West Bengal Hills drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Cafe in Kalimpong

Art Cafe

Cool cafe with a breezy terrace offering fine views over the Teesta Valley towards Darjeeling. There is good coffee, shakes, lemonade coolers (served in Mason jars) and great thin-crust pizzas (₹160 to ₹180), plus m…
Cafe in Darjeeling

Windamere Hotel

The true-blue afternoon-tea experience at Windamere Hotel is a joy for aficionados of all things colonial, with shortcake, scones, cheese and pickle sandwiches, and brews from the reputed Castleton Tea Estate. Book …
Bar in Darjeeling

Gatty's Cafe

Backpacker-friendly Gatty's is the only place in town that has a pulse after 9pm, with live music on the weekend and open mic and movie nights during the week. The food (mains ₹170 to ₹200) includes housemade lasagn…
Teahouse in Darjeeling

Sunset Lounge

This tearoom run by Nathmull’s Tea offers aficionados a range of white, green and black teas by the cup, with inhouse baked treats, fine valley views and free wi-fi. Ask for its six-cup tasting sample for two people…
Cafe in Darjeeling

Himalayan Java

Branch of the Nepal cafe chain, serving up good coffee and cakes, plus breakfast pancakes, waffles and sandwiches (snacks ₹150 to ₹250), in a stylish industrial interior.
Teahouse in Darjeeling


This teahouse and bakery (pastries ₹30 to ₹60) has massive windows and good views from the new outdoor balcony. Order your tea, select a cake, grab your book and sink into a cosy wicker chair. It’s a good place to g…
Cafe in Darjeeling

Café Coffee Day

It may be heresy to drink coffee in Darjeeling but if you need a hit, this reliable chain has a useful location at Chowrasta. The sunny terrace offers gorgeous mountain views.
Cafe in Kalimpong

One Cup

Kalimpong's first coffee house serves a decent espresso hit, alongside some quality cakes, brownies and ice-cream specials. No wi-fi.
Teahouse in Darjeeling

House of Tea

Sit and sip a range of brewed teas from several local Goodricke estates before purchasing a package of your favourite leaves.
Pub in Darjeeling

Joey’s Pub

Joey's has suffered from the eponymous owner's passing but if your preferred beverage comes in a pint not a pot, this long-standing pub near the post office is a decent place to meet other travellers. It has sports …