Once you breeze through the very busy (overflowing with tourists and visitors ) 'The Mall Road' of Manali , you should head straight to the old Manali, towards the Manu temple road.
The drifters owner, Nishant , wore a tee which said ' I came here for the beer (and the bitches) ' . Rumor has it that he left his advertising job with vodaphone in Mumbai and came to Manali , thus drifters. (Ok , I just read it in an article !)
You would also like to eat at 'My Place', run by notorious Maurizo . Good food, Greatttt music, Interesting menu with his photo on the cover (that much famous he is !).
Lazy Dog is not a restaurant, it's a state of mind : A little bit expensive than the others. Go if you have a bit heavier budget and want to say 'yes, I have been there' when you read about it in a magazine. Do check out the graffiti on the outside wall.
The forest reserve area , ticket Rs 10 only , entry is from just opposite the first garage on old Manali road . Go here so you can chase your friends (and more ;)) through trees and feel like a part of a bollywood movie .
You should go to Hadimba temple even if you avoid temples , just for the beautiful WALK to it. Also dress in the typical manali outfits available outside the temple and click . Not cliche' but classic !
Also the Manu temple road is lined with beautiful shops OFFERING multi colored and weird clothes , accessories, bags,caps ...... but look out for a 'painter's' shop, specializing in 'glow in dark' work. Its very affordable and you can ask him to paint anything! Also for girls , beautiful handmade earrings can be found in few shops.