Kolkata (Calcutta) has come of age to be the cultural capital of India. The city has an intimate but thriving party scene. Unfortunately, a nightlife curfew was introduced in 2010, which put a dampener on it. However, it's still possible to have a fun time. Many of the top options can be found in and around Park Street, where the Park Hotel is the focal point and offers something for everyone.
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Renowned for its classy cocktails, Roxy is a cavernous bar with a retro glam look designed to be reminiscent of the swinging 60s, resplendent with velvet and metal. DJs spin downstairs, while there's a small chill out area upstairs. The bar gets super crowded on weekends and attracts a fashionable young crowd. There's a cover charge of 1,400 rupees and unlimited drinks until midnight, plus free shots for the ladies, on "Wasted" Fridays. Resident DJ Felix spins Hip Hop tunes on Wednesdays, and Thursday is Ladies Night.
- Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday, 6 p.m. until midnight. Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. or later.
To enjoy live music and a real British pub atmosphere, the place to be is Someplace Else. There's a different act every day with varied genres of music, including the city's best rock band Hip Pocket. Entry is free and single guys are allowed. There are happy hours until 8.30 p.m.
- Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday, 4 p.m. until midnight. Friday to Sunday, 4 p.m. until 2 a.m.
Phoenix has risen up to replace Plush, in the basement of Kolkata's iconic Astor luxury heritage hotel. Newly opened at the end of April, 2017, this totally reinvented venue is placed somewhere between a pub and nightclub depending on the night of the week. It's an ideal place to experience Kolkata's cool party scene. The vibe is a blend of industrial and vintage, with a stunning light installation above the dance floor. Whiskey lovers will appreciate the rare labels on offer. There's live jazz on Thursdays, in keeping with tradition from the 1960s when the Astor was the only live modern music venue in town. However, Fridays rock with underground techno. Wednesday is Ladies Night.
- Opening Hours: 5 p.m. until midnight on Thursday and Sunday. 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
Popular chain Monkey Bar came to Kolkata in 2016. Its 9th floor location provides a captivating view of the city's skyline, including Victoria Memorial in the distance. The exposed-brick interiors are in keeping with the chain's quirky style. However, a key feature is that it adapts to whichever city its in, and you'll definitely notice some cool local elements. This extends to the food and cocktails. Monkey Bar isn't just a fun place to party on weekends. It serves fabulous fusion food and inventive signature cocktails. The most popular drink is a take on the Gimlet called "Toast to Calcutta", made with gin and basil.
- Opening Hours: Noon until 12.15 a.m. Sunday to Thursday. Noon until 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
The microbrewery craze has caught on in Kolkata, with a number of places opening up in the city over the last few years. However, the strategic location of The Grid (microbreweries need a lot of space, and most are on the outskirts) really sets it apart from the others. It's central to all areas, which ensures it draws a huge crowd of beer-loving party people. The property is sprawls across 10,000 square feet of an industrial parking lot and has six of its own craft beers on tap. There are distinct zones including a fine dining area, an urban beer garden, and the longest bar in Kolkata (the astonishing 38 foot-long Lego Bar is made of Lego pieces!). The microbrewery can be seen enclosed by glass behind the bar. The drinks aren't restricted to beers though. There's a huge array to choose from, plus cocktails with unique beer-based mixes.
- Opening Hours: Noon until midnight Sunday to Thursday. Noon until 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
A rocking penthouse nightclub that's a mix of everything (food, music, and party), Myx bagged the 2016 Times Food & Nightlife Award for Best Nightclub. Its success is unsurprising. After all, the owner is one of Kolkata's veteran DJs. Level one consists of a huge bar and dance floor, while the mezzanine level is a lounge bar with separate smoking area. The sound system is top notch and the music is diverse, with India's best DJs performing. There's a strict admission policy that ensures a safe and friendly environment.
- Opening Hours: 6 p.m. until 2 a.m.
M Bar Kitchen opened in late 2014 and is tucked away down an alley off Park Street, at the intersection of Camac Street. The decor is contemporary, the menu is European, and the 26 foot-long bar is well-stocked. And, the "M"? Think music, martinis, meals and mood! This lounge bar turns into a hot party destination on Friday and Saturday nights. There are four resident DJs that play all kinds of music from Bollywood to techno. Dress to impress because the door policy is tough.
- Opening Hours: 5 p.m. until midnight Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Launched in 2010 and given a hi-tech makeover in 2015, Nocturne beckons party-goers to "Live the Night". It quickly became the hot favorite with Kolkata's regular young party crowd, particularly on Fridays and Saturdays. A lot is packed into its 3,000 square feet of space. The basement has a relaxed smoking lounge with hookahs. The partying take place on the level above with dance floor, top-notch sound system, Co2 cannons (that produce clouds of icy fog) and crazy LED screens and lighting.
- Opening Hours: 6 p.m. until midnight (until 2 a.m on Friday and Saturday).
Dubai's legendary Club Boudoir, inspired by the French lounge concept, opened with much fanfare in Kolkata in late 2016. This huge 6,000 square foot nightclub is the biggest in the city and has a 35 foot-long bar. A hot new entrant onto the scene, it bagged the 2017 Times Food & Nightlife Award for Best Nightclub. There's Ladies Night every Thursday, with unlimited drinks. Special events and live performances are frequently held.
- Opening Hours: 6 p.m. to midnight, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., Thursday and Friday. 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday. Closed Monday.
The oldest nightclub in Kolkata, Tantra redefined the scene when it opened its doors in 2000. The club has weathered the passage of time and still remains popular. It's spread over two levels and has two bars, a massive dance floor, and plenty of space to hang out. Celebrities, fashion shows, and international events all contribute to its success. The music is commercial and consists mostly of Bollywood, Hip Hop and Electronic Dance Music. There are free drinks for the ladies on Wednesdays and Fridays.
- Opening Hours: 7 p.m. to midnight on Tuesdays. 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thursdays. 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Saturdays. 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Sundays. Closed Mondays.
AddressBlock D, 6th Floor, Suite No 22, Camac Street, Kankaria Estates, Park Street area, Kolkata, West Bengal 700016, India
Phone+91 33 2281 1313
Swanky Shisha shut its doors in November 2015, after many years. However, it returned only a month later with ghetto-style interiors and a new concept in Kolkata -- the city's first bar where drinks are priced according to demand. The concept, which has been sourced from Mumbai, works in a similar way to the stock market. Drinking games and DJs keep the young college student crowd entertained. The door policy is informal and single guys are allowed, so do be aware that the atmosphere can get a bit unruly late in the night!
- Opening Hours: Noon until midnight, Sunday to Thursday. Noon until 2 a.m.,Friday and Saturday.
Aqua is the place to head for alfresco fun in Kolkata. This groovy lounge bar really transforms itself post-sunset for a sexy poolside experience, with hookahs and DJ spinning groovy tunes. Sundowner parties are often held too. Indoors, a double deck has been added to the seating area.
- Opening Hours: 24 hours.