Where to Grab a Beer in Kolkata, India

Beer and snacks | © VasenkaPhotography /Flickr
Beer and snacks | © VasenkaPhotography /Flickr
Photo of Sridevi Nambiar
20 February 2017

With plenty of cozy pubs and hip resto-bars, Kolkata is buzzing with great options if you are looking to grab a beer and unwind. Here is a list of the city’s six best places to do just that.


Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, Indian, $$$
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If you are looking for a low-key, no-frills spot to enjoy cheap beer and good conversation, this legendary pub founded in 1947 is where you should be headed. With affordable yet very delicious food and laid-back service, Olypub is an endearing joint to wrap up your weekday. The beef steak here is particularly famous and worth a try.

The Grid

Bar, Gastropub, Restaurant, Contemporary
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This stylish gastropub is among the few spots in Kolkata where you can indulge in a delicious craft beer. Add to that the excellent ambiance, rich food menu and hip crowds and The Grid has rightly earned a name as one of the top spots to unwind in Kolkata. Make sure to taste one (or more) of their home-brewed beers.

What’s Up

Bar, Cafe, Gastropub, Contemporary, Indian, $$$
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With live music, stylish rooftop seating, a pool table, a full bar menu and delicious food, What’s Up is definitely one of the best places to grab beer and food in the city. Offering an excellent view of the city from its outdoor roof seating area, this trendy resto-bar is where you should be headed if you are looking to splurge.

Peter Cat

Bar, Restaurant, Fast Food, Indian, $$$
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If you like your beer paired with great food from a renowned Kolkata restaurant, then look no further than Peter Cat. With some of the most reasonably priced yet scrumptious food in the city, as well as a rich bar menu, this has remained one of the city’s most popular restaurants for as long as it has existed. If we haven’t convinced you to pay a visit yet – their Chelo Kebab has a fan following that spans across the country.


Bar, Fusion, Indian, $$$
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This cozy bar has stylish interiors, great music, a dance floor and delicious food. They also have a screen where they live-stream major sports events, making this the best place to grab beer while watching that cricket match. This stylish lounge once used to be the vault of a bank, hence the name.

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