Chennai is one of the biggest cultural, economic and educational centers and is a growing metropolitan city. A very popular city among foreign tourists, Chennai is termed as 'India's health capital'. Chennai has received many accolades including 'India's best city' in 2014, '9th best cosmopolitan city in the world', 'Top 10 cities in the world to visit' in 2015 and the list goes on and on. Chennai comes in the top cities of the country when we talk about safety, quality of living, per capita GDP and entertainment and has been nicknamed as 'Detroit of India'. One of the fastest growing cities, Chennai has an active night culture. From cocktail bars to quirky pubs, here is the list of 12 best bars and pubs in Chennai.
Amongst the top bars and pubs in the city, Alchemy Bar & Lounge is known for serving a variety of delicious cocktails and mocktails. The Sunday brunch is another highlight of this place and is one of the highest-rated restaurants in the city. With a full resto bar and dim lighting, it has different comfortable seating areas and will cater to every need.
Highlights: Above 18 Only, Live Entertainment, Private Dining Area
Cuisine: Continental, South Indian, North Indian, Chinese
Must-Haves: Aloo Chutney Wale, Piri Piri Chicken, Double Chocolate Brownie, Ice Bite
Cost For Two: INR 2500 (approx.)
Address: 180, TTK Road, Alwarpet (Get Directions)
One of the hot picks for ladies when it comes to a ladies night out, The Velveteen Rabbit is a perfect spot to unwind after a hectic day. With live entertainment facilities including karaoke and live sports screening, this outlet is a delight for all. It is spread across 2 floors with a jaw-dropping gorgeous bar area (literally!) and DJ playing on the ground floor. Prior reservation is recommended as the place is jam-packed, especially during the weekends.
Highlights: Happy Hours, Smoking Area
Cuisine: Finger Food
Must-Haves: Maggi Chilli Pav, Baked Caramel Cheesecake, Banana Daiquiri, BBQ Pork Ribs
Cost For Two: INR 650 (approx.)
Address: 57, 2nd Main Road, RA Puram (Get Directions)
Viscosity is one of the best bars and pubs in Chennai to enjoy a drink with your loved ones. It has a resto-bar with inverted glasses, dim lighting, and high-raised chairs. One can also enjoy a sports night here and it is rated as one of the most hygienic places in Chennai.
Highlights: Restricted Entry, Smoking Area
Cuisine: Continental, Chinese, Finger Food, Indian
Must-Haves: Crispy Lamb, Baby Corn, Cheese Balls, Chicken Tikka
Cost For Two: INR 1250 (approx.)
Address: 5, Grand Arcade, Dr. Seetharaman Nagar Road, Velachery (Get Directions)
Big Bang Theory - Bar & Kitchen should be your pick if you are on a budget as this outlet provides crazy offers on spirits. It is opened until past midnight and is also a favorite amongst corporates. Table booking is recommended here and it also has a variety of food and booze combs to offer.
Highlights: Happy Hours, Great Service, Live Entertainment
Cuisine: Continental, American
Must-Haves: Wings Of Change, Oreo Shake, HFO, Pythagoras, Grey Goose Vodka
Cost For Two: INR 700 (approx.)
Address: Brown Star Boutique Hotel, 2/25, Dr. Ambedkar Road, Kodambakkam (Get Directions)
East Coast - The Restobar is a fantastic place to chill after a long day's work. It serves some amazing variety of drinks and also has live sports screening. The outlet is located in a calm locality, away from the hustle of the city. The place is divided into various compartments with indoor and outdoor seating area and the service is top notch.
Highlights: Happy Hours, Outdoor Seating, Live Entertainment
Cuisine: Finger Food, North Indian, Continental, Italian, Indian
Must-Haves: Chilli Cheese, Chicken Tikka, Veg. Lasagne, Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake
Cost For Two: INR 250 (approx.)
Address: 2/520, Sundeep Road, Neelangarai (Get Directions)
6. Ink 303
A casual dining outlet and bar, Ink 303 is one of the best bars and pubs in Chennai. Having bright interiors, it has a beautiful blue colored bar with a mirror decor. It provides great deals on Saturdays and Wednesdays and table reservation is required here. With a comfortable seating area, this place should not be missed.
Highlights: Happy Hours, Above 18 Only, Friendly Staff
Cuisine: Continental, Italian
Must-Haves: Tortilla Soup, Peri Peri Chicken Wings, Beer, Kulfi
Cost For Two: INR 500 (approx.)
Address: Oyster Building, Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam (Get Directions)
7. Hub At ECR
Hub At ECR is one of the highest rated restaurants in Chennai. It is a great place to hang out as it has all the facilities including live music, live sports screening and more. It has different seating areas and the interiors have a rustic touch. The drinks and Sunday brunch is another highlight of the outlet. Also, it is rated as one of the most hygienic restaurants in the city.
Highlights: Happy Hours, Live Entertainment, Nightlife
Cuisine: Continental, North Indian, Italian
Must-Haves: Around The World Platter, Veggie Patty Burger, Tiramisu
Cost For Two: INR 500 (approx.)
Address: 2/222, East Coast Rd, First Avenue, Vettuvankeni, Vettuvankeni (Get Directions)
One of the best bars and pubs in the city, Secret Society is a fantastic place to enjoy your drink. With great offers on booze, it is the city's best haunts for drinks. A great place to unwind over karaoke, this outlet has a great lively and happening vibe. It has brown and woody decor with paintings and mirrors all around.
Highlights: Above 18 Only, Nightlife, Happy Hours
Must-Haves: Peri Peri Fries, Fried Icecream, Chicken Pizza, Beer, Stuffed Mushroom
Cost For Two: INR 300 (approx.)
Address: 55, 2nd Main Rd, Govindaswamy Nagar, RA Puram (Get Directions)
Cocktail Bar By Kipling is one of the few outdoor bars in the city. It serves delicious food and a great variety of drinks. The look of the bar is like a tiny cottage of red bricks which is beautifully lit with high-raised bar chairs in front. The outdoor seating area is surrounded by greenery and is an absolute delight when the weather is amazing.
Highlights: Smoking Area, Happy Hours, Nightlife
Cuisine: Finger Food
Must-Haves: Subz Biryani, Mutton Rogan Josh, Beer, Veg. Kebab Platter
Cost For Two: INR 3000 (approx.)
Address: 16, L Jey Avenue, East Coast Road (ECR), Akkarai (Get Directions)
10. Take 2
Take 2 is a casual dining outlet and bar known for serving delicious drinks. It is a top favorite of corporates and has an indoor and outdoor seating area. The bar is located at the center and is packed with the crowd, especially during weekends
Highlights: Smoking Area, Happy Hours, Restricted Entry
Cuisine: North Indian, Chinese, Continental
Must-Haves: Chicken Pesto Pasta, Peri Peri Chicken, Tiramisu, Veg. Platter, Long Island Ice Tea
Cost For Two: INR 500 (approx.)
Address: 28, 1st Main Rd, United India Colony, Kodambakkam (Get Directions)
A great place to spend your Saturday night, Hoppipola is a casual dining outlet and a bar. It offers great discounts on booze every day but in different hours. The service is quick and the staff is friendly and attentive. The outlet has a quirky interior with fun and colorful furniture and showpieces.
Highlights: Happy Hours, Smoking Area, Live Entertainment
Cuisine: Continental, Mediterranean, American
Must-Haves: Beer, Chicken Wings, Margherita Pizza
Cost For Two: INR 200 (approx.)
Address: The Spring Hotel, Kodambakkam High Road, Nungambakkam (Get Directions)
Ver popular for its dance floor, 10 Downing Street is one of the best bars and pubs in Chennai. It is known for its lunch combos during weekdays. The outlet has a comfy sofa and chair seating area with the brown vintage woody decor. It hosts karaoke sessions and other live entertainment sessions. We advise you to reserve your table as it is crowded mostly.
Highlights: Restricted Entry, Happy Hours, Smoking Area, Live Entertainment
Cuisine: Finger Food, North Indian, Chinese, Continental
Must-Haves: Mutton Keema, Pasta Alfredo, Beer, Chilli Paneer, Spaghetti
Cost For Two: INR 450 (approx.)
Address: Kences Inn Boutique Hotel, 50, North Boag Road, T. Nagar (Get Directions)
Q. Which are the top options in Chennai when dining on a budget?
A. Urban Desi House, The Kandyan, Nair Mess
Q. Which outlets in Chennai offers a seaview?
A. Hola, Spectra, Bay View