Alcohol & Drinking

Women stage protests in the aftermath of a man dying due to consumption of spurious liquor in Rale Chauhan village in Meerut.

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Pakistani Hindu women mourn the deaths of their family members in Tando Muhammad Khan near Hyderabad. A Pakistani police officer says a numbers of people have died after consuming illegally-made alcohol during religious celebrations in southern Pakistan.


Pakistani authorities destroy seized contraband and liquor bottles to mark International Customs Day at the Pakistan-India border town Wagah near Lahore, Pakistan. Annually held on January 26, International Customs Day recognizes the role of custom officials and agencies in maintaining border security.

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A woman mourns death of man who died after consuming illicit liquor in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.

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Enjoy the breeze A beer and wine bar in coastal Kochi

Inhouse brewery at The Barking Deer, Mumbai

Apoorva Salkade

Cheers At the Pint Room pub, Delhi

Jitender Gupta

Open ’n close At the White Owl Brewery and Bistro, Lower Parel, Mumbai

Amit Haralkar

Wailing family members of illicit liquor victims at the slum area of Malvani in Mumbai.

PTI Photo/Santosh Hirlekar

U.S. President Barack Obama sits between men dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes during a visit to the village of Kruen, southern Germany.

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Illustration by Saahil

Second-placed Lewis Hamilton (Britain) sprays sparkling wine on third-placed Sebastian Vettel (Germany), right, next to winner Nico Rosberg (Germany) on the podium of the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, in Spain.


Homeless people protest outside the High Court in Mumbai against the suspension of actor Salman Khan's sentence.

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Members of the media jostle for space outside the Mumbai Sessions court during Bollywood actor Salman Khan's verdict in Mumbai.

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A man reads a newspaper that has the news of Salman Khan’s court verdict on the front page in Ahmadabad.

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Tragedy-struck Relatives of a hooch victim mourn his death


Women protest against opening of a liquor store by blocking the road in Bikaner, Rajasthan.

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Local residents hold demonstration to protest against opening of a new liquor shop at a locality in Bhopal.

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Women mourn around the bodies of two men, who died after consuming a bad batch of bootleg liquor in Datli village near Lucknow.

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File photo: Michael Phelps, the 18-time Olympic swim champion arrested last week for drink driving, was banned for six months by USA Swimming and dropped from the 2015 World Championships.

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Waitresses Beli, right, and Anika pose with beer mugs during the opening of the 181th Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany. The world's largest beer festival will be held from Sept. 20 to Oct. 5, 2014.

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Ahmedabad, 2009 Relatives mourn a victim of a liquor tragedy


Splashed Illegal bootleg liquor seized by the police in Azamgarh district, UP


Come into my parlour A roadside bar-cum-liquor shop in Gurgaon, Haryana

Manoj Kumar

Bar at the 5-star Uday Samudra in Kovalam

Ravisankar K.V.

Women activists present bouquets to Kerala CM Oommen Chandy after the new excise policy

A.S. Satheesh

the rooftop bar at the Swiss Hotel

Drinks served in Sortie



Stylish Angelique on the banks of the Bosphorus

Colourfully dressed Mexican women cool down with beers

Corbis (From Outlook Traveller January Issue, 2013)

At the Aviary a Cosmopolitan Mallow

At the Aviary a Blueberry Cocktail

At the Aviary VIP lounge

At the Aviary a Raspberry, Rose and Hazelnut Gin Framboise

At the Aviary a Yuzu/Sake/Kyoto champagne

Far Niente’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Dolce

Niente winery

Fermentation tanks at Chandon winery

Gazpacho at Domaine Chandon

Corbis (From Outlook Traveller January Issue, 2013)

Absinthe Verte, Gin Botanivore and Single Malt Whiskey

Andie Ferman giving a distillery tour at St George Spirits

Ben Krantz

The Master Distiller at St George Spirits, Lance Winters

Ben Krantz


Local ginger beer

A signboard in Motewadi


Vineyards around the winery


A glassful of young wine from a tank in the winery


A wine-tasting session in the cellar


Breathtaking view of the Garwad vineyards from Syrah hill


The legendary Prince Wine Store

Jack Rabbit winery

The champagne served on board the train

Corbis (From Outlook Traveller November Issue, 2013)

Guests at the winery

A vineyard and lake at dusk in the Okanagan Valley


A taste of the terroir bottled by St Saphorin

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Independent MLA Jyoti Rashmi protesting against liquor selling during the first day of budget session of Bihar assembly in Patna.

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Pearl spot and toddy

Jyothy Karat

After the end The grieving Chadha clan before the brothers’ last rites

Jitender Gupta

File photo of Liquor Baron Ponty Chadha. Ponty and his brother were killed when both sides opened fire at each other during a meeting to find a resolution to their ongoing property dispute in a farmhouse in south Delhi today.

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Cloud in a glass A toddy shack in Kochi

Madhu Kapparath

One shot too many The neta-liquor mafia nexus has drunk up state funds

Pakistani security officers and members of the media, look at a steam roller crushing bottles of alcohol, during a ceremony to mark International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, on the outskirts of Karachi, Pakistan.

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A victim of Illicit liquor being rushed to a hospital in Vijaywada. 16 people died in Andhra Pradesh after comsuming Illicit liquor.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee takes part in an awareness campaign against illicit liquor in Kolkata.

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Excise department officials showing liquor bottles seized from smugglers in Thane, Mumbai.

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People ransack an illicit liquor shop and set it on fire in Burdwan district in West Bengal.

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Bodies of people who died after drinking toxic alcohol, brought for investigation from other hospitals lie in a truck in Diamond Harbour, near Kolkata.

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A person who fell sick after drinking toxic alcohol, gets treatment at a hospital in Diamond Harbour, near Kolkata. Bootleg liquor laced with toxic methanol killed scores of people and sickened dozens more who bought the illegal brew at small shops in eastern India, officials said.

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A patient is surrounded by relatives as he takes oxygen and saline while being treated in a hospital after drinking toxic alcohol in Diamond Harbour, near Kolkata. With over 70 people dying in three hospitals after consuming toxic liquor, the death toll in the hooch tragedy climbed to 131 as police arrested seven persons and the government ordered a CID inquiry.

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Relatives of victims gather at Diamond Harbour hospital, after 57 died and more than a hundred fell sick drinking bootleg liquor in the village of Sangrampur, West Bengal.

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Rice wine in a leaf cup

Renuka Kelkar

Harleen demonstrates the involved protocol for handling different wine glasses

Tribhuvan Tiwari

Bollywood actor Imran Khan coming out of Mumbai High Court after filing a PIL against the Maharashtra Government's decision to make 25 the legal drinking age, in Mumbai.

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Narendra Bisht

Not A Very Happy Hour for them Youngsters under 25 can no longer consume anything stronger than beer in Mumbai’s drinking establishments

Stay out Villagers protest against a liquor vend at a village in Barnala district

Illustration by Sorit

Power lunch here by day and burn up the dance floor once the lights come on. Q’BA’S fibre optic lights, the split level design with two (two!) terraces and live music have made this a favourite hangout for anyone looking for a buzzing evening.

Saptarshi Biswas

Bangaloreans have a simple motto: “work hard, party harder”. And the city is teeming with LIVE BANDS whose choice of tunes will keep you on your feet all night long.

It’s a light-riot out there! In just four years the hip and trendy NIRVANA has carved a niche for itself with the it-crowd. And no wonder—the dance floor, lit up with colourful light patterns, is irresistible.

A Prabhakar Rao

The average Chennaiite may survive on filter kaapi through the day, but nights are a different matter altogether. If you thought this city of mathematicians and Carnatic musicians can’t let its hair down, hit any of the nightspots—PASHA, DUBLIN, FLAME LE CLUB, PLATINUM—and have your misconceptions blown away.

It’s got music you recognise, a crowd that’s mostly still in office wear, interesting Thai nibbles and beer at prices that don’t equal your home loan EMI. And turquoisepainted ceiling and walls. No wonder TURQUOISE COTTAGE rocks.

Vishal Koul

HARD ROCK CAFÉ lives up to its name. With rocking music and memorabilia of stars like Madonna, U2 and Springsteen this is the place for rock fans to be.

Saptarshi Biswas

@LIVE has a live band (well, duh!), which may even belt out your requests if you’re lucky. And it has a mouthwatering menu, from irresistible tangri kebabs to kai yat sai that will leave you asking for more. It’s cosy but never too crowded, so if you want a romantic evening with that special someone, you know where to head.

Saptarshi Biswas

One of Bangalore’s favourite hangouts, THE PUB WORLD, is actually four clubs clubbed together. Th at means four times the beer, and four times the fun.

Jagadeesh NV

If you want a night of great music, BLUE FROG is the place to be. Live performances six nights every week—Afro, Latin, folk or soul…this is music heaven. And then there’s the food. If you get so engrossed in the music, you forget to eat, head back for a Sunday brunch.

Apoorva Salkade

Glass Apart Farzana and her glass at the Dome

Apoorva Salkade

Heard This One... The ladies cosy up at Olive Bar, Delhi

Tribhuvan Tiwari

Sanjay rawat

Cocktails & Dreams Yangdup shakes it up

Jitender Gupta

Double Or Nothing: A patron finishes up at Pub World, Bangalore

Jagadeesh N.V.

No Dead Hands Regulars take their seats at the Oly Pub in Calcutta

Sandipan Chatterjee

Mind Palette Bartenders work their magic at the Blue Frog, Mumbai

Apoorva Salkade

Look-alikes of Mahatma Gandhi participate in a march to protest against the relaxation of prohibition laws in special economic zones (SEZ) in the state, in Ahmedabad. Protesting the BJP-led government's decision to relax the prohibition law in the SEZ, Union Textile Minister Shankersinh Vaghela today began a 52-hour fast.

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