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Live music in Delhi is a relatively recent phenomenon; much of the city’s nightlife is centered around nightclubs and lounges with in-house DJs. Forbes Travel Guide’s editors check out the best venues to hear live music in the bustling city:
1. Blue Frog at Mehrauli
Located opposite the Qutab Minar, Blue Frog is one of Delhi’s premier live music venues, with an indoor pod-style layout and an open-air courtyard and terrace for cooler evenings. Indian and international bands perform six nights a week, the acoustics are excellent as compared to other venues in Delhi, and the eclectic menu offers European food with an Asian flavor.
2. The Living Room at Hauz Khas
The choicest venue for Delhi’s younger crowd, The Living Room (or TLR as it’s often called) offers a cozy indoor setting to drink and dine, and a small stage for casual live performances, mostly on weekend nights. The ambiance is worth a visit, for this is where young Delhi comes for a “chilled” night out.
3. Open air performances at the Old Fort and Humayun’s Tomb
The open-air stages at Delhi’s Mughal-era monuments - Purana Qila (Old Fort) and Humayun’s Tomb – offer free music concerts and live performances on many summer evenings. From Sufi performers from around the world, to regional and world music, there is no better place in Delhi to hear the beats than amid the ruins of Delhi’s royal history. Check for upcoming events in the First City magazine, or via a simple Google search.
4. Turquoise Cottage at Vasant Vihar
This trendy restaurant prides itself more on its music and ‘rock’ ambiance, than the delightful oriental fare on offer. There are several live gigs by local bands every week, and the ambiance as great for a romantic night out as for catching up with friends.
5. Haze Blues & Jazz Bar at Vasant Vihar
Haze is Delhi’s only jazz and blues bar, and offers a quirky ‘jazz-themed’ setting to while the night away. Part lounge, part nightclub, live acts are hosted often on its stage, the alcohol flows freely, and the smoky ambiance holds true to its name. Haze also hosts Delhi’s annual blues festival.