Kolkata is well known as the principle commercial and cultural centre of East India; furthermore, being the capital of Bengal, it is also considered a major hub for seafood by serious epicures. For such a prestigious and cosmopolitan city, it comes as no surprise that the streets are littered with numerous fine-dining restaurants and luxury pubs and lounges. For those uninitiated with Kolkata?s slowly growing nightlife, we have listed some of the top places in Kolkata to grab a drink and have a fun night out with friends.
Serafina @ Ballygunge
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Serafina serves some of the most authentic Italian cuisine you can hope to find in Eastern India. The spacious interior seating is welcoming and perfect for those raucous nights with large groups of friends. Although it is a premium restaurant, the food is served in very generous portions and it goes without saying that all dishes are well-prepared and meticulously presented. The bar menu is well stocked and features all popular imported and India-made liquor. Don?t forget to try out some of the extensive cocktails on offer, with each coming in three to four different variants.
The Irish House @ Ballygunge
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The Irish House is quite the popular establishment among locals owing to their delectable spread of finger food and excellent prices, which when you consider the décor and ambiance, come off as quite the deal. The music is always rocking and the crowd even more so. You will find fewer places that have such an ideal setting for a fun-filled night out with friends. Try your best not to be floored by the bar menu which includes the choicest of imported whiskies and Indian-made liquors, as well as a fantastic collection of delectable cocktails. For that added kick of crazy, try out some of their signature shots like the Kamikaze, B-52 and everyone?s favourite Jager Bomb.
Afraa Lounge @ Sector 1, Salt Lake
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Afraa is much loved among its regulars for the classy seating, snazzy lighting, and ear-cathing music. These elements all mixed with their stand out rooftop setting make for some unforgettable party nights out, assuming you are fortunate enough to get one of these much coveted tables. Sipping on a tropical cocktail while you take in the rooftop sights is definitely one of the highlights of a trip to this popular premium lounge.
Roxy ? The Park @ Park Street Area
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Good luck getting into Roxy on Friday night. This popular club gets atrociously packed on even weekdays, but is definitely worth the wait. The high-tempo music and crazy crowd make this one of Kolkata?s most popular nightclubs. Of course, alcohol can be a bit on the expensive side, but the cocktails are quite delectable, especially the Long Island Ice Tea. Be sure to call in advance and check out whether they have any exciting offers on hand.
Zara Tapas Bar @ Prince Anwar Shah Road
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Zara is the perfect example of a cosy pub that manages to find the perfect balance between good food, relaxing ambiance, and an affordable price point. They serve up a wide variety of Tapas, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. They also feature some choice dishes in Spanish cuisine, with some exceptional ones being the Bacon-wrapped Honey Mustard Chicken and the House Special Tomato Tango. No Spanish restaurant is complete without the customary Sangria menu and here too Zara does not disappoint, with six different sangrias on offer.