Tourists don't generally come to Kolkata looking for an impressive party scene - the city is known for its cultural attractions - but there is some nightlife to be enjoyed. From a zero-base in the 1990s, Kolkata has now developed a flourishing nightlife - with much of it centred round the big hotels, where good-quality nightclubs attract well-heeled locals and tourists, and 24-hour coffee bars do a brisk trade with chaste young couples. The traditional nocturnal activity of eating out is still universally popular, from top-class restaurants down to roadside eateries. The Tantra (located in the Park Hotel on Park Street), as well as Underground and Shisha, remain the most popular haunts for late-night revellers in Kolkata. It is important to note that Thursday is a dry day in the city, which means that no alcohol is sold or served outside of the major hotels, which usually ignore the rule. Kolkata has a 2am curfew and clubs and late-night venues throughout the city will close at this time.
For theatre, cinema and nightclub event listings, see the publications 'Calcutta This Fortnight' and 'CalCalling' which are widely available. The people in Kolkata are famed for their friendliness - it is known as the City of Joy after all - and locals are usually happy to offer advice on events and party locations.
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