10 Best Bars and Night Clubs in Colombo

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Best Night Clubs and Bars in Colombo!

While Sri Lanka offers a range of activities, Colombo is where the party happens. Since time immemorial travellers and traders alike have expressed their fascination with this tear drop shaped island in the Indian Ocean. Sri Lanka’s strategic position right in the middle of major trade routes endeared it to many as the pearl of the Indian Ocean or Ceylon. With the end of the country’s civil war, the country and its capital have steadily worked its way up the popular list of must visit cities. Except on days of the full moon (considered a Buddhist holiday), the city has more than enough cocktail lounges and pubs to keep travellers busy. Read on for some of the best local spots to sum up a Sri Lanka Nightlife experience.

Here are the 10 Best Night clubs in Colombo

ON14

Situated within the premises of Ozo Colombo, along Marine Drive, ON 14 is the trendy rooftop sit out at this chic modernistic hotel. The lounge and bar offer an amazing view of the ocean as well as the busy city streets below.  Located on the hotel’s 14th floor, the bar area also features an infinity pool and perhaps the best atmosphere to unwind and enjoy the cityscapes. The seating is comfortable and casual and owing to the lounge’s close proximity to the city, it’s a favourite hangout among the locals. The bar serves a wide range of cocktails, with some interesting local spirits added to its mixes. For those looking to sample the Colombo Nightlife, On14 is a good place to start. A recommended favourite at the bar is the Pearl of Sri Lanka cocktail which includes local arrack, citrus and some Earl Grey tea extract.

Address: No: 36-38, Clifford Place, 14th Floor – OZO Colombo Sri Lanka, Colombo,

The Floor by O!

When it comes to best Night clubs in Colombo Sri Lanka, The Floor by O! is definitely one of the more popular hangout spots among locals and visitors alike.  Fondly known among locals as ‘Floor’, the bar and restaurant is within a short distance of the major entertainment venues and hotels in Colombo. As such any Saturday evening spent outside at say the local theatre, will end up with friends invariably dropping into ‘Floor’ to check out the music. Sandwiched in the same building between two other older night clubs in Colombo, the bar has grown in popularity owing to its musical entertainment. From live bands to very talented DJs and even visiting foreign DJs, the Floor by O! although minimalist in design and furnishings, offers some amazing cocktails and drinks.  

Address: 41 3/1 Maitland Crescent, Colombo 7, Colombo, Sri Lanka,

Sky Lounge

Should visitors to Colombo have little time to spare, then, a visit to the Kingsbury’s rooftop bar called the Sky Lounge should be amongst their Things-To-Do in Colombo. Far from being a bar with a pretty view, the food and drinks at the lounge are quite appetizing as well. However, what sets the Sky Lounge from other breathtaking Colombo Nightlife experiences is its 360 view of the heart of the island’s busy commercial capital. The rooftop bar offers diners a fantastic view of all the city’s key landmarks amidst the backdrop of a setting sun, what more could one ask for. From the World Trade Center Towers, to the Commercial Fort area and famed Chinese funded Port City , the view is the best vantage point Colombo has to offer.

Address: Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Curve

Set within Park Street’s cobbled street lane of eateries this tapas bar called the Curve, is another popular offering of the Park Street brand. Decked in lavender and white  furnishings, the tapas offerings are really quite delicious and not to mention the drinks menu. Friday night is when the magic unfolds as the local champions of Colombo Nightlife gather at the cobbled stone roadway interspersed with tables, chairs and busy wait staff hurrying along. The Curve is also known for its live musical acts which dish out retro classics that get any crowd going. However, the bar is also home to many jazz themed nights and offers the ideal venue for a romantic evening or a place to meet up with business associates.

Address: Park Street Mews, 50/1 Park Street, Colombo 2, Colombo 00200, Sri Lanka

Inn on the Green

With an ambiance that encompasses a typical pub in Britain, the Inn on the Green is where the local Sri Lanka nightlife comes to savour authentic pub grub. The little England eatery features typical quiz nights for regulars and some hearty meals to enjoy with a pint of the local brand of Lion lager beer. The interior is kitted with heavy wooden furnishings and lighting that isn’t too harsh and sets just the right mood for a cosy night of catching up with friends. The pub also hosts nights of live music from local to foreign bands and the genres vary from lighter pop to rock on certain nights.

Address: 2 A2, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka

The Library

Visitors to this part of the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel, should not be put off with the less than enthusiastic title of this exclusive venue. As far as Nightclubs in Sri Lanka go, the Library by far offers perhaps the most inventive setting. During the day time the Library is a calm and chic hang out location replete with books and magazines. However, once the sun begins to set that’s when the Colombo Nightlife experience really gets going. As its name would suggest,  The Library comes equipped with pool tables, games and a dart board. From live bands to DJs spinning tracks the venue offers a variety of beverages and nibbles to keep the party going amidst and elegant setting.

Address: Sir Chittampalam A Gardiner Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Margarita Blue

Situated within the Galadari Hotel Colombo, the Margarita Blue is the inhouse bar and nightclub of the hotel. Unlike other Nightclubs in Sri Lanka which cater to more EDM this is perhaps one of the few places where the music of yesteryear is still considered golden. For retro music fans that are looking to kick back and enjoy some good live music while enjoying the Colombo Nightlife, the Margarita Blue is the place. The bar’s counter that runs across the dance floor faces the Indian ocean. There aren’t too many experiences that match up to spending an evening enjoying a drink while watching the ocean waves against the backdrop of some familiar tunes.  

Address: The Galadari Hotel, 64, Lotus Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka,

Cloud Red

The Cinnamon Red hotel is a relatively new comer to Colombo’s hotel landscape. However its rooftop bar located on the 26th floor has just tipped the scales for best view among the Colombo nightlife crowd. This chic business hotel is also complete with contemporary furnishings where the colour red dominates the theme throughout its restaurants and bar. Cloud Red is located close to the heart of Colombo´s business centre and is becoming the gathering place to wind down after heady business meetings. The bar boasts of play tables that are interactive and fancy LED lights in its indoor area. The beverage list is extensive and the spicy calamari nibbles come recommended.

Address: 59 Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka,

Glow Bar

The Glow Bar  down Sir Mohamed Marcan Marker Mawatha, is housed in the building of the Automobile Association in Sri Lanka. Among the Nightclubs in Sri Lanka, the Glow Bar is where Colombo´s elite and professionals meet.  The bar being located in the heart of Colombo´s central business district has meant that its a popular met-up place for the working crowd. The bar´s open space offers minimalistic furnishings but allows for cosy corners. While the cocktails and food are quite popular many club hoppers prefer to order their spirit of choice by the bottle and linger in their corners through the night.

Address: Automobile Association Building 3rd Floor 42A Sir Mohamed Marcan Marker Mawatha, Colombo

Cheers Pub

The Cheers Pub located at the CInnamon Grand hotel has really nailed the look and feel of a  typical English pub. The carpeted floors along with the wooden furniture all add to the cosy atmosphere  of this popular mainstay hang out among those in the Colombo Nightlife circle. The food is standard British pub fare done well. Beer can be had off the tap and for sports fans, the big screens are available to watch their favourite games. In fact, as a cricket loving nation, don´t be surprised to find patrons of the pub glued to a screen when the local cricket team is playing. The best aspect of the pub is that it offers a play area which is supervised by staff.  Those with family can enjoy a meal while the youngest members of the family enjoy their time as well.

Address:  14/15A (4th Floor), R. A. De Mel Mawatha, Colombo 00400

The Love Bar

The Love Bar located within the premises of the Flamingo House restaurant, is a colourful, dreamy and a pleasantly quirky atmosphere to unwind in with a drink.  The restaurant in itself is decked out with pink flamingoes and pastel shaded furniture and is an eclectic feast for the eyes. This same romantic theme follows diners upstairs who wish to linger on for a drink. The Love Bar is a small space but an inviting and cosy one with lots of spaces just for two. For some island centric, fruity cocktails with a punch, the  Mirtilo Mojito and the Flamingo Rosa come highly recommended.

Address: 58A Horton Place Colombo 7s

There is no way you can miss out on the most incredible nights ever with these 10 best night clubs in Colombo.

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