The dodgyiest,dingiest bar you have visited in India.

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A toss up between 2.
The dingiest would be in Kottayam,Kerala. One very hot evening I spied a sign pointing to the direction of a beer parlor,10 minutes later I found the entrance I found the door,at the back of a car park. Strolled in ,couldn't see a thing,a while later the bar appeared in the very smoky distance. Sadly beer could not be bought without first buying a voucher from a gent hidden in the corner who appeared to be sat in a cage. Presented my voucher at the bar ,beer arrived somewhat later. So weird I just had to linger a while.Several Luke warm drinks later I still had not seen any of the other of the clients ,I could here them but not see them ,been in lighter caves. They really don't want you to drink in Kerala.

Another in Varanasi ,above a wine shop on the road to Assi ghat. Three chest freezers made up the bar,buy your drink and you have a choice of several stairs to sit on,we'll stand due to the amount of cans and bottles on the flour.A true shit hole. It became my local for the two weeks I spent in Varanasi. I met many odd and interesting people here.
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Most TASMAC shops in Tamil Nadu might qualify.
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Sadly I have never been to Tamil Nadu,but I am planning a visit in about 18 months. And I do like a dodgy bar.
So any helpful recommendations,places to avoid would be most appreciated.
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Just before Maharastra government liberalized and allowed nearly all restaurants to serve beer (early 70s) there were "safe" Aunties places in suburban (north of Mahim creek) Bombay and some really dark dingy "addas", where alcohol was served along with cards or other dodgy stuff.

At rupee a "Paua" (A measure) it was rather cheap way to get high drunk.
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I have been to only 2 shops, 1 in Chennai and another in Tirunelveli.

In Chennai the place to drink was right next to a TASMAC shop where tables were available however the chairs were missing. People kept their glasses or bottles on the table and drank the stuff standing.

The one in Tirunelveli was under the double decker bridge. It had tables and chairs.
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Yacht on Hill Road Bandra should fit the bill. Been there once. A review that I read.

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When you're broke: Yacht, on Hill Road

It's a 'quarter bar', where you can order alcohol by the quarter or half bottle. There are three 'sections'; an air-conditioned dingy room, another air-conditioned dingy room and a non-air-conditioned dingy room. What did you expect? The Ritz, when you're broke?

Regulars include local traders (fairly noisy guys), youngsters from the neighbourhood and some couples who do not want to be seen in public. Decent snacks, as the establishment is run by fine gentlemen from Mangalore. Indian, lots of seafood, Chinese. No free snacks; you have to pay for the peanuts, too.

Avoid the non-bottled water. Avoid beer; it's often flat and they will NOT change it. Good for a hard-drinking boys night out – which shouldn't be long enough for you to need to use the loo. It stinks.

One sure way to dump your girlfriend – take her to Yacht.
Do they accept credit/debit cards? Yup.
Open till about 1.30 am or till the cops come to shut it down.
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post Yacht on Hill Road Bandra should fit the bill. Been there once.
Not dodgy enough ! Credit cards ! AC ! If I make to BOM next month, I'll take you to the last of the dying breeds of such places - Sakinaka, Juhu Kolivada, still have remnants of bygone era.
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The one I used to drive through regularly. So glad it got closed down due, I think, to the bars-close-to-highways ruling.
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If I told tales of some of the dodgy, dingy, seedy and shifty dives I've been in, you'd all blush into your dregs!

(The one that capped 'em all was very close to aarosh, in Turbhe, Navi Mumbai).

'The Yacht', on Hill Road, Bandra, is very close to my home in Bombay and I'm an inveterate barfly, but I have never been tempted in. Why would I be, with Janata Lunch Home at Pali Naka so close by?
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post Just before Maharastra government liberalized and allowed nearly all restaurants to serve beer (early 70s) there were "safe" Aunties places in suburban (north of Mahim creek) Bombay and some really dark dingy "addas", where alcohol was served along with cards or other dodgy stuff.

At rupee a "Paua" (A measure) it was rather cheap way to get high drunk.
When did the "permit rooms" go?
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They're still there. In Bombay, alcohol is allowed to be served in restaurants if accompanied with a food menu, whether you bite from it or not. 'Permit Rooms' still exist in some establishments as annexes, for when you don't want to bite and just wanna imbibe.

Read this funny piece:

What is a permit room? - July 12, 2016 - by Mana Santhanam
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On Thane Belapur road or the road leading to Vashi? There are quite a few in that area (Navi Mumbai).
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I can't imagine anybody visiting a TASMAC bar for the experience. I suppose it is a bit like unreserved class on the trains: they serve to get alcohol into the bloodstreams of those who cannot afford to undergo the process in any sort of comfort. Hmm... maybe they also serve to get bottles into the houses of people who can afford to send their staff to buy. This is. literally, drinking on the street. Hole in the wall. More literally: hole in an steel grill, just big enough to pass bottles and cash through.
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post On Thane Belapur road or the road leading to Vashi? There are quite a few in that area (Navi Mumbai).
Dunno (I didn't go voluntarily, I was hijacked there), but I think the former. It was many moons ago, and in any case, it is highly avoidable.
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The one that I had been to in Chennai was like the one shown below



Was on a movie watching spree (saw 3 movies in a day) and in between we had a beer.

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