Pubbing in Chennai – High Time at GRT

If you’re familiar with the Hotel GRT in T Nagar, the same might also be said about its pub, High Time. Recently the pub was renovated. Last night I stopped by with friends for a sip of chilled lager, and here’s what I came away with.

New interiors with very comfortable seating. Two new levels including a basement discotheque. Large screen. And a drastic change from the elevator music that used to play there.

The service was excellent. The waiters, colorfully dressed – last night they were in shocking pink shirts and black suits. The beer, super chilled. You could say the house had done everything to make sure there was nothing to complain about.

At 11, the lights brightened to signal ‘last order time’. I looked around, and saw something I hadn’t noticed before. We were apparently at what distinctly looked like a stag party. There wasn’t a single woman in the pub if you gave our table a miss. And the only appetizing legs at any table had onion rings around them. Tangri kababs.

Honest opinion? It’s a great pub. They don’t look at your footwear when you walk in. They don’t send you upstairs if you’re unaccompanied. They only welcome you in and ensure you have a good time. I did.

On a lighter note, here’s something that happened earlier in the evening while we were waiting for a table. A guy comes up to me and says, “Haven’t we met before?” Haven’t you heard that before?

7 Comments so far

  1. Vivek (unregistered) on July 29th, 2007 @ 12:07 pm
  2. Vivek (unregistered) on July 29th, 2007 @ 12:07 pm
  3. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on July 29th, 2007 @ 4:04 pm

    What is this thing with chilling beer? Even in damp and wet countries they do it :(.

    Cold stuff dulls the taste buds, so, unless you really don’t like the taste of beer — just a few degrees below room temperature should be enough to keep it refreshing and get to taste it too.


  4. tsk tsk (unregistered) on July 29th, 2007 @ 8:18 pm

    thats the difference between chennai and most other cities.. where are the women partying?? Not too many places apparently!


  5. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on July 29th, 2007 @ 10:34 pm

    Maybe that should get the men asking what they’re doing wrong?


  6. david (unregistered) on July 30th, 2007 @ 7:56 am

    The Bike and the Barrel at the Residency Towers down the road is full of both men and women though.May have to do with the place being discovered as a good place to go with the ladies. Its just been relaunched, so a status check, say three motnhs from now should indicate where its at. Good reason to go again Manoj! Will join you. :-)


  7. tsk tsk (unregistered) on August 1st, 2007 @ 4:26 pm

    a market does exist for more pubs. but many news ones dont seem to be doing too well…

    whereas there are these 4-5 places like pasha, speed, dublin, bikes and havana that go overcrowded each week consistently…

    my infrence is that the quality of the hotel counts but not so much, its just that alot of “me too” bars wont work. there is a need for some differentiation in theme, music and ambience

    you guys would probably be looking forward to a nice 30+ club like wink in mumbai.. but that theme dont exist here



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