Agni Relaunched @ The Park Hotel, New Delhi

I’m not a nightspot person though I do confess to spending a great deal of time perfecting the fine art of getting gracefully intoxicated… somewhere between the ages of 15 to 18 (throughout actually). As you might imagine, that sort of thing didn’t go down too well with my folks. Then again, they didn’t approve of Phensedil or cigarettes either. Anyhow, that’s in the past. What’s in the present is Agni, one of the first nightspots I’ve visited in a very long time. Considering the great food the Park Hotel can boast of, it’s also one of the few nightspots in the city that won’t make the ‘nightspot’ excuse for poor food.

Navnita and I visited Agni for it’s re-launch party intending to stick around for a few and then make our exit just as soon as was politely possible. We did eventually leave… at 3am. So what happened?

There’s something to be said about being in a high energy atmosphere, amidst revellers of all shapes and sizes trying hard to shake off the bonds of sobriety with help from the personable young bartenders at Agni, who did their best to keep things on an uneven keel. Not helping establish a sober atmosphere were the DJs. Belting out a blend of electronic and remixed Bollywood music, that combined with the overhead LCDs and laser displays worked quite well, whipping the crowd into a frenzy of rhythmically pumping appendages. I even managed to spill a drink down the back of a not-so-pleased journalist who was quick to forgive given the overall atmosphere of bonhomie prevalent in Agni that evening.

On a separate note, I did like the bouncers here. Yes, you heard me right, the bouncers; some unconvincingly gruff, others unnaturally gentle and all of them very large men. I’m sure their confidence inspiring manner will go a long way in making the girls feel a little safer around Delhi’s privileged romeos.

After acheiving a suitable state of inebriation and having eaten our way through some excellent snack platters, we decided to call it a night and head back home, looking forward to the next fun filled evening at Agni.

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Sid Khullar

Sid Khullar is the founder of Chef at Large, a blog that began in 2007. He enjoys cooking, writing, travelling and technology in addition to being a practising Freemason. Health and wellness is a particularly passionate focus. Sid prefers the company of food and animals to most humans, and can be reached at