Drinking and nightlife in West Bengal

  • Nightlife in Darjeeling

    Sunset Lounge

    This two-floor tearoom run by the Nathmulls tea company offers aficionados a range of quality white, green and black teas by the cup or pot, with in-house baked treats, fine valley views and wi-fi. Ask for the six-cup tasting sample for two people (it's not on the menu).

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Kalimpong

    Art Cafe

    Cool cafe with a breezy terrace offering fine views over the hills and valleys to the west and north. It does good coffee, shakes and lemon mint coolers (served in Mason jars) and good things to eat too, from potato wedges to great thin-crust pizzas (mains ₹150–₹230). Very popular with Kalimpong's cool young things.

  • Nightlife in Darjeeling

    Himalayan Java

    Branch of the Nepal cafe chain, serving up good organic coffee and desserts, plus breakfast pancakes, waffles and sandwiches (snacks and light dishes ₹90 to ₹250), in a stylish semi-industrial interior – all very popular with a young local crowd. Free filtered-water refills too.

  • Nightlife in Darjeeling


    Backpacker-friendly Gatty's is the only place in town that has a pulse after 9pm, with live music at weekends. The food (dishes ₹80 to ₹280) includes house-made lasagne, and pita with hummus or falafel. It brews good espresso and there's cold Kingfisher and Tuborg, too.

  • Nightlife in Darjeeling


    This renowned teahouse has excellent baked goods (cakes, quiches and pies ₹40 to ₹80) as well as tea, and fine views from its outdoor balcony and the indoor conservatory-like area. It’s a good place to grab breakfast, from oatmeal to eggs and bacon.

  • Nightlife 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 still a cosy spot where you may meet other travellers. It has sports on TV, cold beer and hot toddies in winter.

  • Nightlife in Kalimpong

    Cafe Kalimpong

    Relax on a cushioned seat on the terrace and enjoy fresh-ground coffee, or a variety of teas or shakes, with cool, relaxed music and an expansive Relli Valley view. It does pasta, momos, grilled sandwiches and pizzas too.

  • Nightlife in Darjeeling

    House of Tea

    Sit and sip a variety of teas from several local Goodricke estates before purchasing a package of your favourite leaves.

  • Nightlife 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.