Nightlife

Bar in Kolkata

OlyPub

This grungy yet oddly convivial central watering hole is a low-key Kolkata classic. The upper-floor bar has comfortable sofa seating, although the ground-floor lounge with rickety chairs and boisterous drinkers is f…
Cafe in Kolkata

Flury’s

Dating back to 1927, Flury's is an enticing art-deco palace that's a real Kolkata institution. The best time to drop by is during breakfast, or in the evenings when you can just drink coffee and eat slices of gooey …
Club in Kolkata

Tantra

Kolkata’s best-established nightclub has contemporary sounds throbbing through the single small dance floor and a somewhat cramped chill-out zone, appointed around a central island bar with an overhead observation b…
Lounge in Kolkata

Phoenix

This stylish yet unthreateningly casual bar is most appealing on Thursday evenings when young local musicians perform jazz, blues and progressive sets (from 9pm). It's also one of the city's few nightlife spots to r…
Bar in Kolkata

Broadway Bar

Back-street Paris? Chicago in the 1930s? Prague circa 1980s? This cavernous, unpretentious old-men’s pub defies easy parallels, but has a compulsive left-bank fascination with cheap booze, heavy ceiling fans, bare w…
Teahouse in Kolkata

Dolly's Tea Shop

For sampling authentic Darjeeling teas as well as refreshing mocktails featuring the brew, visit this popular teahouse run by a veteran tea taster. Try the orange mint julep tea or the lemon barley tea, with a grill…
Juice Bar in Kolkata

Paramount

Tucked away in the educational area east of Calcutta University, this unassuming 100-year-old place makes delightfully refreshing juices and sherbets that are a hit with college students. The tender coconut juice de…
Bar in Kolkata

Urban Desi

Pumping music energises this highly rated shisha (waterpipe; ₹450 to ₹850) lounge-bar. Moroccan lamps spangle the lighting and big windows offer extensive (if none too beautiful) views. There's a small open terrace …
Lounge in Kolkata

Aqua

This luxurious yet laid-back open-air lounge allows you to nurse your booze while soothing your eyes on the dreamy waters of the neon-lit pool around which it is located. Dress for the evening to be allowed entry (n…
Rooftop Bar in Kolkata

Smoke Shack

Fancy to the hilt, this open-air terrace bar attracts stylish people and serves a good selection of mojitos and cocktails through the evening. There's tasty kebabs and other assorted finger food to go with your drin…