The weather in Chennai is usually hot (AF!) but during those days when it's breezy during nights, we love to exploit! And we’ve got a list of some of the best rooftop restaurants and bars for you to check out in the city.
Rooftop Bars & Restaurants In Chennai That Offer More Than Just A Stunning View
Facing Elliot’s Beach, BOATS (Based On A True Story) is one of the newest and most popular spots in the city. During the weekends, you’re going to find it hard to get a good spot, because it gets crowded pretty quickly, but it’s still a pub you don’t want to miss out on. BOATS has a long list of DJs that show up every now and then to spin some of the latest and best tracks, so get up and dance if you can. And that’s not all, they have some pretty cool offers too, including midweek offers to help you get through the rest of the week. Plus, take in the décor – walls adorned with beachy vibes, a giant octopus and the bathroom walls are covered in Archie comics!
Another restaurant facing Elliot’s Beach, MASH has been around for a long time. It might be a small space, but it’s got a lot of character. The best part is they have breakfast on the weekends, so you can enjoy a classic breakfast of eggs, grilled tomato, bread, and hash browns with a hot cup of coffee to wake you up. And even better is that you can have your eggs done up in all kinds of fancy and exciting ways, including something called ‘The Chicken & Egg Race’ which is a chicken masala omelette! All of this and a killer view, we call that a win.
Moving on from Besant Nagar and into Adyar, Azzuri Bay may not have complete coverage for the rooftop section of the restaurant, but each table has its own sunshade umbrella and it still sets quite the romantic mood for the evening. On a day when it’s not raining, the tables outside are perfect for that candlelit dinner with your better half. But you know what makes Azzuri Bay a really great place to be? Their vast menu covering Pan-Asian, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, including great soups to enjoy during this cold and wet weather. A sip of the Cream of Broccoli soup and you’re going to be ready to battle the Chennai monsoons.
Up North, The Raintree Anna Salai
You know what really hits the spot during the rains? Comfort food. And Up North’s menu features all the dishes that comfort and remind us of home. They have a “Dal Aur Chawal” (rice and dal) section and all you need from this is the Maah Di Kali Dal – it’s made of black urad dal and rajma, garlic, ginger, red chillies and ghee and of course a portion of rice.
Kefi, Taj Club House
One of the most popular and well known Mediterranean restaurants in the city, Kefi has both indoor and outdoor seating. Of course, if the rain is too heavy, sitting indoors might be the best decision, but on a cool and dry evening, enjoying the Chennai weather and the gorgeous view with fantastic food is always a good idea. And that’s not all. If you make a reservation ahead of time, the staff will set up a romantic candlelit dinner for two.
A2, The Park
Japanese food and rooftop dining sounds like a solid combination, doesn’t it? Get comfy in this stylishly designed new restaurant at The Park, because the food is to die for. A combination of familiar Japanese food and new creations are laid out to surprise you with every bite. Your focus may shift from the stunning view to the innovative plating, the music and the efficiency of the staff. They also have Sake and other great drinks to choose from. Ask one of the staff members to help you pair your food with your drinks, sit back and relax.