Wreathed in clouds, Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim, is a beautiful town. With a spectacular view of Mt. Khangchendzonga, the town provides the perfect base for travel through the state. From finger-licking food to pretty much everything else, you get a deep sense of being in the place. Apart from all this, nightlife in Gangtok is something you can call as an icing on the cake. Exploring Gangtok under the stars is an amazing and the safest experience. Here's a look at some of the places that are perfect for letting your hair down and having a good time.
Best Live Performance Resto Bars
Gangtok Groove is famous for western cuisine and live bands. Every Friday & Saturday, the place hosts amazing local bands whose music encompass a host of genres, from pop to folk to blues. NSPD Collective, RigMona, Gino, Joe's Apartment, and Flying Kik (Bhutan) are some bands you can catch if lucky. You have to pay an entry fee of Rs 300/- to witness the gigs.
Location: Above Pantaloons, New market, M G Marg
Timings: 11:30am -11:30pm
- DJ's Downtown Resto Bar / Rooftop Cafe
DJ’s Downtown Resto Bar is quite famous among the young crowd who want to unwind with some good music. The place also serves pretty decent food. The best thing about this place is the open mike and karaoke facility, not to mention their refurnished rooftop area, which keeps the place swarming with locals and tourists alike at any given day and hour.
Location: MG Marg, Near Mahatma Gandhi Statue
Timings: 10am -11pm
Cafe Live & Loud is an amazing place to hang out and usually reels in most of the foreign tourists. During the day, the place looks like just another cafe, but it is during the night that it comes to life. As you climb the florescent steps leading to the club, you will be taken in for a surprise. The inner area is an acoustically designed live music club. It has a lounge area, where you can sit and relax with your favorite drinks from their well-stocked bar. On Friday's you can catch live bands such as Gxsoul, Nightmares (progressive rock), and Granite Yard (rap metal), and Saturday's are DJ nights.
Location: Tibet Road, Gangtok
Timings: 11am – 11pm
The Beat is one of the popular discotheques in Gangtok. It's enjoys an ideal location near MG Marg and is not so high on the pocket, which might be some of the reasons why it draws in huge crowds. The entry fees ranges from Rs 500-700/- (locals and non-locals are charged differently). It operates 3 days a week: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Location: Cintury Bhawan, below M.G. Marg Sbi in touch
Timings: 8pm – 12pm
After Dark is just the right club in Gangtok to visit. It is the best hang out club for those in big groups. The ambiance of the place is very attractive and you won't be able to resist yourself from tapping the whole night. It operates 3 days a week: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Location: Paljor Stadium Road
Timings: 7pm – 1am
[Other clubs include The Eros Nightclub and Lounge (Upper Tadong), Basement Lounge & Bistro (Tibet road), and Xcape (Near Vajra cinema hall)].
Gangtok is a place where you will also find casinos. Spend some fun time with your friends in Casino Mahjong, where you can play blackjack, roulette, poker, flush, and various slot machines. Mahjong can win you over with popular commercial tunes that are played at conversation level and the live entertainment from dancers brought in all the way from Nepal. The entry fee of Rs 2,000 per person at the casino is inclusive of six drinks, snacks, buffet, playing chips, and a drop-off to M.G. Road.
Location: National Highway 31A, Lower Samdur Block, Ranipool, Inside Mayfair Spa & Resort.
Timings: 24 hours open
The Casino Deltin Denzong is a luxurious casino and gaming facility. Go crazy over the 169 gaming machines the casino offers, with options such as poker, roulette, black jack, casino wars, and money wheels. The cover charge includes multicuisine buffet dinner, unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and live entertainment. There are a number of packages to choose from, including Ladies Special, which cost between Rs 1,855 - 6,525.
Location: Denzong Regency, Cherry Banks, Sungava
Timings: 24 hours open
[You can also check out Casino Sikkim, located in Upper Syari, Deorali]
Gangtok may seem like a quite hill station on the surface but the locals sure know how to have a good time when it comes to entertainment.