From long drives along Marina Beach to clubbing at some high-end pubs, Chennai’s nightlife is one thing you don’t want to miss out on. And unlike other major metropolitan cities, this city is safer at night.

So, if you are a night crawler who cannot summon the energy to go out exploring a city during the day, take cues from our blog on amazing things to do in Chennai at night.

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  1. Catch a Night time Movie
  2. Go for a Peaceful Stroll along Marina Beach
  3. Immerse yourself in the rich culture of South at Kalakshetra
  4. Gather your tribe and go for a pub crawl
  5. Venture out in the world of supernatural in the city
  6. Watch a movie at an Open Air Theatre with your friends
  7. Spend a night gazing at a clear starry sky
  8. Go for a long drive along ECR Road and chase sunrise
  9. Stop by Mathsya to relish your late-night cravings

1. Catch a Night-time Movie

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Chennai is home to iconic superstar, Rajnikanth, and Kollywood. Thus, it is a no-brainer that the locals of the city have a penchant for movies and good theatres. If you love to enjoy movies on the big screen at night, catch any of the latest releases at the famous Sathyam Cinemas. If you fail to catch a show at this theatre, try Luxe, Pallazo and PVR Cinemas that offer amazing movie viewing experience. Grab that tub of popcorn and settle in! 

2. Go for a Peaceful Stroll along Marina Beach

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As beautiful as this beach is in the morning, you will find it even more enchanting after the sun goes down. From crackling corns roasted on coal to cold drinks like lime soda, there are umpteen number of stalls that pop up after sunset. So, make use of the night time and soak in the eclectic vibe of the beach. If all else doesn’t impress you, there is always the option of taking a long walk along the beach in company of your friends or family. No wonder, this beach has become a prominent late night place in Chennai.

3. Immerse yourself in the rich culture of South at Kalakshetra

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A big fan of art and music festivals? Well, there are plenty of cultural centers that organize some of the most enthralling shows late in the evening. Kalakshetra is one such place where you can witness the performance of world-renowned artists. For spellbinding music performances, you can attend the shows at Music Academy on TTK Road.

4. Gather your tribe and go for a pub crawl

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The nightlife of Chennai won’t be complete without the impressive line of pubs that have recently cropped up. From amazing concoction of drinks to big dance floors and lively music, they have it all. While rooftop restaurants like Q Bar and Azzuri Bay serve night sky view with a stellar experience, there are also other pubs where you can dance the night away. The pubs in the latter category are Willows Westin and Leather Bar which are open till 4 AM.

For more details read our blog on best pubs in Chennai.

5. Venture out in the world of supernatural at midnight

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There are plenty of haunted places in Chennai. But do you know when are they worth visiting? At midnight, of course! If you are a gorehound and want to experience a night of thrill in reality, visit the famous haunted places like Broken Bridge and Blue Cross Road and spike your adrenaline.

6. Watch a movie at an Open-air Theatre with your friends

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A popular thing to do in Chennai for youngsters, watching a movie at an Open Air Theatre is a thing you just cannot miss to do at night. Located inside the campus of IIT Madras, the theatre screens classic movies as well as live performances by young and aspiring musicians. The entire vibe and ambience coupled with clear starry sky is something you will have to experience yourself to appreciate.

7. Spend a night gazing at a clear starry sky

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Talking about clear sky, if you are into stargazing and spending the night on beaches, head to Thiruvanmuyir Beach. This clear and pristine beach is a lesser known gem of the city which very few people know about. Hence, you will not find overenthusiastic tourists spoiling the solitude of night.

Take your blanket and binoculars, lay down on the beach, and just gaze up at the sky with million little dots of light shining for you.

8. Go for a long drive along ECR Road and chase sunrise

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The East Coast Road which leads to Pondicherry has some amazing views peppered on the way. But this is not the only reason why you need to go for a ride here. At night, the entire stretch of the road is sinfully silent and beautiful. With your favorite person by your side, soulful music on the speaker and solitude of the night, you are sure to have the night of your life.

After all, this is one of the best places for night ride in Chennai. So, when are you heading for a long drive?

9. Stop by Mathsya to relish your late-night cravings

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One of the most popular restaurants in Chennai, Mathsya is a haven for all those people who need a quick fix at night. Featuring a pleasing and hygienic interior space, the restaurant serves everything from South Indian delicacies to pizzas and pastas. Although they are open till 1:30 AM, they only serve vegetarian.

While these are only some of the things which you can enjoy at night, we are sure you must have your own list of things. Do recommend and share what are some of the other amazing things to do in Chennai at night and we will share it with everyone else too.