Where to Catch the Best Live Performances in Kolkata

Arushi Chaudhary

Last updated: Sep 24, 2018

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Trust the city of joy Kolkata, which has always been known for its grand cultural vibe, to not only keep up with the trend of live performances but ace it like a boss. These restaurants in Kolkata not only serve up good food, quirky cocktails and great ambience but an enviable line-up of live performances too—go check them out!

Backstage, Salt Lake

Backstage has a very ‘rock pub’ vibe to it, delivering a classic trend from the 70s with a modern twist. The ambience is endearingly rustic, with rows of high stools arranged along bar counters. It’s the kind of place you’d want to visit with your gang to guzzle down cocktails by the pitchers, with some lip-smacking snacks and foot-tapping music. They present an interesting line-up of live performances every week. If you are a rock fan in Kolkata, this is your place to have a rock blast. Even their food is inspired by Rock music, so you have dishes like Indie Rock and Promise Onion Rings Tower on the menu.

Grilled Pork Chops, Crusted Chicken Tenders, LIITs

Cost for Two: INR 1,800 (approx)*

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The Irish House, Ballygunge

Your quest for a heavy dose of fun ends at this resto-pub located at Quest Mall. A franchise of the popular casual dining chain, The Irish House in Kolkata is best known for the eclectic mix of performance and events they organise on a weekly basis. So, you have Karaoke Nights every Wednesday as well as Game Night and stand-up comedy performances every now and then, in addition, to live music and DJ nights. No matter what your idea of a relaxing outing is, The Irish House has got you covered. You just have to stay tuned in to their events calendar. You also have some decadent Continental and American delicacies that perfectly compliment your pitcher of chilled beer cocktails or signature drinks like the Winter’s Call, a whiskey-based concoction that is served hot.

Irish Seargent Potato Skin and Steak and Kidney Pie

Cost for Two: INR 1,900 (approx)*

Terminal_11, Salt Lake City


Termina_11 is a place with a truly distinct character that encapsulates Kolkata’s cultural vibe to perfection. It is a library and concert venue rolled into one, with some delicious food, unputdownable books and great musical performances on offer. They organise live music performances frequently, catering to different niches ranging from percussive guitar to sarod recitals. Done up in earthy hues of brown, green and yellow and furnished with bean bags and round coffee tables, the place has a tranquil ambience that welcomes you to sit down and read at leisure with soothing melodies to keep you company, even as you sip on your cuppa and dig into some lip-smacking delights.

Vegetable Lasagne, Caesar Salad, Dutchmint Cappucino

Cost for Two: INR 1,000 (approx)*

Chai Break, All Outlets

A resto-bar outing with a poison of your choice and some snacks on the side isn’t the only way to loosen up. Ask any tea fanatic and they’ll swear that a cup of chai works just as well too. It is also the perfect alternative when you need to take a break in the middle of the week without risking a hangover. Chai Break taps into that space and hosts stand-up performance by the Kalkutta Komedians at the Open Mic organised at different outlets of this unique cafe every Wednesday. The place is fast catching up as the favourite new haunt for Kolkata’s youngsters. With its interesting mix of different types of teas, shakes, smoothies, quick bites and indulgent desserts, it’s not hard to see why.

Kesar Chai, Spaghetti Aglio Olio, Panini

Cost for Two: INR 1,000 (approx)*

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The Bikers Cafe, Elgin Road

The Bikers Cafe in Kolkata is a bike-themed cafe done up with a mix of wood, leather and wrought iron interiors for a very American countryside diner vibe. Of course, the decor is all about motorcycles—from Harley Davidson logos adorning the table tops, World War II helmets used for light fixtures and motorcycle parts painted in vibrant colours used as standalone decor items. The cafe organizes live music performances where you can groove to some classic English numbers. If you have a lot of time to kill, you can also indulge in fun board games available here. The affordable food and alcohol prices as well as a laid-back ambience make this a preferred destination for biking enthusiasts and youngsters alike.

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Cost for Two: INR 1,100 (approx)*

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