A Guide to a Fantastic Time in the City of Joy: Best Pubs of Kolkata


Kolkata, the City of Joy has an intoxicating vibe that instantly envelopes one in its ongoing celebrations. One of the first metropolitan cities of the country, Kolkata has some of the best colonial-age cafes and restaurants that are popular among tourists and locals alike. Also an important cultural capital, Kolkata has a thriving night life, with some of the best pubs and bars that one must experience. Below are some handpicked pubs that are sure to make your weekend fun- filled if you're in the joyous city.

Located in the heart of the city in Park Street, Someplace Else is one of the city's finest pubs that has been a must-visit since years. This rock 'n' roll pub has just the right ambience for a weekend party or even a date. It pub is famous for its amazing music and live band performances, that are a must experience for every music lover. With a range of finger foods and drinks on its menu, Someplace Else will also satiate the foodie in you. True to its name, the pub is sure to transport you to some place else!

Cost for Two: Rs 2,500

Standout Cocktails: Jumping Jack Flash and Vanilla Street

Tip: Sundays 7pm to 10pm is ladies night, which gives women free drinks.

This is a high end pub that is a must visit even if you're someone who is perennially broke. The ambience of Aqua is a class apart with its private cabanas that are right by the pool! The blue of the water is sure to make you feel like you're on a coastal vacation, away from the moshpits of Kolkata pubs. Although not too highly acclaimed for its food, Aqua is known for its hookahs and alcoholic drinks. You're sure to have a magical time while you're at Aqua.

Cost for two : Rs 3,000

Standout Cocktail: Peppertini and Peach Sangria

Tip: The pub gathers traction mostly after 1am, and thus, is a good place for an after-party.

Yes, this place is as fun as its name. With a fun and quirky ambience, Afra Tafri is sure to light up your mood. With a decor that is absolutely exquisite, at Afra Tafri, you wouldn't be able to keep your cameras away! The warm and cozy lighting of the place allows you to have a yummy cocktails alongside a hearty meal with a variety of cuisines to choose from. The Asian, Italian, Chinese, Bengali food is a big attraction, each of which is a must-try.

Cost for Two: Rs 1,000

Standout Drinks: Beer from their microbrewery and unspiked Frozen Margaritas

Tip: If you're going for alcohol, they only serve it after 6pm. So if you're visiting for lunch, you can enjoy their mocktails instead.

This gorgeous rooftop pub is situated on the 20th floor and offers a spectacular view of the entire city. It is definitely one of the pubs you must flee to on pleasant nights and special occasions. Alongside the breathtaking rooftop lounge, there is also an indoor formal dining space, which you can opt for in case you're looking for a quiet night. The music is jazzy and perfectly suits the intoxicating mood of the pub. With a variety of cocktails, mocktails and food, you are sure to be 100% satisfied with Ozora.

Cost for Two: Rs 1,700

Standout Cocktails: Daiquiri, Sauza Gold Tequila

Tip: Ozora is an expensive pub with a cover charge of Rs. 1000 at the entry, however, this cover charge is redeemable on your total bill.

This is the happening hub of Park Street, where you are sure to find crowds of college students and all party lovers of the city. Roxy is the place for you to go if you want to get lost in the crowd and dance your heart out without any qualms. Get a drink and hop on to the dance floor for the best EDM, bollywood, and rock numbers. Roxy offers a range of cocktails and drinks at a superbly affordable price — perfect for a group night out!

Cost for two: Rs 2,500

Standout Cocktails: The Roxy Champagne, Exotic Fruit Margarita

Tip: Roxy offers free entry for couples, and a cover charge of Rs 1250 for stags. So prepare your group accordingly.

This is one pub that perfectly amalgamates drinks, food and a whole lot of fun! Irish House is a pub that is well acclaimed for delivering perfection, no matter what you come to this pub for, you are sure to be left wanting more. With a unique combination of European and American cuisines on offer, you will definitely be in for a surprise with every course of meal that The Irish House offers. Definitely, a must visit if you want to try new American and European dishes. Irish House also stands out for its delectable cocktails which again are very exclusive. Sumptuous food and heavenly cocktails make Irish House a must visit!

Cost for two: Rs 1,900

Standout Cocktails: The Irish Terminator, Fresh Red Head

Tip: At Irish House you can order DIY burgers and pastas, with exciting sauces, fillings, vegetables and patties to choose from.

Yet another gem in the pub-crown of Kolkata, Drunken Monkey will instantly win your heart with its rustic decor and brick walls. The cocktails here are all served with a contemporary twist, it is rare to have come across the variety of new cocktails that Drunken Money offers. With an extensive LIIT menu, this is the place to visit if you want to go all out on drinks. Its finger food too, is very popular with numerous varieties of French fries! Another place to visit if you're tired of going to the same pubs over and over.

Cost for two: Rs 1,900

Standout Cocktails: Black Wave (Beer) and Irish Trash Can

Tip: Try their famous Dragon Chicken, and visit them on Wednesday for live music.

So, next time, instead of simply scrolling through Instagram and hating your boring life, take action, head to these brilliant pubs in Kolkata, and turn your night around!

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