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Top 6 Kolkata Nightlife Venues

Where to Find the Best Nightlife in Kolkata

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Once readily associated with slums and poverty, Kolkata (Calcutta) has come of age to be the cultural capital of India. It's abundant in music, art, dance, and drama. Unfortunately, a nightlife curfew was introduced in Kolkata in 2010, which put a dampener on the city's party spirit. However, it's still possible to have a memorable time. Many of the top options can be found in the Park Hotel on Park Street, which dominates the entertainment scene and offers something for everyone. 

Why not grab a bite to eat at one of these top Bengali restaurants on your way out?

1. Nandan and Rabindra Sadan Cultural Center

Nandan (West Bengal Film Centre)
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This government sponsored center is the heart of Bengali culture. Rabindra Sadan is highly regarded for its prime Bengali theatre, where a live dance or drama performance or exhibition happens every night of the week. Nandan is a modern cinema complex that hosts an array of movies and film festivals.

  • Address: 1/1, AJC Bose Road (corner Cathedral Road). Ph: (33)2248-9936 for Rabindra Sadan and (33)2223-1210 for Nandan.
  • Opening Hours: Call for timings.

2. Someplace Else Pub

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The Park Hotel

For a taste of live music and a real British pub atmosphere, the place to be is Someplace Else. It feels a little strange to see Indian cover bands playing western rock songs, but they do it to perfection and the atmosphere is alive.

  • Address: The Park Hotel, 17 Park Street. Ph: (33)2249-9000.
  • Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday, 4 p.m. until midnight. Friday to Sunday, 4 p.m. until 2 a.m. There are happy hours until 8.30 p.m. on weekdays.

3. Roxy

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The Park Hotel

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.

  • Address: The Park Hotel, 17 Park Street. Ph: (33)2249-9000.
  • Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday, 4 p.m. until midnight. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. until 1.30 a.m.

4. Shisha Reincarnated

Shisha

This upmarket and intimate bar is warmly decorated in shades of crimson that give it an exotic feel. It was first established in 2003 as Kolkata's first hookah bar and judging by its popularity, the trend has really taken off. The bar has since had a facelift and reopened as Shisha Reincarnated. DJs play a mixture of electronica and Bollywood. Don't come late during the weekends or it's likely you won't get in.

  • Address: Inorbit Mall, 5th Floor, D Block, 22 Camac Street. Ph:(33)2281-1313.
  • Opening Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, 6 p.m. until midnight. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 6 p.m. until 2 a.m.

5. Nocturne

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Nocturne

Launched in 2010, the sprawling Nocturne is the hot favorite with Kolkata's young party crowd, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights. It occupies 3,000 square feet of space, has the longest bar in the city, 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. Ph: (33) 2290-3648.
  • Opening Hours:  6 p.m. until 12.30 a.m.

6. Tantra

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The Park Hotel

Tantra has lost some of its zing in recant years but it's still the biggest club in the city. Spread over two levels, it has two bars and a floor space of 5,000 square feet. Saturday nights are the most happening nights there, and international DJs often perform. It tends to be quiet during the week.

  • Address: The Park Hotel, 17 Park Street. Ph: (33)2249-9000.
  • Opening Hours: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. to midnight. Sunday, 5 p.m. until midnight. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

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