No city in India exemplifies the spirit of football like Kolkata, with the city?s famous Salt Lake Stadium, the venue for the legendary Kolkata derby, contested by local arch rivals Mohun Bagan and East Bengal FC. Starting this year, the advent of the Indian Super League has added to the furore, with involved clubs such as Athletico de Kolkata signing up marquee players such as Spain?s Luiz Garcia and other clubs inviting legendary experience football players such as Arsenal greats Freddie Ljungberg and Robert Pires. However, not everyone may get a chance to see these players live at the stadium. Fortunately Kolkata has a number of happening sports bars where you can head on over to watch Indian Super League games.
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Oval is very famous among the local IT crowd, who frequent the pub after work to catch up on office gossip over some drinks and snacks. The place has a classic sports bar themed ambiance, as is to be expected from the name itself. With multiple screens, a cool range of beers and alcohol, as well as an attractive looking menu featuring some awesome finger foods, the Oval Lounge is an ideal place to watch the Indian Super League games with friends. Make sure you try their Tengri Kebab and Crispy Baby Corns, which will go perfectly with your tall glass of beer.
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Kolkata may not have a lot of sports bars when compared with the other top metros, but Xrong Place is taking a step in ?Right? direction when it comes to solving this predicament. During match days (cricket and football), they put out a large projector that screens the game for the whole to enjoy. While primarily a sports pub, the place has really good Continental food on offer, with some choice dishes being the Red Pepper Chicken, Fish Sticks and Crispy Chilli Baby Corns (for vegetarians). The dimly lit ambiance just adds to the overall low-rung sports bar feel. The bar menu is also surprisingly stocked, with a good range of Single Malts as well as some favourite domestic brands.
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This spacious, two-level café located in the Bhawanipur area of Kolkata has the ambiance and feel of a premium sports pub. With funky red semi-circular couch seating and snazzy red-lights designed to look like a football, the place has really nailed the décor part. They are always screening live sports games and will definitely do so for the new Indian football league games. Besides the whole atmosphere and look, they also serve some yummy food and cool-looking cocktails. Their sizzlers and pizza are popular and a couple of beer pitchers should last through a game.
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