What are some typical ways to socialize, either with local people or with other expatriates? Are there groups or clubs that you can recommend?

I know a few expat families but there is not a lot of socializing for me in Chennai. Best to just have friends come visit or take lots of trips out of town. Most of my local colleagues from work do not want to go out after hours and there isn't really anywhere to go. You will feel odd being alone at a restaurant. - Aug 2018


There is a lot of home entertainment, brunches and dinners out, playdates, etc. There are malls and movie theaters, laser tag, a few small theme parks, a bounce park, surfing lessons, etc. Nothing is quite the same quality as in the U.S. (with the exception of some restaurants which are great). - May 2018


Making your own fun. Movies are cheap, but English-language films and subtitles are only available on certain days. - May 2016


It can be depressing at times, India is a very insular country. - May 2015


Eating out, movies, going to a bar at a hotel. - Mar 2015


Dinners out at nice hotels and some restaurants (since Chennai is dry, alcohol is only available if a restaurant is attached to a hotel). Lots of house parties and pool gatherings. Movie theaters are really nice and inexpensive (American and Indian movies shown). - Oct 2014


Restaurants in hotels. Chennai is a dry city so drinking is hard to come by. You can drink in the hotels though so that is where most expats go. - Oct 2014


House parties, pool parties, going to five star restaurants. - Jun 2014


Eating at great restaurants, drinking at hotel bars (the only places in Chennai which serve alcohol). There are a few good cinemas here, and tickets are cheap. The first IMAX cinema in Chennai just opened in April. There are social events organised by the CHEX (Chennai Expats group). - May 2014


- Aug 2013


We entertain in our home and we go out to fancy restaurants in the big hotels. We've definitely had a good time here. - Jul 2012


Locals socialize among themselves, in their extended families. Expats with families socialize with each other, it's about the kids; single expats have an OK time, but this is not partying India, Mumbai and New Delhi are on a completely different planet. - Aug 2011


Everyone entertained in their homes. That is where the social life centered around. There are several nice hotels with bars and clubs. - Jun 2010


You can have great parties at home catered for a low cost. There are a few bars/small dance clubs, too, but you'll have a much livelier social life once you make Indian/expat friends who invite you to celebrations, parties, dinners, and openings. - Sep 2009


You can go to a 5-star hotel and pay US$7 for a beer. Entertaining other in your home is another option. - Aug 2008


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