Kolkata (Calcutta) Nightlife
The exotic scenery of high-end hotels with their lush, manicured gardens may seem dreamlike during the day, but the nightlife of Kolkata (Calcutta) holds an unlikely adventure as well. Here are a few hot spots to keep in mind when visiting this mysterious city at night.
Dancing and Discotheques
The Venom Disco in Fort Knox may have the best reputation for huge dance floors and astounding light shows, but they also do impressive theme parties for guests and offer a sprawling 3000 ft Star Chamber for their Platinum members. Other disco-style clubs like The Myx, The London Pub at Golden Park, The Taj Bengal, The Nocturne and the UG (Underground) also host nightclub activities for guests to enjoy, and are usually open until 2AM.
The Tantra Club and the Roxy at the Park Hotel have exciting nightclubs for dancing, but there is a steep cover charge and exclusive membership is required for some events. Most of the star hotels in Kolkata have bars and entertainment that offer foreign guests a temporary membership during their visit.
Dress and Attire
Before deciding where to go for some wild nightlife, it’s best to check out the rules of entry before showing up at the door with inappropriate attire. Some clubs have restrictive dress codes for guests and others are more welcoming to exposed legs and cleavage. Kolkata (Calcutta) is considered to be a modern city by Western standards, but suggestive outfits or alternate lifestyles are not always welcome by its more traditional citizens, so it’s best to keep things on the down-low while enjoying a night out in Kolkata.
Local Pubs and Street Life
There are plenty of other small bars and pubs of various sizes, themes and decor, especially along Park Street, but be cautious of ordering food and drinks that are not sealed or professionally prepared. Public drunkenness is also not tolerated so go easy and be a polite visitor when enjoying the nightlife.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about nightlife in Kolkata (Calcutta).