The finest bars to visit for Happy Hour

A host of bars and pubs come alive as its time to unwind with the best hour of the day!

Curve is a bar in Colombo
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By Swetha |
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The city is filled with chic cool bars and stylish splendour. Find your favourite cocktail or beverage at one of these quality establishments located near you. From hotel bars to merry pubs, here is our pick-of-the bunch that serves the right Happy Hour for you any day of the week.

Tea Lounge is a cafe in Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Restaurants, Snacks

Tea Lounge

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This luxurious Tea Lounge is an ideal place to meet your friends or have a business conversation. This stylish, colourful atmosphere is sure to lighten your mood. This exotic atmosphere is blended with hues of red comfy couches, surrounded by an eco friendly environment, giving pleasant views through the glass doors. The speciality at The Tea Lounge is the rich High Tea from Nuwara Eliya, or order your favourite fruit juice or cocktail and enjoy the ambience with live music. You can try the different blends of tea accompanying a light snack. This place is ideal to have post dinner drinks, and entertainment is guaranteed.

7º North is a restaurant in Colombo
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Restaurants

7° North

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7° North at the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel has a relaxing atmosphere, inspired by its view of the shimmering Beira Lake. The restaurant exudes a chic and lively vibe, and seems to draw in business and social crowds alike. Guests choose between the open air dining area overlooking the lake and the indoor bar with its upbeat music and live entertainment. The restaurant specialises in tapas and a Mediterranean menu served in an elegantly casual environment, popular with Colombo’s young trend setters.

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Bars and pubs, Bars

Pool Bar

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The Pool Bar at Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel, overlooking the Beira Lake, not only provides a feast for the eyes with its view of the water, but is also an ideal setting to enjoy a cool drink. Located by the 33m-long pool, which has an additional kiddies’ pool, this is a blissful setting to enjoy a diverse range of light snacks, tropical cocktails and drinks.   

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Restaurants

In on the Green

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In On the Green, facing Galle Face Road, Colombo 3, is one of Colombo’s favourite pubs. The rustic wooden interior and dim yellow lighting create the mood for a lively and cheerful night. Sixties memorabilia along with retro wall hangings and vintage beer barrel enhance the classic pub ambience at In On the Green. It is the ideal setting for a hangout with friends or simply to unwind after a busy day at work. Soothing live music featuring popular Sri Lankan bands coupled with delectable meals make it a great place. Open mic nights are a favourite amongst the patrons. In On the Green also hosts weekly quiz nights to provide an engaging atmosphere for its diners. The cheerful and bustling ambience with comfortable seating, allows one to enjoy the band or for sports fanatics to cheer for their favourite players while enjoying the live screening of sports. Be it cricket, soccer or rugby, all the major international sporting events are screened at the pub. IOG serves a wonderful range of cocktails and mocktails, including their own creative mixes. In terms of food, nearly all pub-favourites feature on the menu. Whether its Fish and Chips, Hot Butter Cuttlefish, Club Sandwich or Burger, you will find them to be delicious and mouthwatering. They also serve a range of scrumptious appetisers and snacks . Drop in during the daily Happy Hour or Late Happy Hour to enjoy deals on beverages and food. The bar’s special offer for the day is also displayed. The atmosphere at Inn

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Park Street Mews Restaurant  is a restaurant in Colombo
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Restaurants, Fusion

Park Street Mews Restaurant

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Park Street Mews is a converted ware house complex with cobble stone paved, pedestrian-only access. Among the complex of  sophisticated restaurants, art galleries and a spa down the alleyway, the Park Street Mews Restaurant is a light-filled, warehouse space at the entrance of the cul-de-sac. It has become a popular place to relax on settees while enjoying a coffee or drink from the bar, or dining from a delightful combination of continental, tropical and classic dishes included on their menu. Park Street Mews also offers a variety of delicious desserts and a home made ice cream that proves irresistible.

Restaurants, Seafood

Big Fish

Savour the delicious spread of seafood prepared in a variety of ways including grills. Mouthwatering dishes of fresh seafood is cooked to perfection by the expert chefs.

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Restaurants, Fusion

Tides

Tides specialises in international cuisine. The restaurant serves freshly brewed coffees and fluffy pastries. The restaurant also incorporates a wine bar that serves refreshing beverages and spirits. With soothing music coupled with good food, unwind at the Tide.

Restaurants, Cafés

Mirissa Baking Company

Serves freshly baked cakes and snacks to relish in. The delightful range of desserts to tingle the sweet tooth is a specialty here. 

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Restaurants, Fusion

Surf's Up

Enjoy by the poolside with a delightful combination of impressive drinks accompanied by a blend of Western an Asian inspired bites.

Restaurants, Cafés

Curve

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Tapas, bar and music are synonymous with Curve, the trendy lounge and bar at the Park Street Mews complex with an extensive bar menu and live music. It stands adjacent to the restaurant offering authentic tapas. The inspiration behind the name is the curved design of the bar. The deep purple and silver interior radiates a chilled and relaxed ambience to enjoy the authentic tapas range, lunch specials, a refreshing beverage menu and ice cream specials. There is a distinctive menu at Curve with authentic tapas. Crab croquettes, salt and pepper squid with aioli, jamón bruschetta, patatas bravas and tortilla are among the many exciting dishes featured. The sandwiches, ideal for a quick lunch or a light dinner, are made with your choice of bread, such as panini or wraps. Only home-made ice creams are served at Curve and they come in several exciting flavours like Burnt Caramel, Chai Tea and many others. The sorbets offered come in Spiced Apple and Strawberry flavours. The Vault at the Curve features a unique single malt and cigar bar. While during the day the ambience is very relaxed, when the sun goes down Curve comes alive with mood lighting and live music. From Wednesday to Saturday, from 9pm onwards, the place pulsates with a mix of neo-jazz and soul, and renditions of 80's and 90's hits by young musicians and iconic figures of Colombo's music scene. Come experience the tapas, drinks and music at Curve!   

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Cheers Pub is pub in Colombo
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Bars and pubs, Pubs

Cheers Pub

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Catch some sporting action on the big screen at Cheers where the food served is of traditional British pub food. A game of snooker or pool or even classical pub games such as darts are available for an exciting time.

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Restaurants, Mediterranean

Harpo's Colombo Fort Café

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Upon entering the Old Dutch Fort in Colombo, you encounter Harpo’s Colombo Fort Café right opposite the entrance. Open from 9am to 11pm, throughout 365 days, this café is a favoured dining spot by both Sri Lankans and foreigners equally. Within this neatly cobbled, colonial atmosphere, the Colombo Fort Café delights you with its al fresco style dining. While the breezy ambience setsdinersateaseandisespecially romantic under the night sky, the stylish earthen feel indoors is distinct and together with the artsy décor, it creates a charming and cozy setting, relished equally by a couple on a date or a group of friends. The open-style kitchen in the café offers a unique twist to the dining experience. Watch chefs skillfully prepare your meal and neatly present it on a plate. The mouth-watering aromas will ensure you have a hearty appetite. Choose from an array of delicious meals at the café; from the unique tapas dishes, famous Harpo’s thin crust pizzas to burgers and grills. The pizzas come in a choice of 26 flavours,in4sizes;Regular,Large, Family size and 22-inch Square pizzas as well. Exotic cuisine such as the Ceviches with its tangy, zesty flavour on fresh seafood and authentic Sri Lankan dishes such as Prawn Curry with Bread are also available. There is quite a delightful range of specials for breakfast, lunch and dinner too. This includes the English Breakfast, Sri Lankan Breakfast and CFC Breakfast; lunchtime treats as well as daily and weekly specials.

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Stell Karaoke Bar and Lounge is a bar in Colombo
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Bars and pubs, Bars

Stella Karaoke Lounge & Bar

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Whether you can hold a tune or not, the experience of singing along to ’60s, ’70s or ’80s hits at Stella is fantastic fun. The retro and rock vibes bring memories flashing back to tempt you to sing along, pausing only to enjoy a light snack and a drink from the Stella’s comprehensive menu. 

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