Contributed by Sneha Puthyakodiyil
Drive Inns have become the latest trend or the “in thing” in metropolitan cities these days. It began with just one or two outlets here and there but now there are quite a few that have spread across the city. Drive-Ins have become popular mainly because they offer multiple options in restaurants/cuisines in a single location where your favourite foods would be served in your car itself along with some restaurants providing with a seating area. Service usually is pretty quick and some places have huge screens to play movies, live cricket and various other sports depending on the season. So basically it’s a fun place to chill out with your buddies in an open air area with varied food options and much other fun stuff. Drive ins are usually open 24/7 at some places, all the cravings are satisfied because of the midnight drive ins. Hyderabad already has many populardrive-ins that have come up in recent times, lets check out some of the popular drive ins in Hyderabad.
1. SYALA DRIVE-IN
With few late night food joints in Hyderabad, Syala Drive-In is the most-visited joint for a late-in-the-day meal. It has various stalls serving varieties of cuisines – North-Indian, South-Indian and Chinese. Open round the clock, it also serves different types of snacks. Rice Combo (three varieties of rice), Chicken Sambhar and Special Shawarma are the must-try items. Caramel Carnival Shake, Fruit Shakes, and Tea are also worth a try.
Where: Opposite Mirrors, Road 13, Jubilee Hills
Timings: open till 2:00 AM
2. THE STREET
The most recent and the latest addition to the list of drive inns is “The Street “that is located at Madhapur. The unique aspect of this place is it has a sports area, an art section and of course the food stations. The outlets available here are WOFL, House of Indian breads, Mama Mia-italia, frosticks, The Wingster, Eat Burp Repeat, Makers of milkshakes, which pleases others. The crowd went crazy during the live screening of the recent T20 World Cup series! Zumba classes were also conducted in the art section most recently making it quite a success.
Where: Siddhi Vinayak Nagar, Madhapur, Hyderabad
Timings: open 24 hours
3. KABARA DRIVE-IN
Number one place for your taste buds, really good there are lot of varieties and lot of dishes to go for, their menu is really attractive, From juices to pan, you get everything one’s you enter Kabara Drive -in, its one of a kind, just drive in and eat at the comfort in your car or else you can opt to sit outside in the seating area.
Where: Park Avenue Street Opposite Jagannath Temple Agarsan Chowk Road No, 12, Bhoiguda, Hyderabad
Timings: 5:00 PM to 5:00 AM
4. Suburb Drive-in:
Suburb drive located in green hills also serves yummy food. It has 8 food outlets totally. They have introduced new food outlets like Bobo2 which serves tasty bobbatlu and other sweets. Dum Idly in little Idli and Doner Kabab shawarma in the shawarma talkies outlet. It serves haleem on the weekends in Desi Dharbar.
Where: green hills road, behind BP petrol bunk, Hyderabad.
Timings: Closes at 2:00 AM
5. F5 drive-in
F5 drive-in located in Gachibowli has 7 food outlets in all. Different types of Biryanis in Kakatiya’s outlet and pastas in Continental cafe outlet are a must try.
Where: oppsln terminal, Jaya-bheri enclave, Gachibowli.
Timings: 9:00 AM to 1:00 AM
6. CAR KHANA DRIVE-IN
This creatively titled place boasts of an impressive array of 13 outlets with different types of cuisines.The name is a dead give away. The moment you enter Car-khana, you are engulfed in bursts of colour, a quirky ambience, and all things funky. The graffiti of cars on the walls matches the theme of the seating, for foodthere’s a lot you can count on. Gorge on the Lamb Bahraini Machboos or Falafel/Kibbeh Over Rice at The Halal Republic.
Where: 8-2-120/76/Z, Venkat Nagar, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad
Timings: 12:00 PM to 3:00 AM
7. THE ALLEY
Donuts and Kulfi at 2 in the morning? Cravings attack at midnight hour but the alley, no matter what you are craving, would satisfy it with 10 different outlets.
Where: Vittal Rao Nagar, Madhapur Image Hospital Lane, 1-90/5/86, Hyderabad
Timings: 8:00 AM to 4:00 AM
8. V-7 DRIVE IN
Must visit drive-in for fun and food with your loved ones.
Where: plot no 17, Hitech City Main Rd, Khanamet, Madhapur Hyderabad
Timings: 8:00 AM to 12:30 AM
9. Kings drive-in
Another cool place to hangout at.
Where: Survey No. 19, Khanamet, Siddhi Vinayak Nagar, Madhapur, Hyderabad
Timings: 12:00 Pm to 1:00 AM
10. LAS VEGAS DINER
Las Vegas Diner is a food joint located in Kompally, Hyderabad. It is one of the most approachable restaurants in the vicinity that offers absolutely delicious food and munching options. The chefs are skilled and make use of modern techniques of cooking and make sure that all the spices are accurate to give you that best possible taste. At Las Vegas Diner, you’re sure to have an experience of a lifetime!
Where: Suchitra Cross Road, Hyderabad – 500067, Near Suchitra Cross Road
Timings : 7:00 am to 1:00 am
11. PAVILION DRIVE- IN
A great choice for night life. The pavilion drive inn is built on a vast and spacious piece of land, has a big seating area and a choice of many restaurants. It is clean and well maintained. However, like many other drive inns, it can get really crowded on weekends and you might have to wait for a seat rarely. You have to try the cheese chicken steak, the crispy layer with the tender chicken served with cheesy white sauce and sauteed veggies – just delicious, their BBQ dishes will swoon you away. Prices are decent enough considering the place. Attracts a lot of crowd. Enough parking space. Games and other provisions for kids n adults.
WHERE: 1014/C, Road No 51, CBI Colony, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana 500033
TIMINGS: 12PM TO 4 AM
12. THE HANGOUT VILLAGE
Nice casual place to sit and have snacks or meals, on upper floor is an open view. Multi- cuisine is available as Chat, Shawarma, shakes, kebabs, Chinese, Indian etc. Also can play volleyball in the netted area with sand.
WHERE: Inner Ring Road, Mythri Nagar, Bairamalguda, Karmanghat, Hyderabad, Telangana 500079
TIMINGS: 9am to 12am
13. HORIZON DRIVE-IN
A good option for food at mid-night. It is generally open until 4AM. Must try items are Ghee karam little idli, Fried idli,Dum idli ,Mlapesaratu,ghee-karamdosa.
WHERE: No 17/A, MLA Colony, Banjara Hills, Road No 12, Near Central Bank, Hyderabad, Telangana 500034
TIMINGS: 8:00 am to 12pm
14. 36 DRIVE IN STREET
The place is one of the better places to hang out with friends and this one falls in posh city. The milkshake from shake and shack is heavenly. Nalli-Biryani, Grilled Salmon, Grilled Peri-Peri Chicken are a must try. Lots of parking, secluded calm area, open until late nights.
WHERE: Rd number 44, CBI Colony, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana 500033
15. DOWN-TOWN DRIVE IN
This place is really good drive in place and at calm place. Chicken 65 is to die for, chicken roll is at its best.
WHERE: No 17/A, MLA Colony, Banjara Hills, Road No 12, Near Central Bank, Hyderabad, Telangana 500034
TIMINGS: 8:00 am to 12 pm
16. RETRO DRIVE INN
Group hangouts are always fun here. You can play lot of games and food is kind of okay. Sports are real fun here. Now this is the new hangout place, from huge parking and sports activities a lot are available.
WHERE: Kavuri Hills Phase 1, Mega Hills, Madhapur, Hyderabad, Telangana 500081
TIMINGS : 1PM TO 4 AM
17. SWAGGERS DRIVE N DRIVE
Decent food and ambience during the evening and night. Not very expensive. Most people’s favourite place for ice-cream shakes and Chinese! Even the stone ice-cream is great. Definitely a good choice for a quick bite
WHERE: Secunderabad, Telangana 500078
TIMINGS : 9AM to 11PM
18. TAPOUT DRIVE IN
The Mandi is famous and amazing!! The chicken is fresh and succulent. Order the spicy wings from the WINGSTER which is a must have. Particularly amazing to hangout while the match is on. Big projected screen with amazing audio. Overall it’s a great place to hang out.
WHERE: jodimetlabeside bharat petrol pump, Ghatkesar Road, Hyderabad, Telangana 501301
TIMINGS: 12 PM TO 12 AM
19. HAVANA DRIVE INN
Havana has very good ambience.Good seating along with Car Park.The food outlets are very limited and less choice for food!Babaitiffins is good and reasonably priced!Other food outlets are over priced!Good place for get togethers and have separate halls with Air conditioning.Lighting is good lit up bright!The service needs to be improved and fast!.Over all can visit and have a lovely time!
WHERE: Mathru-sree Nagar, Miyapur, Hyderabad, Telangana 500049
20. CasaMia DriveIn
Very nice place to hangout with friends. Gaming option is too good. Either you can have your food sitting in your car or they serve it in dine area as well. BTW food is very good too. Simple and tasty. Ambience is much better than any of the Drive-ins I have visited recently. Service is nice as well.
WHERE: Siddhi Vinayak Nagar, Madhapur, Hyderabad, Telangana 500081
TIMINGS: 2PM TO 3AM
21. LSH DINER
This is a amazing place to celebrate birthday’s and play football with friends and nice seating arrangements to sit.
WHERE: Street Number 1, Aswini Colony, West Marredpally, Secunderabad, Telangana 500026
22. UFO FRIES AND CORNS:
“Wide variety of fries and corn, must try there alien fries and the peri-peri fries. It’s a drive-in movie theatre in hyderabad. Must visit with friends and family!
WHERE: The Alley, Vittal Rao Nagar, Madhapur, Hyderabad, Telangana 500081
23. LA FORESTA
Best Mandi in the entire Hyderabad ! . You get different variety of Mandi and all of them tastes awesome .I think this place is better than capital and mataam-al-turki for Mandi. If you are in or around dilshuknagar you must definitely try out this place.
WHERE: Vijayawada Hwy, Ravi Residency, Krishna Nagar, Dilsukhnagar, Hyderabad, Telangana 500060
TIMINGS: 5:30 A5M to 8:30PM
24. JUNCTION 9
It’s an amazing place with vibrant colours and wide varities of food. The ambience just leaves you in awe. Its famous for the biryani and pan. Its budget-friendly, so visit it once in a while with your friends and family.
WHERE: L B Nagar, Hyderabad – 500074, OppSrikara Hospital
TIMINGS: 6:30 AM TO 11:30 PM
25. THE TRAFFIC DRIVE-IN
It’s a good place with good ambience. Food is good in almost all the stalls, they are updated now and are better and it’s not much expensive. The triple layer chicken sandwich is the best, They do have The Thick Shake Factory and it’s a thumbs up. You don’t usually see it crowded, it’s has a very peaceful environment.
WHERE: 11-3-17/51, LB Nagar- Uppal Road, Adarsh Nagar Colony, LB Nagar, Hyderabad, Telangana 500068
TIMINGS: 12 PM TO 2AM
26. CENTRAL FOOD COURT DRIVE-IN
The fried chicken and varities of doughnuts are very popular. It’s a small cozy place. Its not very expensive and is budget friendly.
WHERE: Plot no 45,46, Beside Laxmi Nissan, Cooperative Bank Colony, Nagole, Hyderabad, Telangana 500068
TIMINGS: 6:00AM TO 11:00 PM
27. LIGHT-HOUSE DRIVE IN
Its an amazing place to hangout, chicken lollipops are the must try here, it has a big TV display where you can relax outside watching whatever you want too with good music.
WHERE: Opposite to Cinemart, Ushkebhavi, Ramachandra Puram, Hyderabad, Telangana 502032
TIMINGS: 5:00 PM TO 2:00 AM
28. MONKEYZ ILLAND
A good place to chill out at late nights. The food is amazing the must try is pepper-chicken and shakes. Cricket is the best part here, the only thing is it costs 1000 on weekdays and 1200 on weekends for 1 hour. There was volleyball court as well but was in maintenance when we went. You can enjoy this place when you go in a group of 10 friend’s at least.
WHERE: Survey No 26, Ghatkesar Road, OppTo CPRI, Medipally, Hyderabad, Telangana 500098
TIMINGS: 8:00 AM TO 2:00 AM
29. SMACK-SPORT DRIVE IN
Large space with artificial grass for playing cricket and beach sand for volleyball, crazy fast food center .Mouth watering deserts and milkshakes are some examples to describe this place. If you want to enjoy for a long time and with only your people then I recommend you go in week days because weekend it’s hard to get a booking due to the corporate crowd who usually never miss a weekend here! It has an awesome service.
WHERE: Jaya-bheri Pine Valley, Gachibowli, Hyderabad, Telangana 500032
TIMINGS: 10:00 AM TO 1:00 AM
30. SKYWAY DRIVE- IN
Awesome place to hang out with friends. Very different from routine restaurants, they serve huge varieties from soups, momo’s , kebabs to chat, pizza, mock tails and ice creams. Must try are soups, non-veg kebab platter. The ambience is very beautiful!
WHERE: 3-6-91, Hyderguda Main Rd, AP State Housing Board, Himayat-nagar, Hyderabad, Telangana 500029
TIMINGS: 11 AM TO 1 AM