Secret Society, 10 Downing & Radio Room: Get Set For Boozy Nights At Chennai’s Best Bars

Navya posted on 20 October

Ten-Second Takeaway

Chennai, once a town that used to retire to bed early, is now finding its groove as a night owl. From Santhome to T Nagar and Kodambakkam, old and new pubs are wooing party goers with heady bar offerings and delicious food to go with it. Here are the bars in Chennai you have to hit up when you are painting the town red.

 

Secret Society

This new entrant on Chennai’s bar scene is awesome and there’s no secret about it. They have a special Jack Daniel’s cocktail menu that’s worth trying and includes customer favourites like Jack & Ginger, and Jack & Cola. Their cocktail menu comes with plenty of interesting and fresh flavours that you can experiment with. The Chicken Skewers, Spicy Chicken Pizza, and Peri Peri Fries make for worthy accompaniments to your tipple.

Pubs

Treebo J's Five Two Hotel, 55, 2nd Main Road, R A Puram, Chennai

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Bay 146

Part of Savera Hotel in Mylapore, Bay 146 has served generations of party goers in the city. The place is usually buzzing and is perfect for when you want to unwind with your friends. The bar menu lists all the all-time favourites, from LIITs to pints of beer. And the food is definitely something to look forward to. Mushroom & Roasted Garlic Crostinis, Fried Squid Rings, Lamb Sliders, and the spring rolls are high on the bestsellers list.

Pubs

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

Bike & Barrel

Styled like an old school pub, this bike-themed watering hole is a local favourite. Vroom by for their potent cocktails that includes Cosmopolitans, Margaritas, and Mai Tais. Pair these with Butter Fly Prawn {crumb fried prawns}, Honey Chilly Lotus Roots, Malai Broccoli, and Crab Croquettes.

Pubs

The Residency Towers, 115, Pondy Bazaar, Sir Thyagaraya Road, Thyagaraya Nagar, Chennai

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The Velveteen Rabbit

No party-goer in Chennai worth his/her tequila salt dares to give The Velveteen Rabbit the cold shoulder. They have an excellent bar stock to choose from and their selection of cocktails {available in small and tall versions} is among the best in the city. The Skin Horse {made with bourbon, martini rosso, and black raisin syrup} and Fire Truck {Campari, ginger soda, dry white wine, and pressed raspberries} are a must try. With these, chomp down the Zucchini Fries, Mushroom Arancini, Beer Battered Seafood, and their Bruschetta Platter.

Bars

57, 2nd Main Road, R A Puram, Chennai

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10 Downing Street

If you consider yourself a true Chennaite, then, there’s a very good chance you’ve spent at least one booze-filled night at this iconic bar. Popular with students and the young crowd {especially on days they roll out offers}, their bar comes fully stocked including all the classic cocktails. With your tipple, you can nibble on Butter Garlic Prawns, Chicken Nachos, and 10 D Special Chicken Kababs.

Casual Dining

Kences Inn Boutique Hotel, 50, North Boag Road, Thyagaraya Nagar, Chennai

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Big Bang Theory

The popular sitcom by the same name might be going downhill, but the bar in Chennai remains one of the high points of the city’s F&B scene. Their Adult Oreo Shake comes with a good hit of vodka mixed with oreo cookies, chocolate syrup, and ice cream. The Hot Maria {includes tequila, mint leaves, and red chillies} is also a hot favourite. When the tummy begins to growl, choose the No Rocket Science {banana chilli fritters}, the Buffalo Soldier {chicken tenders done in Jamaican Jerk Chicken spices}, and the Pork You {caramelised pork ribs} to provide solace.

Casual Dining

Brown Star Boutique Hotel, 2/25, Dr. Ambedkar Road, Kodambakkam, Chennai

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The Vault

Want to add number crunching to your night out on the town? Don’t look further than The Vault. They follow the bar exchange format, that’s all the craze in India right now. Once you download their app, you can place your bids on your favourite drink and it will be brought to your table. From the food menu, the Kung Pao Masala Potato, Mongolian Beef, The Vault Burger {available in vegetarian, chicken, and beef versions}, and the Smoky Pan Grilled Pork Chops are worth sinking your teeth into. If you are looking for a spin around a lively dance floor, this place is a must on Saturday nights.

Pubs

22/23, Venkatanarayana Road, Thyagaraya Nagar, Chennai

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Sera

At one point, Zara’s in Gopalapuram was by far Chennai’s most happening watering hole. And when it shut down, many were disappointed. But Sera, that opened up in its place has managed to capture of the old tapas bar, and that makes us happy! Head here for a chilled out evening that you can spend sipping on their Elixir {made with white wine, fresh strawberry puree, and creme de fraise} or their Love at First Sight {orange vodka mixed with cointreau and chocolate syrup}. Along with this, you can slurp up their tapas, including, the Fried Bocconcini with Basil Aioli, Lamb Meatballs with mint, and the Serrano Ham & Chorizo Platter.

Fine Dining

71, Cathedral Road, Gopalapuram, Chennai

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Radio Room

One of the hippest spots in the city, Radio Room is a riot on Saturday nights. The edgy decor and the top-notch service add to the place’s charm. And in between wearing out your soles on the dance floor, you can try the bar’s Radio Room signatures. The boozy list includes B&B {bacon washed bourbon!}, and Smooth Criminal {rum infused with lemongrass, lime, ginger honey, ginger ale and a hint of chilli}. When you want more than liquid sustenance, turn to the Mozzarella Stuffed Molaga Bajji, the Bacon and Cheese Fondue, and Vodka Egg Fritters to bail you out.

Lounges

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

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