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8 Best Bars And Pubs In Chennai Not To Miss Drinking At- March, 2024

By Eashita Gupta

Updated - March 7, 2024 6 min read

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.


1. Alchemy Bar & Lounge


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)



2. The Velveteen Rabbit


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)


3. Big Bang Theory - Bar & Kitchen


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)


4. East Coast - The Restobar


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)


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5. 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)


6. Cocktail Bar By Kipling


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)


7. 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)


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8. 10 Downing Street

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.best_bars_pubs_chennai_10_downing_street_image

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


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