Be it day or night, Hyderabad is one of those cities in India whose charm never fades away. From enjoying a light and sound show at Golkonda Fort to heading out for a night drive on Necklace Road or savouring the popular shepherd’s pie at 10 Downing Street, the “City of Pearls” offers an eclectic mix of locations worth-visiting at night. Not to forget, Hyderabad is also a paradise for nocturnal birds who love to party till wee hours. To satiate your hunger for more information on places to visit in Hyderabad at night, read on…
Here’s the list of popular places to visit in Hyderabad at night:
- Golkonda Fort
- Moula Ali Hill
- Hussain Sagar Lake
- Necklace Road
- Begum Bazaar
- Hard Rock Cafe
- 10 Downing Street
- Cream Stone
- Pirate Brew
1. Golkonda Fort
Golkonda Fort was built in 1600s during the reign of Qutb Shahi dynasty. It organizes a light and sound show at night which is narrated by Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, and recounts the fort’s glorious history. On top of that, the background music of the show is composed by ghazal maestro, late Jagjit Singh, which naturally creates a magical ambience. The multi-coloured lights complement the setting and highlight the night skyline.
- Location: Makki Darwaza Road, Khair Complex
- Timings: 6:30 pm (First show) and 7:45 pm (Second show)
- Entry Fee: Rs 15 per person for Indians; 130 for Sound & Light Show
2. Moula Ali Hill
One of the 11 heritage sites in Hyderabad, Moula Ali Hill is a monadnock about 2,014-feet high. At the hilltop, rests Moula Ali Dargah, which is believed to house an imprint of Prophet Muhammad’s son-in-law, Ali. Further, heading to the hilltop via 484 steps, will provide you with stunning views of Hyderabad.
- Location: Moula Ali
- Timings: 5:30 am to 10 pm
- Entry Fee: Free
3. Hussain Sagar Lake
Built in 1562 by Hazrat Hussain Shah Wali, Hussain Sagar Lake is the largest artificial lake in Asia. Notably, the lake covers an area of 5.7 square kilometres and is built across a tributary of the Musi River. A massive statue of Gautam Buddha rests on the Rock of Gibraltar in the middle of the lake, which looks even more striking at night.
- Location: Near Hyderabad Centre
- Timings: 8 am to 10:30 pm
4. Necklace Road
Necklace Road is a 3-km-long road that links three main parks of the city, including NTR Gardens, Lumbini Park and Sanjeevaiah Park. Overlooking Hussain Sagar Lake, it got its name owing to its necklace-like shape. Popular for roadside stalls serving snacks tea, coffee and ice cream, the road is precisely where you should be at if you are looking for a tranquil place to relax at night.
Location: Raj Nagar, Khairatabad
5. Begum Bazaar
One of the most popular markets of Hyderabad, Begum Bazaar is almost 15-year-old and is always crammed with people looking to strike a good bargain. From cosmetics to kitchen products, perfumes to clothes, and shoes to accessories, it offers a comprehensive range of items. We recommend you visit the market at night since vendors are eager to make the last sale and hence, are more agreeable to bargaining.
- Location: Near Naya Pul bridge, Old City
- Timings: 10 am to 11 pm (Sundays closed)
6. Hard Rock Cafe
Besides authentic American cuisine, Hard Rock Cafe in Hyderabad is popular for its handcrafted cocktails. The vibrancy of the pub is accentuated by entertainment shows, that is hosted by the pub every night.
- Location: GVK One, Road No.1, Banjara Hills
- Timings: 12 pm to 11:30 pm (Sunday to Thursday); 12 pm to 12:30 am (Friday and Saturday)
- Cost for two: Rs 2000
7. 10 Downing Street
With luxurious interiors and easy going ambience, 10 Downing Street is a cafe designed to resemble an English pub. With wooden flooring, panelled walls, vintage-style chandeliers, and black and white photographs, the café interior exhibits a vintage look and fee. It is popular for serving shepherd’s pie and chicken pepper steak along with a range of cocktails and mocktails. Every Thursday, 10 Downing Street hosts karaoke nights after 8 p.m.
- Location: Begumpet
- Timings: 12 pm to 12 am
- Cost for two: Rs 1800
Listed as an architectural treasure by the Archaeological Survey of India, Charminar is a prominent historical monument and mosque. It has four arches to the north, called Char Kaman while standing at the centre of these arches is a fountain known as Gulzar Houz. Made of granite, limestone and marble, the monument is beautifully lit at night, and features varied stalls serving authentic local food, including the world-famous, Hyderabadi biryani.
- Location: Char Kaman, Ghansi Bazaar
- Timings: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
- Entry Fee: Rs 5 (For Indians); Rs 100 (For foreigners)
9. Cream Stone
One of the most popular ice-cream parlours in Hyderabad, Cream Stone also makes for an excellent spot to hang out at night time. In a relaxed setting, it offers an array of fruit-flavoured ice cream. Besides, Cream Stone serves ice-cream cakes, sundaes and milkshakes, among others.
- Location: GVK One Mall, Banjara Hills
- Timings: 11 am to 2 am
- Cost for two: Rs 350
10. Pirate Brew
With interesting and quirky decor, this pirate ship-themed restaurant specialises in North Indian, Chinese and Italian cuisines. Pirate Brew has an outdoor and rooftop seating area, which makes it an absolute place to visit to absorb the panoramic views of the city. Further, Pirate Brew hosts karaoke nights every Wednesday.
- Location: Empire Square Building, Jubilee Hills
- Timings: 12:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
- Cost for two: Rs 1600
11. Altitude Lounge Bar
With a splendid view of Hyderabad’s famous Hussain Sagar Lake from its eighth floor, Altitude Lounge Bar is popular for its assorted selection of malts and exceptional cocktails. The place is ideal for a relaxed evening and a romantic dinner, and serves Continental delicacies with perfectly blended flavours and spices.
- Location: Hyderabad Marriott Hotel & Convention Centre, 8th Floor, Tank Bund
- Timings: 7 p.m. to 12 midnight
- Cost for two: Rs 4000
So, do visit the above-mentioned night hangout spots in Hyderabad to not just explore the City of Nizams but to experience it completely.