By Editors

We dedicate a majority of our time to scouting the coolest places in and around the city, just so you Delhiwaalas and NCR’ers can have your own Little Black Books of places to go to and things to do. As part of this initiative, we proudly present Volume 1 of our Bar Directories. Kicking off this week with mid-level drinking places, for the high street bar goers with the occasional spurt of indulgence. Stay tuned for our next two lists, also customized for different budgets and brews.

The Beer Café | It can’t be denied – there come those times when you know that short of the world coming to an end, your day must end in beer. If the world is coming to an end and you have a manic craving for just one sip of your favourite Berliner Weisse or Belgian Abbey, The Beer Café at Cyber Hub can help you. With an exhaustive list of bottled beer from around the world, we got tired just looking at the variety. Pass a cold one on, please.

Where: Ground Floor, Cyber Hub, Gurgaon

Price for two: INR 1,300 – 1,800 for an imported draught pitcher; INR 295 – 495 for an imported bottled beer {on an average}

No happy hours.

For more information, click here.

Terrace at IGR | The Indian Grill Room saves its best space for its drinking patrons. Its rather large terrace in split into three sections over two levels, making it feel roomier. On a cool evening, with its neat little pond bang in the centre, it makes for a perfect al fresco spot. The music tends to swing between electronic beats reminiscent of an Ibiza beach, and retro music you could have only heard on an actual cassette. But then again, what’s wrong with island party music or the soundtrack to the ‘90s?

Where: Third Floor, Suncity Business Tower, Gurgaon; Contact: 9910498787

Price for two: INR 800 for one round of cocktails.

Happy Hours: 6pm – 8pm on select days 

Cocktails and Dreams Speakeasy | We thought everything to be said about this speakeasy had pretty much already been said, but it just wasn’t possible to leave our favourite watering hole out of this list. If their rather clever cocktail list wasn’t enough, you’re also likely to walk in on a live gig or theatre on a few days of the week.

Where: Sector 32, Gurgaon; Contact: 9810999086

Price for two: INR 850 for one round of cocktails

Happy Hours: 5pm – 8pm, Sunday to Thursday

For more information, click here.  

Imperfecto | We’ll be forced to hang out a fair few times at Imperfecto, only to unselfishly bring you a clear picture of what’s great at this Hauz Khas import into Gurgaon. But in the meanwhile, if you fancy a pitcher of sangria, we’d have to point you in this direction.

Where: Second Floor, Cyber Hub, Gurgaon and Hauz Khas Village; Contact: 9811597696

Price for two: INR 1,400 for a sangria pitcher

No happy hours.

For more information, click here.

The Wine Company | If you feel like continuing your quest for sangria, head to the ground floor at Cyber Hub, to The Wine Company. If you know your medium-bodied from full-bodied wine, or a fruity from a floral, you won’t be disappointed with their 120+ wine varieties to choose from. If you’d like to brush up on your wine knowledge, they even hold classes with a sommelier on some days in the month.

Where: Ground Floor, Cyber Hub, Gurgaon; Contact: 9999807072

Price for two: Domestic wine bottles under INR 800, imported wine bottles at INR 1,500 – 3,000

Happy Hours: 4pm – 7pm through the week

For more information, click here.  

Club Rhino |  An honourable mention must be made for the thumping {on most days of the week} Club Rhino. For those who feel like a mid-week session of dancing like no one is watching, the dance floor and DJ at Club Rhino are at your service. If you’d prefer some background music while you catch up with friends, you could enjoy cocktails on the balmy terrace too.

Where: DLF South Point Mall, DLF Golf Course Road

Price for two: INR 800 – 1,000 for one round of cocktails

Happy Hours: 5 – 8pm on select days; free drinks for ladies on Wednesdays after 8pm

For more information, click here.

SOI 7 | A microbrewery with up with Asian cuisine, a performance stage, a boxing ring and three different sections to choose from. Choose from one of their four different brews, or if you’re looking to pack in a punch, enjoy sweaty men fighting while you down some signature Soi 7 punch. For all you corporates heading there for an after work drink, we suggest you go on a Tuesday; you’ll be entitled to a 20% discount on your bill.

Where: Unit 205-208, Cyber Hub, DLF , Cyber City; Contact: 8130200606

Price for two: INR 1,500 for a round of cocktails, and you can squeeze in two shots

No happy hours.

For more information, click here.

7 degrees Brauhaus | Another Gurgaon Microbrewery, heres one thing you probably didn’t know – 7 degrees runs a Beer Enthusiasts Club, signing up for which entitles you to all kind of rewards and discounts, all beer related of course.

Where: Third Floor, South Point Mall, Golf Course Road; Contact: 9999486910

Price for two: INR 1,500 for a round of cocktails

No happy hours.

For more information, click here.

Hungry Monkey | Atleast one of our staffers has Hungry Monkey on her speed dial. With a divine menu, they just upped the ante with their newly acquired liquor license. Bookmark for a drinks {oh hello cocktails} and dinner soiree, and if its your lucky night, you can watch it transform into a high-energy bar. Come better weather, always ask for a table on the terrace.

Where: Safdarjung Market; Contact: 9810788196

Price for two: INR 1,500 for a round of cocktails

No happy hours.

For more information, click here.

Monkey Bar | We have to say it gets a little too crowded for our liking on the weekends, so we strongly recommend going early, since they don’t take reservations. Another winner for when you’re in the market for drinks and a worthy meal.  What you must order – the Copper Monkey and Manga.

Where: Plot no 11, Local Shopping Complex, Pocket C 6 & 7, Vasant Kunj and P-3/90 Connaught Circus, Connaught Place; Contact: 011 41095155 {Vasant Kunj} and 01133107898 {CP}

Price for two: INR 1,500 for a round of cocktails

No happy hours.

For more information, click here.

Raasta | With a jam-packed event calendar, Raasta is one of the few bars that has still managed to preserve its charm over the many months. With a Cyber Hub twin as well, block your calendars for their karoake nights and live gigs.

Where: Hauz Khas Village & Cyber Hub, DLF Cyber City; Contact: 011 40623028

Price for two: INR 1,500 for a round of drinks {you might be able to squeeze in three drinks}

Happy Hours: 12pm – 9pm; 7 days a week

For more information, click here for Gurgaon, and here for Hauz Khas Village.

Fio Cookhouse and Grill | Slowly transforming into a banger of a night club, Fio Cookhouse and Grill actually serves up a fairly exhaustive range of cocktails. If you’re heading over on the night of a gig, please ensure you book yourself a table. Fio is steadily gaining popularity and gets jam packed on  gig nights.

Where: Epicuria, Nehru Place; Contact: 9899228666/9971004536

Price for two: INR 1,500 for a round of drinks

Happy Hours: 4pm – 10pm {only on Wednesdays}

For more information and their event calendar, click here.

Underdoggs Sports Bar and Grill | Relaxed, loud and equipped for fun and games {both literal and metaphorical}, Underdoggs is a quintessential sports bar. We’re going to make a suggestion that will take you far – always get the pitcher, you save money and it gets the job done.

Where: Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj and Ambience Mall, Gurgaon; Contact: 011 40870701 {Delhi} and 9818900025 {Gurgaon}

Price for two: INR 1,000 for a round of drinks

Happy Hours: 12pm – 11.30pm; 7 days a week

For more information, click here.

TGIF | A consistent favourite watering hole, TGIF still nails the LIT. Skip the glass, ask for a pitcher.

Where: DLF Promenade Vasant Kunj, DLF Place Saket and Metropolitan Mall, DLF; Contact: 011 46060956 {Vasant Kuj}, 011 46102741 {Saket} and 0124 4018683 {Gurgaon}

Price for two: INR 1,500 for a round of drinks

Happy Hours: 5pm – 8.30pm; 7 days a week

For more information, click here.

The Chatter House | American Gastro pub reminiscent, well-lit, and always sufficiently crowded, always get a wood oven pizza with your cocktail, with a side of a game of pool and free Wi-Fi.

Where: Epicuria Mall, Nehru Place; Contact: 011 26237777

Price for two: INR 1,500 for a round of drinks

No happy hours.

For more information, click here.

The Flying Saucer Cafe | It starts off as a bar {which is why you should get there early} and can transform into a raging night club, depending on the gig it’s hosting. We recommend booking a table, and if you’re looking for quiet cocktails, do not choose the day of a gig to visit.

Where: Epicuria Mall, Nehru Place; Contact: 9560088341

Price for two: INR 1,500 for a round of drinks

Happy Hours: 12pm – 8pm; 7 days a week

For more information, click here.

Sakley’s The Mountain Café | The hills are alive with the sound of Greater Kailash. Sakley’s provides a perfect sanctuary of sorts {for when drinks are the only thing on your agenda}, and also hosts regular jazz and acoustic gigs, so it can come alive with the sound of music as well.

Where: M Block Market, GK 1; Contact: 011 41653732

Price for two: INR 1,000 for a round of drinks

No happy hours.

For more information, click here.

Turquoise Cottage | One of Delhi’s oldest and most frequented bars, TC has the longest happy hours, an incredible lazy Sunday brunch, and 5 nights dedicated to you ladies!

Where: DLF Place, Saket and JMD, Regent Square, Mg Road; Contact: 9818182812 {Saket} and 9871211119 {Gurgaon}

Price for two: INR 1,000 for a round of drinks

Happy Hours: 12pm – 9pm

For more information, click here.

Uzuri Deck and Dining | Perched on the third floor in the middle of GK 2 market, Uzuri has a great ambient, almost candle-lit terrace. Too bad you can’t sit there in this weather, but bookmark it for the winter. Perfect for small and intimate cocktail nights.

Where: M Block Market, GK-II; Contact: 011 41623623

Price for two: INR 1,000 for a round of drinks

Happy Hours: 12pm – 8pm; Sunday through Thursday

For more information, click here.

Blue Frog | Probably the best live gig venue in all of the Capital, Blue Frog is only worth visiting on the night a guest artist is playing {which is every weekend}. We don’t recommend just stopping by for a drink.

Where: The Kila, Seven Style Mile, Mehrauli; Contact: 9582678881

Price for two: INR 1,000 for a round of beers, and INR 1,500 if it’s hard liquor

No happy hours, deals vary from event to event.

For more information, click here.