Drinking and nightlife in Himachal Pradesh

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Shimla

    Brew Estate

    Shimla's first brewpub is a large, hip, party space around a central bar-island serving its own trio of well-balanced German- and Belgian-inspired ales (half-litre ₹345) along with Jägerbombs, 'jello-syringe' shots and cocktails made by bottle-spinning mixologists.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Palampur

    18Sixty

    With lashings of dark wood and wrought iron, Infinitea's classy but welcoming bar is decorated with antique items from the tea estate which was founded in 1860 (hence the name) and won a gold medal in London 26 years later.

  • Nightlife in Mcleod Ganj

    Café Budan

    Relax with good coffee or choose from a dozen varieties of leaf-tea, serenaded by jazzy blues (think Etta James) under low-wattage ball-bulb lights in this enticing mini-cafe.

  • Nightlife in Shimla

    Cafe Sol

    Central Shimla's hippest drinking spot is sat atop a multi-storey building with splendid views enjoyed from stool-seats, beanbags or low-slung table-cubes. Acoustic live music or DJ-spun beats add atmosphere without drowning out conversation.

  • Nightlife in Manali

    Johnson Lodge Bar

    Capacious settees around the fireplace, backed barstools, and garden seating complement a fine cocktail list and four happy hours (till 8pm). Welcome to one of Manali's most effortlessly stylish drinking spots.

  • Nightlife in Mcleod Ganj

    Khaana Nirvana

    Ideal for a sundowner, this easily missed spot above the HPTC Bank has sunset valley views and an almost Greek interior of rough whitewashed walls with trained creeper and plants growing from teapots.

  • Nightlife in Kasol

    Panjtara Bar & Grill

    'The party starts here', declares Kasol's most sophisticated bar, more loungey than raving, with its giant-screen TV cycling pop videos, and an extensive yard-terrace with pool table.

  • Nightlife in Shimla

    Hide Out Cafe

    Upstairs in a building facing the old Town Hall, ever-obliging Mohan runs this outwardly unremarkable Western coffeeshop with a delightful low-key passion.

  • Nightlife in Manali

    Backstreet Cafe

    Off the main Manu Temple Rd, climb the stairway marked Rock Top Guesthouse to discover this oasis. It's a cafe amid apple trees, featuring a range of sitting spaces: shaded, sunny, fireside and indoors within a pine-clad main room with big windows.

  • Nightlife in Shimla

    Scandal Delights

    This appealing mini-bar has fabulous views north and south, comfortably padded seats inside and a small outdoor terrace.

  • Nightlife in Shimla

    Honey Hut

    Cute, modern cafe with great coffee, cakes, sandwiches and meals such as honey-chilli paneer.

  • Nightlife in Manali

    Sashas Hotel

    Lushiously louche party bar with outdoor terrace decking on a cliff-edge overlooking the river junction.

  • Nightlife in Shimla

    Sixteen69

    After dark, pulsating DJ sets add to stylish decor, dimly lit by back-lit carved panels and a glowing marble bar.

  • Nightlife in Mcleod Ganj

    Om Cafe

    Savour great yet inexpensive coffee from a Faema espresso machine or fresh squeezed fruit juices on a sunny, sunset-view terrace lined with potted plants.

  • Nightlife in Manali

    Shiva Tea Stall

    Manali's best ₹10 masala chai. The tea comes richly suffused with ginger and cinnamon at this ultra-basic shack-shop, where just a handful of plastic chairs are plonked round a single outdoor table.

  • Nightlife in Manali

    The Shed

    This seasonal cafe has an excellent coffee machine, a semicircular bar zone (try the apple martinis) and a fire pit between sacred rocks.

  • Nightlife in Bhagsu & Dharamkot

    Space Out

    Relax on floor cushions beneath basket-lamps watched over by a mesmerising 'life flow' mural. Sip inexpensive macchiatos, nettle teas or sophisticated smoothies (₹20 extra for spirulina), while the trance-dance soundtrack keeps your head nodding. There's an excellent food selection too.

  • Nightlife in Chamba

    Cafe Ravi View

    HPTDC's small, viewpoint snack house is a good place to sip an icy-cold beer with panoramas of the river valley below. You can also dine on a similar if more limited version of the Iravati hotel's menu.

  • Nightlife in Rewalsar

    Midpoint Hotel

    Climbing to the Padmasambhava Caves, the stairway crosses the road beside this isolated pink house which serves drinks and simple meals with a superb sunrise view across the valley from its open terrace.

  • Nightlife in Naldehra

    19th Hole Bar

    The bare, all-timber wooden clubhouse surveys the main fairways and water traps of Naldhera's classic golf course, with the best views from the bar. That's open to nonmembers provided you enter by the upper door.