Bars & Pubs

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

CÉ LA VI COLOMBO
Nightlife

CÉ LA VI COLOMBO

The striking and gamorous setting of red and beige opens out to a dramatic skyline of Colombo and the Indian Ocean. CÉ LA VI Colombo located at the rooftop of the Kingsbury Hotel has added a novel dimension to the bustling city's nightlife. Complete with an exotic lounge and elegant restaurant, this is the latest iconic rooftop venue of the international brand CÉ LA VI. A convergence of style, adventurous cuisine as well as specially selected music, the lounge fosters a feel of an oasis in the sky. It has an ambience that transforms with the moods of nature; leisurely at dusk and exciting at night. A mix of classic and modern tunes fill the air as specially handpicked DJs bring to life the unique 'CÉ LA VI atmosphere'.  There are daily 'Sunset Sessions' while live DJ sessions commence at 5pm. To maintain a diverse vibe, the lounge hosts a variety of theme nights such as 'Social Funktion', 'Sky High Groove' and 'Classic Past and Present'. Fanned by the ocean breeze,CÉ LA VI Colombo is the ideal place to relax while enjoying refreshing beverages crated by the region's finest mixologists. Inspired by the island's tropical ingredients, the signature cocktails have been specially curated for Sri Lanka and are perfectly suited for the balmy weather. The tapas menu features skewers, an array of maki and tempura that all take their cue from modern Asian cuisine.  A glittering corridor embellished with a bamboo feature leads to the CÉ LA VI restaurant, where a formal dining settin

Traveller’s Bar
Bars and pubs

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.  

Margarita Blue
Bars and pubs

Margarita Blue

The mood in Margarita Blue is anything but blue. It’s a jolly ground floor cocktail lounge with great live music (by Mirage from Wednesday to Saturday), especially retro. There’s traditional pub games too, such as darts, snooker and pool, and even a giant screen for sports fans to catch up on the latest game, keeping patrons engrossed. If the mood is right and the music cool, dance along to it; it’s that kind of place. 

The Dining Room
Restaurants

The Dining Room

An obvious name for this glass-walled cube of a restaurant in the lobby of the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel. Meals are served as buffets, testing the ingenuity of the chefs to produce lots of different items for every meal; there is always a curry corner whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner. The food quantity and quality are impressive and whether you’re a vegetarian or not you will find something palatable. Being a buffet restaurant it is often crowded and the service is reasonably efficient, if charmless, because of the place’s popularity with determined diners serving themselves.

Cheers Pub
Bars and pubs

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.

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Where to go for cocktails

Botanik
Restaurants

Botanik

Botanik Bistro and Bar, on the rooftop of the Fairway Colombo hotel in Fort, has become a much-loved hang-out for many since its inception. With indoor and outdoor spaces creating a laid-back yet upscale atmosphere, this venture is bound to give guests a food and drink experience that is inspired by all things botanical. In addition to good food, music and ambience, this bar is also a favourite amongst many for its ecstatic view of the city from the rooftop. The restaurant specialises in a menu that goes along the lines of a fine dining experience yet takes a twist in serving high-end delicious food and drinks in a casual and relaxed environment. The detailed interior décor, revolving around a combination of rusticity and modernity, further adds to the aura and ambience of this rooftop bistro and bar.

L.A.B
Bars and pubs

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.

Breeze Bar
Bars and pubs

Breeze Bar

Located by the pool of Cinnamon Grand Hotel, the Breeze Bar is open-sided with a relaxed atmosphere. With décor inspired by Balinese culture, the bar provides the perfect setting for a meeting with friends, an idyllic gathering with like-minded souls or simply to relax in the cool of a lingering evening. Tropical cocktails, finger foods and luscious sandwiches make up the appetising menu; every Saturday there’s a poolside BBQ.

Oasis Lounge
Bars and pubs

Oasis Lounge

With a soothing ambience, an extensive bar menu, and easy access, the Oasis lounge is perfect to unwind after a long day.

Traveller’s Bar
Bars and pubs

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.  

Rooftop bars

ON14
Bars and pubs

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!

Cloud Red • Colombo
Bars and pubs

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.