Nainital Boat Club

Bar in Nainital

This club is a classic remnant of the Raj era. Temporary membership is ridiculously steep (men/women/couples ₹870/440/870), but the atmospheric bar – with timber beams, buttoned-up barmen with handlebar moustaches and an outdoor deck overlooking the lake – is perfect for an afternoon drink. The dress code specifies no shorts or slippers, and signs warn that ‘decorum should be maintained’.