Address: 1580/1, KD Marg, Near Qutub Minar, Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi 110030.
Contact: +91 9650755555, +91 9650066666
Price for two: INR 3,000 (approx.) with alcohol
Famed for its architectural treasures, New Delhi’s Mehrauli area lies to the South West of India’s national capital. Dating back to the eighth century, Mehrauli was one of the original cities to make up modern-day Delhi and is dotted with ancient structures that span several centuries and rulers, ranging from the Tomars to the Chauhans to the Mamluk and Khilji dynasties. Chief among these architectural wonders is the Qutub Minar - a 240 foot tall tower that is part of the Qutb complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Today Mehrauli is also home to designer stores, luxurious country homes, and some fantastic fine-dining and drinking options – a great example of the kind of ancient-modern contrast that defines many Indian cities.
So what better way to toast to the iconic views of the Qutub Minar than at the Dramz Whiskey Bar & Lounge? Dramz is a resto-bar with a large open-air terrace that offers breathtaking views of the Qutub Minar and serves a wide-range of the some of the world’s finest whiskeys, along with several other spirits, cocktails and foods. Operating on the philosophy that “the pairing of food with whisky is a form of art”, Dramz borrows its name from the word ‘dram’, meaning a small drink of whisky. And whiskey aficionados won’t be disappointed here! The lounge boasts an exhaustive and impressive collection of rare, single malts and blended whiskies (some limited-editions too) from across the world – from Scotland to Sweden to Japan. The Talisker 25, Hakushu and Glen Farclas 30 are some great options for the discerning palate but Dramz also serves crowd favourites like the Glenfiddich, Glenmorangie, Ballentine’s, and Monkey Shoulder, among others. The wine cellar is also well-stocked with red, whites and rosés to cater to patrons who prefer something lighter.
The servers pride themselves on being able to recommend a libation tailored to each guest’s specific tastes as well as food that pairs well with it. Moreover, each drink is served in a specific glass and with a distinctive ice cube. Although many visitors prefer to stick to the array of appetizers and small plates to munch on between sips, the menu features Indian and continental main courses as well.
While the open air dining area is casual and invites guests to lounge and laze, the overall ambience is refined, old-school colonial - stuffed leather chairs, ornate, heavy wooden tables and walls covered with sepia-tinted photographs – the perfect atmosphere to transport guests to a quainter, more luxurious era.