The liquor laws in Haryana lean on the lighter side {thank goodness}, and luckily for us, that extends to the production of alcohol as well. It’s no surprise, then, that Gurgaon has recently seen the emergence of a significant number of spots brewing canisters full of light and dark beers all over the city. Here’s our list of the ones to look out for.

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Reasons to visit this micro-brewery at Cyber Hub include a very pleasant outdoor section, live gigs, and, of course, the beer. They offer a choice of four brews, each distinct and almost as good as the other. And if you dread the semi-watery taste brewed drinks tend to leave in your mouth, their Upper Cut and Straight Jab are there to save the day.

Where: Cyber Hub, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon

Nearest Metro Station: Cyber City

Contact: +91 8130666011

Price: Starting at INR 245 for 500ml mugs, INR 695 for 1.5l pitchers

Timings: 12pm – 1am

Find them on Facebook here.

Manhattan Craft Brewery

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With its roomy interiors and pub-like ambience, it’s easy to see why Manhattan is a favourite among office-goers. Throw in some giant screens and an Xbox, and you’ve got the perfect formula to unwind after a hard day’s work. The beers are poured into perfectly frosted glasses and come in four varieties—Hefe Weizen, Belgian Wheat, Lager and Dark Lager.

Where: First Floor, Global Foyer Mall, Golf Course Road

Nearest Metro Station: Huda City Centre

Contact: +91 8800697554

Price: INR 2,000 for two people {approx.}

Timings: 1pm – 1am

Open Tap

A happy, airy little micro-pub, Open Tap just seems like the kind of place for regulars who recognise each other. Get there before 6pm to secure a table because it tends to get busy quite early in the evening. Their dark beer wasn’t as dark as we were expecting, but what it lacked in colour, it made up for in punch and a beautiful lingering bitterness. Highly recommended!

Where: Vatika Business Park, Sector 49, Sohna Road, Gurgaon

Nearest Metro Station: Huda City Centre

Contact: +91 8800669652

Price: INR 195 for 500ml mugs, INR 995 for king size dispensers

Timings: 12.30pm – 12am

Find them on Facebook here.

Walking Street by Soi7

walkingstreetWalking Street by Soi7 has five different kinds of home brews. Try the Silom Wheat, which is very close in flavour to the Hoegaarden, or Phi Phi Wheat if you like it light and citrusy. If bitter is your flavour of choice, go for their Morjim Dark or Jomtein Special.

The Ko Samui Red didn’t much appeal to us, but since beer is an acquired taste, do give it a shot to decide for yourself. Pair your mugs with a portion of dim sums or a clay pot, and you’re sorted for the evening.

Where: SCO 20, Sector 29, Gurgaon

Nearest Metro Station: IFFCO Chowk

Contact: 0124 4016999

Price: INR 1,800 for two {approx.}

Timings: 12pm – 12.30am

Downtown—Diners & Living Beer Café

With two-level seating and a dimly-lit space, Downtown has become a popular haunt for the Gurgaon crowd in recent times. Their beers are freshly brewed and low on calories {yay!}, so take your pick from their wheat, premium, or dark beers. Or live a little and just go for all three of them!

Where: 34, Leisure Valley Road, Near Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sector 29, Gurgaon

Nearest Metro Station: IFFCO Chowk

Contact: +91 9582262545, +91 9910887770

Price: INR 195 for mugs, INR 1,095 for king-size dispensers

Timings: 1pm – 12.15am

Find them on Facebook here.

7 Degrees Brauhaus

7degreesIf Berlin summers are on your mind, you’re going to want to head to this German-specialty micro-brewery. The bright and shiny copper vats mix in easily with the rich wooden interiors and shots of unexpected green, making for quite a pleasant beer-drinking experience.

Their beers are quite impressive, and with beer-infused cocktails such as the Brauhaus Energy {with wheat lager and Campari} and Beer’s Knees {with wheat beer, gin, and honey} on the menu, there is really nothing left to be desired. Danke very much!

Where: DLF South Point Mall, DLF Phase 5, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon

Nearest Metro Station: Huda City Centre

Contact: 0124 6672000

Price: INR 355 for 500ml mugs, INR 950 for 1.5l pitchers

Timings: 11am – 12am

Find them on Facebook here.

Torgauer Brewpub

We’ll be honest—the second floor location of this place inside an obscure mall didn’t impress us much. Brick walls, soft lighting and an industrial-looking ceiling replete with thick visible cables and red pipes—it kind of felt like we’d seen it before.

But if there’s one thing worth mentioning about this micro-pub, it’s their in-house beer brewed by their native German brewmaster. The top sellers are the Land Bier, a mix of their dark and lager, as well as the Weizen Bier.

Where: Raheja Mall, Sector 47, Sohna Road, Gurgaon

Nearest Metro Station: Huda City Centre

Contact: +91 7210115306

Price: INR 245 for 500ml mugs, INR 595 for 1.5l pitchers

Timings: 12pm – 12am

Find them on Facebook here.

Vapour

vapourTheir location is slightly off-putting, being tucked away in the top corner of Megacity mall. As soon as you see the menu though, those thoughts rapidly begin to recede. Vapour serves up their own lager, brewed in-house of course, in four varieties—Light, Premium, Dark and Wheat.

If you’re an avid beer drinker, we suggest trying the latter two, which make for a remarkably relaxing post-work beer session owing to their distinct and rich flavours. Do make sure to take a few friends along to take advantage of their excellent pricing on pitchers.

Where: Second Floor, MGF Megacity Mall, MG Road, Gurgaon

Nearest Metro Station: MG Road

Contact: 0124 4222313, +91 9582555608

Price: INR 199 for mugs, INR 525 for pitchers

Timings: 12pm – 1am

Find them on Facebook here.

Molecule

Along with an excellent menu high on drama and taste, Molecule also does in-house brews. Choose from Premium, Weiss Beer, Roasted Malt or Molecule Brew, though what what we’re really waiting for is their soon-to-be-launched Blueberry beer.

Where: SCO 53, Fourth Floor, Sector 29, Gurgaon

Nearest Metro Station: IFFCO Chowk

Contact: +91 8826677705

Price: INR 1,200 for two {approx.}

Timings: 12pm – 12am

Find them on Facebook here.

Lagom

lagomThe newly-opened Lagom is one of the few places with as much emphasis on food as their freshly brewed beer. The Dark Beer here is the most popular pick among regulars and we suggest you go with that, though if you don’t like it too strong, their wheat variants might work better for you.

From what we hear, the veg lasagna and Dal Makhni here are to die for.

Where: P04-05, Ground Floor, JMD Megapolis Mall, Sohna Road, Gurgaon

Nearest Metro Station: Huda City Centre

Contact: +91 9873275994

Price: INR 1,200 for two {without alcohol}

Timings: 12pm – 12am

Find them on Facebook here.

Quaff

Quaff uses Wayermann malts from Germany to create a wide variety of beer, including the Indian Pale Ale, Wheat Beer and a Special Lager. For munchies, they’ve got some great finger snacks like onion rings, Crispy Stuffed Mushroom, Mac N Cheese Bites etc.

Where: Tower B, Building No 10, Cyber Hub, DLF Cyber City

Nearest Metro Station: Cyber City

Contact: +91 9560557079

Price: INR 1,200 for two

Timings: 12pm – 12am

{This list was compiled with the help of Master Brewer Ishan Grover}

Featured image courtesy: Soi 7