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.
Some clubs rely on publicity, while few try to lure patrons with happy hours. Someplace Else does not get into all this; this English pub has been hosting excellent live music rock concerts for over 15 years and each night has been a grand success. Many talented rock bands and rock artists have debuted here; the crowds appreciate and encourage each performer with great enthusiasm. Drinks like draught beers and margaritas, further pep up the mood. If you are an ardent fan of rock music and want to mingle with other buddies who share this passion, join in at Someplace Else located within the Park Kolkata.
The Basement is the place to be when you're looking to spend an enjoyable drinking session with friends. Hidden beneath the Samilton hotel, this is where, entertainment, arts and spirits get together to provide patrons with a memorable experience. Never short of energy, this bar keeps the mood alive with great music and occasional live bands, comedy shows and stage plays. Its well-stocked bar boasts of some of the finest local and imported spirits, along with an impressive collection of beers and wines. Walk in during happy for some added bonuses, special drinks and discounted prices.
Notwithstanding the unusual name, Xrong Place is just right if you're looking for a good time. Featuring Chinese and European cuisine, this place prides itself on some great coffee and innovative mocktails. The earthy decor is enchanting with pictures of Hollywood stars like Marilyn Monroe and Sylvestor Stallone donning the walls. With reasonable pricing and prompt service, Xrong Place guarantees a great experience.
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.
If you are not too familiar with dining options in the city or even the kind of cuisine, head to Mythh within the Hotel Hindustan International on AJC Bose Road. Situated on the ground floor, the restaurant is a large space dedicated to bringing flavors from around the world to your plate. Keeping in tune with the lavish interiors of the hotel, Mythh has a sophisticated aura and aroma to match. The breakfast and lunch buffets are quite a treat, with a number of live counters as well. From the a la carte menu, you can order the Lamb Chops on Mashed Potato, Fish and Chicken Kebabs and the Grilled Bekti. The Weekend Brunches organized by Mythh give access to the poolside and are especially popular among locals and hotel residents alike. The adjoining Onyx bar can be used for an aperitif or just to lounge around after your meal. It also has two Private Dining Rooms that can be reserved for big groups.
No, its not a clock tower, but the only traditional British pub that the city has to offer. Head to this bar in The New Kenilworth, which in itself has a strictly Colonial ambiance, and get tanked up on a variety of British ales and beers. True to its promise, the establishment comes with dart boards and a pool table. And if you're wondering about the finger foods, Big Ben has plenty, including the fried variety that is so necessary for a pub of this kind. Singles will particularly enjoy sitting at the bar which is simply extravagant!
Situated right across The Hub on the ground level at Taj Bengal, Junction Bar is one of the classiest lounges in the city. The very attractive bar stocks some of the rarest whiskey and premium vodka labels. The black leather chairs and sofas that are systematically scattered all over the place are perfectly comfortable, whether you choose to spend a sophisticated night out with friends or have a few drinks while discussing business matters. In keeping with the name, the bar has a railway junction theme that is subtly represented in articles like miniature train engines and old black and white maps on the walls. An enclosed corner to the left of the space is reserved for live acts that perfectly complement the general atmosphere of relaxed conversation.
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.