Say No To DJs And Yes To Live Music: These Cafes And Bars Have Gigs On The Regz

Raisa posted on 28 February

Ten-Second Takeaway

There’s nothing like kicking it back old-school with a beer while you listen to a couple of super-talented musicians jam it out. Here’s where you can hear live music on the regz.

Artsy Cafe

Saturday evenings at Kolkata’s first art gallery cum cafe are super entertaining. They manage some really cool, local talent and have them perform. Gypsy to soft rock and everything in between, they get performers who play various genres. Don’t be surprised if it’s a full house so go early if you want a good seat. Good music, great coffee and a really cool crowd is what you can expect.

The performances take place on their slightly raised wooden platform which is covered with hanging plants from the top {which create really beautiful shadows}.  Check out the next event here.

Cafes

230-B, AJC Bose Road, Minto Park, Kolkata

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Terminal_11

Sufi nights, chill-out sessions, performances by solo local artsists, there’s no shortage of variety of live shows at Terminal_11. The Salt Lake hangout joint is where you’ll find tons of young people, college kids and couples who come to chill, work and just relax. Check out their next open mic event here — it’s an open mic brunch event and if you’re a singer, poet or just someone who has something to say, make sure you grab the chance to get on the mic.

Cafes

BF-11, Beside HDFC Bank, Sector 1, Salt Lake City, Kolkata

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Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafes across the world are known for their live music and so far the newly-opened Park Street outlet {the first one in the city} has not disappointed. With big names in music like Fossils to local Anglo-Indian band Blue Mist, the live music gigs are held often and are tons of fun. You’ll usually catch a gig on a Thursday night. Keep a tab on their Facebook page for the next gig, they usually create a page on Facebook for every event so it’s unlikely you’ll miss it.

Bars

Park Mansion, 57, Park Street, Neal Reliance Digital, Park Street Area, Kolkata

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Monkey Bar

Live At Monkey’s on Friday nights are an experience you have to have at least once in your life. They bring in the coolest performers, most recently had Lady M & The Musicmen {an incredibly talented trio LBB had the joy of listening to!}. Another fav of the crowd are Adil & Paloma, a duo who make their own music and do intensely passionate renditions of popular songs too. Monkey also has Sundowners on Sundays where they have live music at dusk, with the sun setting as the backdrop, performers strumming on their guitars and the crowd singing along. Keep a tab on their events here.

Bars

Fort Knox, 9th Floor, 901-A, 6, Camac Street Area, Elgin, Kolkata

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Phoenix

Phoenix is known for producing back to back thrilling live entertainment nights. You’ll catch live performances here on Thursdays {hosted by Thursday Jazz Encounter and Jamsteady}. They dig out some of the most offbeat, unique performers and give them a platform which is awesome both for the band {who gets a platform} as well as us {who get to listen to some really cool music}. Keep a tab on all their upcoming events here.

Bars

The Astor, 15, Shakespeare Sarani, Near Nightingale Hospital, Camac Street Area, Kolkata

Sunset Resto Bar & Lounge

Looking for somewhere to chill after work on Thursdays? Sunset Resto Bar has some incredible live performances. They’re now doing regular Thursday shows with Barefoot, a much-loved band which has been around since 1987. You would have seen them play at Anglo-Indian weddings but now they also do pop songs, original compositions and your fav old-school classics. Check out the upcoming events here.

Bars

Lytton Hotel, 14 & 14/1, Sudder Street, New Market Area, Kolkata

The Whistling Kettle

The little Darjeeling-style cafe has relaxed, laid back live music sessions. Not just western music, they also have classical performers. They recently had Arko Mushkerjea perform. If you’re all about the acoustic beats, these live nights are for you. Enjoy some incredible music while you sip on your Nathmulls tea and snack on their breakfast platters {these are a meat lover’s delight!}. Find out more here.

Cafes

23/3, Gariahat Road, Near Mouchak Sweets, Golpark, Kolkata

4.2
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