Drinking and nightlife in Tamil Nadu

  • Nightlife in Chennai (Madras)

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    In the glamorous Hyatt Regency, Chennai's hottest party spot bursts into life on weekends, when wild DJ sets kick off on the terrace, playing pop music on Fridays and techno on Saturdays. Otherwise, it's a swish, sultry lounge serving carefully crafted cocktails alongside Indian and international wines, beers and spirits. Dress code is smart casual (for guys, trousers and closed shoes).

  • Nightlife in Chennai (Madras)

    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 full of local flavour, like chai punch. Creative twists on Chennai's culinary favourites include mozzarella-stuffed bhajias (vegetable fritters) delivered in bicycle-shaped baskets.

  • Nightlife in Chennai (Madras)

    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 sangria and cocktails. It's a good idea to book. Tapas include garlic prawns, fried calamari and aubergine dips; the tortilla española (potato omelette) is authentically good.

  • Nightlife in Chennai (Madras)

    Flying Elephant

    Slickly contemporary and favoured by the elite, the high-energy, multilevel restaurant at the Park Hyatt morphs into a busy party spot from 11pm on Saturday. It's all very glam, with a sunken bar and garden-fresh herbs infusing cocktails. The world-fusion food (₹650 to ₹2500), whipped up in five live kitchens, is good.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Kodaikanal (Kodai)

    Cafe Cariappa

    A caffeine addict's dream, this rustic-chic wood-panelled shoebox of a cafe crafts fantastic brews from its own locally grown organic coffee. It also does homemade carrot cake, crêpes, sandwiches and fresh juices, and sells Kodai-made cheeses.

  • Nightlife in Chennai (Madras)

    Brew Room

    Decked out in neorustic style, Brew Room does coffee like you've never had in Chennai, from espressos and cappuccinos to Turkish coffee, French press, AeroPress and 'iceberg' coffee with ice cream. The contemporary Continental menu includes all-day breakfasts and brilliant vegetarian and vegan choices! Indoor AC, outdoor shaded garden seating.

  • Nightlife in Chennai (Madras)

    Café Coffee Day

    Reliably good hot and cold coffees and teas. Also at Egmore, Khader Nawaz Khan Rd, Express Avenue Mall, Alwarpet and Phoenix Market City.

  • Nightlife in Chennai (Madras)

    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-erh teas. The Vietnamese 'Zen Garden' (iced, in a jar) is a fruity delight. Also does coffee, light meals and cakes.

  • Nightlife in Chennai (Madras)

    Pasha

    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 after midnight. Dress code: smart casual. Stays open til the wee hours on Saturday nights.

  • Nightlife in Chennai (Madras)

    10 Downing Street

    Casual British-themed pub (Big Ben on the wall, fish fingers on the menu, the Beatles and the Who on the sound system) with a small dance floor. It's popular with men and women, and the bar food is surprisingly good – try the Andhra 65 chicken.

  • Nightlife in Chennai (Madras)

    Blend

    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 other nights.

  • Nightlife in Chennai (Madras)

    Leather Bar

    ‘Leather’ refers to furniture, floor and wall coverings rather than anything kinky. This tiny pad has mixologists serving up fancy drinks and, sometimes, live music or DJs spinning dance tunes.

  • Nightlife in Chennai (Madras)

    Gatsby 2000

    Belting out beats from hip hop to Bollywood, this longstanding three-floor party place is an Irish pub until everyone arrives, then it becomes a busy club. No unaccompanied men ('stags').

  • Nightlife in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

    L’e-Space

    A quirky little semi-open-air rooftop bar/cafe lounge that's friendly, laid-back and sociable, and which does good cocktails (assuming the bartender hasn't disappeared) and food.

  • Nightlife in Chennai (Madras)

    Café Coffee Day

    India's favourite coffee shop has many branches around Chennai. This Egmore branch is small and more downmarket than others, but handy if you're visiting the Government Museum.

  • Nightlife in Chennai (Madras)

    Café Coffee Day 'The Square'

    Good old Café Coffee Day does a range of decent hot and cold coffees and teas, and some tempting cakes, in comfy air-conditioned surroundings.

  • Nightlife in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

    Café Coffee Day

    Reliably good coffee, tea and cakes. There's another branch on Church Hill Rd.

  • Nightlife in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

    Café Coffee Day

    Dependably tasty coffee, tea and cakes. There's another branch on Garden Rd.

  • Nightlife in Chennai (Madras)

    Café Coffee Day

    This much-loved cafe chain is always decent for coffees, cakes and teas.

  • Nightlife in Chennai (Madras)

    Café Coffee Day

    South Chennai branch of this popular, reliable coffee chain.