Uttarakhand drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Lassi in Haridwar

Prakash Lok

Don’t miss a creamy lassi at this Haridwar institution, famed for its ice-cold, best-you’ll-ever-have lassis served in tin cups (₹50). Just about anyone in the Bara Bazaar can point you to it.
Bar in Mussoorie

Imperial Square

With huge windows overlooking Gandhi Chowk, Imperial Square is easily Mussoorie's most scenic spot for a drink. The beer is pricey (₹340) but it's ice cold, and there's a whole menu of meat and vegetarian kebabs to …
Bar in Pithoragarh

Som Bar & Cafe

A surprisingly good find in the centre of town is this dark, but contemporary bar with blonde-wood furniture, cold beers and cocktails. Food is also good with chicken-tikka pizzas, momos (Tibetan dumplings), curries…
Pub in Mussoorie

The Tavern

A good spot for a cold beer is this upstairs bistro in business since 1972. Prices are probably closer to what you're used to paying back home (large beer ₹340), but there's live music, free peanuts and wi-fi. There…
Bar in Nainital

Snowview Heritage Hotel

One of the few places in town for a drink is at the bar of this government-run hotel that was formerly the British governor's house. It's bit of a hike up here, however – so it's a good excuse to take the ropeway.
Bar in Nainital

Nainital Boat Club

This club is a classic remnant of the Raj era. Temporary membership is outrageously overpriced, but drinks are relatively cheap and its atmospheric bar – with timber beams, buttoned-up barmen with handlebar moustach…
Bar in Dehra Dun

Polo Bar

One of the more salubrious of Dehra Dun’s many hotel bars, Polo Bar is downstairs at Hotel President. Being in a basement it's a bit on the dingy side, but fine for a drink or two.
Cafe in Dehra Dun


A popular modern cafe with a coffee machine and an excellent bookshop in the back.