Nightlife in Chennai

Chennai is a difficult place to drink. Government rule states that only establishments with a minimum of 21 rooms can obtain a bar/ liquor license. Hence there are no standalone bars or pubs here. All the bars that are around are part of some hotel or the other and in general overpriced. Government run liquor stores called TASMAC are all over the place but in general not at all a pleasant experience. They usually have rude staff, are filthy and usually never have the brand of your choice. Also they always tend to mark up each bottle by ₹5 to 10 over the listed price. Go for it if you want a one time war like experience in order to obtain some booze!

Nightclubs close at 23.00, even on Fridays and Saturdays, according to government rule.


  • Paradise Bar20 South Usman Rd. Aruna Hotel, T Nagar, Chennai 600017, Ph 24346565/0834
  • The Pub. Liberty Park Hotel, 1st Main Road, UI Colony, Kodambakkam, Ph 24725950 Very nice decor and good service for the price. It gets crowded on important cricket match days as the local sports fans gather for a drink here.


  • Bike and Barrel. Residency Towers, T.Nagar.nice ambience there are 2 levels lower level for couples and upper level for stags. Nice sitting arrangement but can get crowded Expect to spend around 1000 for 2 people for drinks and food.
  • Cambridge. Hotel Dee Cee Manor, GN Chetty Road, T.Nagar
  • Champagne & Cider. Grand Orient, Anna Salai (Mount Road).
  • Crystal. Hotel Ranjit, Nungambakkam High road, Nungambakkam.
  • Diesel. G.N Chetty Road, T.Nagar
  • Grammy. Hotel Sabhari, Thirumala Pillai Road, T.Nagar, Ph
  • Hudson. Harrisons Hotel, 315, Valluvarkottam High Road, Nungambakkam, Ph 42222777: Has two levels. Hudson Upper and H2O. Cramped seating providing very little privacy. The Liquor stable is limited to the local brands and a bottle or two of Scotch.
  • Million Dollars100 Feet Rd. Hotel Ambica Empire, Vadapalani
  • Platinum. (Formerly HFO), Hotel Quality inn Aruna, Sterling Road, Nungambakkam
  • Society. Hotel Ambassador Pallava, Montieth road, Egmore, Ph 28554476: Pretty small. Crowd is predominantly hotel guests. Attire is business casual and drinks are a little pricey.
  • Star Rock. Kodambakkam High Road (Next to Palmgrove hotel), Nungambakkam
  • Zero° bar29 Thirumalai Pillai Rd. Quality Inn Sabari, ground floor, T.Nagar, Chennai 600 017


  • Distil Bar. Taj Connemara, Binny Road
  • Dublin. Park Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Chamiers Road, Alwarpet, Ph 24994101
  • Durrants Bar. Chola Sheraton, Cathedral Road, Ph 28110101
  • Geoffrey's- The Pub, +91 44 66778899. Radha Regent (formerly- Radha Park Inn), 171, Jawaharlal Nehru Salai, Inner Ring Road, Arumbakkam, Chennai– 600106. Décor is a mix of British and American- very contemporary and trendy look- pool tables, swinging DJs and live shows. An area of 2700 sq ft with 97 covers which makes the largest in its kind in the city. Open: 4PM to 11PM on all days. 
  • The Havana. Hotel Raintree, St.Mary's Road, Alwarpet
  • Leather Bar. The Park, Nungambakkam High Rd. The largest liquor stable in Chennai includes hard to source Moet & Chandon, Glenfiddich and a variety of other scotch. Loud Music.
  • OPM - Nightclub,  +91 44 28161000. The Accord Metropolitan, 35,G.N.Chetty Road, T'Nagar, Chennai- Open: 18:00 Hrs Onwards. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays but available for private events. Information and Reservations: Tele: / 43911000
  • The Rain Bar. Hotel Raintree, St.Mary's Road, Alwarpet
  • 10 Downing Street. Kences Inn Hotel, North Boag Road, T Nagar
  • The Westminister,  +91 44 2499 4101. Park Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Chamiers Road, Alwarpet
  • Zara. Cathedral Road.
  • Zodiac- Lounge Bar. The Accord Metropolitan, 35,G.N.Chetty Road, T'Nagar, Chennai- Popular labels, ingenious cocktails, rare blends of liquor & a wide selection of hot and cold canapés. Open: Monday to Friday:16:00-23:00 Hrs, Saturday & Sunday:11.00-23.00 Hrs- Seating capacity 76- Information and Reservations: Tele: +91 44 28161000 / 43911000


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