2020 Jun 25
The COVID-19 pandemic has recalibrated everything: work, life, and play. With the much-awaited end of the lockdown approaching, and with things falling back into place one by one, people are easing themselves back into their regular lifestyle. We’ve all been getting used to the new normal; a much more cautious and careful lifestyle. Us Sri Lankans being a social bunch of people, we’ve missed our beer and baila a little too much. With that said, here’s a bunch of places around Colombo waiting to welcome and help you have a good time with the people you missed the most, except now it’s in person rather than on Zoom!
1. The Chiller Room
Chiller room is now open and ready to help us have a good time. As the lockdown has been dropped, they will be open from Wednesday to Sunday from 6:00 pm onwards. Furthermore, on these days the happy hour will be from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. In addition to that, they will be hosting a Ladies’ Night every Wednesday from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm with free cocktails for the ladies. They also welcome reservations for private parties; preferably from Wednesday to Friday.
2. King of the Mambo
The Galle Face Hotel has blessed us with an exceptional experience by introducing us to a Cuban twist! Their unique theme and cuisine stand out among most of the favoured spots in town!
King of the Mambo will be opened Monday to Friday from 5:00 pm to 2:00 am. Here goes a detailed breakdown of how their offers will be going.
Monday: – Complimentary cocktails from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm and happy hour from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Tuesday – Happy hour from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Wednesday – Buy one get one free wine bottles from our special menu and happy hour from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Thursday – 20% Discounts for Colombo Embassy staff on their food and beverages (1 staff to be with maximum for 4 guest)
Friday – Week-end with “Cuarteto from Cuba”.
King of the Mambo will be opened Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 2:00 am.
Saturday – Lunch from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm | Dinner from 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
Sunday – “A LO CUBANO” brunch (Complimentary Welcome Sangria + special food
menu) from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm| Dinner from 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm | Happy hour from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
3. Traveller’s Bar
With bagpipers playing tunes to the lowering flag towards the dusk, it’s very hard if not impossible to keep yourself from feeling nostalgic while you’re here. They’re open from 8:00 pm until midnight. And have a Happy Hour from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm where a lot of cocktails are offered on a buy one get one free basis.
Known to be one of the most crowded spots on Dutch Hospital Street, they are open daily from 11.30 am to 10:00 pm. They will be taking the last call for the day by 9.30 pm. They’ve set a 20% discount on specific food items on the menu as well.
5. The Love Bar Colombo
Known for its quirky décor and ambience, the little spot on Horton Place has also opened its doors to the public! Their opening hours are scheduled from 4:00 pm to 10:30 pm on both weekdays and weekends where they will also be having a Happy Hour from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm with a 50% off on selected cocktails! In addition to this, a Ladies’ Night will be hosted on Wednesdays with free cocktails for ladies from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
6. The Steuart by Citrus – &Co Pub and Kitchen
This is the perfect spot to chill out post-work for a great cocktail, a cold beer or an even entire tower if you’re up for it! This is on Hospital Street right behind Dutch and is open from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm. Their Happy Hour, which gives a buy one get one free offer on some cocktails and certain beer, runs from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm from Tuesday to Saturday. Furthermore, on Mondays, they will be extending their Happy Hour from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm. But wait, there’s more! For those who like to get their drink-on a little earlier over the weekend, on Sunday the Happy Hour starts just before noon, at 11:00 am and lasts throughout the day until 10:00 pm!
7. Cheers Pub Colombo
The ideal pub to catch up over a game of pool and a pitcher of the cold one! They’re open to the public from 11:00 am to 12 midnight! Their Happy Hour lasts from 5:00 pm to 7.30 pm where selected drinks are offered at half the price. Dinner options are plenty, and they’re also offering a wide range of deals on meat. This might be the best time to go for a drink at Grand!
8. Honey Beach Club
The Kingsbury, Honey Beach Club has also opened itself up to all those who have been missing their evening hangout spot! Their running hours are from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm. They provide a Happy Hour from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm where all alcoholic beverages on the menu are offered on a buy one get one free basis!
9. Dutch Pub Colombo
Located in the heart of the Dutch Complex, this pub is convenient because of the variety of restaurants and bars around! The music and atmosphere make it ideal for a chilled out evening with your friends. They’re open from 11:00 am to 12:00 am. On weekdays their Happy Hour lasts from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and on weekends it’s from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
They are willing to provide a bottle for every bottle purchased on selected drinks, shot to shot and even beer for beer. Needless to say, it’s not every day that you get deals like this. You can also treat yourself to their other package offers like the deals they have on fish & chips and pizza that come with free beer! Furthermore, their lunch menu will be functioning from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
The chic little spot on Hospital Street, known for their great music and good vibes! They’re serving alcohol from 5:00 pm to 12:00 am, two extra hours since now the curfew is fully lifted. They’ve got their Happy Hour deals going from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on selected cocktails on all days, with an extra hour on Thursday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. They’ve decided to grace us with the performance of their live band on Thursdays. Wait there’s more! They’ve extended the music experience and their resident DJ, DJ Kesh will be performing on Fridays and Saturdays!
This is an elegant and trendy bar and lounge set up in the heart of the Park Street Mews Complex where we can definitely treat ourselves to a classy evening out! They’re open from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm and have some very interesting Happy Hour deals going on from 5:00 pm to 8.00 pm. It’s location and cute set up make it one of the ‘places-to-be’. What more? They have a buy one get one free deal going for Tiger!
12. Basico Bar & Lounge
This great place to unwind and chill along with its convenient location at Union Place is also currently open to the public from 6:30 pm – 12:00 am. Their Happy Hour lasts from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm where all beverages are offered at a one to one discount!
13. The LONG Bar
Moving on a little further from the heart of Colombo, Long Bar is known for its chilled out, cosy ambience and good music! They are currently open from 5:00 pm to 12:00 am and their Happy Hour runs from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, you can get half off on specific items! On Sundays, the Happy Hour is from 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm and it’s buy one get one free. They also have a couple of cool live bands playing on different days so make sure to follow them on Facebook.
14. The Irish
Who doesn’t love an Irish twist on things! This particular pub stands out for their dim lights and cosy atmosphere along with their Irish twist. They offer a Happy Hour from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm where you’ll get a dashing one-on-one deal on selected drinks. The Irish is open daily from 12:00 am to 12:00 pm.
15. White Horse Inn
This bar is an ideal place for an after-work cheap drink as they are known for their reasonable prices and friendly staff! It’s the perfect spot if you’re looking to drink on a budget. They are open from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and they re-open at 5:00 pm and go on till midnight. There’s a deal going on where you get a free beer when you buy two Tiger beers. There are also combo deals available on selected products. On Fridays and Saturdays, they’ll be bringing down DJs to kick-start your night. This is the perfect place for those days you’re on a budget!
16. The Manchester
The Manchester bar is providing you with great deals on alcoholic bottles and promotion of buying 1 bottle and receiving 3 chasers, free of charge! They’re open from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm and then again from 5.00 pm to 10.00 pm. They also have live bands playing every Friday. To make things better, they have an updated bites menu as well, making up for a chilled out evening with your friends!
17. Vistas Rooftop Bar (Mövenpick)
This definitely is your go-to place to have a hearty chat with a friend and maybe get a few shots down. The very instagrammable view of the Colombo skyline comes along as a bonus. For LKR 1990/- you can drink all the beer you possibly can. And their Happy Hour lasts from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, where you can get a slick buy one get one free deal. Cocktail shisha and the jazz they blend perfectly, making everything so much better. They’re open every day from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm.
17. Stella Karaoke Lounge & Bar
Known for its very up-to-date choice in music, Stella really does serve its name. Often referred to as the best karaoke bar in Colombo, this place will very cordially secure you the night’s limelight, should you be in the mood for some singing. They’re open from Thursday to Saturday, from 7:00 pm to midnight.
Again in Hilton, with its plush seats and dim lights, L.A.B. presents you the perfect spot for a quality night out. Their Happy Hours continue daily from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm where you get various details on selected beverages. Adding more to the already great ambience, they have live bands playing from Wednesday to Saturday.
19. Breeze Bar
The forever buzzing hangout spot in the Grand is open daily from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm with a wide array of customised deals. The Happy Hour goes on every day from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. On Monday they have Gin on a 50% discount. Tuesday the deals are on Tequila, Wednesday on Lauder’s Whiskey. On Thursday there’s an offer on Bacardi White and on Friday it’s on Vodka. In the weekend there’s a whopping 50% off on cocktails, and they have 32 different cocktails just waiting to be picked by you.
20. Ocean Bar and Grill
The windy, quiet ambience of this bar makes it the perfect date spot. Even though the other two bars at Marino Beach haven’t yet reopened after the pandemic, this one is open for you from 11:00 am – 10:30 pm.
21. Botanik Rooftop Bistro & Bar
Botanik is open from 2:00 pm to 12.30 am on weekdays and go on a little later on the weekends. They have a Happy Hour going on from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm from Monday to Friday where you’ll get one-for-one on beer and a lot of other drinks. The bar also has plans for live bands, so if I were you I would stay tuned to their Facebook page.
22. Oasis Lounge
Either you’re looking to unwind or to tuneup, this is the ideal place. They’re open every day from 11:00 am – 11:00 pm. Oasis offers a lot of drinks half the price in their Happy Hours which go on from 4:30 pm till 7:30 pm. And I think it’s safe to say that all your boozy requirements will be readily met here.
23. Honey Beach Club
They provide the perfect beach bar experience right at the center of Colombo. Honey Beach is open from 10:00 am till 11.30 pm. They have shots and cocktails on a buy one get one basis.
24. Kings Steakbar
The Kingsbury Steakbar has that much sought after posh English ambience and is sure to give you a very satisfying filling if you are a steak lover. They’re now open from 10:00 am to midnight, for a bit of soul searching over juicy meat. The last round will have to be called by 11:45 pm.
With its chilled out atmosphere and the perfect fusion of all things that are western with all that’s not, Colombar is open for you from 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm everyday. They host Happy Hour deals from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm where you can get a lot of shots and glasses on a one to one basis.
26. Capital Bar & Grill
Placed inside one of the lushest hotels in Colombo, this bar is widely known for its excellent service and top class food. They open at 5:00 pm and close the doors around 1:00 am next morning. The Happy Hours operate from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, where you can get one-for-one deals on a range of drinks.
This iconic rooftop bar opens its doors at 12:00 pm and go on till midnight. The infinity pool and the ever changing skyline mix in to provide you with an unmatchable fusion.
28. Cloud Red
With picturesque views and a very calm atmosphere Cloud Red is ideal for a date night. They’re open from 5:00 pm to midnight. And they have a lot of discounted packages as well.
29. Loft Lounge Bar
Renowned for its consistency in quality over time, Loft is one trendy hotel bar. It is now open from 5:00 pm to midnight. And they have 50% off deals on a selection of drinks. Loft also offers a combo deal where you can get a Bacardi, four chasers and a bar bite all for LKR 7,500. Maybe it’s time for yo, ho, ho and a bottle of Rum.
As exciting as it is to think about getting back to our lively night lives, we should always keep in mind that we are still in the process of making a comeback against this atrocious global pandemic. It makes it our duty to uphold the responsibility placed upon us as citizens, to enjoy and have a good time, while taking necessary precautions to look after ourselves!