Four years ago when I was moving to Gurgaon and looking for an apartment near Sohna Road, I was advised not to. People said, it was too far away from the city centre, it’s desolate, there’s nothing there. It was true then.
Today, it is the upcoming and happening part of the city, with malls, shopping, movie halls, pubs, eateries, swank apartments and a metro connectivity in the not too distant future. With both MG road and Golf course Rd fairly chock-a-block, jaded and with woes of traffic and crowds, Sohna, the new babe in town, is looking attractive – still in its nascent stages, but with lots of potential.
Bars & Pubs
Scene High Bar, located on the 3rd floor of the popular Ninex Mall on Sohna Road. is giving Gurgaon a Rooftop bar experience and quirky multi-cuisine menu. The terrace provides for an enthralling view of the Sohna Road skyline.
Brewing an intriguing amalgamation of scrumptious and succulent, Brewocrat serves a delicious twist to a foodie’s desire. Located in Element One arcade, the brewery offers soul-satisfying unlimited food with a freshly brewed beer and mocktails.
Brewer Street, is a casual dining restaurant located in ILD Trade Centre. The place offers an amazing ambiance and an affordable menu which serves an array of multi-cuisine dishes. Laid-back hangout with an urban feel and terrace seating offering pub fare and house-brewed beer.
Vapour Bar Exchange, is a swank German style micro-brewery complete with chic interiors, low lights and live music. Large and spacious, this is a good place to hang out with a big group. In true tradition of Gurgaon beer pubs, Vapour has a good selection of classic as well as signature blends of beer.
The Brewhouse, located at Fortune Select Excalibur, Lobby Level, Sohna Road, Gurgaon is a unique sports bar. It has a unique ambiance that is created with handpicked decor items that include antiques, woodcarvings and etc. which makes the place more alluring.
Big Shot, situated in Country Inn Suites, Sohna Road, Big Shot Bar hosts a trendy lounge that has cozy seating and is an instant attraction amongst youngsters. It is definitely a must visit place for people who want to have a worthwhile and fun nightlife.
Open Tap at Vatika Business Park takes pub classifications a notch further down, as it describes itself as a nano brewery. Nano in size too, this is a ‘no pretensions’ buddy pub, where one goes in mainly to chug down a few beers.
Apart from these are Joint by Plan B, TFR Villa, George, TSC, Bourbon Street and Green House-The beer Garden.
A quick (or not so very) count puts the current numbers at about 120!! That is a fairly delectable number, given that most of it is in and around a 3 km stretch. And the choices are equally mouth-watering. Be it fine dining, quick service restaurants, cafes or pizzerias.
To give a rapid round up, to begin with, there are numerous quick service everyday cuisine outlets that one can pop down to on an I don’t feel like cooking today’ day. Haldiram, Bikanervala, Sagar Ratna, Subway. Golden Dragon at Spacedge Mall, Barbeque Nation at Spaze Platinum, Hong Kong Express and La Pino’s in Raheja Mall, Biryani Blues, Coco Company in Ninex City Centre,
Then there are the mid-level places for a ‘let’s have something different’ days that are casual yet not too heavy on the pocket – Pind Balluchi & Burger Singh in ILD, Dining Options at V Club next to Tatvam Villas, The Nook, Nukkadwala and Naivedyam in Vatika city… to name a few.
Mid-week celebrations or fine dining? Cafe Central and The Great Kabab Factory at Radisson Gurugram Or if you are in a mood for a drive, go further down towards Sohna to Country Inn and Suites.
A number of ‘stop by for a bite’ or ‘pick up food’ joints dot practically every commercial centre on Sohna Rd. ranging from South Indian to Arabian n Moroccan to street food to continental. These are just service counters where you stand n eat or pick up your food to go in Omaxe, Raheja, ILD, and Malibu centre … a new one probably opened in the time I am writing this; that’s how many of these are there and offering just about every kind of food one could want.
Cafes, patisseries & coffee shops
Apart from the ubiquitous Starbucks Café coffee day and Barista, guess Gurgaon really does love coffee and desserts, as the sheer number of such outlets here are mind boggling. The Coco Company does in-house use of ingredients for cakes,pastries,french desserts and cookies. Cup n cake at Ninex is one of the most popular and my favourite; the cupcakes here are just ‘to die for. ’…. and Baskin’ Robbins of course!
Starbucks, Ami’s Food Cafe, Maple Street in vatika business park, bakers oven at Sapphire, Craves at Spaze I tech, Binge at Bestech, Whizzo at Vipul Trade Centre, Chai garam at Platinum Tower, Coffee Ville at Spaze I-Tech, Shalvin’s Donut and Cafe at Omaxe City Centre. Let’s just say, given that all of these are within the 3 km radius, there somewhere one can sit and grab a coffee or pastry almost every 200 mts!
Sohna Road is not just about its food joints. The number of supermarkets and hypermarkets all within a small radius is surprising; (yet all of them are jam packed at any given time). Maybe it’s because of a lack of a ‘kirana’ store culture in Gurgaon. But given the cosmo-global outlook of Gurgaon, guess it stands to reason. So there is Big Bazaar, More supermarket, Easy Day, 24/7 and Needs Gourmet for practically all and sundry.
Branded big nameS in clothes as Pantaloons, Shoppers Stop find a place. With the sprouting of shopping malls such as Good Earth City Centre, Elan Town Centre, Scottish Mall, Platinum Mall And Raheja Mall, there is no dearth of places to go for retail therapy. A few factory outlets of Van Heusen, Allen Solly and Nike have their presence. Multi brand electronics stores, Reliance Digital and Croma have set roots here. Single brand outlets of Nike, Reebok, Monte Carlo and a few others have set up shop here.
No gaming centres or bowling alleys yet, but movie halls are plenty. SRS is the big daddy here with 2 movie halls in Omaxe mall and in Celebration mall. Grand cinemas have a 4 screen hall at Raheja mall. V club has indoor badminton and squash courts and a home theatre…recently opened its open air theatre, for the star gazing movie experience.
Spas and fitness centres
Just look around at the extremely well groomed, chic, fit and toned inhabitants of this city. Though an increasingly popular phenomenon in most urban societies, for the people of Gurgaon, fitness and grooming are a lifestyle mantra. One can find a fitness centre, parlour or spa practically spilling out of every mall and commercial centre. Some of the more popular ones in and around Sohna include Alcor and Blue Terra in ILD, Asian Spa at Omaxe, Avion Day at Raheja and Mystic in Ninex.
Sports Fit in ILD Mall, Extreme fitness in Omaxe, Viva fit in ILD, Elemention @ Vatika city, Anytime Fitness are some of the top end fitness players on Sohna.
Like I mentioned, Sohna Road is the most upcoming part of Gurgaon today and there’s a lot happening. So check it out yourself. There’s a lot more to discover.