Puducherry isn’t exactly known for its nightlife, but a few good bars still exist here.
Home to French-style bungalows and leafy streets, Puducherry has been a go-to holiday spot for many. The place isn’t exactly known for its nightlife, but a few good bars still exist here. From rooftop bars to beachside ones, there’s a range of options to choose from. We list the five best bars to enjoy a drink at in the union territory:
Overlooking Puducherry’s rocky beach, L’Aqua is one of the union territory’s most popular bars. It’s the ideal spot to enjoy a drink while staring at the stunning view. The drinks menu features local beers, wines and some classic cocktails like French 75, cosmopolitan, mai tai and bloody Mary (all at reasonable prices), and the food menu includes Indian-Chinese and North Indian dishes.
A rooftop bar located in Atithi Hotel, Toxic is a beautiful setting that’s far from its unsavoury name. The place offers stunning views of Puducherry. Patrons may enjoy signature cocktails like Alaska (vodka with lychee juice, lime and soda), Caribbean dreams (rum with pineapple juice, lime juice and orange juice) or gimlet (gin, lime and cordial). All the cocktails are priced between ₹400-450.
Kofi Bar seems like it’s housed in a hut, since it’s made entirely with bamboo and has a thatched roof. The furniture is also either bamboo or all wooden, giving the place a rustic feel. Besides alcohol, Kofi Bar also serves fresh juices, coolers, lassi and hot drinks like coffee, tea and hot chocolate. The place can be found on the way to the Matrimandir in Auroville, if you’re travelling from the heart of Puducherry.
More of a restaurant and a cafe dedicated to breakfast and Mangalorean and Goan food, Rendezvous also serves alcohol. The place is located in the heart of Puducherry and makes a good spot for catching up with friends over some quiet drinks. It’s not along the lines of other bars that are more happening, so expect to really spend quality time with loved ones here.
Ozone Bar in Heritage Town is always packed, but never rowdy. The happy hours and reasonable prices draw quite a crowd, which is always friendly. A large glass of house wine costs only ₹140 here (and a small one ₹70). Visit to enjoy cheap drinks in a rooftop setting that’s lined with plants.