Need A Break From Partying? Sing Along To These Live Band Performances Instead

Mridula posted on 13 March

Bollywood or Ilaiyaraaja classics? If you want to spend the night away from heavy partying and rather chill in a pub with good drinks and live music, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of places to hit up for everything from rock ‘n’ roll to the latest Hindi hits performed by talented musicians in the city.

Bollywood Nights At The Slate

Come Sunday and it’s time to bring out that hopeless romantic in all of us. Anuj Dimri & Co. pulls off a fun night every weekend and all you Bollywood fans, we bet you wouldn’t stop singing your hearts. Travel through time as they perform compositions from the 90s {think Kuch Kuch Hota Hai} to the 00’s Ey Saalaa and more recent heartwarming hits like Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and more. Yes, the band has one from all the generations. And what’s better? There’s no entry fee!

Timing: 9pm onwards

Hotels

23/13, KNK Road, Srirampuram, Thousand Lights West, Nungambakkam, Chennai

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Rock Nights At Bay 146

Kick-start the weekends at Bay 146 if rock is your jam {Friday nights are the most happening}. While the resto-bar hosts rock gigs on most nights, keep an eye out on their schedule because they also feature bands like Indo Soul for a fusion of instrumental Carnatic and western beats {which we loved}.From Sid Sriram to Yohan Marshall & The Mischief and Grasshopper Green, tons of artist perform on Friday nights. Do note, they have a cover charge of INR 750 {inclusive of drinks and food}

Pubs

The Savera Hotel, 146, Radhakrishna Salai, Mylapore, Chennai

Throwback Thursday at The Black & White, Residency

Chennaities who love good old Tamil classics, you’re in for a treat. Happening for around 9 years now, singers M.J Sriram and Akhila render cult Ilayaraja and S.P Balasubramaniam songs every Thursday night. Called the ‘Mind, Body and Soul Night’, this happens to be one of Chennai’s first places to host local musicians. At Black & White, every Thursday, the crowd is hit by a wave of nostalgia, as the singers render Nalam Vaazha, Vaa Ponmayile and many other evergreen hits. If you’re an ardent fan of 80s music, then hand in your requests! Psst, heads up cinema lovers! You might just bump into stalwarts like Mani Ratnam and Radhika among other actors, who are known to be visitors.

Timing: 8pm to 11pm

Lounges

The Residency, 49, G.N. Chetty Road, Opp. Vani Mahal, Thyagaraya Nagar, Chennai

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Cover Nights At Radio Room

Ditch routine ladies nights in other pubs and head straight to Radio Room’s live  music nights on Wednesdays. The resto bar has recently been hosting varied bands every week who play mostly covers across genres like retro and current commercial pop hits. Playing this week is the band, Seven. You’re bound to sing along and oh, don’t miss their delicious cocktails.

Timing: 8.30pm onwards

Lounges

Somerset Greenways, 94, Sathyadev Avenue, MRC Nagar, R A Puram, Chennai

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Unwind Saturdays at Unwind Centre

While the Unwind Centre is not a restobar like the places hosting popular nights listed above, it happens to host bands from across the country to bring to you some of the best of live music. Every Saturday, it’s time to groove to a new band at the Unwind Centre as they put together Rock and Pop tracks among other genres.

Linkin Park fans, this Saturday is going to be special. The centre has a tribute planned for lead singer Chester Bennington by the band Styfer, starting at 7pm. Don’t miss! They charge a small amount as entry fee of about INR 200. Worth it, we think!

Music & Dance Academies

Dev Apartment, 3-B, 3rd Floor, 1st Main Road, Kasthurbai Nagar, Adyar, Chennai

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