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The other Westminster in Chennai (there is one at the Radisson Blu, Egmore as well), it almost ticks all the right boxes for a cigar and malt lounge. Mahogany and beige upholstery add a suitable coat of class, although the space feels cramped due to one too many tables crammed in. Soft jazz with a great selection of cigars in the humidor and spirits in the cellars complete the gentrification. But wait, where is the smoking room?
I think every guy has a weakness for gentlemen’s bar and would sometimes like to suit up and puff on those smooth Havanas. We have to admit, gentlemen’s bars are class apart. On one hand you have those loud trendy striking bars and on the other you have the elegant attentive backdrop of gentlemen’s bar. You may think it is a watering hole for older men but let me tell you, now days many young ones are opting for them more and more. There is something very classy about drinking in a well-dressed place, where your every wish is their command. You are treated with warmth yet a aloof politeness that screams standard. Chennai has one of those places too. ‘The Westminister’ in Crowne Plaza of Adyar Park, is a place designed for gentlemen. It is pretty popular with young or old corporates, businessmen and in-house guests.
The décor is pretty sensational. You will notice the vintage elegance instantly in the polished wooden wall panels, vintage chandelier and wall to wall carpeting. To sit they have added cosy timeless looking sofas at various corners, making intimate nooks for you to slip in. Ask your server to seat you in those corner ones if you are looking for privacy. The bar is the focal point of the room, standing gloriously under the lights. It’s completely made out of wooden panels and a glassed in liquor cabinet that belongs in another era. Although a pricey place, you feel good to be there and doesn’t really feel the pinch. Cigars are on the offer too. Settle in those tables beside the pool for a leisurely smoke.
While the soft jazz music plays in the background, browse through their bar menu to pick a drink for yourself. The Westminister has an amazing vintage selection of whisky and cognac that ranges back almost 30 years. Some of those bottles are quite expensive and exclusive, a collector’s delight. Besides the hard up drinks, one can even sip on potent cocktails, which we find to be delicious. Try out their award winning cocktail Pomo Cino, made with cinnamon infused vodka and fresh pomegranate. Their mixologist is superb. To munch, nibble on their delicious chicken wings. Overall, The Westminister is a fantastic place to visit with your colleague or friends, to show them the beauty of vintage looking watering hole.
Q. Does the restaurant play live music?
Ans. No, The Westminster has live music.
Q. Do they have a bar or they serve alcohol?
Ans. No, The Westminster serves alcohol.
Q. Are kids allowed?
Ans. No, kids are not allowed at The Westminster.
Q. What are the best and must-try dishes at The Westminster?
Ans. People love Beer Draught and fine selection of single malts the most at The Westminster.