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One of the hippest clubs on the party radar in Kolkata is Tantra. This cool hub located within Park Kolkata is nothing but class and elegance spread over 5000 square feet. With 2 bars, a spacious dance floor and private space called 'Santra Room', the entertainment options are endless. Funky music, cognacs and cigars combined with unique theme nights; the party at Tantra never seems to get over. The club also hosts fashion shows, jam sessions that are well attended by national and international A-listers. For further details on the latest events, call ahead.
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.
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.
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.