In Gurgaon these days, two large drums make a microbrewery. The latest entrant to the fresh beer brigade is Vapour. It occupies an entire wing on the top floor of the MGF Mega City Mall and its terrace. Downstairs, tables like those at a café line the corridor—a perfect place for people watching over a quiet afternoon drink. Inside is a nightclub—a cavernous room done up in brown, white and beige, with a large dance floor. But the real deal is on the terrace, a Mediterranean-style open-air lounge. We sat under a fluttering canopy on a beautiful March evening, accessorized by a starry night and a pitch-perfect spring breeze. It’s an ambience you can’t go wrong with.
Vapour offers four choices of brews—light, premium, dark beer and wheat beer. The premium beer was a perfect brew—light, frothy and fresh. The dark beer was much heavier and left a distinctive aftertaste. The wheat beer tasted sweet and sour; it’s not for everyone, definitely a taste you have to acquire. Vapour is serviced by the same brew master as the other popular Gurgaon microbrewery, Howzzat, so the brews felt comfortably familiar (if only they had hired the Howzzat DJ too, but more on that later).
The starters menu was a bit disappointing. There were hardly any light, crunchy, beer-friendly snacks. Most non-vegetarian options were meaty chunks. The chicken teriyaki contained fat slivers of chicken in salty teriyaki sauce. The Shish Taouk came with thick lumps of meat served on tough pita bread accompanied by pungent, garlic mayonnaise. Among the vegetarian options, we opted for the Potato Frenzy, which summarized that section of the menu and included wedges, smileys and other unimaginatively shaped fried potato.
The music was awful. A weird trance mix played all evening. The only people on the dance floor were two toddlers goofing around while their parents ate upstairs.
The beers are priced at Rs185 for a half-litre mug and Rs475 for a three-mug pitcher. Chicken starters are for Rs315 and vegetarian options come at Rs245. Mocktails cost Rs175 (VAT and service charges are extra). Beer and starters for our group of nine swiped at a reasonable Rs8,000.