6 Cafes In Kolkata That Have Some Of The Best Live Music!
An open-mic session or the best of homegrown talent, Kolkata’s cafes have been stepping up to nurture the live music scene in a big way.
Here’s a list of cafes where you can take both your taste buds and ears for a ride!
1. What’s Up Cafe
What’s Up Café has long been the favourite den of young college-goers, owing to the rising popularity of their rooftop seating and Jacuzzi.
Now, they also have introduced ‘Trippy Tuesdays’, where along with their scrumptious food and bar spread, you also get to enjoy brilliant live music performances from the city’s best independent musicians.
What more, Trippy Tuesdays is also What’s Up Café’s weekly ladies’ night, where select cocktails are on the house for the ladies. So what are you waiting for? Head over to What’s Up on the nearest Tuesday!
Cost for 2: Rs 1,000
Address: 122/A, Southern Avenue, Opp. Nazrul Manch Gate 2, Hindustan Park, Keyatala, Kolkata
Contact: 080133 33189
If you are looking for a café that is part-library and part-concert venue, Terminal_11 is the place to go!
Albeit a bit on the expensive side, the frequent live music performances and the delicious food make going to Terminal_11 a must for food lovers, music lovers, and book lovers alike.
The musical evenings range from sarod recitals to percussive guitar performances, so missing out on this one would practically be a sin!
Cost for 2: Rs 1,100
Address: BF-11, Sector 1, Beside HDFC Bank, Salt Lake City, Kolkata
Contact: 033 4064 1061
3. The Whistling Kettle
Have a date night planned but don’t know where to go? Head over to The Whistling Kettle on Wednesdays and Fridays between 7pm to 9pm, and enjoy their plethora of flavoured teas with a side of some amazing live music.
Tea connoisseurs with an ear for good music, you absolutely should not miss out on The Whistling Kettle!
Cost for 2: Rs 600
Address: 23/3, Gariahat Road, Near Mouchak Sweets, Golpark, Kolkata
4. 8th Day Café And Bakery
If you have a strong sweet tooth and a stronger liking for independent musicians playing fresh original music, 8th Day Café and Bakery is most definitely your calling.
Known for hosting regular open-mic nights for musicians, poets and stand-up comedians, and also hosting the famous Arcadia Sessions, featuring some of the best indie musicians like Kyle Scott and Deep Phoenix, 8th Day Café and Bakery should be on the bucket list of every foodie and music lover in the city.
Hop in on an event night, and munch on some cinnamon rolls and chocolate cupcakes while watching great musical acts come to life in front of you.
Cost for 2: Rs 600
Address: Arcadia, 6, West Range, Mullick Bazar, Park Circus Area, Kolkata
Contact: 033 6500 5553
In the mood for an authentic Bengali-style adda? Abar Baithak is the perfect place for you! Decorated with Feluda aesthetics and hosting regular Sunday music gigs, this quaint little café makes for a perfect Sunday brunch visit.
Make sure to cosy up to some interesting board games, while you gorge on their tasty preparations and groove to the music.
Cost for 2: Rs 500
Address: 282, Jodhpur Park, Kolkata
Contact: 033 4003 6777
This blue-hued cafe – with the most amazing food – has been hosting some good gigs. They recently had Amit Chaudhuri playing from his experimental albums, This Is Not Fusion and Found Music.
Also the Beer Puppets were here – Shreya and Srinjay. And Jayashere Singh and Amyt Datta, Nischay Parekh, and Jivraj Singh. And Rivu from the band, Preying Mantis.
Cost for 2: Rs 500
Address: 49, Hindustan Park, Gariahat, Kolkata, West Bengal 700019
Phone: 033 4065 8123
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