The state is not approving of discos and pubs in general and traditional nightlife usually revolves around eating out and maybe going to see a movie. The Kannada language theatre may not be as huge as the Tamil one, but it is quite popular in the state. Whatever discos and pubs that exist tend to be located in the five-star hotels in the big cities.
Kozhikode, better known as Calicut
While this is only a restaurant, it flaunts the moniker 'Hotel' before its name. It is actually an 18th century Muslim home that the owners have renovated to house a restaurant. The fish curry is excellent. They have Biryanis (Meat cooked with rice) of chicken, goat, and fish. While chicken and goat biryani are common, fish biryani is not. Worth eating here if you are looking for some authentic Indian Masalas. Food is reasonably priced.
- Location: Near KSRTC Bus Station, at Mavoor Road, Kozhikode.
Indian Coffee House
Indian Coffee House is a great place to taste south Indian food followed by some authentic filter coffee. While the ambiance leaves a bit to be desired, the food is fresh and tasty. The service is prompt enough and the place is very reasonably priced. There are two branches in Kozikode.
- Location: One branch is on GH road and the other one is on Mavoor road, Kozhikode.
This is the only fast food outlet in the city and is quite popular. It is centrally located and is always crowded. The ambience is pleasant and service is prompt. While it is not a patch on the Pizza Huts and McDonald's you can try out the Indian variation of western fast food here. The food is okay, nothing too grand on the menu, but you will get your burgers, pizzas, and French fries. Reasonable rates, the crowd is lively and mostly youngsters.
- Location: At Bakery Junction, Thiruvanthapuram
Not only is this the best place to stay in Kozhikode, it also has a fine restaurant. It was built in 1890 to house the Malabar British Club and now it is a cosy 10-room hotel. Each of the rooms is done up tastefully and the food is also excellent. More expensive than usual in the city but quite reasonable otherwise.
- Location: South of Calicut beach on beach road, Kozhikode.
This place has a great array of non-veggie dishes, besides running a small chaat and bhel puri (Indian fast food) stall on the side, which is not as great as the Mumbai ones but not bad for south India. They have a garden restaurant and a terrace as well. Indian, Chinese and Keralite food is all on offer at their famous buffets. If you prefer, you can also order a la carte. The food is reasonable and the ambience is comfortable.
- Location: Opposite Raj Bhavan, next to the Salvation Army church at Kowdiar in Thiruvanthapuram