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    Rooftop, poolside or lounge—where will you see the IPL finale in style?

    PONDICHERRY has been jolted out of its summer slumber with the elections and the announcementof Kiran Bedi as the new Lt Governor! Meanwhile, the weekend looks promising with the IPL finals prompting city hotels to woo T20 fans with a combination of live cricket, appetisers and cocktails.

    On the waterfront
    With a giant screen, a bar counter and a live barbeque—all poolside—Le Royal Park ensures that all that you need is within reach. A generous stream of starters like peri peri chicken and paneer shaslik are included in the buffet priced at Rs 799. Avail 25 per cent off on liquor. Details: 9600999319

    Pizza and a pint
    The classic sports combo of pizza and beer (three pints) for Rs 555 is the big draw at the sea-facing Risqué bar at The Promenade this weekend. For best seats, pick the leather settees near the LED TV and root for your favourite team. Details:0413 2227750

    Shots and stars
    With a flat screen mounted over the bar, the rooftop of the city’s oldest watering hole, Qualithe, is just the place for an IPL drinking game. Say one shot for every Virat Kohli sixer? From fried calamari to beef pepper fry, munch on Indian and French appetisers. Details: 0413 2221316

    Lounge love
    If you’re hoarse from cheering a team (assuming you’ve made peace with the absence of CSK), fuel up in the Asta Lounge at Sunway Manor. Unlimited domestic spirits paired with Indian, Chinese and Continental starters are priced at Rs 999.
    Details: 0413 2281608

    — Olympia Shilpa Gerald


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