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To Madras, with love

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This new bar in the city is a design marvel. If you are stopping by for a quick beer, you are in for a surprise and might spend more time looking at the ceiling than savouring your cold brew. Its design context rests quite literally on a single element—a 20 km long stainless steel wire coated with copper woven in a Madras checks pattern suspended by counter weights. “I was influenced by the traditional weaving patterns in the area. To define different zones we used plumb bobs, a beautiful traditional material that works as counter weights,” says architect Pronit Nath about the design of the bar. The space has exposed beams, a red ceiling, rustic grey terrazzo tiles that resemble a chocolate bar and antique mirrors for table tops. Every corner here finds a connection to something quintessentially Chennai. The bar's backdrop is an installation that takes inspiration from the famed thousand pillar hall at the Meenakshi Temple in Madurai. It creates an illusion of depth using two reflective mirrors and a wooden arch. The local influences don’t stop with the design instead and find their way into the cocktail menu too. So there’s a Marina Mule to take on the original and a Magizhchi cocktail if a classic Margarita just won’t make the cut. AT Phoenix Marketcity, Velachery Meal for two Rs 1,400 onwards