The article was updated in 2021.
Kolkata - The city of joy! Many refer to the city as a culturally inclined city, a city that has a lot of history, mostly towards literature and theatrics. The city is also known for its love for food. Bengali cuisine and the Kolkata street food scene are very well-known to people all over the country. All of which is completely true, in fact, West Bengal in totality is famous for all of it. Street food found in Kolkata is some of the most delectable and affordable. People from all over India and the world visit Kolkata to enjoy the culinary experience, local Bengali cuisine, and history.
But something a little less known is that Kolkata has massive sports following as well. People here love sports, especially cricket and football. Interesting fact - Kolkata houses India's largest and world's second-largest cricket stadium, the Eden Gardens, and Salt Lake stadium, which is India's largest football stadium! Naturally, the love for sports and love for food had to intertwine in the city of joy.
Meaning? You have plenty of restaurants, food joints, and bars all across the town to enjoy watching your favorite match while sipping on your drink and having delicious food. Watching the match live from the stadium is definitely unbeatable, but the next best option is to head to some of these establishments with your friends and enjoy the match along with other like-minded people.
Home to two-time IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders, Kolkata has a lot of places that offer a live screening of matches with some amazing offers and discounts for you to enjoy the match to the fullest. Today we'll be looking at the best places you can head for the upcoming IPL season and the ongoing Champions league matches. Watch the match live, with delicious food and drinks with the company of your friends!
1. The Dugout, Southern Avenue
First up on the list is the Dugout, it is very popular amongst college-goers. The Dugout is a sports-themed cafe adorned by all sports lovers in the town. Anytime you go, you'll be astounded by the cheerful vibes coming off of this place. There's throbbing music playing in the background, very quirky decor, and interiors starting from artificial grass used for flooring to bright red furniture to lights designed in the shape of a football. The entrance to the place feels like you're actually walking through a dugout. They have a huge screen that is used for screening live matches. The place is packed during the IPL season, This cafe is near a few universities, which is why it is a famous spot for students to hang out. You can also get hookahs to complement your food and the match if you don't drink. The staff here is super chill and friendly with you, service is decent also, even when the place is jam-packed, you get your order quickly enough. Food options here are also plenty. During the IPL season you'll probably have to reserve a table well in advance if you want to watch the match at the Dugout, chances are you won't find a table if you're a walk-in during the IPL season. They always have karaoke on stand-by, if in case the match gets delayed due to rains. All in all, this is a really fun place to visit during the IPL season, you'll find the ambiance just perfect and would enjoy the match even more than you would do if you sat at home and watched it alone. You should try their kebabs, they're really tasty and would be a good option to keep while watching the match.
INR 1000, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
2. Hit Wicket, Ballygunge
Not so far from the Dugout, Hit wicket is the only direct rival to the latter. As the name suggests, Hit wicket is a fully decked-out cricket-themed cafe. Although small in size, this sports bar has really become a serious competition to every other sports bar in town. Mostly because it is pocket-friendly and it's a true blue sports cafe cum bar. With very tacky and colorful interiors and decor, combine that with good music, drinks, and hookah, this place totally gives out party vibes. Which makes it a perfect spot for a chill weekend with your gang. Even during off the IPL season, this place is more often than not, full during the weekends. They also some very good food and offers a wide variety as well! they serve Indian cuisine, Chinese cuisine, Italian cuisine, and even Lebanese cuisine! Combine tasty food with amazing cocktails and hookah and you have the formula to the best evening with your friends. The staff here is very polite and friendly as well, they would reach out to you if you need anything and would also suggest to you what to order and what's their signature dishes so that you spend the best time during your visit. They have a large white screen and a couple of TVs to streaming the live matches on them, they have carefully placed the screen and TV's so that no matter where you are seated you can easily view the match and enjoy! You should definitely try their barbeque chicken pizza and schezwan fried rice, they're finger-licking good!
INR 1000, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
3. Motor Works & Brewing Company, Salt Lake
Sounds like a place where you'd take your vehicle for servicing, isn't it? Don't be fooled by the name, This is actually a sports bar which in fact is a really popular destination for people who love breweries. Situated in one of the most prime locations, Salt lake, this sports bar has some of the most interesting and picturesque decor and interiors. Every corner you look, you'll find something interesting and worthy of clicking a picture off. From the bricked walls to cranks on the tables acting as a table stand to antique motor parts all across the establishment. It's safe to say, Motor Works & Brewing Company will definitely catch your attention and make you fall in love with it. Fun fact! Motor Works & Brewing Company is the first brewery in the city to have a fully copper horizontal brewery. For all those who don't understand why it's a big thing, in laymans terms having a horizontal brewery enables even distribution of yeast, making the beer taste consistent and amazing. They have a huge white screen for times like the upcoming IPL season to stream the matches live. You'll see a lot of crowd during the matches, cheering for their favorite teams. Best part? They have offers specifically for the IPL season, meaning you can choose from many of their offers to have the best experience! If you're going in a big group, of more than 10 people, they have just the thing to offer! You can reserve the table that has its own beer taps. This means unlimited beer and you can refill your own glasses until you're satisfied while watching the movie with your buddies! Crafted beer, delicious food, good service, and a terrific match! What more would you need to make your evening awesome?!
INR 1200, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
4. BJ's Sports Cafe Cum Lounge, Hazra
It's one of the new additions to the sports-themed cafes in Kolkata, but BJ's sports cafe cum lounge has quickly gained its reputation as one of the places to head if you're in the mood to watch live matches with your gang! You'll find that the place would be filled with youngsters, all rooting for their teams, cheering their lungs out, you will instantly feel the energy in the air and find yourself doing the same in no time! This sports-themed cafe has covered almost all sports while trying to design their interiors, they have equipment like bats & balls, footballs, basketballs, boxing gloves - all for display, with posters of popular players from every major sport on their walls, you will also find jersey replica's of major players framed and hanged on the walls. And the best attraction, if you'd like to click a picture with the IPL trophy, you should head here, as they have a replica of the IPL trophy on display as well! Combine all of this with neon lighting, quirky seating arrangements, large white screens, and TVs for streaming live cricket and football matches, this is heaven for all sports fans. You also get hookah's here starting at just Rs. 199, and during the IPL season, you have a great number of offers to choose from. To keep things interesting, BJ's sports cafe cum lounge also run challenges throughout the IPL season, predicting the score at the end of the innings or predicting which team wins the match, and for those who predicted correctly, they either get free mocktails or 20% off on their total bill! You should definitely try their cheese fondue and mocha latte, they're delicious!
INR 800, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
5. Xrong Place, Southern Avenue
Xrong place has huge popularity and fan following from the younger generation crowd, college-goers mostly, that's because Xrong place is one of the favorite places in Kolkata where you can find alcohol at very affordable prices. You have a special event lined up for each day of the week, meaning the nights are never quite! You always have entertainment when you visit this sports bar cum club. They have a spacious dance floor and the In-house DJ ensures everybody is on their meet by playing upbeat western music. You also have a pool table, for everybody who knows how to play, they can use the table as well! The interiors and decors would remind you of the old British pubs, with the wooden furniture and framed football jerseys of players hung on the wall and dim lighting. The staff here is really energetic and funny, they would love to strike a conversation with you, they will suggest to you what to order, the service they provide is really quick as well! One more thing that makes Xrong place a favorite place for millennials is that they don't charge an entry fee, which most clubs do, which is great! They have a liking for sports, as you would have guessed by seeing their interiors and sport-themed styling. Xrong place has a huge screen used during the IPL season, world cup season, major football matches. They also have a special menu during IPL season and various offers to attract more crowd during that time. The food here is actually great, they have a good number of food choices. Their must-try is green chili chicken and fish lingers.
INR 1600, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
6. Five Mad Men, Salt Lake
Every sports enthusiast in Kolkata has definitely heard about Five Mad Men. This sports bar cum club is well-known to be one of the best sports bars in the city. Five Mad Men has the biggest pub screen for streaming live sports in all of Asia! That says something about the sports bar, isn't it? You also get hookah and good food. You'll find a snooker table, an air hockey station, a foosball table, darts, carom, and Xbox. With quirky and funky interiors and decors and good music, you will find something for every mood when you visit Five Mad Men! This is referred to as the perfect place to hang out with your gang for an amazing evening. The ambiance is as such that everyone would get into the groove within a few minutes of entering this place. Five Mad Men is one of the premium sports bars in the city, while the prices might seem a little steep here, both for drinks and food, they more than make it up by providing quality food and quality service. The staff really is very friendly and welcoming, you'll find your comfort zone with relative ease at Five Mad Men. When the IPL season has cooled down, they have thought of a very interesting way of utilizing their big screen, they play episodes of GoT and Friends. They also have a lot of live music events being constantly organized to keep the crowd engaged and entertained. All things said, Five Mad Men is definitely a place you should visit at least once! When you do visit them, you must definitely try their Ajwain paneer tikka, peri-peri pizza, and churros.
INR 2000, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
7. Monkey Bar, Camac Street
Monkey bar is a very famous establishment in Kolkata for friends to hang out and have fun. It's a fun place with tacky interiors and decor, with good music playing in the background, they also have a big screen which is used to screen live sporting events. During the IPL season or any major sports event, if there's a live sports event going on, Monkey bar will most probably screen it and will be fully packed with people. People love coming here to enjoy the sporting event with their friends. Located on the 9th floor, it also has some amazing views of the skyline of the city, providing panoramic views from all around. Monkey bar is quite popular for the food it has available on its menu, the main attraction being the burgers they serve, which are some of the best in the area! They have a variety of burgers on their menu. You can enjoy your burger with beer while enjoying the match of your favorite team along with the company of your friends. Its recommended that you reserve one for yourself beforehand if you're planning to go on a weekend, as the place is jam-packed and you'd have to wait for hours before a table gets cleared for you and your gang! Although Monkey bar might seem a little expensive, you'll definitely understand the pricing once you visit the place and experience the ambiance, food, and service. You must definitely try their: Thai Style Chicken Burger and the Chilli Pork Burger.
INR 1500, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
8. Chili's Grill & Bar - Quest Mall, Ballygunge
Chili's Grill & Bar needs no introduction to food lovers, it's a well-known establishment all over the country for serving Continental and Mexican cuisine. What it is also known for is for being a sports bar as well! Every foodie in Kolkata, who has a fascination for good food and sports, would have visited Chili's Grill & Bar at least once to enjoy their "Big Mouth Burgers!" and the IPL season! What are their big mouth burgers you might ask? They are these oversized burger portions, which are delicious, mouth-watering, and finger-licking! They are of course served along with fries. Anyone who has tried their burgers would tell you just how tasty they are. Talking about the place, it's always packed during the weekends, good music playing in the background and continuous chatter can be heard as you walk past the tables, friends meeting up and having a great time with delicious food and drinks on their tables and live matches streamed on their big screen. The staff is very polite and courteous. There ample lighting and the seating arrangements are also good. Overall you get a great ambiance and experience. If you visit during any live sporting events, the screen it as well, so you can enjoy the sport while having a good dining experience. Even when the IPL season is over, you always have live events and karaoke nights to keep their guests happy and end up having a good time! You definitely have to try their ultimate bacon burger!
INR 1200, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
9. The Irish House - Quest Mall, Ballygunge
If you love the combination of beer, burgers, and sports, The Irish House at Quest mall is the number one place to go! You can head there in the weekend with your gang and have an amazing evening with them over a few drinks and once you've built up your appetite, you can jump right into the tasty burgers they serve! Although you don't have a huge variety of burgers on their menu, the ones that they do serve are definitely something! The Irish House is known to be one of the few places in Kolkata to offer both clubbing and fine-dining experience. They also have a white screen which is used during major football league matches and cricket seasons. The place is always full during the IPL season. Along with burgers, they have a lot of other food options on their menu, giving their customers a lot of options to choose from. The place in itself is a really well laid out place, with ample seating arrangements well spread out throughout the place. You have good decor throughout the place giving out amazing vibes, and a great spot for clicking pictures for your social media on almost every corner of the place. The lighting really adds to the charm of this place. The music played at the place is also really nice and gets everybody groovy. The staff as well are very friendly and polite, making the entire experience of your visit to the Irish House memorable! Definitely try their juicy lucy lamb slider, it's amazing!
INR 1900, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
10. The Biker's Cafe, Platinum Mall
This cafe has a special place in every biker enthusiast's heart. Being a biker enthusiast, anything related to bikes would peak their interest. This place certainly has that appeal for people like us and would love to go on a date to this place with their partner or just an evening hang-out ad for you and your friends. All things aside, this place is popular for one more thing, it's known as a sports cafe as well! Many sports fans come here to enjoy the IPL season or the world cup on their live screen. The ambiance of this place is of next level, the lighting in the place is done by headlights, and the creativity they've put on curating a menu that would bring out the biker inside of you is awesome! They also have board games in the cafe. Order some food, play board games with your friends. This place is also known to cook some of the meanest and delicious burgers in town! The burgers are big in size and ooze with their in-house prepared sauces, meaning get ready to get your hands dirty! While you're here gather your friends, grab a drink, get one of the tasty burgers available on the menu and enjoy. If there's a live match going on, even better, cause they screen live sporting events. Their must-try items from the menu include: The Spanish Haven combo, ironhead burger, and the terminator lamb burger.
INR 1000, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
There you go! These are the best places where you can have amazing food, good service, and an unforgettable experience while watching matches of your favorite team with your gang! Keep this list ready for the upcoming IPL season. Some of the places on this list almost are always fully packed, so pick your phones up and reserve your spot when your favorite team is playing so that you can comfortably sit, have good food and drinks and enjoy the match in some of the best sports bars, cafe's and restaurants and lounges in the city of Kolkata.