Kochi’s streets, unlike other large South Indian cities such as Bangalore or Chennai, are not that friendly to night owls and party animals. On the contrary, the city has shut down all its bars that had liquor licenses – this means you either bring your liquor in from outside, or take a trip out to get drunk There’s no beer culture because the government won’t allow any breweries to open. You can still get beer and alcoholic drinks at clubs and party venues at the luxury hotels and resorts, but there’s a 11 p.m. cut-off time after which no alcohol will be served. Oh, and night parties have to end at midnight, or the cops will come and bust it up.
If you’re wondering where the nightlife is here, you have a narrow window of about 3-4 hours after dusk. This is when the clubs and dance floors at the large hotels on MG Road and Marine Drive come alive and people try to pack in as much nightlife fun as they can before closing time. With DJs rocking the place down, some of it gets pretty interesting. Think the Ava Lounge at the Dream Hotel in Kadavanthra, Tandav at Le Meridien in Maradu, or Loungevity at the Hotel Avenue Regent on MG Road.
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Your choices are pretty simple in terms of where to party. You can stick to a single resort like Vivanta by Taj –Malabar on Willingdon Island. It has the Matancherry Bar and a bunch of party venues and restaurants where you can cut loose until 11-12 pm. If you don’t want to be stuck in a single hotel and prefer to go club-hopping, then consider staying close to Marine Drive or somewhere on MG Road. For example, you can bounce around between Loungevity at the Avenue Regent, Couchyn at the Grand, and the Coktayle Lounge Bar and Glow Discotheque at the Hotel Harbour View – all on MG Road.