Bars & Pubs

The best places to drink in Sri Lanka, as recommended by our local experts

Cosy up in Comfort
Bars and pubs

Cosy up in Comfort

Soft music almost overshadowed by the gentle murmur of the patron’s voices create an atmosphere that promise a wonderful time. Hide away after a productive day at a cosy bar or lounge with friends. Linger over carefully prepared dishes and sip masterfully created drinks; a perfect way to end your day in Colombo.

The Kings
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The Kings

On the ground floor of The Kingsbury, near the entrance, The Kings is secluded right behind the grand lobby of the hotel. Red chairs and dark tones, relieved by light hues give character to the bar that is stocked with every kind of beverage fit for a king!  It’s fun to drop in for a quick one or to linger longer in this plush place.

Capital Bar and Grill
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Capital Bar and Grill

The Capital Bar and Grill offers a veritable feast for the palate and the eye. The show kitchen allows patrons to observe the master chefs as they whip up succulent dishes. At the bar area, mixologists shake up fine concoctions. The Capital Bar and Grill boasts an extensive selection of whiskies, fine wines and cocktails, delectable steaks and seafood grills.

Traveller’s Bar
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Traveller’s Bar

The Traveller’s Bar, Galle Face Hotel overlooking the Indian Ocean presents a pleasant view of the sea. The newly renovated bar bestows a serene ambience and the charming atmosphere is an ideal getaway to sneak peak after office hours with your loved ones. With antique interior and wood creating a cosy space, it is the ideal place to relax and have a cold beer.  

L.A.B
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L.A.B

L.A.B., the Lounge and Bar at Hilton Colombo, is a brilliant place at which to chill out or hold a business or social event. Set at one end of a bustling lobby, the stylish, eclectically-designed interior in hues of orange, brown and grey, affords a view of a scenic lotus pond through its large picture windows. The relaxed but sophisticated lounge is popular for its High Tea.

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Traveller’s Bar
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Traveller’s Bar

The Traveller’s Bar, Galle Face Hotel overlooking the Indian Ocean presents a pleasant view of the sea. The newly renovated bar bestows a serene ambience and the charming atmosphere is an ideal getaway to sneak peak after office hours with your loved ones. With antique interior and wood creating a cosy space, it is the ideal place to relax and have a cold beer.  

Thorana Lounge
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Thorana Lounge

The soothing tune of the piano sets the ambience for any style of meeting at the popular  Thorana Lounge at Hilton Colombo. View the garden and the lotus pond from comfortable lounge chairs as you enjoy sushi or satay with 32 varieties of different blends of tea.  Beverages, a light lunch and other delectable eats are also available. From quiet music to pulsating beats, there is entertainment provided at the Thorana Lounge in the evenings to complement the tipple of your choice.

Galle Face Pool Bar
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Galle Face Pool Bar

At Galle Face Hotel, overlooking the beach and the vast ocean, is a wooden terrace and salt water pool. Going for a swim and soaking up the sun and sea breeze sounds like the perfect way to spend the day. There is an added appeal to this scenario. Galle Face Hotel offers casual dining in this relaxed atmosphere at its exclusive Poolside Bar & Terrace. The Restaurant and Bar serves aperitifs, beer, wines, cocktails and spirits, mocktails, tea, coffee and fruit juices along with salads, bites, snacks sandwiches, curries and desserts. The chance to enjoy food and drinks, lounging on a sunbed watching the shimmer of the sea is beguiling.

Yumi
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Yumi

Yumi is a modern exposition of a sushi bar at Taj Samudra Hotel. As you step inside, the change in environment is overwhelming, with the sudden appearance of sleek polished tables and plush orange chairs around the opulent hallways and high ceiling, giving out the vibe of a very happening and upbeat city. Yumi is host to a flair bartender and DJ music in the evenings. The menu varies from hot and cold appetisers, to miso soup, sashimi, nigiri, temaki, teppanyaki, gohan (rice), entrees, desserts and Japanese teas.

Cheers Pub
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Cheers Pub

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.

Rooftop bars

ON14
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ON14

As the sun goes down, ON14 comes alive in a neon glow with clinking glasses and chirpy customers. The rooftop bar and lounge provides mesmerising views of the shoreline and of Colombo itself. On the roof top of OZO Colombo, the lively space with an eclectic setting fanned by the sea breeze is the perfect place to let loose. Whether you are in need of a place to relax and chillout with a refreshing beverage, to converse with friends or to relish the beautiful tropical sunset, ON14 has you covered. Hip live music keeps the atmosphere happening while reputed DJs spin House, techno and retro tunes all night long. The mixologists know how to prepare a cocktail to get you into your groove. ON14 serves an exciting range of drinks and tapas, some with a Sri Lankan twist, especially a spicy one. Diners can indulge in mouthwatering and wholesome meals at the bar and lounge. If you are in need of something hearty on weekends, head over for a scrumptions brunch. Be it snacks or burgers, ON14 has the perfect fix for almost every hunger pang. ON14 hosts unique theme nights, like Halloween that are great fun, while the regular deals such as ladies nights, are quite popular amongst the city’s workaholics as well as tourists. The rooftop pool is ideal to host a pool party and celebrate with a splash. Catch a glimpse of the pastel hued Colombo skyline, relish the salty ocean breeze or dance the night away at ON14!

Sky Lounge
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Sky Lounge

Called one of the hippest bars in Colombo, the post-modern design of the Sky Lounge complements nightly entertainment with a menu of exciting and creative selections. Sky Lounge also carries cigars, premium champagne and signature molecular cocktails.  The view is sensational attracting patrons to gaze at the Colombo Port, the old parliament and the Galle Face Green. Be there before dusk to witness the stunning sunset when the sky’s cloudless. It is a popular venue for stargazers and to view Colombo’s burgeoning skyline.

Cloud Red • Colombo
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Cloud Red • Colombo

Perched on the 26th floor of the Cinnamon Red Hotel, Cloud Red is the highest rooftop bar in Colombo. Providing an unobstructed 360º view of the city, Red is the pervading theme, of course with some other colours thrown in. There are stunning views of the ocean, harbour or the twinkling lights of the city at night, or you can catch the spectacular sunset if you make it to the bar before 5.45pm.  Comfy seating creates a very relaxed ambience spiced with some contemporary jazz, and there is a sheltered enclosure if it happens to rain. The menu has a varied selection of beverages, tapas and some fusion dishes; the service is fast and efficient. Cloud Red’s a great place to chill, muse on the view and nibble away on some tasty snacks.