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#1 Mar 3rd, 2007, 13:54
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Where is a good pub/bar in Chennai? I have 5 girls from Thailand, who have just moved here, wanting to go out and have a few drinks and listen to some music. But I have no idea where to take them because I have not done the bar thing in Chennai yet.
Any suggestions?
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I would like to hear more about this too; does Chennai actually even have a so-called :nigh-life". I wanna myself know some places that one can go to.
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I liked Zara quite a lot, nice place. It's somewhere on Cathedral Road (Gopalapuram), next to Don Pepe, just google it to make sure. There are more, but I only know them by name. Walk into any 3 to 5 stars hotel and you'll find one. Most bars will be inside hotels, rather than stand-alone (this is because of licensing issues related to alcohol sales and late-night activities).

btw, since you mention "night life" in your post..bars are usually closing at around 11pm. And don't forget, they all have a dress code. I don't know specifics for girls (just make sure you don't look sloppy, I guess), but for ex. for guys, they won't let them in with chapals/sandals, only proper shoes.
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You can check out le meridain. I think wed / thu is the ladies night.

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Okay, here's what I've found:

Bike and Barrel, Residency Towers Hotel, T. Nagar.
Made to look like an English pub, some pub rock but mostly cheesy music. Good atmosphere. The best bit - very cheap drinks (by Chennai standards)!

Zara, as Icetea said. Its on Cathedral Rd, hidden by the flyover, opposite Chola Sheraton Hotel. Serves beer, pretty cheap. Food is (in my opinion) godawful though - all the tapas dishes kind of taste the same...

The Dublin, Park Sheraton Hotel. Quite surprised at this place, very hip for Chennai. Three level night club, gets packed fri and sat nights after about 10, think it stays open til 1-ish. Downside is drinks are outrageously expensive. Plays mainstream dance/cheese.

Leather Bar, Park Hotel. I like this earlier in the evening, as it does get extremely busy. Drinks are expensive. I think there is a night club called Pasha in the Park as well. There is also a great bar on the roof called Aqua, very romantic setting.

Oh, and I know its not a bar (doesn't serve alcohol), but Moccha on Khader Nawaz Khan Rd, Numgambakkam is great. It has a huge coffee/shakes menu, does yummy snacky/lunch things and has a brilliant atmosphere. If you haven't been, definitely try it.

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Good to hear ideas and I look forward to hearing your votes on these places, new girl.

I liked Zara's, nice atmosphere, nice food and music was lively. We also tried Bike and barrel but my husband's short sleeves fell foul of the dress code Home for a quick change though and all was well!

Does anyone know of live music in any places?

Look forward to hearing any suggestions........... Thanks
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oops - i type too slow - gertie's post wasnt there when i started writing - so it wasn't meant to contradict, which might be how it comes across...............

it is good to hear all these insights - thanks
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Originally Posted by gertie Okay, here's what I've found:

Bike and Barrel, Residency Towers Hotel, T. Nagar.
Made to look like an English pub, some pub rock but mostly cheesy music. Good atmosphere. The best bit - very cheap drinks (by Chennai standards)!

Zara, as Icetea said. Its on Cathedral Rd, hidden by the flyover, opposite Chola Sheraton Hotel. Serves beer, pretty cheap. Food is (in my opinion) godawful though - all the tapas dishes kind of taste the same...

The Dublin, Park Sheraton Hotel. Quite surprised at this place, very hip for Chennai. Three level night club, gets packed fri and sat nights after about 10, think it stays open til 1-ish. Downside is drinks are outrageously expensive. Plays mainstream dance/cheese.

Leather Bar, Park Hotel. I like this earlier in the evening, as it does get extremely busy. Drinks are expensive. I think there is a night club called Pasha in the Park as well. There is also a great bar on the roof called Aqua, very romantic setting.

Oh, and I know its not a bar (doesn't serve alcohol), but Moccha on Khader Nawaz Khan Rd, Numgambakkam is great. It has a huge coffee/shakes menu, does yummy snacky/lunch things and has a brilliant atmosphere. If you haven't been, definitely try it.

Enjoy,

Gertie

This sounds about right

Le Meridien has a classier crowd than some other places...my experience is Feb 2005..dont know about now though, maybe the same.

The Park's Leather Bar was supposedly "the hangout" in 2005..

and of course Dublins had a few actor types in 05 when I visited too.

Expensive drinks for Chennai standards but from other places it wouldnt be considered expensive...Bed Supperclub in Bangkok has more expensive drinks and those girls are coming in from Thailand.

P.S. just small humble opinion: dont acccept help from unknown strangers in person...it's VERY easy to find out the latest bars, clubs, restaurants, textile shops etc etc just ask your front desk or search chennaionline or here of course
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Originally Posted by docgirl2005 ...Le Meridien has a classier crowd than some other places...my experience is Feb 2005..dont know about now though, maybe the same...
You can spot uncles & aunties their as well..FEB 2006
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Originally Posted by gautam You can spot uncles & aunties their as well..FEB 2006

Aunties and Uncles can be very classy...I guess you mean above 35 is aunty or uncle..hehe I am still many years away.

Anyways, I meant classy meaning the crowd is more well behaved and affluence as compared to cheapy rowdy teenagers with ripped jeans BUT still there is some sort of dancing and fun. Yes Le Meridien is for an older crowd but I rather have that than idiots with no class running around..
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Originally Posted by New girl Where is a good pub/bar in Chennai? I have 5 girls from Thailand, who have just moved here, wanting to go out and have a few drinks and listen to some music. But I have no idea where to take them because I have not done the bar thing in Chennai yet.
Any suggestions?
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Aside from the stock answers:
- Leather Bar at The Park is loungy and nice, if antiseptic
- Dublin at Park Sheraton is hands down the best nightclub, with Pasha at The Park as a nice change of pace
- Flame at Le Meridien is actually quite nice for both hanging out and dancing, but the location is pretty out of the way

We're missing out on two key places I found to be the only REAL nightlife during my time in Chennai:

1) Parties on ECR: talk to younger, hipper folks (both Madrasi and expats) and make it clear that you find Chennai nightlife lacking. They should offer to add you to an SMS list that announces details on Saturday night parties that go all night. I know the police have cracked down intermittently, but they were still happening at least a few times a month as recently as May 2006.

2) The "Russian Consulate" (which is think is actually the Russian Cultural center or some such). This place is key. It's very near the Chola Sheraton, I don't recall the name of the street. You have to know someone to get in, but it's fun and loose like a proper pub and has a great mix of young locals and expats.

Happy hunting.

P.S. Be careful on ECR at night. Too much drink driving and a road that encourages speed are a bad mix...
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so which place would y'all suggest for New Year's Eve in Chennai?

some place fun but not TOO crazy....
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