During my time living in Kolkata, I figured out the 3 things that Kolkata adores: Fish, Football and Fun nights out. Yeah, there’s a reason it’s called the City of Joy! Known for its addas (that’s cool hangouts for you), Pujo celebrations and the yummiest food joints, Kolkata also has a vibrant night scene that appeals to the party people. Whether it is dancing the night away or catching up over a few beers or having a cool, snazzy place to just unwind, Kolkata has it all. Want to know more? Read on:

Top Pubs in Kolkata

1. Monkey Bar

Monkey Bar

Monkey Bar

If you’re sipping an awesome cocktail called ‘Toast to Calcutta’ while enjoying stunning views of the city, you’re definitely at the Monkey Bar. The place has a relaxed, kinda rustic setting with exposed brick walls, an interesting menu that changes frequently and an awesome vibe that stays with you long after you leave. Do try the Nolengur Crème Brule and the Butter Chicken Khichdi while here.

Where: Fort Knox, 6 Camac Street, Kolkata

Timings: 12.00 noon – 1.00 am

Cost for Two: ₹1,500

2. Aqua

Aqua

Aqua

There’s an awesome pool at Aqua. Enough said! There’s also a DJ spinning the grooves just like you love them, there are hookahs to relax with and it’s all happening under the deep, blue sky dotted with stars. Ok maybe not if it rains. But Aqua is one of the best pubs in Kolkata for some memorable after-dark entertainment. Give it a shake on your next trip.

Where: The Park Hotel, 17 Park Street, Kolkata

Timings: Open all hours

Cost for Two: ₹3,000

3. The Irish House

The Irish House

The Irish House

Who died and said a drink can only be had after the sun goes home? Certainly not The Irish House because they’d serve you a drink (and a fantastic one at that) any time of the day. One of the first all-day pubs in Kolkata, this one loves experimenting with its cocktails and always manages to pleasantly surprise you, case in point – the Inverted Bird. Great for catching up with friends or an evening out after work, The Irish House also serves a killer lunch. And if you can manage it, try your hand (and vocal chords) at their karaoke night on Wednesdays; good fun for your friends, if not you.

Where: Quest Mall, Ballygunge, Kolkata

Timings: Open all day

Cost for Two: ₹1,900

4. TGI Friday

TGI Friday

TGI Friday

This one’s a failsafe option, really. The food and the cocktails are great as always, bright interiors, a fab bar counter and affordable eats that leave you full. If you’re looking for cheap pubs in Kolkata, TGI Friday is your best bet. Don’t forget to try their signature Jack Daniel’s menu and the Sangria. 

Where: Forum Mall, Elgin Road, Kolkata

Timings: 12.00 noon – 12.00 midnight

Cost for Two: ₹1,800

5. Olypub

Olypub

Olypub

Sitting right in the heart of the city on the famed Park Street, Olypub is actually a heritage site. It’s been around since 1947 and was known as the Olympia Bar & Restaurant back then. Born again as Olypub in the early 1980s, this one’s full of stories, famed for its beef steak and really cheap drinks. We see a boozy haze and a ludicrous smile in your future, folks…make it real, visit this historic pub when you’re next in Kolkata only if to pay homage to the past.

Where: 21, Park Street, Park Street Area, Kolkata

Timings: 11.00 am – 11.00 pm

Cost for Two: ₹1,100

6. Traffic Gastropub

Traffic Gastropub

Traffic Gastropub

Traffic signals, Zebra crossings painted on poles, a bustling crowd dancing in the middle of the day and great food. Traffic Gastropub is everything you’d want in a mid-day party slash watering hole. The drinks are affordable and the food is great. The music lights up your mood (must try the Kosha Mangsho Pizza) and the hookah set up is perfect.  What more could you ask for?

Where: City Centre 2 Mall, Chinar Park, Kolkata

Timings: 12.00 noon- 11.45 pm

Cost for Two: ₹1,800

7. The Grid

 The Grid

The Grid

If you love a Craft beer then you simply have to try The Grid’s home-brewed suds, the Caldera and the Growler of Belgium specifically. And you get to have it in fabulously-themed interiors filled with whimsy – Lego bar tables, fun, asymmetric architecture and geometric structures that play tricks on your mind. The food does that too…think Punjabi – style Chili Chicken, Kolkata Chili Fish and the Juhu Gymkhana Noodles.

Where: Haute Street Corporate Park, 86A, Topsia Road (South), Kolkata

Timings: 12.00 noon – 12.00 midnight

Cost for Two: ₹2,000

8. Shisha bar Stock Exchange

Shisha bar Stock Exchange

Shisha bar Stock Exchange

Shisha is part of the old guard, having been around for a while in Kolkata and it’s still counted as one of the best places to pop in when you want to party properly. And by that we mean cheap alcohol, dope lighting and a great crowd. The bar mimics the stock exchange with booze costs going up and down. Stay long enough and you’ll make a killing on the floors!

Where: Westside Building, Camac Street Area, Kolkata

Timings: 3.00 pm – 2.00 am

Cost for Two: ₹1,500

9. Pour House

Pour House

Pour House

Pour House in Salt Lake is in one word – Geeky. One of the first pubs in Kolkata aimed specifically at coders, programmers and the who what’s of the IT world (we never really understand what they do!), Pour House serves finger-lickin’ good food, a near-perfect shisha set up and great cocktails. With a retro- American style décor, bright neon lights and a big dance floor, Pour House is where the IT department lets its hair down. You can too!

Where: Meghatherm Tower, Near RDB Cinema, Sector 5, Salt Lake

Timings: 12.00 noon – 2.00 am

Cost for Two: ₹1,500

10. Downing Street

Downing Street

Downing Street

Also in Salt Lake is the well-known 10 Downing Street. Affectionately called 10D, this classy pub could easily double as a classy fine dining venue. But it is a pub although with its plush interiors and an elite crowd, it’s more a pub for grown-ups rather than college goers (psst…there’s a dress code!) The food is delicious (try the Beer Batter Fish and the Chinese Platter) and the drinks are awesome (we’d nudge you toward the Mojito and the Long Island Iced Tea)

Where: Block GP, PS Srijan Corporate Park, Sector 5, Salt Lake, Kolkata

Timings: 12.00 noon – 1.00 am

Cost for Two: ₹1,600

11. Someplace Else

 Someplace Else

Someplace Else

Someplace Else is really something else! The city’s iconic watering hole has been around since the last century and is home to the Hip Pocket, Kolkata’s best-known rockers and a venue for biggies like Indian Ocean and Parikrama. This is the definitive Kolkata experience you mustn’t miss. There are new bands playing often; you might catch an old favourite or discover a new one. The ambience is charming, the place reverberating with great music and the drinks are divine. Can’t miss this one.

Where: The Park, Park Street, Kolkata

Timings: 4.30 pm – 2.00 am

Cost for Two: ₹2,400

Top Nightclubs in Kolkata

12. Roxy

Roxy

Roxy

There’s just something about that name…Roxy always makes you think of flapper girls in shimmering dresses and dapper men with slicked back hair having a night on the town, dancing to the coolest jazz with a fancy cocktail in hand. Roxy at The Park Hotel makes that vision real with its retro-chic ambience, decadent velvet-upholstered sofas and cocktails to die for. This is the place you want to go when the need for painting the town a proverbial red arises. Which is every weekend. Watch out for the funky hip-hop on Wednesdays, ladies night on Thursdays and a whole lotta fun every night. There’s a cover charge of ₹1400 that gets you unlimited drinks till midnight. What’s not to like?

Where: The Park Hotel, 17 Park Street, Kolkata

Timings: Mon-Thurs, 5.00 pm – 2.00 am

Cost for Two: ₹2,500

13. Phoenix

Phoenix

Phoenix

Phoenix at The Astor, a heritage hotel, is one of the coolest party places in Kolkata. The music ranges from jazz (taking you back to the Swinging Sixties, when Phoenix used to be Plush, the only live music venue in town) and pop to underground techno and house that lights the dance floor on fire. The drinks are outworldly, especially the hard-to-find whiskies on the menu. The food works well with the drinks and the ambience, a mix of vintage, retro and industrial is memorable.

Where: The Astor, 15, Shakespeare Sarani, Camac Street Area, Kolkata

Timings: 5.00 pm – 2.00 am

Cost for Two: ₹1,800

14. The Myx

The Myx

The Myx

The Myx has everything you’d expect from an award-winning nightclub (they won the Times Food & Nightlife Award in 2016)…a whole level dedicated to a giant bar and a spacious dance floor, a mezzanine lounge to relax in, music that bewitches your feet into a constant dance and mouth-watering food that fills you up to the brim. The DJ grooves an awesome playlist and even takes requests, make the most of it and party like it’s going out of style.

Where: 20G, Near Loreto House, Park Street Area, Kolkata

Timings: 8.00 pm – 12.00 midnight

Cost for Two: ₹2,000

15. Nocturne

Nocturne

Nocturne

One of the hippest places in town, Nocturne is a hot favourite with the young Kolkata crowd. Sitting in a cavernous 3000 sq. ft. this one’s all about light and sound with top-of-the-the-line sound systems, inventive LED lighting and Co2 cannons that give it a fantasy-like feel. There’s a hookah lounge in the basement and a whole floor dedicated to those born with two right feet. Dance the night away at Nocturne, eat, drink and make merry!

Where: Jasmine Tower, Shakespeare Sarani, HSBC Building, Theatre Road, Kolkata

Timings: 6.00 pm – 2.00 am

Cost for Two: ₹2,000

16. Club Boudoir

Club Boudoir

Club Boudoir

Club Boudoir is one of the poshest nightclubs in Kolkata with a French Lounge ambience, a 35-foot-long bar, and a luxurious F&B menu. Set in a gigantic 6000-Sq.Ft. space, this is an unforgettable, extravagant experience, even if a bit pricey. You could get caught (happily) in one of their theme nights, rock the night away to a big name DJ tripping the grooves and in general party with hippest in the city at Club Boudoir. Ready for it?

Where: Shakespeare Point, Shakespeare Sarani, Theatre Road, Kolkata

Timings: 6.00 pm – 12.00 midnight

Cost for Two: ₹1,500

17. Tantra

 Tantra

Tantra

When you’re looking for good nightclubs in Kolkata you’re likely to gravitate to the Park Street area because that’s where most of them are. And if you’re on the ‘Street’, make sure to pay a visit to Tantra for a night of dazzling music, dancing to your heart’s content. One of the oldest clubs in Kolkata, Tantra is spread over two levels and is famous for celebrity spotting too. Though you’d probably miss the famous faces, dancing away to pop numbers or enjoying the delicious finger foods and cocktails.

Where: The Park, 17, Park Street, Kolkata

Timings: 7 pm – 12.00 midnight

Cost for Two: ₹3,50

18. Privy Ultra Lounge

Privy Ultra Lounge

Privy Ultra Lounge

This pub is one of those rarities where you have a fine dining venue attached to a pub. Raucous partying or relaxed dining for the whole family – take your pick. The food is great, we’d recommend the Kebab Platter and the drinks are well-made; try cocktails or mocktails. The DJ plays crowd-friendly music and the dance floor is quite spacious. If you’re planning a birthday party for grown-ups, Privy Ultra Lounge is definitely recommended.

Where: Forum Mall, Elgin Road, Kolkata

Timings: 12.00 noon – 12.00 midnight

Cost for Two: ₹1,200

Some other nightclubs and pubs in Kolkata that deserve a mention, even if they didn’t make it to our list are: Hoppipola in Acropolis Mall – a fun place with a very popular happy hour, the Hard Rock Café on Park Street – always a failsafe, Xrong Place on Southern Avenue – it’s all about partying hard and Scrapyard on Camac Street – the sizzlers are amazing, there’s outdoor seating and hence it’s the perfect place to hang out with friends over a leisurely brunch.