10 Top Kolkata Nightlife Venues

Where to Find the Most Happening Bars and Clubs in Kolkata

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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    Cocktails: Roxy

    Roxy bar in Kolkata
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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. Some of India's best DJs spin downstairs, while there's a small chill out area upstairs. It gets super crowded on weekends.

    • Address: The Park Hotel, 17 Park Street. Phone: (33)2249-9000.
    • Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday, 4 p.m. until midnight. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. until 2 a.m. or later.
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    Live Music: Someplace Else Pub

    Someplace Else Pub
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    For a taste of live music and a real British pub atmosphere, the place to be is Someplace Else. There's a different act to see every day with varied genres of music. Entry is free and single guys are allowed. There are happy hours until 8.30 p.m. on weekdays.

    • Address: The Park Hotel, 17 Park Street. Phone: (33)2249-9000.
    • Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday, 4 p.m. until midnight. Friday to Sunday, 4 p.m. until 2 a.m.
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    Shisha Bar Stock Exchange
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    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 customers entertained.

    • Address: 6th Floor, D Block, 22 Camac Street. Phone:(33)2281-1313.
    • Opening Hours: Noon until midnight, Sunday to Thursday. Noon until 2 a.m.,Friday and Saturday.
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    M Bar Kitchen
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    Spacious M Bar Kitchen opened in late 2014 and is tucked away down an alley off Park 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, and international DJs often perform. There are happy hours (buy one get one free) from 1 p.m. until 10 p.m., Sunday to Friday.

    • Address: Magma Complex, 24 Park Street. Phone: (33)4007-8686.
    • Opening Hours: 1 p.m. until midnight (later on weekends).
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    The Myx
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    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, depending on the night of the week. There's a strict admission policy that ensures a safe and friendly environment.

    • Address: 20 G, 5th and 6th floors, opposite Peter Cat restaurant, off Park Street. Phone: 96819-32079 (cell).
    • Opening Hours: 6 p.m. until 2 a.m.
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    Nocturne
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    Launched in 2010, sprawling Nocturne quickly became the hot favorite with Kolkata's young party crowd, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights. It occupies 3,000 square feet of space and is divided into a number of sections. Nocturne Haze, in the basement has a casual coffee shop feel and hookahs. The partying take place on the lounge level above, complete with dance floor and top notch sound system.

    • Address: 31 Shakespeare Sarani, Jasmine Tower, HSBC Building. Phone: (33)3099-0492.
    • Opening Hours:  2 p.m. until midnight daily (until 2 a.m on Friday and Saturday).
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    UG Reincarnated
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    After wearing the same look for a decade and waning in popularity, Underground reopened in late 2015 with a cool new vibe. Gone is the London Underground logo and old-world British feel. UG Reincarnated is high-tech, with modern steel gray and blue interiors, superb sound, LED flooring, and 3D laser lighting. The island bar has been demolished to make way for a large dance floor. There's also a plush private lounge with smoking area, called Zingg.

    • Address: Hotel Hindustan International, 235/1, A.J.C. Bose Road. Phone: (33)4001-8000.
    • Opening Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 6 p.m. until midnight. Wednesday, 6 p.m. until 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m until 2 a.m.
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    Club Boudoir Kolkata
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    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 entry onto the scene, it bagged the 2017 Times Food & Nightlife Award for Best Nightclub. Dress to impress! There's Ladies Night every Thursday, with unlimited drinks.

    • Address: Shakespeare Point, 40 Shakespeare Sarani, Theater Road. Phone: (33)4004-4360.
    • 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.
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    Aqua at The Park Hotel, Kolkata.
    ••• Courtesy of The Park Hotel, Kolkata.

    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. Indoors, a new double deck has been added to the seating area.

    • Address: The Park Hotel, 17 Park Street. Phone: (33)2249-9000.
    • Opening Hours:  Daily from noon to midnight.
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    Phoenix, Kolkata.
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    Phoenix replaces Plush, at the Astor 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. The vibe is a blend of industrial and vintage, with a stunning light installation above the dance floor. There's jazz on Thursdays, live bands on Sundays, and DJs on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

    • Address: The Astor, 15 Shakespeare Sarani. Phone: (33)2282-9950.
    • Opening Hours:  5 p.m. until midnight on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Mondays closed.