Tamil Nadu drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Cafe 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, a…
Lounge in Chennai (Madras)

365 AS

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, su…
Bar 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 ful…
Bar 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 goo…
Bar 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 he…
Cafe 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 …
Cafe 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.
Teahouse 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-…
Club in Chennai (Madras)


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…
Pub 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…