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Casa Colombo is a really nice little hotel, very trendy.
they just opened their bar ZAZA.
the prices are reasonable, the cocktails are good, there is a long wine list (although not the best)
and the staff is friendly.
Its not a big place but it doesnt get crowded, it has a nice ambiance. a bit dark but they give you little pentorches to be able to read the menu! nice touch. shame it closes at midnight
nice and stylish place to go in colombo to enjoy and afternoon evening drink with friends
Written Jun 24, 2012
Address: 231 galle road
Clancey's is a great pub to hang out, with live music 7 days a week from 8pm till 2 am! A must check out the next time you visit Sri Lanka, and is conveniently located in the heart of Colombo!
The music ranges from DJ's to live bands playing stuff from the 60's through to today.
they also have great dinner and snacks!
Dress Code: jeans and shoes and a T Shirt is all you need.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
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Being a Canadian living in Colombo for the past 5 years, I've come to know of LOTS of GREAT NIGHTLIFE in Colombo, you just have to find it! Starting with MARGHERITA BLUE NIGHTCLUB at the Galadari Hotel, which has great bands, great music, great food & drinks, and a great crowd too, to the RYTHM & BLUES NIGHTCLUB, which also has all of the above, to some great DANCE CLUBS like ZOUK, D'S, etc., and of-course the CASINO's which are really fun places to spend evenings in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
I guess one of the things that makes the nightlife so great in Sri Lanka is the COST.
Sri Lanka is still one of the cheapest places to party compared to any part of the world, it's very cheap to get around, and people are EXTREMELY friendly!
The other tips for enjoying a great evening out in Sri Lanka is that you should act like you belong, don't go up to the front door and try to pay, simply walk in, and in most cases you are automatically exempt from entry fees!
ALWAYS be polite & friendly (except to the occasional tout or beach boy), nobody in Sri Lanka fights or tries to bully people around, they are a great laid back society, and you can really enjoy yourself here, if you know where to go!
Oh, and by the way, most places are not really happening till after 11 PM although things start up around 9 PM, and you can usually go till 4 or 5 or even later in the morning! (Casinos 24 hours).
Dress Code: Most clubs will not allow you in with sandals, or shorts (for guys), girls can wear just about anything!
Written Sep 28, 2010
Address: Start at the Galadari Hotel
Nightlife in SL sucks everywhere...In colombo if u go to any pubs all u'll find is prostitutes...
But there is this German pub which is bang opposite to Galle Face Hotel...the ambience is pretty good...ther's a couple there who play guitar nd sing along...Food ...just like all other places is good and so are the cocktails!!!
Written Feb 9, 2010
Rhythm and Blue (R&B) has been a local night club lasting over 10 years IN Colombo. its close to all city hotels and caters mostly alternative rock or oldies at most. with a dance floor and limited access -it allows a bit of the older generation (80-2000') to enjoy some of its tunes back ! live music is avilable and nigth life is best during friday and sat. pool tables and food is also available, while hard spirits and beer is freely available.
Dress Code: casual but no slippers , sandles and shorts...
Written Dec 16, 2009
What bars there are outside the tourist resorts tend to be exclusively male affairs and can be a little grim, however most villages will have a ‘wine store’ or ‘beer shop’ selling local and occasionally imported beers and spirits for consumption off the premises and assuming your guesthouse doesn't have a bar (Government Rest Houses and the ever-increasing number of wedding halls usually do) your guest house owner probably won’t mind you bring a few beers back for a drink in the evening.
Of course your hosts may object on religious grounds, although I've never come across this but either way it’s polite to ask, in some areas (like Kataragama) and on some days, including Poya Day and other religious holidays alcohol is banned but in most cases if you tell the manager what you want during the day and he’ll often offer get it for you.
Updated Jan 24, 2009
Your hotel management understandably want your cash in their tills so will not encourage you to go out of an evening but there is not a lot to keep you in the hotel except overpriced drinks and the odd pretty dire cultural show. Even if you are all inclusive it's worth getting out to see something a bit more 'real'.
The main resorts all have locally owned small bars and it would be a mistake not to venture out of an evening, there really is nothing to be scared of. Drinks are a fraction of the price you pay in your hotel and the company is often better. Bar owners know where their bread is buttered, they want you to come back and will do their best to see you have a good night. The best are open air so you can see in, try a drink inone and if you don’t like it move on.
You maybe offered arrack, its not a particularly nice drink and does not always bring out the best in people so if in doubt leave it out. Imported spirits are expensive in Sri Lanka, most bars have local alternatives.
Updated Jan 22, 2009
Lots of dope or 'Ganga' is smoked around the tourist resorts, the beach boys will offer you it and it is smoked fairly openly in some of the more secluded bars. Penalties for possession and trafficking of drugs go as high as the death penalty but you are more likely to be caught up in a scam which ends up with you making a hefty donation to a local policeman. The dope here is very very strong so for one reason or another you need to tread carefully.
Updated Jan 22, 2009
A Sri Lankan night can be a magical experience but if you want western style nightlife you are probably in the wrong country. In Colombo there are casinos and clubs, which tend to cater for the more affluent (often rather unpleasent VIPs with their bodyguards and men looking for the company of exploited female hostesss') and small towns may have a local bar (catering for the more desperate) but these are probably not the sort of place you will want to frequent.
Your hotel management will do their best to entertain you as you sip your overpriced after dinner drinks with your fellow Europeans but believe me the novelty will soon wear off and even the most love-struck couples will be eager for a change of scenery by the end of the first week.
Touts or beach boys can be a pain in the arse, but do not let that stop you getting to know the locals and if you get invited to visit a Sri Lankan home jump at the chance. Unless your new found friends are Muslim they will almost certainly agree to share a beer with you of an evening so if you enjoy your daytime visit (i.e. if you are not asked for money) suggest getting together for a drink after dinner one night.
The locals may know a reasonable local bar but for a real treat get yourself invited to their home to share a few beers with their family and friends (their friends will turn up anyway so you might as well include them in the invitation). Arrange a time and place for them to pick you up in a three-wheeler (only tourists call them tuk tuks), grab your bug spray and enjoy your evening. It gets lively and even though you will be buying all the beer it is a relatively cheap night out.
Dress Code: Go casual but smart; Sri Lankan's know good clothes and will appreciate it if you make an effort when you are visiting their home. It's customary to take a small gift when ever you visit a Sri Lankan house, a cake will do but anything from your home country will be particularly appreciated (although in Sri Lanka it is considered rude to examine a gift in front of the giver so your gift will be put out of sight as soon as you hand it over).
PS: While relatively cheap to westerners, booze is a luxury item to most Sri Lankan people which they simply cannot afford on a regular basis so expect to pay for all the beer that you and your friends are likely to drink. Give them the money to go and buy the booze because anywhere in Sri Lanka a white face can sometimes lead to a sudden bout of price inflation.
If you do not get invited out but want to escape your hotel, ask a friendly three-wheeler driver, they usually know what is going on. (if you are in Bentota try Wunderbar, it is a gem)
Updated Jan 22, 2009
I agree that there is NO nightlife outside Colombo in Sri Lanka but in Colombo nightlife sure exists!!
You can find a huge number of srilankans clubbing and partying at happening clubs like H20, Nuovo(Onyx),tabu.. RnB in duplication road is good for retro music lovers and its another happening club that gets all crowded late at night..
Clanceys which is an irish pub n restaurant provides good food n good music as well..plus there are many more ways to enjoy your nights in Colombo!!!
Dress Code: Clubs like h20 and Nuvovo - slinky clubwear
RnB - a hot top with pants for ladies n even denim jeans are ok 4 both guys or gals
Written Dec 25, 2007
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