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The drinking dens of Gurgaon

Next time you go to a liquor shop in Gurgaon, you can choose to unwind at a drinking place next to it called the ‘ahata’.

india Updated: Jul 16, 2011 01:18 IST
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If you find a high-end pub too costly, then Gurgaon has an affordable option for you called the ‘Ahata’. Popular with the youngsters in the satellite town, Ahata is a place next to a wine and beer shop where one can relax over a drink. The city currently has 67 authorised ahatas, which were authorised by the government in 2007-08, in order to avoid the nuisance of people standing on the road and drinking. The ahatas serve snacks and food at reasonable rates to go with the drinks. We tell you about some of the most popular ahatas in Gurgaon.

Knight Riders
With a capacity of more than 300 people, this ahata in Cyber City is frequented by most corporate employees after office hours. The place has air-conditioned private dining rooms with an LCD TV, available at a price of Rs500 for two and a half hours. This ahata sees much more people during the summers, as a total of ten dining rooms are available during the season. Along with Indian made foreign liquor, a store outside the Knight Riders offers imported wines, champagnes and vodkas. There are some dishes like Mutton Korma that go well with the drinks.
Visit For: Private dining and imported wines
Where: Cyber city, opposite IBP Petrol Pump

Leon’s
Started about a year ago, this place is for those who love to listen to great music. To attract foodies as well, the food and beverage menu has recently been revamped and items such as kebabs and biryanis have been introduced. When at Leon’s, go for the Galouti, Shammi and Pasanda kebabs. You can listen to a live band here on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, which would cost you Rs100 per person along with the food bill.
Visit For: Live music
Where: Leon’s, Sector 56-57, opposite Devender Vihar

The Village

Located behind Cyber City, this joint is well known amongst the corporate crowd for it’s spacious seating arrangements and the delicious food. You can go for the Afghani Chicken Tikka and stuffed mushrooms to complement your drink. The cosy corners here are quite popular with the couples.

Visit For: Delicious Indian fare

Where: Moulsari Road, DLF III, GurgaonAlcohol

Root 69
Artistic wind chimes and candle lamps announce your arrival at the entrance of Route 69. The décor is quite tasteful, with wooden blinds and cane lamps, a rack selling T-shirts from Thailand, a liquor barrel for a table with high stools, and portraits of rock artists on the wall, making the place similar to the popular highway chain Route 66 in Europe. It’s continental cuisine like Tenderloin steak (Rs275), Pork chops (Rs350) and Bacon wrapped prawns (Rs450) only adds to the culinary experience. Unlike many other ahatas in Gurgaon, Route 69 is popular with women and couples. For single men, there is a cover charge of Rs500, keeping the balance in favour of the ladies.
Visit For: Trendy décor and continental cuisine
Where: Yadav Market, Sector 52, Gold Souk Road

Royal Castle
This outlet is very popular with the youth in the city because of the food and environment that it provides. When here, non-vegetarians can go for the delicious Tandoori Chicken and Afghani Chicken (R160). The vegetarians can also choose from lip-smacking options like the Chilli Paneer (Rs120). Apart from a large open-air sitting, Royal Castle also has a small air conditioned restaurant for women and private guests. The 10% discount offered to corporate employees makes it quite popular with the work force of Gurgaon.
Visit For: 10% corporate discount
Where: Sector 53 + 54 circle, near wine hub shop, Golf Course Road

Machan
Machan premiered the trend of ahatas in Gurgaon with it’s first outlet on Golf Course Road in 2005. Apart from their patent egg parantha (Rs125 for two) and Mutton Seekh Kebabs (Rs190), the restaurant has a lavish menu including Chinese, Italian, Thai and even grilled delicacies. This ahata is often frequented by women because it provides for a safe environment and has an upscale menu. You can also sit in the mid-air lounge and get an aerial view of the city as you sip your beer, for an extra 25% on the bill.
Visit For: It’s pocket friendly for a night out with friends
Where: Golf Course Road, Sector 56, Gurgaon; Near Cyberpark, Sector 39