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US 101 resolutely lives up to its premise of a neighbourhood sports bar with a cosy, dark space brimming with sporting memorabilia. A damper is limited selection of spirits and middling kitchen skills with their signature Spanish and Tex-Mex plates. Cocktails are de-rigueur, and the barmen will happily tweak them for your palate. Go for the fresh fruit cocktails over the weekend, served in hollowed out fruits.
Sports bars are the lifeline of any good city’s nightlife. It’s an age old myth that these sorts of bars are only frequented by men. Now the conventions have changed! Posse of girls drinking beers are a common sight at the bars. Chennai has woken up and breathed life into the drinking scene by opening doors to some fancy new sports bars much to the delight of regular bar-hoppers. Today we will talk about this hip and exciting place called ‘US 101’, an extension of the swanky GLM Meridian Hotel in T. Nagar area. It is the right kind of place to sample the exhilarating nightlife of Chennai. All you have to do is take some pains to drive down to the hotel and hand over your keys to the valet. While he does his job, slip away to US 101 and enter into the lively world where sports and booze comes together.
If you can tear your eyes away from the television screens, take some time to admire the sports themed ambience of the bar. Their striking bar will draw your eyes first. Take in the stunning remarkable mural of the athletes and the bar stools covered with sports jersey. Walls are covered with wallpaper showing fun sports slogans. To celebrate sports, one wall is dedicated to a picture gallery. Framed photographs of players around the world are captured and mounted on the wall. Do make it a point to take a peek while you are there. To sit US 101 has provided comfy dining space. Dark wooden chairs and booths dominates the scene. Lighting is kept dim to enhance the bar ambience and to encourage conversations. Bar is loud and noisy, especially on game nights which is pretty much every other day.
Sport takes a backseat when it comes to drinking. US 101 owns a killer bar which stocks on practically every kind of booze. Feel free to browse through the menu and be adventurous. Snack light on starters like, bruchetta, quesadillas, zucchini fritto misto, empanada de cordero, pollo cilantro, ceviche, picatta de pollo, nachos and arancini. Save space for, penne giardinera, milanesea, Jamaican jerk chicken, king fish with hood of potatoes, burgers, sandwiches, mais e tartufo funghi pancake, pizzas, burritos, tacos and chimichangas. End on a sweet note by opting for a dessert jar or cheesecake. Partying at US 101 will not be too expensive so feel free to indulge.