Situated opposite Maharaja, Peter Cat dates back to the 1960s and is one of the first restaurants to feature in the Park Street restaurant hub. The decor and the staff project the bygone era and the restaurant maintains its long-standing reputation of quality till date. A queue outside the white stucco facade of this restaurant is not an unusual sight; with space being the most pressing problem of the eatery, guests are frequently forced to wait on the pavement outside. Once you're inside, be prepared to brush a few shoulders as you make your way through the narrow aisles between the tables. Also, make sure you place your order quickly as it takes a long time for it to get to your table; but once it does, there is no way you will regret waiting for it! The restaurant features preparations from the Indian and Continental cuisines. The Cello Kebab here is legendary and would be the most recommended dish on the menu. The restaurant also serves a variety of cocktails and has an impressive wine list too. Remember: if the queue at Peter Cat is too much for you to handle, you can always turn the corner and walk to Moulin Rouge or Mocambo.
This is Kolkata's version of the real Moulin Rouge in Paris, complete with the trademark windmill at its entrance. Although it has no cabaret performances today, it was known to be much like the original, albeit less extravagant, in its golden years. Around the 1960s musical soirees were the norm and the entire place would resound with laughter and celebration that would continue till the wee hours of the morning. The sense of nostalgia may not touch upon a first time visitor, but the interiors do hold precious clues to the past. With Indian, Continental, Chinese, French and Italian preparations on offer, Moulin Rouge is a great place for a good evening out with friends even today. The Fish and Chips perfectly compliment drinks and the Chicken Tetrazzini is a highly recommended main course option. The lack of live music is a definite letdown, but the restaurant never lets you down when it comes to good tasting food.
Touted as one of the best bars in Kolkata, Nostradamus is in a league of its own. The bar is a classy place with a stunning red and black setting that remains sophisticated to the tee. Crowd here is maddening and you will see that weekends are always full, with a lot of buzz. They have happy hours and a bar, which is always stocked with the best of drinks. Bartenders here deserve a special mention for their efforts in mixing some of the best cocktails.
One of the oldest names in the Park Street row of restaurants, Bar-B-Que is one of those places that you can order food, eat, chat and walk out with utmost satisfaction. Serving Indian, Continental and Chinese Cuisine, the restaurant stays extremely crowded, especially over the weekends. Although it is best known for its Chinese specialties, don't go expecting the real thing; what you get here is a localized version of the cuisine. Authenticity aside, the food here can be considered tasty by most standards and you can always try the north Indian and Moghlai specialties on offer. The most popular dish in the menu is the chimney soup which is really big on quantity. With well-decorated interiors and ample seating space, Bar-B-Que mostly caters to large family gatherings and is known for the long queues during the Durga Puja season. Flurys or Mamma Mia, situated a few steps away, are good options if you want to indulge the sweet tooth after your meal.
The Bikers Cafe is an amazing restaurant where you can hang out with friends or family. They are open from 7.30a, which means they even welcome their customers for breakfast. As the name suggests, it is a Bikers Cafe and the entire place is decorated using the motor-bike theme especially for those who love riding the two-wheeler. Babycorn, Mixed Sauce Pastas, Chilli Paneer and crusty pizzas are some of the amazing items from their menu.
Privy, the exquisite lounge in Kolkata is a hip hangout joint by day and a dance club by night. The bar serves an array of shooters and zippy cocktails of which the Long Island Ice Tea is one of the more popular options. Bar snacks like Tex-Mex Chicken, salt and pepper prawn and crispy baby corn can be munched on along with the drinks. The club's black and red themed interiors, mood-enhancing lighting, in-house DJ and extensive bar make it a very popular choice among the youth.
Mansukh Bar & Restaurant is located very close to Chandni Chowk metro station. It is about a stone throw distance from Paradise Cinema Hall. It is primarily a bar-oriented restaurant that serves good quality food as well. Its Paneer Labbadar is among the customer’s favorite. This place is mainly for alcohol lovers, so if customers don’t plan to drink then this place can become a wrong choice. It is a small restaurant and therefore can get suffocating and unpleasant at times. The menu is affordable that does not fall too heavy on your pockets.
Just like its name suggests, Sunset Bar in Kolkata is for people who like the live music scene every once in a while. The bar is done up in grey muted tones with a blink of purple lights thrown in at regular intervals. There are comfortable sofa tables and chairs or you can take the dining tables with proper chairs for a fine dine. The beverage list boasts of popular spirit labels, while their cocktails are sure to entice your palate. Even food is nice, there are many varieties on the menu, which is the plus point here, and the service is also quick.
Mocambo may not look very interesting from the outside but it has been a city favorite since 1956! Situated in the famed Park Street, Mocambo serves Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisine. However, once you step inside you'll notice Continental be the most favored option. The 'Chateaubriand', 'Fish Florentine', 'Devil's Crab' and 'Fish a la Diana' have been local hits for the longest time now. The restaurant has an impressive wine list and a variety of other spirits; steer clear of the cocktails though. The interiors maintain a curious sense of old world charm and the warm hues create quite a comfortable setting for an enjoyable meal!
If dinner with a little bit of entertainment is what you have in mind, Trincas is just the place for you. All the other restaurants on Park Street have been unable to continue the tradition of live music and cabaret that once was the accepted and celebrated norm here. But, the live acts at Trincas reign supreme even today. Needless to say, it is absolutely adored among tired office-goers from around the area. It also happens to be one of the few restaurants serving pork preparations in the vicinity. The menu includes Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes and happy hours are there in the evening. This is a perfect place for some time out with friends, especially if you plan to hop into Someplace Else or HHI Underground later.
One of many in the Park Street row of restaurants, Oasis is a 35-year-old establishment that was renovated and restarted in 2009 at its original location. Situated right next to Bar-B-Que, this two-tiered restaurant is simply decorated with splashes of turquoise and blue all around the place. It serves a variety of dishes from the Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisines. For starters, you can try Gold Coin and Tandoori Potatoes; Main course options include Chicken Kebab Masala, Rogan Josh and a variety of sizzlers. The place stocks a number of beer labels as well as other libations. The staff is very friendly and service tends to be quick and efficient. A great deal of care is taken to make customers feel at home; no wonder, we see people carrying on conversations long after their meal has ended. Private dining options are also available.
Every city has one after-hours joint that has remained a favorite over the generations and Olypub fills that spot in Kolkata. Fondly referred to as just Oly's, this low-key bar is teeming with people on any given night. As you enter the premises, you will notice a long flight of stairs which will lead you to the main seating area. There is another space at the ground level as well. The no-frills decor has been maintained over the years and probably even adds to the charm of the place. As the evening sun sets, the excitement within Oly's gains momentum. You can find all kinds of people here; tired executives, intellectuals, college students and tourists gather to chug their beers and indulge in animated conversations over a plate of the famous beef steak or the Chicken ala Olypub.