Chennai drinking and nightlife

Bar in Chennai

Radio Room

From a keen young team comes this incredibly popular radio-themed bar in southeast Chennai. It's all about mismatched furniture, a bar made of speakers and carefully mixed, inspired cocktails and pitchers – some ful…
Bar in Chennai

Sera the Tapas Bar

Where else in the world can you find DJs playing club music beneath bullfight posters next to TVs showing cricket? Sera is packed most nights with a young, fashionable crowd sipping sangría and cocktails. It's a goo…
Bar in Chennai

Flying Elephant

Slickly contemporary and favoured by the elite, the Park Hyatt's high-energy, multilevel restaurant morphs into a busy party spot from 11pm on Saturday. Drinks are pricey (by any standards) but it's all very glam, w…
Lounge in Chennai

365 AS

In the glamorous Hyatt Regency, Chennai's hottest party spot bursts into life on Friday and Saturday nights, when wild DJ sets kick off on the terrace. Otherwise, it's a swish, sultry lounge serving carefully crafte…
Cafe in Chennai

Ciclo Cafe

Opened in 2015 in southern Chennai and partly inspired by London's cycle-themed coffee scene, India's first bike cafe is mostly fun for the novelty value. Cycle-mad decor includes wheels on lamps, chandeliers made w…
Cafe in Chennai

Café Coffee Day

Reliably good hot and cold coffees and teas. Also at Egmore, Nungambakkam, Express Avenue Mall, Alwarpet and Phoenix Market City.
Teahouse in Chennai

Lloyds Tea House

Teas from across the globe collide in fabulously refreshing hot or iced concoctions at this soothing, contemporary teahouse. Pick from green teas, herbal infusions, Indian chais, Darjeeling offerings and Chinese pu-…
Cafe in Chennai

Brew Room

Decked out in neo-rustic style, Brew Room does coffee like you've never had in Chennai, from double espresso and Italian cappuccino to Americano, French press and 'iceberg' coffee with ice cream. The contemporary Co…
Club in Chennai


A stylish, early 20s bunch packs into this sparkly, two-level, Persian-themed club, where Bollywood night takes over on Wednesdays and big-name international DJs sometimes take to the decks. It usually livens up aft…
Bar in Chennai


Glossy contemporary styling, pounding house music, a tiny dance floor and a lengthy list of colourful cocktails make this upscale Taj-hotel bar a particularly popular Saturday-night hang-out. It's more muted on othe…