N is for Nungambakkam & Night Life #BlogchatterA2Z
Nungambakkam. Nung-am-bak-kam. That is how it is pronounced. Quite a mouthful, yes?
You won’t forget how it is pronounced once you visit this hip and happening area of Chennai though. Nungambakkam is an upscale neighbourhood and a popular tourist attraction of the city. It has KNK High Road, shortened from its original name Khadar Nawaz Khan Road, which has all the cool places to shop at or hang out at.
KNK is where you will find the choicest of Salons, Designer Stores, Ice-cream parlours and Restaurants. This stretch even had a Louis Vuitton store a while ago. Nungambakam is also where you’ll find Alliance Francaise and the Max Mueller Bhavan . This area is also home to consulates and the Regional Passport office.
BUVA House is another attraction on KNK High Road. This tastefully constructed bungalow is where the to-be-at exhibitions and sales are held. Weekends are when they happen and if you do visit say a silent prayer of thanks that Buva House has Valet parking.
Studio – The Slate, a resto pub, is the popular one right now on KNK. Hang out with friends over a drink, cheer for your team as you watch live screenings of sports and enjoy their exhaustive bar menu and starters as you do. Wonderful ambience, mood, music and food. And it is open for 12 hours straight, 12 pm to 12 am!
Chennai is a city that comes alive really early every morning. It is also a city which is beginning to stay awake late as it grooves to music and loves to have a good time as it does.
Pasha – A night club, Blend and Leather Bar – both Lounge Bars, are the ones that have been around for a while.
INK 303 on KNK Road is the place to have a good time at, with music, food and dance. They start really early too, at 6 pm – on the Wednesday Ladies Night at least.
The Flying Elephant in Hyatt used to be THE place to be seen at, more so if you were interested in celebrity spotting.
Library Blu – The Leela Palace is one of the comparatively quieter places and perfect for a private party.
When I was newly married and visited Chennai for the first time I had everyone ask me if ‘I had been to Zara?’ No, this Zara wasn’t the clothing brand but a famous pub in Chennai. I didn’t visit it though, until it rechristened itself from Zara to Sera. Copyright issues with the clothing brand, was the reason given. Well Zara become Sera, but everything else remained the same. Great food and Drinks, a Live band belting out foot tapping music and service with a smile.
Radio Room is popular with the youngsters as are their Cocktails and Appetisers.
There are so many more, than the ones I have mentioned. Like Sera even old timer Dublin, in Crowne Plaza underwent a name change and is now known as Gatsby 2000.
Did you think Chennai was only about Temples, Churches and ancient monuments? You now know better, right?
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