Live music and Kolkata go back a long way. Kolkata has been known as the city of joy because of its history of culture and western music dating back to the 60s and 70s’. Ever since then, residents of the city have loved live music and it was the preferred mode of entertainment, to unwind.
Fast forward to today, if you look around, Kolkata has quite a lot of establishments that host live music events, that’s because the love for live music has only grown with time. Tasty food, refreshing cocktails, and good music is the perfect setup for a nice evening for Caluttans.
Kolkata has kept its history and culture of live music going, every major area in the city boasts some of the best establishments that offer an amazing experience of live music and good food. These establishments host local talent to perform in their establishments, which is great for both the artists and the customers! Artists get to show their talent and customers get to enjoy the real talent and great music. These establishments which we will be taking a look at today, don’t just host great local talent, but they also serve some of the best-tasting food as well!
Popular Cafes with Live-music events in Kolkata
Hard Rock Cafe, Park Street
When talking about cafes that host live music events, you can’t start the list without mentioning Hard Rock Cafe. This iconic cafe in Park Street, the heart of the city’s nightlife, Hard Rock Cafe is one of the most happening places in the city. This rock and roll themed cafe hosts loads of live music promoting local artists, great-tasting food, and an amazing vibe and ambiance. Talking about the interiors and decors, it’s all very classy and elegant, just like the golden era time of the 60s and 70s. They have a complete vintage look with memorabilia of some of the most iconic names from rock and roll history such as - a cowboy hat worn by John Lennon, a scarf worn by Jimmy Hendrix, and Lady Gaga’s bustier she wore in 2008 as wall decor! They have a fully decked bar counter which serves amazing signature cocktails along with a host of Indian and international brands of beer, whiskey, rum, vodka, and wine. Talking about food, they serve American, Continental, and Italian cuisines. The taste of the food is really tasty and goes well with a chilled beer and good music!
INR 2500, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
Terminal 11, Salt Lake
Terminal 11 is a cafe in Salt Lake which is famous amongst book lovers and music lovers. This cafe is frequented by a lot of people for both those reasons, they have a huge collection of books to choose from. If you’re the kind of person who loves some “me time” and would rather spend their evening reading a nice novel, pick a book, grab a cup of coffee, and you are sorted for the entire evening. The staff won’t ask you to leave as well, you’re free to be here for as long as you want to! Even if you are not a bookworm, you can always head here with your gang and have a blast, this place has an amazing ambiance with ample seating capacity and different kinds of seating arrangements to choose from! This place can also be a good romantic date spot. They even have a fence on one of the walls where you can get a lock for you and your partner and lock it on the fence, kind of like the one you have on Ponte Vecchio in Venice where partners come and put a lock on the bridge. It’s a romantic gesture and if your partner is into this, you wouldn’t have to take them to Venice to do this, simply head to Terminal 11! When it comes to live music, they host several local artists on weekends, the event usually starts at 7 pm and goes on till midnight. They host all kinds of artists, and the vibes of this place are amazing during the weekends! This is a must-visit place with your gang!
INR 1000, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
What’s Up, Southern Avenue
Talk about a rooftop open-air cafe that hosts live music, What’s Up Cafe is the place that will come to mind. Opened in 2015, What’s Up cafe has become one of the best places if you’d like to see independent artists showing their talent and for you to enjoy your evening with good food, great music, and an amazing view of the city skylines! What makes What’s Up cafe even more popular is its rooftop seating arrangements. You have a variety of arrangements to choose from, the most popular being their jacuzzi, where you can dip your feet and enjoy the live music gig. You would of course want to call them in advance and get your reservations done. They have artists play their music almost every other night, this place is known to host very talented artists. Talking about the food, they serve Chinese, North Indian, Continental, and Italian cuisines. The food is quite delicious. You could head here with your buddies, grab a seat, order good food, some drinks from their bar, and enjoy the amazing music played by local artists while enjoying the view of the city as it comes to life as the sun goes down! Your evenings couldn’t get any better than this!
INR 1700, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
Best Pubs and Clubs with Live-music event in Kolkata
The Lords & Barons, Park Street
One of the most popular pubs in Park Street, The Lords & Barons the place you want to head in Park Street if you love good music and booze! They have live music gigs 4 days a week and they are known to host amazing local and non-local artists to play at their pub. The Lords & Barons have been an adda for many people and their group to hang out and have fun during the weekends. They have a lot of bands performing which gives the place very good vibes and lets the party animal in you out! Talking about the place, they have given it a very retro feels with the place looking like a pub from the 70s, they have different arrangements for seating which you can choose according to your preference and group size. They serve really good food, North Indian, Italian, Continental, and Chinese cuisines are what you’ll find on their menu. Their bar menu is also quite elaborate with every possible brand of booze on their menu. They also have quite a few options when it comes to cocktails other than the usual signature cocktails. This place is very happening during the weekends, so make sure you reserve your table in advance to avoid the rush and wait.
INR 1500, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
Pour House, Salt Lake
Probably one of the most happening places in Salt Lake, Pour House is a fusion restro bar. Pour House has very fun and chill vibes. As the sun goes down, Pour House comes to life with really cool ceiling lights which change their colors to the tune of the music played. This place is a very popular place for live music events on the weekends. They usually hire bands to play at their establishment. With the rock and roll music playing, customers don’t take long to hit the dance floor to unwind from the hectic week and have fun instantaneously! Another unique thing that Pour House boasts is its bar menu. They have 100+ kinds of shots! That’s right, their bar menu is very elaborate, find the right drink and enjoy the music and ambiance. Other than shots, their cocktails are also quite different and refreshing! Talking about food, they have got that box checked as well, serving delicious food from North Indian, Continental, Chinese, and Mughlai cuisines, your taste buds will fall in love with the taste of their food! For a nice weekend evening with your friends, this is the perfect spot in Salt Lake.
INR 1800, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
Vault, Deshpriya Park
A tea house by day, a bar and lounge by night, the Vault is a basement space of Kolkata’s Priya cinema’s Opened in 2019, this place was an instant success and still is one of the best bars and lounges you could head in the city of joy to have a fun time! The Vault is the place in the city to enjoy amazing performances by independent artists and bands. With a huge dance floor, the place has great vibes when bands start playing rock and roll and the crowd comes alive grooving to their beats! They have a 15-foot long bar counter with glow-in-the-dark lights which look awesome. They even have a karaoke machine to let their customers show off their skills as well! You get hookah here as well if you like. Head to the Vault on a Wednesday night, grab a table, get some beers for your group, order good food and enjoy their Jazz night! Your weekday couldn’t end with an even more perfect evening! Talking about the food, they serve Italian and Chinese cuisines, the food takes a while to reach your table, but the wait will be worth it because the food prepared is mouth-watering!
INR 1600, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
Restaurants in Park Street that hosts Live-music events:
Trincas Restaurant & Bar
Trincas Restaurant & Bar is probably the oldest establishment in the Park Street area to host live music events. For at least the last 60 years, Trincas Restaurant & Bar has been synonymous with live music and fine-dining experience. Trincas has been known to launch quite a few famous artists back in the day, one of the most well-known artists being Usha Uthup! You’ll find most of the live music events in Park Street held in Trincas. Originally starting as a tea room in the 1930s, Trincas now is a fine-dining restaurant that serves Chinese, North Indian, and Continental cuisines. The food is quite delicious, and we recommend you to try their Lamb lasagne and fish fingers. The staff is really friendly which only adds to the overall experience and the ambiance of the place. It’s the perfect place to head to if you love good food and amazing live music being played by talented artists. This isn’t the place where you’ll find rock and roll bands playing, but if you’re into jazz or Sufi music, then you’ll instantly fall in love with the place! The place is also very pocket-friendly, so a good family dinner with amazing live music would not cost you a fortune as well!
INR 700, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
Moulin Rouge is a place you would want to visit if you want to experience Calcutta, not Kolkata, but the city it used to be in the early 60s and 70s! The interiors and decor of this place are from an era which is difficult to find in the now modern cities. Moulin Rouge has managed to keep the old essence and vibes to date, which is why it attracts many people. Especially live music loves, Jazz lovers, to be specific. Since its inception, Moulin Rouge has hosted live music events. It is the place for independent artists to showcase their talent. The restaurant has a vintage Piano and a Saxophone as part of its decor. Talking about the food, they serve North Indian and Chinese cuisines. The food is delicious, so we suggest you get “Joeys Thanksgiving pants” because you will gain a few kilograms after feasting at Moulin Rouge! The staff is friendly, but on some occasions, they don’t listen to your calls, which is a slight put-off since the place and the food is so amazing. The price of their food menu is also on the lower side, meaning it won’t burn a hole in your pockets to dine here with your family. If you do decide to visit, we recommend you try their chili crab and pomfret sizzler, it’s their signature dish and a tasty delicacy you have to try. End your meal with their tutty fruity and strawberry cheesecake.
INR 850, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
Pheonix - The Astor Hotel
Earlier known as Plush, Phoenix is a recently opened establishment in the Astor Hotel which has become one of the most happening restaurants in the area. The interiors and decors of the place are very distinctive and are very picturesque. From the brick and wood interiors and walls to the huge chandeliers hanging from the walls illuminating the entire place, modern and minimalistic furniture, wooden-paneled flooring, and a large bar counter along with a stage for artists and bands to perform. They host many live music events throughout the week and are known to host talented hip-hop and rock and roll bands on some days of the week and then Sufi and Jazz nights on certain days w=of the week, needless to say, they host a wide genre of artists to perform at their restaurant cum bar. Talking about the food, they have North Indian and Continental cuisines on their menu. Good food, drinks, and live music - for some people that is the perfect setup for a good evening, including some of us, so this place is perfect for such souls. You could follow their social media handle to know which artist is playing in their establishment and head there when the genre and ambiance suits you.
INR 2500, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
Fine-dining restaurants with Live-music in Kolkata
Chapter 2, Kankurgachi
One of the newer establishments, Chapter 2 offers some of the best culinary experiences to its customers. They have tried to bring back the Anglo Indian food and live music culture back which made Park Street globally popular. The place, the interiors, and the decor are very unique and picturesque, from the 3D photo frames of Hollywood stars from back in the day to real-life displays of Marilyn Monroe and Elvin Presley and a Cadillac car adorned on the bar counter! They also have a dance floor for customers who would like to get their groove on when a hip-hop or rock and roll band is performing. Their bar counter has almost all brands of domestic and international brands of all kinds of alcohol, their cocktail menu is also quite elaborate, with the signature cocktails, but also some new and refreshing ones. They have tried to revive the 50s and 60s look and feel. This retro restaurant cum bar definitely check the box of some of the best ambiance in the city. This restaurant cum bar is also famous for hosting many live music events. They still host some of the oldest bands and artists to come out of Kolkata to relive the golden days of fine-dining and live music. Talking about the food, they serve Continental and North Indian cuisines. The staff is very humble and sweet. The service is also very fast!
INR 1500, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
Wafira is one of the newer establishments in the city which has become of the popular places to be in town during the weekends! They had one thing in mind when designing the place, it is to make it look like one of the coolest looking places. You would want to dress up and keep your phone ready because this place is picturesque and will make your Instagram profile much more colorful! This place has both indoor and outdoor seating arrangement options for you to choose from. One of the unique things about their outdoor seating arrangement is that they have a few outdoor cabins which could make your evening with your friends or your date a private affair. Even for the indoor seating arrangements, there are plenty of options to choose from. The place has ample amounts of lighting, to keep the ambiance and vibes up and high! Wafira has been hosting loads of live music events bringing in fresh talent on their stage and promoting them since their inception. Wafira has become of those places which host live music events gigs almost every other day. Talking about the food, they serve North Indian, Continental, and Asian cuisines. Their chelo kebab is their signature dish, which is especially tasty. You should definitely visit Waifra to have a nice fun evening with your date or your friends!
INR 2000, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps