Bucket List 2018: 9 Things In Chennai You Should Do Before This Year Ends

Shruti posted on 19 February

Been a lazy couch potato sitting at home binge-watching shows all through 2017? We’ll tell you why you need to turn off your laptop and go out and explore Chennai ASAP. We found some really cool places you need to check out, and we’ve put it all together just to make it easier for you and your buds. Oh, hey, if you’re new to the city, you’ll love this list just as much. From dining in the dark to jumping in Chennai’s first trampoline park, there’s just so much to do!

Dine In Darkness At Dialogue In The Dark

This restaurant in EA offers something absolutely unique. Can you imagine eating in the dark focusing all your other senses only in savouring the food? Well, you can do that here and also they offer a guided tour with an obstacle-course of sorts. Play games like cricket and even use a computer — completely in pitch darkness. We’d recommend trying this at least once at least for the novelty of the experience more than the food. And the last time we went, our tour guide charmed us with his wit!

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Cafes

Express Mall, S-30, 3rd Floor, Whites Road, Royapettah, Chennai

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Read A Person And Not Just A Book At Chennai's Human Library

Talk about page-turners, the Human Library Chennai hosts sessions where books {people} share their stories in an intimate setting. In the past, “books” like an atheist in a Brahmin family, a transgender and her struggles finding her identity in a less sensitive society, a woman solo traveller and so many others have shared their stories. If you identify as a book yourself, you can get in touch with SaiLakshmi KV, Book Depot Manager. You get to talk to six people at a time for 40 minutes. Although most sessions are in English, you can hear “books” talk in their regional languages too.

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Get Served By Robots At Robot Theme Restaurant In OMR

Want to see bot butlers up, close and personal? Claiming to be India’s first ever Robot Theme restaurant, we can be proud that Chennai gets the first one, eh? The four robots here sort of remind us of a cross between a human and  EVE from Wall E. The waitresses offer high tech service and is operated by a human. Just place an order on your tab that’s on the table and watch her deliver your meal to you. They serve Thai and Chinese dishes mainly and before you get here just make sure you book a table in advance.

Casual Dining

208/3, Next To St. Joseph's College, Old Mahabalipuram Road, Semmancheri, Chennai

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Jump On A Trampoline At Airborne Trampoline Park

Have you been to Chennai’s first trampoline park yet? Bounce around and feel like a kid again, guys!  There are 15 interconnected trampolines of different shapes and sizes — there’s one that’s inclined, one with a higher bounce hop and more. You can even play basketball here. And if you’re thinking of a new fitness routine that’s fun, we can’t think of anything better! Fifteen minutes of high jumping here should probably do the trick and you can even chill in a foamy sponge pit once you’re done. It’s INR 250 for half an hour and they can host up to 15 people at a time. So just grab the gang and go already!

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Gaming Zone

10/29, KNK Road, Thousand Lights West, Nungambakkam, Chennai

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Play Footy On A Rooftop At Tiki Taka

This one score’s high in our books! Tiki Taka offers not one but two rooftop turf facilities in Chennai. There’s one in Kilpauk that’s open-air and another one in T Nagar that is covered which is perfect when it gets too sunny or rainy. Oh and the best part? You can even play until midnight! They have floodlights and everything! Their rates vary from INR 1,500 to INR 3,500 per hour, which is pretty cool if you’re splitting the cost with a sqaud of 10. So who’s ready for a game?

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Sports Venues

17, Lakshmi Street, Alagappa Nagar, Kilpauk, Chennai

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Say Hi To Crocs At The Madras Crocodile Bank

Oh, and it’s not just crocodiles. They even have the country’s first, wait-for-it, Komodo Dragon in the premises! There’s so many cool things you can do at this centre for herpetology. Conservation is the primary goal of course, but you can bring in your kids or nieces/nephews and let them be zookeeper for a day.  Go on snake walks with the fascinating Irula tribespeople or even adopt a herp and sponsor their food and well-being.

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Play A Game At India's Biggest Gaming Café, Arknemesis Gaming Cafe

This 6500 sq ft place is a gamer’s paradise!  From 11 am to 11 pm enjoy the latest tech like 4K {for awesome graphics} and VR, all week long!  Based on the PCs you can choose to play in different zones. There’s Mega {Base INR 100 per hour}  Ultra {Base INR 120 per hour} and Monster {Base INR 150 per hour}. They have a café where you can head to during your breaks for sandwiches and beverages. And what’s even better is that they occasionally host anime and cosplay events too. Geeks, unite!

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Gaming Zone

Ispahani Centre, Lower Ground Floor, 123/124, High Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai

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Take A Ride In Anna Durai's Amazing Auto In OMR

Annadurai and his Amazing Auto is so famous, he’s appeared in dozens of TV shows and even been a part of TEDx talks. What’s so special? He offers his customers the option of availing a laptop and tablet {apart from magazines and newspapers} and there’s free WiFi in his auto too! Got no cash on hand? You can even pay by card or through Paytm. Amazing Auto, indeed. And he speaks English, fluently and is one of the nicest people you’ll come across. And despite being a high school drop out he’s even come out with his own app to avail autos in Chennai! No more haggling with Chennai auto drivers, this man has set the bar high. You can download his app.

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Catch A DND Movie At Sathyam On Wednesdays

Your prayers for a noise-free theatre experience have been answered, peeps! SPI Cinemas brings you a unique Do Not Disturb Movie every Wednesday. How does it work? Mobile phones must be switched off and latecomers will not be allowed to enter. Anyone who disrupts the movie by making noise, talking loudly etc will be asked to leave the theatre. And kids below the age of 15 years, aren’t allowed either. So if you want to enjoy a peaceful movie experience, you know where to go!

Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments below!

Movie Theatres

8, Thiru Vi Ka Road, Royapettah, Chennai

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