Unveiling the Nightlife of Salt Lake Kolkata: Best Pubs in Sector V and Sector 1 to Bajao Dhak!


“Ah, Salt Lake or as we fondly call it, ‘Bidhannagar!’ Known for its structured lanes and swanky buildings, this part of Kolkata, nestled in North 24 Parganas, is not just a hub for IT offices and residential calm. When the sun dips low, and the office lights go off, Salt Lake sheds its corporate skin to show off its effervescent nightlife. Trust me, if you’re looking to dance away your ‘Chinta‘ (worries) and groove to the beat of a ‘Dhak,’ you’ll find no shortage of pubs here that make your heart sing— ‘Pujor gondho eseche!

Sector V and Sector 1, in particular, are the places to be! These sectors house some of the best pubs in the city, offering a platter full of events, music genres, and yes—the all-important, soul-satisfying drinks. But wait, a moment of seriousness—while we all love a good party, let’s not forget that life is precious. ‘Jibon boro maya,’ as we say in Bengali. Bidhannagar has an efficient police force that won’t hesitate to catch you if you drink and drive. So, do yourself a favor—book that cab home!

Now, let’s dive into the pubs that make Salt Lake the ‘Dhak-Bajao‘ party destination that it is. Are you ready? Because Salt Lake is more than ready for you!

#1. Fenicia Club, Kolkata: Where Opulence Meets Euphoria in the Heart of Sector V

Abar Ashibo Phirey,” they say in Bengali, meaning, “I will return again.” And trust me, one visit to Fenicia Club, located at Tower 1 Godrej Waterside building in Sector V, will have you echoing the same sentiment. Calling it ‘Asia’s largest luxury lounge’ is not an overstatement but an invitation to explore the epitome of Kolkata’s high-end lifestyle.

The moment you step into this plush venue, you’re greeted with an ambiance that can only be described as spellbinding. Nestled under the open sky, the Skybar offers an extraordinary vista of the city’s skyline while you sip on cocktails crafted with utmost precision. If the outdoors isn’t your style, step inside to a world of Victorian grandeur—where chandeliers dangle from the ceilings and the walls radiate a royal charisma.

However, it’s not just the looks; the substance here is equally entrancing. The Malt Room and Cocktail Lounge is like Aladdin’s cave for adults. Stocked with premium malts from around the world, and bartenders who shake and stir concoctions that are nothing short of magical, you’re bound to find your ‘Moner Manush‘ of drinks here. From romantic gin-based cocktails to rum and vodka combos that scream ‘Pujo ashche!‘—they have it all.

Let’s not forget their hookah collection! Designed to mimic Middle Eastern aesthetics, the hookahs come in varied shapes and flavors. Although a bit on the pricey side, the experience is worth every penny.

But what’s a celebration without food? Fenicia Club’s Gourmet Dining space takes your taste buds on a roller coaster ride of flavors—from Italian, European, to Asian and North Indian cuisines. Whether it’s the delicate Sushi, the sumptuous Dim sums, or the mouth-watering Chicken platters and Pizza, the culinary offerings here are nothing short of a gastronomic carnival.

In conclusion, Fenicia Club is not just a place; it’s an experience—a ‘Jiboner Golpo‘ you’ll want to tell over and over again. It’s where you go to roar hard and booze hard, but responsibly, of course. The Bidhannagar police are as efficient as the Club’s cocktails, and we value life just as much as we value a great party. So if you’re planning on visiting, remember, ‘Pora jay na, Pora shonoy,’ meaning, ‘Don’t waste, experience fully.’ Cheers to the weekend at Club Fenicia!

#2. Perfect Place in Town (PPT): Where Elevated Views Meet Elevated Dining in the Heart of the City

“Perfect by name, perfect by nature,” one might say after a soul-soothing experience at Perfect Place in Town (PPT). Located on the 9th floor, PPT offers you a cozy hideaway from the city’s hustle and bustle, complete with exposed-brick interiors and outdoor seating that boasts panoramic views.

Let’s begin with their rooftop. Yes, it comes at a premium—no discounts apply when you choose this alfresco setting. But the experience? Priceless. Nestled among comfy sofas and cushions, this is your perch to savor the city’s skyline. Don’t worry about the music drowning out your conversations; it sets just the right tone for meaningful dialogue.

A unique feature is the raised glass railing on the rooftop. Though it shields you from the direct wind, it doesn’t compromise on the ambiance. Imagine sipping a finely crafted Sangria, watching the city lights flicker and twinkle like stars in a ground-level sky—indeed a place for thought-provoking conversations and cherished moments.

Food is, undoubtedly, the soul of PPT. And when it comes to soulful dining, don’t miss out on their Prawn Dynamite. They claim it’s made with tiger prawns, and let me tell you, each bite was an explosion of flavors so mesmerizing that I couldn’t resist overindulging. Worth it? Absolutely!

The culinary offerings don’t end there. PPT serves a tapestry of dishes—both traditional Indian and international—that are bound to delight any gourmand. From the first appetizer to the last dessert, the variety and finesse in their menu is truly commendable.

And let’s not forget their service—responsive, attentive, and welcoming. The staff here are committed to making your visit not just a meal but an experience. You get your money’s worth not just in the sumptuous dishes but also in the impeccable service.

If you’re driving, rest easy. PPT offers parking within the building, although it becomes available only after 6 p.m.

In summary, Perfect Place in Town is exactly what its name suggests—a haven of gastronomic delights, elegant ambiance, and heartfelt hospitality. Whether it’s a romantic dinner, a catch-up with old friends, or a solo retreat to unwind, PPT delivers an experience that’s as perfect as its name.

#3. The Brewmaster: Kolkata’s Haven for Craft Beer Enthusiasts and Foodies Alike – Where Taste Meets Elegance in Sector V

Aapni ki beer bhalobashen? (Do you love beer?) If the answer is a resounding yes, then The Brewmaster in Sector V beside the RDB is your go-to place. But this is not just about beer; it’s about an experience that marries culinary delights with a delightful atmosphere. “Khawa dawa aar moja masti, shob i ekhane” (Food, drinks, and fun—everything is here).

When Kolkata’s hectic life gets too much to handle, make your way to The Brewmaster post 6:30 pm—that’s when the DJ rolls in with the beats. “Jibone jekhane shuru, shetai shesh” (Where life begins, that’s where it ends), they say. And here, the cycle begins and ends with their specialty Mango Beer. If you’ve never had it before, prepare for a treat that’s as unique as it is refreshing. It’s the epitome of what craft beer should be—flavorful, aromatic, and absolutely divine.

And don’t get me started on the food; oh, the food! From the Non-Veg Chicken Thali priced at ₹299 to the delectable Italian Easter Tomato at ₹350, to the luxurious Chef’s Special Prawns and Stuffed Chicken, every dish is a testament to culinary craftsmanship. Coupled with a drink list featuring classics like Mint Rickey, Blue Eyes, and Shirley Temple, there’s something for everyone here.

The ambiance? Think of it as the quintessential chill zone—somewhere between homey and sophisticated. It’s a space where you can both party and unwind, a rarity in today’s frenzied world.

Let’s talk about pocket-friendliness—because good experiences should not always come with a hefty price tag. The Brewmaster ensures that your wallet stays as full as your heart, especially with various offers. If you’re savvy enough to check out Zomato Gold or Swiggy Dineout before heading in, you could save even more. However, keep in mind that discounts don’t apply to hookahs.

And last but not least, “Jibon aar jhaal-mishti” (Life is a mix of spicy and sweet), and it’s no different here. So, you might want to try their house-made wheat beer which is, to put it simply, superb!

So, “Jawa jakhon Kolkata, aaste bhule jeona, The Brewmaster!” (When you come to Kolkata, don’t forget to visit The Brewmaster!)

Address: Infinity BenchMark, Street Number 25, GP Block, Sector V, Bidhannagar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700091, India.

#4. Canteen Pub & Grub: The Crown Jewel of Salt Lake’s Nightlife—Where Quality Meets Quantity

Canteen Pub and Grub

Jibon aar jhaal-mishti, aami aar aamar Canteen Pub & Grub!” (Life is a mix of spicy and sweet, and so is my Canteen Pub & Grub!). If you’re in Kolkata and you haven’t yet experienced Canteen Pub & Grub in Salt Lake’s Sector 1, then trust me, your ‘adda’ sessions are missing that extra zest.

Tucked away in the already bustling City Center 1 Mall, and conveniently located near the metro station, reaching here is as breezy as the vibes this place offers. Aasun bhai, ekdom jomiye porun! (Come on in, let’s have a blast!). From the moment you walk in, you feel like you’re in for a treat. The atmosphere is laid-back, and you’re immediately greeted by a wave of beats courtesy of the live DJ.

What caught my attention first was the menu, an intricate blend of flavors from around the globe—ranging from North Indian to Continental, Finger Food, Chinese, and even Japanese. We decided to start off with Chicken BBQ pizza and let me just say, it was a decision well made. A slice of that pizza was like a trip to heaven and back. “Jiboner prothom rongin canvas.” (The first colorful canvas of life).

The drinks? Ah, the Canteen Special LIIT packed quite the punch—strong enough to elevate your spirits but not overwhelm. The Mojito, although not extraordinary, did the job, offering a refreshing break from the LIIT.

What truly stands out is their service. From the bartenders to the wait staff, everyone was extremely friendly, constantly going out of their way to ensure our evening was nothing short of magical. In terms of quality and quantity of food and drinks, I felt like the prices were quite reasonable, making it even easier to indulge just a little bit more.

And while you’re there, if you’re early enough, don’t forget to indulge in the iconic street food offerings like Suji Phuchka and Dahi Papdi Chaat right outside City Center 1’s parking. Oh, and a cup of tea from the famous Gupta Tea stall would be the perfect end to a beautiful evening.

Parking? Worry not, the mall offers its open car parking starting from a modest 40 INR.

So, if you’re planning a visit to Salt Lake anytime soon, do not—I repeat, do not—miss out on Canteen Pub & Grub. “Jodi ekbar esho, abar ashte icche korbe.” (If you come once, you’ll want to come again).

Address: City Center 1, Salt Lake Sector 1, Kolkata.

#5. 10 Downing Street – Salt Lake: Where Kolkata Meets the British Pub Culture

Imagine walking into a room filled with the charm of an old English pub, complete with leather chairs, a wooden bar, and even a sparkling chandelier that catches your eye the moment you enter. Welcome to 10 Downing Street in Salt Lake, Kolkata, a place that somehow marries old-world aristocracy with the laid-back, pub-like ambiance.

Situated in the heart of Salt Lake near RDB Cinema, this place is nothing short of an oasis for people looking to unwind or relish an eclectic menu. One thing that stands out here is the ‘London Hours,‘ their version of happy hours that stretches generously from 12 PM to 7 PM, from Monday to Friday. Talk about starting the party early!

For food, their menu is a gastronomic journey from Kolkata to London with stops at Italy and China. The Chicken Lasagne was mouth-wateringly good, and the Bangers and Mash would make even a British native nod in approval. For those leaning towards Indian flavors, the Chicken Tikka Pizza is a fusion dish you won’t forget.

I couldn’t resist trying their Spaghetti Bolognese, and let’s just say it was “molto delizioso!” But the most surprising delight was the Schezwan Noodles, a true fusion masterpiece, tantalizing the taste buds with just the right kick of spice.

Drinks? Their cocktail menu is as extensive as their food menu. From classics to their in-house specials, each cocktail is crafted to perfection. Although I must say, their Mocktail could have done with a little less sugar.

One of the gems you won’t find on the regular menu but should definitely ask for is the BEER batter fish. Trust me, it’s a starter that sets the bar high for the rest of the meal.

Staff behavior? Exemplary. They not only serve you but serve you well, offering recommendations that do not disappoint.

With deals almost every evening and special discounts on birthdays, they ensure you have more reasons to celebrate. But don’t forget, if you’re looking for discounts, they offer up to 50% off through Dineout and Zomato Gold, though these don’t apply on hookahs.

The dance floor opens post 8 PM, adding another layer to your dining experience. So whether you’re planning to dine, wine, or break into a jig, this place accommodates all.

My Ratings:

  • Food: 4/5
  • Ambience: 5/5
  • Location: 4.5/5

Address: Plot G2 Retail- 1, Ground Floor, PS, SRIJAN CORPORATE PARK, near RDB Cinema, GP Block, Sector V, Bidhannagar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700091, India

So, should you find yourself in Salt Lake and in the mood for an experience that brings together the best of all worlds, 10 Downing Street should be on your list. A place that truly encapsulates the phrase “the best of both worlds.”

Conclusion: A Pub for Every Mood in Kolkata

Kolkata, the City of Joy, offers an array of pubs that suit every personality, preference, and pocket. From the classy rooftop experience at PPT to the homebrews of The Brewmaster, the international flair at Canteen Pub & Grub, and the old-English charm at 10 Downing Street, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a quick guide on who should go where:

  1. PPT (Perfect Place in Town): Ideal for those who appreciate the finer things in life and are willing to splurge a little for a luxurious dining experience. With its variety of global cuisines and an inviting rooftop setting, it’s perfect for date nights or quiet, meaningful conversations.
  2. The Brewmaster: If you’re a fan of brewed beer and want to catch some live DJ sets, then this place is for you. Its Mango Beer is a crowd-pleaser and the venue is especially pocket-friendly. It’s located in Sector V, making it an excellent choice for after-work hangouts.
  3. Canteen Pub & Grub: Best suited for locals and visitors looking for an all-round pub experience, offering both food and shisha. Its location in Saltlake sector 1, near a metro station, makes it highly accessible. Ideal for families and friend groups looking for a diverse food menu.
  4. 10 Downing Street: For those looking for an aristocratic vibe mixed with affordable options. Its extensive happy hours make it a great place to unwind after a hectic day. The pub is also famous for its ‘London Hours’ and has a dance floor that opens after 8 PM, making it perfect for those who want to eat, drink, and dance.

Each of these pubs has its own set of offerings and specialities, so your choice ultimately depends on what you’re in the mood for. Whether it’s chilling with a glass of Sangria at PPT, savoring a Mango Beer at The Brewmaster, indulging in a variety of international meals at Canteen Pub & Grub, or dancing the night away at 10 Downing Street, Kolkata’s pub scene ensures that there’s something for every palate and preference.

So, the next time you find yourself wondering where to go for a good time in Kolkata, remember that the city’s pubs have got you covered, each in its own unique way. Cheers to finding your perfect spot!

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