2018 Apr 11
Sri Lankan Friday nights are always a battle between “let’s have a small shot” and “can we really afford enough 900 rupee cocktails to get drunk?” The struggle is real when you’re trying to balance your lifestyle with your bank account but we should consider ourselves truly blessed for incredible things like happy hours and BYOB places.
So the next time you’re looking to get “turnt”, here are all the places you can do it without digging a hole in your wallet:
Located at the end of Peter’s Lane in Dehiwala, The Deck is a slightly dodgy but good joint for a cheaper night out. It has an indoor area as well as an outdoor area so you can wiggle your toes in the sand while you enjoy some Sri Lankanised-Chinese.
A classy, chilled out little joint down Ward Place, Streat 360 is mid-range when it comes to prices and serves up some delicious Mexican grub. Focusing on street food from around the world, the cuisine and ambience at this funky little place will pair perfectly with that much looked forward to bottle on a Friday night.
Aimed a little more at the baila-singing loud crowd, Chatz dishes up Sri Lankan-ised Chinese and good bites. A typical Friday night here will consist of loud music and large groups of drunk youngsters, perfect to crack open that Old Arrack bottle in true Lankan style.
Almost everyone’s favorite thin-crust pizza joint is perfect for that laid back bottle of red wine with its rustic decor, great food and friendly service. Giovanni’s in Thimbirigasyaya is a personal favorite and is great for hosting large groups of people as well.
Zen (Zylan hotel)
The winning point at Zen in their incredible pool-side ambience that’s both private and chilled out for a small drink with an intimate group of friends. They have a multi-cuisine menu and will guarantee a solid night.
With a wide range of mocktails but no alcohol, Barracuda lets you BYOB right to the shores of the Dehiwala beach. They have a separate menu for Sizzlers as well as Chinese so there’s quite a variety of food you can choose from as well.
More on the higher end of the price spectrum, Epicure is a fine-dining establishment that serves up intricate dishes with exquisite flavor pairings. Choose to dine here if you don’t mind having a drink whilst shelling a few bucks on an upscale dinner that will tickle your taste buds.
A quaint little boutique hotel down Flower Road, the menu at Le Papillon includes intricate dishes such as Crab Dips and Turkey sandwiches but also familiar comfort food such as spicy fried rice and pies. It’s an intimate setting and quite laid back, perfect for a cozy date night.
Located down Col TG Jayawardena Mawatha in Colombo 03, Holybelly is a little difficult to spot but when you do, it’s worthwhile. This eatery is family friendly and strives to provide the best service to its customers! They’ve got a couple of scrumptious dishes and drinks, so make sure you try them out!
August by Mama Aida’s
Located down Dudley Senanayake Mawatha, August by Mama Aida’s consists of quaint outdoor seating; making it an exceptional venue to sit back, relax and de-stress. Although they do not allow hard liquor, they do allow customers to bring their own wine, so pair it up with some of their available dishes!
Brewing up authentic Italian dishes, Dolce Italia needs no introduction! The outlet down skeleton road is bigger than its previous outlet, being able to accommodate more people with comfortable spacing. The best part about Dolce Italia’s BYOB status is that they charge no corkage! That way you can spend your money on their delicious dishes instead!
Tucked away in Thalwathugoda, Wayne’s Junction is a cute little eatery featuring all things Australian! There’s nothing like sitting back and crackin’ open a cold one with the boys especially with good food at your service! They do charge a corkage fee of Rs.2000, which could also be redeemed by ordering food.
Upali’s by Nawaloka
Sri Lankans definitely know how to have fun and there’s no better way doing so than pairing our very own local dishes with our sessions. Whether it is a portion of rice or devilled chicken, nothing satisfies our quick Sri Lankan fix than Upali’s! Better yet, no corkage! However, Upali’s expects you to bring in a receipt of the drinks you’re bringing in as well, so keep that in mind to avoid disappointment!
Park Street Trattoria
PST is on a more fancy level, located within the stretch of high end restaurants down Park Street Mews. It fits the ambience of the Mews perfectly, so if you want good feels, food and company; try em out! Their corkage charges are Rs.3000 for hard liquor and Rs.800 for wine.
So there you have it, folks. Good company, great food, and boozy nights are awaiting, so go get cracking!