Himachal Pradesh

Drinking and nightlife

Top ChoiceMicrobrewery 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'...

Top ChoiceBar in Palampur


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...

Cafe 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.

Bar 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...

Cocktail Bar 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.

Cafe 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.

Bar 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.

Coffee 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.

Cafe 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...

Bar in Shimla

Scandal Delights

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

Coffee in Shimla

Honey Hut

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

Bar in Manali

Sashas Hotel

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

Cocktail Bar in Shimla


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

Cafe 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.

Teahouse 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.

Cafe 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.

Cafe 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...

Cafe 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.

Cafe 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.

Club 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.