19 July 2018

5 hottest bars in Sri Lanka
Don't miss these awesome cocktail bars. The hottest places to unwind after dark.
7° North
For perfect panoramas
Cocktail central for those who love a tropical drink with a beautiful view. Set within the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel, this sprawling, stylish bar overlooks the aquamarine waters of Beira Lake from a large terrace. Arrive at sunset and sip wine by the glass or cocktails by the pitcher, snack on tapas under the stars and retire to the exclusive indoor bar to enjoy live entertainment to suit guests of any age and in any mood.
Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo, 115 Sir Chittampalam A Gardiner Mawatha, Colombo 2, Sri Lanka
Tel: 11 2491948 www.cinnamonhotels.com/
The Gallery Café
Live the high life
Perfect for pre-or post-dinner drinks, The Gallery Café is a stunning open-air bar and restaurant with an adjoining art gallery. Cow-hide chairs provide comfy seating on cool tiled floors, and delicious daiquiris and tamarind chili martinis (amongst other amazing cocktails) are mixed up behind a stone counter.
Mingle with diplomats, tourists and local artists surrounded by palm trees in the outdoor courtyard or take a seat inside. You won’t be disappointed.
2 Alfred House Road, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka
Tel: 11 2582162 www.paradiseroad.lk/gallery_cafe/
Hill Club
Step back in time
Sit on the sofa beside the quaint fireplace and imagine yourself existing in the colonial era – not so hard to do when you step into the old-school Hill Club in the rolling mounds of Nuwara Eliya. With all the class of times gone by and a traditional atmosphere that lingers on, this is the place to come for a slice of old England. Sip on a gin and tonic or have tea on the front lawn, then make your way into one of Sri Lanka’s best billiard rooms.
29 Grand Hotel Rd, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
Tel: 052 2222653 www.hillclubsrilanka.lk/
Tel: 1 471 4666

Glow Bar
Shining in the city
Despite its setting within the Automobile Association of Sri Lanka’s building in Colombo, Glow Bar is probably the wildest bar in the city and appeals to a young crowd. Fashionistas blend with the stylish décor in this contemporary, minimalist space with attentive staff. An array of live bands and international DJs play the venue regularly, and whether you want whisky or wine, drinks are surprisingly affordable.
42A, Sir Mohamed Marcan Marker Mawatha, Colombo 3 Sri Lanka
Inn on the Green
For sunsets and sea breezes
A great, traditional-style English pub isn’t what you’d expect to find in Colombo, and this one is even more unique – located on the Galle Face, it boasts views of the beach and is blessed with sea breezes. Come here to relax with snacks and well-priced drinks while catching up on live sports and listening to local bands. The quiz night every Wednesday is a sure-fire favourite and the sunset is one of the best you’ll see.
Near the Galle Face Hotel on Kollupitiya Road, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka 00300
Tel: 11 2 541010
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