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Where You Can BYOB in Colombo

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:

 

No Corkage Charged

 

Giovanni’s
Almost everyone’s favorite thin-crust pizza joint is perfect for that laid back bottle of red wine with its rustic decor, great food, friendly service. and no corkage! Giovanni’s in Thimbirigasyaya is a personal favorite and is great for hosting large groups of people as well.

 

Holybelly 

Holybelly

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 and no corkage! They’ve got a couple of scrumptious dishes and drinks, so make sure you try them out! 

 

Dolce Italia

Dolce Italia

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! However, you can only bring wine and beer.

 

Upali’s by Nawaloka

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 deviled 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.

 

Culture Colombo

Culture Colombo

Offering authentic Sri Lankan cuisine, Culture Colombo became wildly popular for what it had to offer! Even though the prices are quite steep, there is no corkage fee; making the dining experience totally worth it!

 

Bowl’d

Bowl’d

Offering a healthy option for fast food, Bowl’d focuses primarily on its range of customisable  Poké Bowls, inclusive of gluten free and low carb ingredients. It has an earthy concept, practicing an eco-friendly environment. The vibe at Bowl’d is super laid back with a touch of reggae playing in the background, making it even better because there’s no corkage fee!

 

Barracuda Crow Island

Offering a range of South Asian dishes, Barracuda’s second restaurant is now open at Crow Island. Enjoy yourself to alfresco dining by the beach along with items from their Indian, Thai or Chinese menus. No corkage fee applied.

 

Epicure

Epicure

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.

 

Charges Corkage

 

The Deck

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. Their corkage depends on what you are bringing and how many people are there so better to call in and check.

 

Chatz
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. The  catch: it’s only after 5.00pm and each person’s bill needs to rack up to at least LKR 1000.

 

Zen (Zylan hotel)

Zen (Zylan Rooftop Restaurant)

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. They have a corkage of LKR1500 for each bottle of wine and LKR3500 for anything else.

 

Barracuda

Barracuda- Reviewed

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.  However, each person’s bill needs to add up to LKR1500.

 

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! 

 

Wayne’s Junction

Wayne’s Junction

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. 

 

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.

 

Arcadia Café and Restaurant

Arcadia Café and Restaurant

Located down 16th Lane, Colombo 03, the Arcadia Café and Restaurant is a lovely eatery consisting of 3 different compartments for dining in. These include the bakery/café upon entering, along with an intimate dining area followed by a garden of greenery. There won’t be a corkage if each person spends more than Rs.1500 but if this is not the case there’s a  charge of Rs.200 for each person!

 

Il Cielo

Il Cielo

A rooftop fine dining restaurant, Il Cielo, specializes in Southern Italian food and offers a wide variety of drinks as well. The mood lighting and cozy atmosphere makes it a great spot for an intimate dinner or even a date. They have outdoor seating as well and the view is a bonus! It is situated below Berlin Sky Lounge, its German counterpart. They only allow foreign liquor and Rs.1500 will be charged as corkage.

 

Garton’s Ark

Garton’s Ark

Garton’s Ark offers a unique dining experience aboard a sailing restaurant as it makes its way down Diyawanna Oya, coupled with a spaciously open air lounge on the top deck and a buffet dinning area at the bottom. With a delicious bounty of food (each more delicious than the last), their menu offerings make for a dining experience you’ll never forget! Corkage of LKR 1000 per bottle applies for orders less than LKR5000.

 

The Port McCallum Lock Gate

The Port McCallum Lock Gate, Café and Restaurant

Conveniently located adjoining SLECC, Port McCallum is very spacious and is complemented by the scenic wooden bridges to walk across. The café  is your usual Lankan pastry shop/bath kade and is built for a quick bite outdoors with a beautiful view of the Beira Lake, while the restaurant offers both a Chinese a la carte menu and a lunch buffet too! Port McCallum charges no corkage fee, however it is a requirement that you order items for atleast LKR 1000 per head.

 

Lemongrass (Malabe)

Lemongrass (Malabe)

 

Well known for its amazing Indian dishes, Lemongrass also consists of interiors that are reminiscent of an Indian household dining room, surrounded by walls with intricate detail that further heighten the classy look of the restaurant.

 

Monsoon

Monsoon

 

Serving a wide range of South East Asian cuisine, the theme at Monsoon revolves around the concept of sharing food, as is traditional in most South Asian families. The cuisine is a modern take on South Asian street food, while their décor is rustic and certainly ticks the instagrammable box! They have two corkage fees; LKR 2000 for wine & LKR 4000 for hard liquor.

Loon Tao

Loon Tao

Being one of our favourite beachside destinations Loon Tao has a wide variety of options with an East Asian Twist. It’s as chill and laid back as you would expect from a beachside restaurant and will be perfect to hang out with some friends.

 

Cajun on Wheels

Cajun on Wheels

Being part of a Singaporean franchise you can surely expect some authentic Creole seafood. With things like repurposed shipping containers and barrels making up your surrounding the experience itself will be awesome.

 

Halo Diner

Halo Diner

If you want food that makes you feel good this is the place to go to. Halo Diner is a quaint little spot with loads of Sri Lankan comfort food along with some western dishes that speak to the soul. Corkage is LKR600 per bottle as long as your bill is more than LKR1000.

 

Happi Foods

Happi Foods

Remember reading about Cajun on Wheels? Happi Food is basically another menu offered there. The food is just as great so there’s nothing to fear. 

 

Coffee Rooms

Coffee Rooms

Having a designated play area and two meeting rooms sets apart Coffee Room from every other cafe and their food is quite good too. The cafe is perfect to spend a relaxed evening and that fact that they have no corkage makes things even better.

 

PappaRich Sri Lanka

PappaRich Sri Lanka

Being a Malaysian franchise that offers both Chinese and Indian cuisine on top of some amazing Malaysian food, PappaRich has a lot to offer and they’re all awesome. The ambience is open and refreshing so it’s worth giving this gem a visit.

 

Great Wall Restaurant

Great Wall Restaurant

A gorgeous venue, great service and awesome food. If you decide to drop by you have to try their fusion kottu! Corkage fees of Rs2000 for wine and Rs4000 for spirits will be applied.

 

Sawadee Restaurant at Mount Breeze Hotel

Sawadee Restaurant at Mount Breeze Hotel

If you are looking to unwind and relax with a few friends the outdoor seating area is one of the best in town. They also bost a quite massive and impressive menu that is all natural with no artificial colours or flavours like MSG.

So there you have it, folks. Good company, great food, and boozy nights are awaiting, so go get cracking!

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