Make Your Holiday Nights Memorable With These Bars In Nainital

Nainital, the largest hill-resort town situated in the serene valleys of Uttarakhand, continues to be a classic hill station. If you are planning a Kumaoni summer vacation, make the most of your trip at these pubs & bars in Nainital. By Karan Kaushik

Nestled around the pristine Naini Lake, Nainital is very touristy. From soulful boat rides in the lake to cable car rides to birdwatching to shopping in the mall, the hill station has it all. And then there are the warm and hospitable folks of Kumaon. Nainital offers a range of dining options at affordable prices. The hill town also has a few good bars. Most of these are housed in popular hotels in Nainital. Here, we feature some of the best bars and pubs in Nainital. 

7 Bars in Nainital you must visit on your next mountain holiday


Perhaps the best bar in Nainital, Stella Bar is the in-house bar of Hotel Naini Retreat. The bar promises a memorable night out in the town, thanks to its wide range of liquor and cosy wooden interiors. From premium whiskeys and scotch to wine and beer, the bar has an impressive menu. Weekends receive heavy footfalls, FYI. When here, savour delightful Kumaoni delicacies at their restaurant Gurney House or relish a brunch at their Garden Café ‘n’ Jim’s Grill.

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Another impressive in-house bar in Nainital is Viceroy Bar at Manu Maharani Hotel. Along with mesmerising lake views, the bar offers a charming old-world sylvan ambience. Their wines and cocktails are particularly impressive. Feeling a bit cold, order the good old rum with lukewarm water, and you’ll be fine. Viceroy Bar is right next to Manu Maharani’s in-house restaurant, Panorama. Their choice of music deserves a special mention too. You’ll be vibing with your buddies, and how!

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This bar has gained immense popularity among travellers, thanks to its opportune location beside the must-visit Snow View Point. It’s below the cable car station and attracts large crowds during peak seasons. The bar is housed in the Snow View Heritage Hotel in Mallital. While the ambience is quintessential hill station-esque rustic and well-lit, the bar menu is impressive. Spend a lazy afternoon chugging chilled beer and appreciating nature’s unmatched beauty.

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The Courtyard Bar at the Shervani Hotel has to be the winner in terms of aesthetics and charm. The lovely Victorian ambience with great music and good food makes the bar one of the most sought-after bars in Nainital. The bar’s menu features a decent range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. You’d find most of the premium international liquor brands on their bar counter. Try their cocktails too. The bar offers both indoor and outdoor seating.

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One of the most prominent places in Nainital, the Boat House Club has a history that predates colonial times. The heritage property is located on the lake, and at its wooden-floored bar, head for the lake-facing tables. With sunlight streaming in through the windows, the bar has good vibes written all over it. Evenings are magical here as the town lights up and stars dot the night sky. While the bar is usually accessible for members, even if you aren’t one, you can visit for a nominal price or a reference from a member. The food at the club is yum too.

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Like most good bars in Nainital, Vintage Bar is also located inside a hotel. Head to Vikram Vintage Inn, one of the finest luxury hotels in town, to enjoy a quality time at the bar. The vibes are perfect to bond with your friends and family. They serve tasty snacks and starters with Indian and foreign wines and beers. The bar extends into a lovely verandah which makes for a perfect place to unwind and soak in the picturesque beauty of Nainital.

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If you are looking forward to getting wasted at pocket-friendly prices in a small townish borderline shady bar, head to The Lounge In Payal Restaurant. Located on Ropeway Road in Mallital, the bar makes up for its ambience with an attractive bar counter, delicious food, and good service. Try their man chow soup, chilli corn, and chilli potatoes with your drink. The Raspberry Blast mocktail deserves mention too. The food menu will leave you spoilt for choice. We recommend signature kebabs from Lucknow and biryani.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question: What are the best pubs in Nanital?

Answer: Some of the best pubs in Nainital are The Cask Cafe and Bar, Boat House Club, and The Viceroy Bar.

Question: Which bar is best for drinks in Nanital?

Answer: Heritage Bar and Restaurant, The Viceroy Bar, and Stella Bar are some of the best bars in Nainital.

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