party Shorty

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Known For : Rose Garden Rock Garden

Magnificent architecture and starlit crowds, Chandigarh is one of the most happening cities for nightlife in India. While the city is visually stunning in the daylight, the night brings the city to life. Chandigarh is a growing metropolitan hub with its clubs, bars, lounges and food taking over the night. From cheap street food to 5-star restaurants serving fancy drinks, from velvet beer to smoky whiskey, Chandigarh is the city where you can party all night.

Best Time: August to March

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10. Kolkata, West Bengal - The City of Joy

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Known For : Victoria Memorial Fort William Kolkata Belur Math

Once known as the party capital of India, the party spirit of Kolkata took a hit after several political uprisings in 2010. However, it is only for so long that you can put a cap on the nightlife of  Kolkata. Kolkata now hosts a range of artistic bars, old-school restaurants and gorgeous Instagram-able cafes. The city's vibrancy of culture, art and history is so unique to Kolkata that can't be seen anywhere else in India. So let your hair down and paint the town red in this beautiful city of artists and dreamers!

Best Time: October to March

11. Chennai, Tamil Nadu - A magnificent past and an early metropolitan dream

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Known For : Marina Beach Government Museum, Chennai MGR Film City

One of the four metropolis siblings of India, Chennai was known for being cautious about adopting the ever-popular trend of catering to the new age party-goers as the rest of India. But as the years went by in the last decade, Chennai became a hub for a multicultural and more importantly a very hardworking workforce of Indian youth. To meet their needs of letting loose after a hard day's of work, a lot of pubs, clubs and bars - both fancy and commonplace now dot the capital city of Tamil Nadu.

Most places shut down at midnight due to restrictions, but that doesn't stop people from enjoying every second after sundown. On a less positive note, many outlets do not allow stag or single entry. If you are a man, then chances are you will not be permitted entry without somebody from the opposite sex accompanying you. But don't let that stop you as hopefully as this piece gets older, Chennai's rules would have gotten less strict and its nightlife more vibrant.

Best Time: October to March

12. Shillong, Meghalaya - Scotland of the East

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Known For : Mawlynnong Umiam Lake Elephant Falls

Far to the east, specifically, the northeast, lies the rock capital of India, Shillong. Nestled on a plateau which is its namesake and situated among the Khasi-Jaintia hills, this quaint hill station town is known for its love for music, great food and good liquor. Experiencing mild weather for most of the year with chilly winters, Shillong is a city where old-timers and young guns gather together to sing and hum folk songs, rock n roll as the nights grow old.

Over the years, clubs and bars have started to spring up where patrons can shake a leg or two and even indulge in some karaoke. Live bands and acts are known to be regulars across most places which cater to the young crowd after the sun goes down. When it comes to nightlife in India, Shillong's take is markedly different from the rest but is well received in its own right.

Best Time: September to May

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13. Jaipur, Rajasthan - Paint the Pink City

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Known For : Amer Fort City Palace, Jaipur Hawa Mahal

There is more to Jaipur than just its history. If you want to party hard, Jaipur has an extensive list of discos and pubs options where you can dance the night away. The city also offers many sophisticated restaurants and hotels that you can visit with your family or your date if you are looking for some solitude. Another spectacular sight in Jaipur at night are the historical monuments which come alive sparkling with hundreds of lights. Whichever way you choose to go, exploring the Jaipur nightlife is an ethereal experience.

Best Time: October to March

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14. Pondicherry - The French Riviera of the East

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Known For : Paradise Beach, Pondicherry Aurobindo Ashram Cafes in Pondicherry

Fondly known as Pondi or Pondy, Pudducherry (formerly Pondicherry) is a little town with a big heart. Formerly a French Colony, this beach town is known for its calm vibes, low cost liquor and delectable cuisine. Groups of friends, couples, old timers and small and large famlies alike, take to the streets and sit by Promenade Beach to watch the waves crash at the shore. The plethora of street food carts stationed across the town cater to the hungry mouths after sundown. 

In terms of nightclubs, the city does have many to offer as it still continues to grow in that regard. And almost all of them strictly function only till midnight. But many backpacker friendly hostels and stays allow their patrons to party later than midnight and have a great time.

Best Time: October to March

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The nightlife in India ranges with a wide range of possibilities to celebrate life and unwind from the daily grind. When the sun sets, take your pick and go dancing, visit local night markets, enjoy a quaint dinner by the sea or experience the heritage of India's cities. All in a nights work! Which one suits you best? Let us know in the comments below!

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