If places were people, Delhi would be Gurgaon’s stern and urbane older brother. Gurgaon would be the free-wheeling, late-night drinking, sneak-into-the-house younger cousin with it’s BYOB locations, easy booze delivery, and the ability to buy alcohol after 10pm {shocking!}.

So, to celebrate Gurgaon {and to cope with end-of-the-month moolah woes}, here is a list of some of the city’s most comfortable ahaatas, where you can grab a much deserved beer and some snacks after work.

PS: While we all enjoy a drink with a friend, we recommend playing it safe and heading to ahaatas in groups.

Area 69

Check in to Area 69 for some pan-fried dumplings and cheesy pastas, all washed down with cheap {read: the best kind of} liquor. Highly rated and recommended, this ahaata wins some major popularity points. The red brick walls give the whole place a warm, comfy feel, and a long day at work won’t seem too bad after a few drinks at this one.

Where: 1, Yadav Market, Wazirabad {near Ardee City}

Nearest Metro Station: Sikandarpur

Timings: 12:30pm – 11:30pm

Contact: +91 8527362121

Price: INR 1,300 for two {approx.}; mixers separate

The Friends’ Republic

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Image courtesy: Zomato

Grammar geeks that we are, we give this place full points for their appropriate apostrophe. Located at the main junction of our beloved Pahaadi Road, the simple entrance doesn’t betray the spacious lawns dotted with tables. With just about everything available on their menu, we’re most intrigued by Massaman Lamb Curry, Pink Penne and Coriander Vegetables Dim Sum.

Where: Rajesh Pilot Chowk, Golf Course Extension Rd

Nearest Metro Station: Arjan Garh or Sikanderpur

Timings: 6pm – 12am

Contact: +91 838340077, +91 9810003001

Price: INR 900 for two {approx.}; mixers and glasses separate


Winning for its outdoor seating, an easy-going vibe and a bill that won’t pinch, Outback is probably one of Gurugram’s best-loved ahaatas. While the menu may not be the most impressive, play it safe with some staple bar food {chili chicken!} that will quell the munchies and keep you going as you catch up over a drink or two!

Where: Sector 53/54 Round About {near the Audi showroom}, Golf Course Road

Nearest Metro Station: HUDA City Centre

Timings: 1pm – 12am

Contact: +91 9871087137

Price: INR 800 for two {approx.}; mixers separate

Plan B

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Although we firmly agree with this establishments strapline {Plan B – You Must Have}, we’re not shy to say that this counts for a pretty decent plan-A, too. Spread over two levels, with its rock garden and occasional candles, their menu covers Indian, Chinese & continental, though their grills’ section tends to have the highest number of takers on cooler evenings.

From experience, the theka next door tends to be quite well stocked, and you might in fact be disappointed if you’re looking for local variations of international brands; they tend to only have the good stuff.

Where: Opposite City Court, Near Rapid Metro Station, DLF Phase III

Nearest Metro Station: Vodafone Belvedere Towers on Gurgaon Rapid Metro

Timings: 12.30pm – 12am

Contact: +91 9711110055

Price: INR 900 for two {approx.}; mixers separate

Wangchuk’s Ladakhi Kitchen

Serving up authentic Tibetan cuisine, Wangchuk’s Ladakhi Kitchen is an all-time favourite. Put your tired feet up and pop open a theka-bought beer as you have your fill of momos {we’ve heard only good things about the kothe ones}, thukpa or shabaley {a super-sized variant of the traditional momo}.

Where: 2nd Floor, Jalsa Building, Opposite Arjun Marg, Golf Course Road

Nearest Metro Station: Sikandarpur

Timings: 12:30pm – 11:30pm

Contact: +91 9213021900, +91 9212671900

Price: INR 850 for two {approx.}; mixers separate

Gardenia Food & Grill

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Image courtesy: Gardenia Food & Grill

The location isn’t great, and perhaps only serves to amp up the contrast with the ambience of Gardenia once you step in. The indoor section is air-conditioned and fairly fine-dining in style, whereas the terrace section features billowing white curtains framing individual tables. It’s good to play it safe here with the tikkas and kathi rolls.

Where: Plot No. 1, Pillar 142, Moulsari Avenue, DLF Phase III, Gurgaon

Nearest Metro Station: Micromax Moulsari Avenue on Gurgaon Rapid Metro, or Arjan Garh on Delhi Metro

Timings: 12pm – 12am

Contact: 011 33105398

Price: INR 1,100 for two {approx.}

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