Manali drinking and nightlife

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.
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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…
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Sashas Hotel

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

Dylan’s Toasted & Roasted

This ever-popular hole-in-the-wall cafe was Manali's first place for real barista coffee and still serves great macchiatos, hearty breakfasts, pancakes and wicked desserts.
Cafe in Manali


Upstairs overlooking the roundabout at the top of The Mall, Khyber is a fun place for a beer or fruit wine if you like the old-world 1970s-India vibe, and the Tibetan musical instruments add a little character.