If you are tired of being surrounded by beer swigging, teeny bopper crowd jumping to obnoxiously high volumes of trance and techno, head to Leather Bar at The Park on Nungambakkam high Road. This place is stylish, sexy, sensuous and has the best crowd of Chennai, though they come in late.
The place is done up in leather (yes, even the floor is covered in leather), wood and glass and one wall has this giant mirror that lets you see the entire bar without turning your head, if you are sitting at the Bar counter.
The bartenders are friendly, polite and make some wicked depth chargers.The food is great, although the portion sizes are too much for a small eater like me. They have happy hours till 10 pm, where you get a free drink for every drink that you order. Oh, and they have chilled draught beer all the time.
The music is a refreshing blend of classic rock and retro in the earlier parts of the evening, that transcends to deep house in the later hours and changes to international club music post midnight. Don't be surprised to find yourself sitting next to a movie star or a celebrity suddenly in the late hours.
They also bring in some really super quality live bands from other cities - not the head banging stuff but the serious music kind.
As a person new to Chennai, I've gauged that this is one of the more popular hangout places for the offspring of Chennai's richest citizens. I'm only not so sure why they would call it "Leather Bar" as that's a term usually used for gay motorcycle bars in the US. Anyways, not so important.
They have a nice setup, with a dark indoors area and a nice deck outdoors that really needs a few more tables. There's also some great kebabs and food items that are made by Park's excellent cooks. Good music, that does get very loud and spills over into the lobby of the hotel.
I will warn you though: The prices here are deceptively low and not comparable to Chipstead. Unlike Chipstead, they don't include that extortion-esque 58% TN state tax on imported liqour and a 10% service charge on the menu. You are in for a shock to your bank balance if you like to drink several rounds of good liquour.