Sikkim drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Gangtok

Yak Bar

Find the easily missed Tashi Delek doorway, then walk past colourfully ornate Tibetan patterning to this wide, open terrace with decorative foliage and fabulous valley views: a perfect setting for a sunset drink.
Top Choice Bar in Gangtok


Central Gangtok's most alternative little bar has seats like midget sofas with stuffing coming out, a little performance space and murals of Marley, Lennon and Hendrix.
Bar in Gangtok

The Square

Moodily lit with pacey music, and walls chock-a-block with black-and-white portrait photos, The Square pulls off a clever balance between family-friendly and comfortably contemporary vibes.
Cafe in Pelling

Paksam Homestay

This sweetly unpretentious cafe, little more than the family's front room, serves wickedly good organic tongba (hot millet beer, ₹100).
Bar in Gangtok

Jungle Bar

This couple-friendly, bamboo-walled perch offers fascinating views down onto the main bazaar street or across the city from a single rear table.
Bar in Pelling

Melting Point

The main cafe often has blaring TV but head straight through for three shaded, balcony tables with fine mountain-valley views.