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Located at Bessy, BOATS is Chennai's first beach bar with a great variety of food choices.

About Us

Based On A True Story (BOATS), opened in March 2017 as Chennai’s first and only Café RestoBar by the beach. Located just off Besant Nagar’s Elliots Beach, the bar serves up a stunning view of the promenade with fantastic food and an exhaustive list of drinks on the side! BOATS is open from 11am to 11pm and invites its patrons to come in shorts & flip flops or anything that is comfortable! There is no formal dress code – day or night.

BOATS was started by Arun Prakash, Dilip Rogger, Raj Kamal and Arasu Dennis. This 2200 sq ft bar includes a 400 sq ft outdoor area which overlooks the Bay. The bar’s seating capacity is 100 pax.

The Story Unfolds

BOATS is a concept bar, where conversation is the centerpiece at a beachside location. Hence, the name – BOATS, an acronym for Based On A True Story. It is a place where one can unwind with a book, relax with good music, catch up with friends/family or just enjoy a meal/drink. It is about each person’s true story weaved by their experience at BOATS

The Background

The décor is inspired by the name and location of the bar. It reflects true stories in a beach & sea ambience. Wall art & murals are all done by graffiti artists and contains intricate details like story excerpts painted on the wall. Other art that forms part of interiors are posters of true-story movies and a wall mounted with books based on true stories

Interiors includes a 7-foot community table that is an interesting way for different people to hang out and a most curious object on the ceiling – a typewriter from which extends a long paper with text which makes for a fun read. This runs along the length of one half of the ceiling

Benches in the 400 sq ft outdoor section are made of catamaran benches. Many other elements in the interiors which identifies with seafaring, the beach and true stories

The Build Up

The music and entertainment is set to suit the ambience. Live acts and DJs are organized 4 nights a week. The regular schedule for entertainment is given below

WednesdayMidweek SpecialLive Band/DJ, 7 – 11pm
FridayFriday Night LiveLive Band, 7 – 11pm
Saturday Saturday Sunset SessionsDJ Night, 7 – 11pm
Most SundaysSunday SundownerGuest DJ, 3pm to Sundown

The Climax

There’s something special about the truly exhaustive food and drinks at BOATS.

The beverage menu at BOATS can best be described as paradise in a glass!

BOATS has beer on tap! Over 70 cocktails! Nearly 10 varieties of Sangrias!! And at least 20 varieties of shooters!!! And a complete range of imported and domestic alcohol!! Cheers, indeed!


And of course… Food = Love at BOATS!

The food menu includes European, Mexican & Asian favourites besides Burgers and Desserts! Popular appetizers like Nachos, Achari Paneer Tikka, Tempura and rare options like Vietnamese Rolls, Molagai Bajjis and more are available for vegetarians, while a range of Chicken, Beef, Pork and Seafood appetizers are available for non-vegetarians!

Mains include a delectable range of dishes made from Chicken, Lamb, Beef, Pork, Fish, Prawns and so much more! Other favourites like Burgers, Pasta, specialty Rice dishes, Noodles, Gravy etc are also available.

Desserts include favourites like Pannacotta, Chocolate Walnut Brownie, Crème Brulee & Ice Cream

The Grand Finale

Write your true story, share your experience with one and all! Reflect on the good times!


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Finally Chennai has a bar come casual dining place at Bessie! I rate this place high mainly because food is just awesome and draught beer to go with made this place exclusive. If anything I would like to see improve is the attention to detail by the waiters who forgot to serve me water and cutlery.


Nikita Sharma

Recently opened Restobar near bessy Everything we ordered was melting in mouth ❤️ The starters and main course ! Menu has plenty of variety to Order! Quickly served and attentive staffs Couldn’t get my hands on desserts as they said is will be available at evening. Lemon ? chilli ? cheese ? nuggets ???? Buttermilk and oregano ? chicken ??

Nikita Sharma

Shayani Mukherjee

The much awaited visit to Arasu’s new baby. The food and the ambience are amazing. We tried the butter milk and origano fired chicken And the fish&chips, must say it stood up to the expectation. And what else, we have a neighborhood bar again. Pros: Food., Ambience, Price Cons: Service was a little disappointing. We were not dine with the food and without asking the waiter cleared the table. I know this will be mended with Arasu’s extra detailing and supervision. Overall: A great place to hangout with friends or to go for a casual date. BOATS surely deserves a 4.5.

Shayani Mukherjee

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Address: 17, 5th Ave, Tiruvalluvar Nagar, Besant Nagar, Chennai
Phone: 044 3123 3123
E-Mail: [email protected]