Nightlife is a great way to measure the young-blood of a city or state, thriving and celebrating life in the best way possible! Pondicherry is another beautiful Indian city that lights up under a sky full of stars. With maximum loaded activities, events, pubs, grubs and more, here are some of the best ways to enjoy nightlife in Pondicherry:
1. White Town - The Nightclub Streets in Pondicherry
Situated on the shores of the Bay of Bengal on the coastline of Promenade beach, White town in Pondicherry offers the exquisite promenade of enjoying the sea in its most tranquil state lit by the dim yellow lights and brighten up by the ritzy nightclubs and beach shacks laid across the streets.
Nightclubs and bars to visit at White Town: Le club Circle de Pondicherry LB2 Lounge L' Aqua
2. Heritage Town - Another Street for Pondicherry Nightlife
Best known for its French vintage township you can choose another side that Heritage town has to offer. Filled with the inexpensive bars and cafe serving the scrumptious seafood, Heritage town is another place to spot the bunch of cafes and bars.
Places to visit: La Casita Ibaco La Pasta World
3. Le Club
Located at a stone's throw distance from the promenade beach, Le Club is best known for offering the amalgamation of good food, drinks and comfortable ambience. The club is situated on the outdoor seating of the old French villa. The seafood coupled with the exquisite variety of alcoholic beverages and cocktails is all you need to get the best experience from this place.
Cost for two: INR 1400 with alcohol Timings: 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM ; 7:00 PM tp 11:00 PM Highlights: Seafood and outdoor seating overlooking the sea. Location: 38, Dumas Street, Beach Rd, South End, Puducherry, 605001
4. Kofi Bar
The rustic atmosphere will catch your glimpse the moment you step into the old- rusty looking bar. Best known for its tranquil atmosphere on the Auroville road, this place serves probably the best coffee in town.
Cost for two: INR 300 Timings: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Highlights: Not a suitable place for the nightclubbing experience, but a great place to enjoy coffee and snacks. Location: Main Auroville Road, Next To Farm Fresh, Kuilapalayam, Auroville, 605101
Nothing can beat the beauty of rooftop cafes if it is overlooking the French beauty of Pondicherry town. Located inside the premises of Hotel Atithi. Toxic is an open bar cafe serving a variety of alcohol, mocktails, cocktails, and seafood.
Cost for two: INR 1000 Timings: 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM Highlights: Rooftop cafe with an open bar perfect for experiencing the nightlife in Pondicherry. Location: 26, Sardar Vallabhai Patel Salai, Ponnaiyapet, Puducherry, 605001
6. L' Aqua
Located on the rooftop of Ajanta sea view hotel offers the view of the infinite blue sea, L' Aqua has redefined the nightlife experience in Pondicherry. The well-stocked bar of the cafe has everything to offer from inexpensive beer to the most expensive wines and scotch. The rooftop also houses the swimming pool where you can enjoy the pool parties from time to time. L'Aqua is the perfect place for a party in Pondicherry. Enjoy the music and the alcohol amidst the perfect setup of a rooftop bar.
Cost for two: INR 1200 Timings: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM Highlights: Rooftop bar with the sea and beach view! Location: Ajanta Sea View, 50, Goubert Ave, White Town, Puducherry - 605001
Part of Hotel Anandha Inn, Tantra Lounge is counted amongst the best party places in Pondicherry. Serving on the platter you'd find here the palatable North Indian food, the charcoal grill, and the fresh seafood. The wide variety of alcohol, the in-house DJ, and the foot-tapping music are just complementary add-ons to your nightlife experience in Pondicherry.
Cost for two: INR 1500 Timings: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM Highlights: Seafood and a wide variety of alcoholic servers Location: Hotel Anandha Inn, 154, SV Patel Salai, Heritage Town, Puducherry
8. Bay of Buddha
The prominent location of this high-class bar is the USP of this place. Located inside the Promenade hotel on White house street, the bar overlooking the Bay of Bengal is the best place to enjoy a romantic date and a crazy night out alike. The wide variety of cuisines including Chinese, Thai, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Korean, Indonesian, Asian is served at your table to satiate every taste bud. The good view from the bar and the well-stocked bar is just an add-on to make your fine dining experience the best.
Cost for two: INR 1500 Timings: 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM Highlights: The prominent location of the bar overlooking the sea and the wide variety of Asian cuisines. Location: Goubert Ave, White Town, Puducherry, 605001
9. Asian House
The mild music, the finger-licking food and the beaming bar, Asian House is the youngster's hotspot in Pondicherry. As the name truly suggests, Asian House is where you can devour the various flavours of Asian cuisine. The bar is brimming with the variety of alcohol which can fit in everybody's pocket.
Cost for two: INR 900 Timings: 11:00 AM to 11:30 PM Highlights: Prominent location and the Asian cuisines Location: Guest House, 7, Beach Road, South Boulevard, Near Park, Puducherry, 605001
10. L’e Space
Wrapped in exotic and wacky interiors, L’e Space is yet another party magnet. Situated on La Bourdonnais Street, the pub mostly serves meat along with an array of hard liquor and cocktails. In addition to a rooftop providence, the club amenities also include; outdoor and indoor seating and table booking or reservations.
Cost for two: Approx. INR 1400 Timings: 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM Highlight: The ambience and interiors of the pub attract tourists and visitors. Location: 2, La Bourdonnais St, White Town, Puducherry, 605001
If you are looking for new experiences to add on to your story of life, camping at the beachside will do complete justice to your pumping adrenaline. With the several registered beach camping sites in Pondicherry, you can spend your night along the shore of the sea with soothing music, bonfire, and the alcohol.
12. Paradise beach
Situated on the other side of Chunnambar Boat House, the Paradise beach is just one boat ride away. With an array of activities arranged on the beach such as sightseeing, boat rides, volleyball, ferry rides and so much more, the Paradise beach is one of the most beautiful spots in Pondicherry. Although on the expensive side concerning purchases and entry, this white-sanded exotic piece of nature is worth a visit!
Entry fee: INR 120. Camera allowance - INR 20. Chair purchase per hour - Approx. INR 75 Boat rides, ferry rides and purchases at the beach stalls are all externally chargeable. Location: Manaveli Rd, Chinna Veerampattinam, Puducherry 605007 Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM - Weekdays 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM - Sundays
13. The Lighthouse
Initially constructed in the 19th century and restructured in the 20th century, this old lighthouse is now a partial museum. During the 1800s, this tower was the only navigator for the localites and visitors. It is now a significant tourist attraction for its regular events, festivals and activities. A climb up this former source of light would gratify one with the most scenic picture of Pondicherry in its entirety.
Entry fee: INR 10 Location: New Light House, Dubrayapet, Puducherry, 605004 Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM - Tuesday to Saturday 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM - Sunday 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM - Monday
14. Rock beach
This vast water body brackets by expanses of black rocks is another viewpoint of Pondicherry. Tourists and visitors usually hub here to immerse in the fresh air amidst the clear waters. Although swimming in these waters is off the list, localites enjoy spending time here for jogs, walks, more so during the evenings. In case you wish to take a walk after dark, there are plenty of hotels and restaurants around the beach to have to your hunger covered.
The beach remains open 24 hours. Location: White Town, Puducherry, 605001
15. Poudou Poudou
A bar and restaurant located on La Bourdonnais Street, Poudou Poudou is a hunger saviour and a huge relaxer. With serves of alcohol and great food, embracing Continental, Indian and Chinese cuisines, Poudou Poudou serves the vibe of the beach at the same time. Some of the amenities provided by this air-conditioned beach restaurant are indoor and outdoor seating, lunch and dinner and food parcels.
Cost for two: Approx. INR 600 Timing: 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM Location: Shop No 31, La Bourdonnais St, White Town, Pondicherry - 605001
Tips for Experiencing Nightlife in Pondicherry
The dress code to enter the majority of lounge and clubs is pre-defined. Women need to wear casual or semi-formal outfits; flip-flops are not allowed. Men are expected to not enter in shorts, pyjamas, flip-flops or sports shoes.
Places most suitable for the young and single crowd: Pub Zipper, Le Club, Kofi Bar Places best suited for the couples: Toxic bar, L' Aqua, Asian House, Bay of Buddha, Asian House The loud music is not allowed in Pondicherry after 11 PM if you want to show some dance moves make your way to the club before that.