Infinity Futsal –
Gangtok is crazy about sports, particularly football, and it is crazy about live gigs. Bringing these two passions together is Infinity Futsal Arena, which is a sports-club-meets-pub. Located in the posh upper Tadong area, this joint also hosts interesting events such as Cosplay Evenings, live rap sessions and open mics. The café in this joint serves some divine thin-crust pizzas that go down well with chilled beer and the Euro Cup on large screens, as excited fans shout around you. This is where the cool kids in Gangtok party at and the place is tough to get into on a weekend.
Homeground Sports Bar –
If you like to watch football on a big screen, surrounded by other enthusiasts and with a beer in hand, Homeground Sports Bar & Café is your go-to place. The walls in this joint are lined with legends of the sport, including massive odes to the local hero and ex-India captain, Bhaichung Bhutia. When not showing football, the sports bar offers foosball and snooker tables to its guests to spend an evening playing, with alternative and rock hits in the background.
Mayfair Casino –
A little distance from Gangtok, on the way to Rumtek Monastery, Mayfair Spa & Resort in Gangtok is built in Sikkim monastic tradition-meets-colonial architectural style. This stunning spa resort is also home to India’s first five-star on-shore gaming casino, Mahjong. The entry fee of `2,000 per person at the casino includes six drinks, snacks, buffet meals, playing chips and a dropoff to M.G. Road, the main artery of Gangtok, which is a long way from here. At the casino, you can access blackjack, roulette, poker, flush and various slot machines. While not a traditional party place, Mahjong can win you over with popular commercial tunes that are played at conversation level for people to be able to hear each other. The place is open 24 hours.
Café Live & Loud –
This pub has hosted some of the most prominent desi blues and alternative rock bands, and is touted as the “only acoustically designed pub in Northeast India.” Live & Loud looks pretty ordinary from the outside, hidden as it is behind a jungle of electrical wires, but as you climb up the fluorescent-lit stairway and step inside the café, you’ll be met by colorful interiors and attentive staff. The food is not much to write home about but this is a nice place to catch up on some work, using the free wi-fi, as you wait for the evening’s line-up to do the sound check and start playing. They’ve started giving in to demand for DJ weekends. Weekdays are mostly live acts, though.