Doing something you're not allowed to is always enticing. This is precisely why and how speakeasies came to be. Speakeasies, also known as "blind pig" or "blind tiger," were a thing of the Prohibition era in America, when the sale of liquor was prohibited. Since giving up alcohol wasn't taken to by the folks, several illicit establishments cropped up where liquor was sold illegally. Across these saloons, people were also obligated to speak softly to keep the secrecy and their supply of alcohol intact. That's how the name "speakeasy" came to be. Even though folks living in the capital have no such rules to circumvent, there are many joints where you can experience the vibe of a yesteryear bar.
Sidecar, Greater Kailash 2
In just five years, Sidecar has swept every cocktail lover who has stepped into this place with its artisanal infusions and friendly yet classy atmosphere. Their unique cocktails have earned them a spot in prestigious lists like Asia's 50 Best Bars and World's 50 Best Bars as well. If you're heading there, try their scotch collins, Yang's old-fashioned and their Delhi-inspired creation, Mehrauli.
Address: GK 2 Main Rd, Block M, Greater Kailash II
Cocktails and Dreams, Gurgaon
Cocktails and Dreams is Gurgaon's favourite neighbourhood bar, with an extensive list of boozy creations. This is the perfect place to be if you like jazz and blues while sipping on a negroni. Do try scotch julep and breakfast bramble from their menu.
Address: SCO -23, Sector 15 Part 2, Market, Gurugram
PCO, Vasant Vihar
Another happening bar in South Delhi, PCO, has been on the list of Delhi's most-loved speakeasies for many years. Besides the decor, PCO comes closest to the original speakeasies in how they allow entry to guests–they send out a password, which gets changed every few weeks, to their list of patrons. Duronto Express and the scent of rain cocktails are a must-try from their exciting menu.
Address: D-4, D Block Market, Vasant Vihar
Hoots, Basant Lok Market
Hoots is another Delhi bar to find itself on the World's Best Bars list. This dimly lit and unassuming bar is set right below the popular restaurant Perch. It may even be challenging to spot it as it does not display any signboard, but that's what is charming about it–it's genuinely a discovery! If you like classic cocktails with unexpected twists, go for their old-fashioned with a hint of wasabi.
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Address: 18-A, 1st floor Market, Basant Lok, Vasant Vihar
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