Unlike Bangalore, Chennai doesn't have much of a nightlife, thanks to its rather orthodox values, and a police force that keeps a strict eye on official closing time: midnight. The only real options are located within upmarket hotels, making access relatively easy for foreign visitors. If all you want is to have a drink, one of the classiest places to do so is still the Leather Bar (tel. 044/4267-6000), at The Park hotel on Anna Salai. Afterwards, saunter over to The Park's nightclub, Pasha (tel. 044/5214-4000; Wed-Sun), a crowded club that's all about being seen -- it warrants a visit even just for a few minutes to watch (easy if you're residing at The Park, which automatically gives you free access). Another groovy watering hole, attracting a slightly older crowd, is Havana (tel. 044/4225-2525), in the Raintree Hotel -- this is more of a lounge-bar, comfortable for people-watching and particularly entertaining when the (small) disco floor gets productive. The Bike & Barrel at The Residency Towers is more faux English pub than disco, and has the awful habit of holding karaoke nights, but on certain nights the place is transformed into a more happening spot -- look out for evenings when DJs Anto and Vivek spin retro remixes and reedits, or play popular motion picture sound tracks. More highbrow fare is served at Rhapsody, the lounge-bar at Courtyard by Marriot -- while there's no dance floor it's a great venue, and like Havana attracts a more sophisticated local crowd. Alternatively, head over to Distil (tel. 044/5500-0000) at the Taj Connemara: With large-screen TVs, it has a bit of a sports-bar feel, but when it's full it has an energetic buzz, and the fresh fruit cocktails are great: try the lychee vodka or the watermelon martini. Fort St George (tel. 044/6600-2827) at Taj Coromandel serves the most expensive beer in the city, and attracts a suitably well-heeled and glossy clientele.
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