2. Velveteen RabbitIt’s easy to lose track of time (and the time of day) when you’re tucked a few feet under the ground (the bar is located under L’Amandier Café) in one of the bar’s old school high-back chairs or sprawled on one of their decadent couches. This intimate bar takes its name from Margery Williams’ novel of the same name. Their international Beer selection is impressive and so are their small plates – the blue Cheese Chicken tikka and Arancini balls are equally compelling.Where: 57, 2nd Main Rd, Govindaswamy Nagar, Raja Annamalai Puram
3. Radio RoomOne of 2016’s most talked about launches, Radio Room continues to turn away people on Saturday nights. Iconic album covers and images compete with clever props (we love their retro microphone-shaped lamps and repurposed ‘hi-fi’ systems) and make this one of the city’s hippest hangouts. The music stays in the 80s – a mix of rock anthems and the odd obscure pop track but the cocktails and snacks are decidedly progressive. Where: 94, Sathyadev Avenue, MRC Nagar, Santhome
4. Ink 303Dark and in multiple shades of Blue, this space sought inspiration from the art on its walls for its name. Located in the swish Khader Nawaz Khan neighbourhood with a resident DJ constantly upping the tempo. Ink 303’s Oriental selection is their highlight. Do sample their grilled prawns drowned in a Thai Red curry sauce or the water chestnuts tossed in Hunan sauce.Where: Oyster Building, Khader Nawaz Khan Road
About Ashwin RajagopalanI am the proverbial slashie - a content architect, writer, speaker and cultural intelligence coach. School lunch boxes are usually the beginning of our culinary discoveries.That curiosity hasn’t waned. It’s only got stronger as I’ve explored culinary cultures, street food and fine dining restaurants across the world. I’ve discovered cultures and destinations through culinary motifs. I am equally passionate about writing on consumer tech and travel.