Kashmir & Ladakh drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Cafe in Leh

Lala’s Art Cafe

Entered beside a 2000-year-old Dhyani Buddha stela, this tiny, traditional temple-like house was saved from demolition and immaculately restored in 2006. Stone steps lead to an atmospheric cafe with floor seating an…
Top Choice Cafe in Leh

Ja Khang

Excellent coffee from a Faema machine served in an uncluttered pine interior that has a traditional Ladakhi-style seating area, simultaneously balancing the modern and traditional. Tibetan folk music creates a mello…
Cafe in Leh

Old Town Cafe

Hidden in the shadows of Leh Palace, the historic Lonpo House has a 17th-century kitchen that makes a quiet getaway to read and unwind. Currently only serves teas and basic juices, but on Friday at 5pm there's an ho…
Bar in Jammu

Polo Bar

This classy hotel bar features framed riding crops, saddles and hunting prints. Try a refreshing 'Himalayan Breeze' cocktail; vodka, aam panaa (mango pulp and spices), rock salt, roasted cumin and lime.
Bar in Leh


Leh's first decent cocktail bar also does very good tandoori meals (evenings only) and some semigourmet European meals, including lamb strips with potato and yak cheese (₹440) Other mains cost ₹300-450.
Bar in Srinagar

Dal Bar

Even if you're not staying at the indulgent Lalit Grand Palace Hotel, consider ordering a drink at its little bar and sipping it on the hotel’s glorious lawns. Add 41.5% tax/service to bar prices.
Coffee in Leh

Brazil Café

Stunning views of Leh Palace rising above the Jamia Masjid complement a selection of juices, great coffees (some from Brazilian beans) and cakes.
Cafe in Leh

Cafe de Leh

Loud Indian pop rocks this urban-style coffee shop, layered over three floors. Serves breakfast sets, pancakes and sandwiches.
Bar in Jammu

Saqi Bar

In the J&KTDC-run residency building, this overwhelmingly male drinkers' retreat is either authentically historical or dark and dingy, depending on your taste in bars. The bartender works from a Vegas-style 'pit…
Bar in Diskit

Sangan Bar

Nubra's only drinking hole is an unmarked collection of cabanas hidden discreetly behind unmarked metal gates, next door to the Sten-Del Hotel access lane, halfway between Old Diskit and the bazaar area.