Nightlife in Shimla

Nightlife in Shimla is vibrant as well as relaxing. Depending on your tastes and who you are with, Shimla offers a plethora of things to do at night. The beauty of Shimla increases manifold after nightfall and there are several places from where you can enjoy its magnificent ambience. Being one of the most visited hill stations in the country, Shimla has much to offer whether during the day or at night.

There are several clubs in Shimla Mall Road and other parts that offer an excellent variety of cocktails and mocktails. Foot tapping music, great drinks and excellent food are the highlights of the nightclubs and pubs. If you are more of a nature lover then indulge in a trek to the top of Jakhoo Hills and watch the sun go down and the whole city come to life with twinkling lights. Or you can set up camp in one of the many camping sites and enjoy a night under the stars. Shimla has it all for you and it is no wonder that it is famously called the Queen of hill stations. Whether you're on a Shimla tour during the day or exploring its nightlife, the city's charm and diverse offerings ensure a memorable experience.

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Which are some of the famous places to visit in Shimla at night?

1. Jakhoo Hill - Trekking to Jakhoo hill and enjoying a panoramic view of the glimmering city lights is probably one of the best experiences in Shimla.

2. Nightclubs and pubs - Indulge in a relaxing evening drink in one of the clubs in Shimla Mall Road for an unforgettable experience. Some of the famous ones are Sixteen 69 Lounge Bar, Rendezvous Bar and Restaurant, Devicos Bar, Cloud Nine Bar and a few more.

3. Lakkar Bazaar - Indulge in some retail therapy and explore the intriguing Lakkar Bazaar at night. The whole market is transformed in the nightlight and exploring its wondrous stores is one of the best experiences in Shimla. This is a great place to shop for some intricately carved wooden decorative items. You can also buy pashmina shawls, handicrafts and the famous Kullu shawls.
4. Visit the Ice Skating Rink - Visit the only open air skating rink in Asia and show off your skating skills. This is one of the best places to visit during winters and enjoy the wonderful nightlife in Shimla.

5. Scandal Point - It is a great place to enjoy a relaxing evening as the sun sets behind the mountains and the city lights come up. You can enjoy the view while you gorge on some hill station Maggi and a hot cup of tea.

6. The Ridge - This is one of the most popular places to visit in Shimla at night. Located in the heart of the city, The Ridge is a wide open street located at the end of Mall Road and the social hub of the city. The famous Summer Festival is held here each year with live performers. There is a vibrant market here and the open space is filled with locals and visitors enjoying the views.

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What are the famous night markets in Shimla?

If you love to shop then Shimla has several options for you to indulge in. Enjoy the vibrant nightlife in Shimla with an expedition to some of its famous night markets such as

1. Ram Bazaar - The winding lanes of Ram Bazaar is lined with shops selling anything and everything you can think of. This is the best place to shop for some authentic Tibetan artifacts, souvenirs, and clothes. Ram Bazaar is also famous for its fresh produce such as local fruits, jams, squashes, etc.

2. Lower Bazaar - The interconnected lanes of Lower Bazaar in Shimla is one intriguing maze with an equally fascinating range of shops and street vendors. There is a massive variety of items for you to explore from artifacts, to trinkets, to handicraft items, to handwoven shawls and so much more. Here you can also purchase a delectable selection of unusual squashes, jams, and pickles made by the local produce here. You can also indulge in a wide variety of street food such as chaats, momos, and other mouthwatering items.

3. Lakkar Bazaar - This is one of the most fascinating places to go shopping in Shimla. The market specializes in woodwork and has a massive selection of intricately carved woodwork for you to choose from.

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Where can I go in Shimla with family at night?

1. Go ice skating - Enjoy a delightful and adventurous evening with your family at Asia’s only open-air ice skating rink. This is one of the best things to do with your family in Shimla in winters.

2. Scandal Point - This is one of the popular attractions in Shimla that has an intriguing story behind it. The Point itself is a beautiful and scenic place with a fantastic view of the surrounding mountains covered with a dense forest of spruce and fir.

3. Go camping - Spend the night under the stars and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of your tent. Shimla has several great camping spots ideal for families as well. There are many places where you can enjoy a trek and then set up camp for the night.

4. Visit The Ridge - It is a wonderful, wide-open space with a market and excellent views. This is the main cultural and social hub of Shimla and it is ideal to spend a relaxing evening with your family with a hot cup of tea warming your fingers. Most of the events, fairs, and festivals are held here.

5. Explore Mall Road - Enjoy the sights and sounds of Mall Road and indulge in the various street food you can find here. Most of the shops stay open till 10 pm but the clubs in Shimla Mall Road stay open till way past midnight.

What are the best night clubs and pubs in Shimla?

1. Sixteen 69 Lounge Bar - Sixteen 69 Lounge Bar is one of the trendiest and upscale nightclubs in Shimla. It is famous amongst locals and visitors for its fantastic ambiance, intoxicating cocktails, and an excellent multi-cuisine menu. It is one of the best places to enjoy the nightlife in Shimla whether you are with friends or your significant other.

2. The Pub - Located in the Ritz Cineplex, The Pub offers some of the best brews in the town. The trendy ambiance, classy people, excellent menu, and some of the best mocktails is what The Pub is famous for.

3. Cloud Nine Bar - This is the perfect place to enjoy the enchanting views of Shimla while enjoying a drink. They also have an excellent menu to accompany your drinks.

4. Footloose Discos -
Footloose is one of the most popular nightclubs in Shimla if you want to dance the night away. Great music and celebrity DJs are some of the specialties of this nightclub.

5. The Brew Estate - This is the largest microbrewery in Shimla and its comfortable cafe decor offers the perfect ambiance for a relaxing evening to unwind.

6. Lobby Lounge The Oberoi Cecil - This is a great place to indulge in a variety of cocktails, mocktails, unique concoctions, and interesting brews. The Lobby Lounge also has a dance floor with the trendiest music to groove to as you enjoy the wonderful nightlife in Shimla.

7. Himani Club and Restaurant - Located in the heart of the city, Himani Club and Restaurant serves some of the most exquisite drinks as well as an equally delectable menu.

Where can we eat in Shimla at night?

1. Ashiana & Goofa - If you have a yearning for authentic Himachali cuisine then this is the place to be. It is located in Lower Bazaar and serves some of the most tantalizing traditional Himachali food.

2. Spars Lodge - This homely restaurant offers a wide range of mouthwatering food items and the star of the menu is the locally and freshly caught trout.

3. Indian Coffee House -
Ideally located, this is one of the most popular eateries in Shimla for locals as well as visitors. The most famous item here is ironically the Masala Dosa.

4. Qilaa -
Arabian styling and Arabian music in the background adds to the exotic ambience of Qilaa. They serve a wonderful selection of Indian, Lebanese, Chinese and Italian cuisine.

5. Embassy Restaurant - Warm and welcoming interiors with some of the best dishes on its menu, the Embassy Restaurant offers some of the best dining experiences in Shimla.

Is Shimla a safe place to party at night?

Yes, Shimla is perfectly safe to party at night. Although, most of the shops and markets are closed by 9pm people are around for camps, bonfires, stargazing, etc. There are many clubs in Shimla Mall Road that stays open till almost midnight, where you can party and indulge in some excellent brews, cocktails and mocktails as well as a fantastic meal.

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