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Ditch the usual hobby clubs for these fun alternatives in Delhi-NCR

Art, poetry and literature or outdoor activities, music and food — whatever catches your fancy, there’s a hobby group in and around Delhi for you. So what are you waiting for? Join in!

more lifestyle Updated: May 05, 2017 17:59 IST
Aditya Dogra
Aditya Dogra
Hindustan Times
Quirky Clubs,Poets and Pints,Delhi Wine Club
Members of Pedalyatri pose after a successful trail.(Sanjeev Verma/ HT Photo)

Pursuing one’s hobby with a like-minded group has taken a fun turn. You can down beer after beer as you read your verses, dig into the best of culinary delights in the Capital or pedal your way in and about the city, exploring it like never before. Whether you are an avid reader, cyclist, foodie, artist or musician, there’s something out there for you. Here’s our list of fun clubs/groups you might want to join.


A Poets and Pints meetup in progress. ( Facebook )

It’s inspired by an event in northern Ireland where students of Queens University gathered at a bookstore to have BYOB (bring your own booze) poetry reading session. Bringing together those who get all poetic over drinks, Poets and Pints hosts similar events on the host’s terrace. Meetups are free of cost; dates are announced on their Facebook page.


A still from the Delhi Wine Club meetup. ( Facebook )

Started by Subhash Arora, back in 2002, this group was formed to promote the wine culture in the Capital. More than a decade on, it is known for its classy meetups. Members gather at a high-end restaurant picked by Arora and experience a five course meal — each course paired with a wine. Location, registration fee and other details are revealed on their blog prior to the event.


A meetup of Delhi Art Slam in progress. ( Delhi Art Slam )

This is a community for artists and art enthusiasts, and aims to provide a platform to untapped talent in the city. The group’s meetups are open to all, and are free. You can display your artwork, indulge in a fun evening and be part of the changing art landscape of the city here. Meetup locations are disclosed on their Facebook page.


If you tower over your peers and wish to be part of a unique club that deals specifically with height, its advantages and problems, this one’s for you. Height of most of its members is over five feet and eight inches for women and more than six feet for men. The fun part about this club, however, is that even if you aren’t as vertically gifted as the members, you can still attend their meetups.


Cycling enthusiasts from Pedalyatri at the Bio-Diversity Park in Gurgaon. ( Sanjeev Verma/ HT Photo )

If you have a thing for cycling and exploring the outdoors, you should check this one out. The community that has over 2,000 members sets out on 25-30 km trails on weekdays and 50-60 km trails on weekends, giving one a good dose of the wilderness, villages and more. A bonus point? The meetups often end with great food and a fitter you!


A participant reads out some poetry. ( Facebook )

Hosting some of the most interesting poetry slams, literary festivals, writing contests and workshops across India, Delhi Poetry Slam is open for anyone who loves the spoken word. The group also organises workshops for young poets to hone their skill. Remember Rene Sharanya Verma’s ‘Open letter to Honey Singh’ video? Yep, that was a part of Delhi Poetry Slam.


A picture from the Delhi drum circle meetup. ( Facebook )

This community organises gatherings, where people from all walks of life come together to play hand-drums in a casual, community-orientated and safe environment. All you have to do is keep your drum ready and watch out for the upcoming fortnightly gathering where you can freely express your love for percussion.


A picture from a DSSC meetup. ( Facebook )

Not your usual dining club, this one doubles as a food guide, too. Curating secret dining experiences, it gives you the inside scoop of the food industry, changing the way you dine, network and explore food. All you need to do is sign up, and then you can be a part of their Monthly Secret Suppers, Monthly Secret Tipples and Secret Scholars Networking.

First Published: May 05, 2017 17:59 IST