Up to a few years ago, Colombo was lacking in a variety of nightlife. Recently however, a rash of nightspots has popped up in a short space of time giving everyone who likes to indulge in such activities, more options. Although there are several nightclubs and bars catering to young adults, those with live bands (mostly of excellent standard), are very popular with a more mature clientele.

A wide choice of excellent restaurants can be found in Colombo and a few other places, serving a range of cuisines. Don’t forget to try out the street-side joints where you will often find some of the tastiest food.

One of the biggest revolutions in Colombo’s nightlife is the emergence of a Pub Culture, so coupled with Sri Lanka‘s reputation for being a hospitable place, engaging in a pub-crawl is sure to fill your night with great memories and new friends.

Colombo is an intriguing city with something for everyone, a place constantly changing, reinventing itself and moving forward as well as keeping some of its old lustre.

Nightlife - Colombo
Nightlife – Colombo

One thing is for sure, you can never get bored in Colombo with so much to see and do.

Although no Las Vegas, there is plenty of nightlife in Colombo. Many casinos, or otherwise also called clubs here, scream for your attention with flashing neon lights. The clubs offer gamblers roulette, baccarat, poker, blackjack, and other games to try their luck as well as complimentary food and drinks, and sometimes music with live bands playing. Entrance is only for those over 18 years and some clubs offer entrance only for foreigners. Be dressed in smart casual for instant admission.

Night Clubs & Discos

Mawby’s Clillout Pub
No 112, New Buller’s Road,
Colombo 05, Sri Lanka.

Mawby’s is the latest addition to Colombo’s evergrowing pub culture. It has a country and western theme. This is a chilled out pub and cafe designed with a 21st century feel but definitely not minimalist. In addition to the usual well-stocked bar, the pub also features a large screen where you can watch some of the greatest musicians and artistes in concert. And if you’re the sort of person who worships comfort, then you’ll be glad to know that Hippos has the comfiest sofas in town.

Zanzi Bar
No.42, Sir Mohammed Macan Markar Mawatha,
Colombo 03, Sri Lanka.

Zanzi Bar, situated on the fourth floor of No.42, Sir Mohammed Macan Markar Mawatha, Colombo 3, next to the Holiday Inn, is one of Colombo’s newest up market bars. It has a great 21st century minimalist ambience and a wellstocked bar, which will cater to whatever you might desire. On the third floor of the same building is Glow which regularly features a wide variety of live bands, international DJ’s and theme nights, making sure that every time you go there it will be a totally new experience.

Glow Bar
3rd Floor, Automobile Association Building,
42A, Sir Mohamed Marcan Marker Mawatha, Colombo 3. Sri Lanka.
Tel:+94 4714666

Sri Lanka’s trendiest bar, packed over the weekend with Sri Lanka’s Under 30?s party crowd. A place to see and be seen. But despite being lively you can still make conversation. A modern, minimalist design. Arrive early if you want a seat. Friendly staff and reasonable prices. Regular theme nights and happy hour is from 6 pm to 7 pm.

Blue Leopard Harbour Room
Grand Oriental Hotel 2, York Street, Colombo 01
Tel:+94 320391-3

The Library
Trans Asia Hotel, 155 Sir Chittampalam Gardiner Mawatha,
Colombo 02, Sri lanka.
Tel: +94 2544200.

The Library offers class and style. The Library is exactly that ? a library by day and a club at night. It is not as hysterical and frantic as the Blue Elephant. Entrance is only for house guests or members, but tourists can often sneak in. It is relatively quieter than the other clubs and the atmosphere, music, food and drinks are of a very high standard.

The Hut
Mount Lavinia Hotel, 102, Hotel Road,
Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka.
Tel:+94 271 5221-7.

Formerly known as the Little Hut, The Hut was revitalised in 2003. The Hut offers 70?s reggae, 80?s disco, and the 90?s techno sounds. A live band sets the moods on Fridays and Saturdays from 9.00 pm to 4.00 am, while DJs take the stage through Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 9.00 pm to 2.00 am. An entrance fee of Rs.1000 is charged per couple but it does include two drinks of your choice. The bar also provides a range of snacks and there are cosy booths if you just want to relax and enjoy your drink.

My Kind of Place
Taj Samudra Hotel 25, Galle Face Centre Road, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka.
Tel:+94 446622

The Boom
Galadari Hotel 64, Lotus Road, Colombo 01, Sri Lanka.
Tel: +94 544544

Intercontinental Hotel 48, Janadhipathi Mw, Colombo 01, Sri Lanka.
Tel:+94 421221

Rhythm & Blues
No. 19/1, Daisy Villa Avenue,
Colombo 04, Sri Lanka.

A classic style pub and a great bar and great menu along with live bands cranking out blues, rock and the occasional love ballad make Rhythm & Blues a great place for the shedding of the day’s work load, kicking back and relaxing with an ice cold beer and a good game of pool.

Cafes, Lounges & Bars

Bradman Bar – Cricket Club Cafe
34, Queens Road, Off Duplication Road,
Colombo 02, Sri lanka.
Tel:+94 250 1384
The most popular theme bar in town. The ambience breathes cricket with memorabilia, videos, and framed international shirts and is popular with cricket lovers and non-cricket clients alike. The prices of drinks and western-style bar food are reasonable and of a consistently high standard. A particularly attractive proposition for those yearning for their favourite pub back home.

Colombo Plaza, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka.
Tel:+94 2437437

Another new addition having replaced the exclusive Colombo Club. Housed downstairs, the wood-panelled bar-cum-restaurant would not look out of place in the House of Commons. Very popular with the expatriate crowd. Also boasts an all-day fried breakfast and popular Sunday Carvery. Has an excellent pool table and a full-size snooker table.

Bistro Latino
Duplication Road, Colombo 05, Sri Lanka.

A small Mexican bar off Duplication Road, close to Rhythm and Blues. A must-visit for salsa dancers. Offers free dance classes for diners on Tue, Fri and Sat. Great Margaritas. Friendly and fun atmosphere.

Blue Leopard, Harbour Room
Grand Oriental Hotel 2, York Street, Colombo 01, Sri Lanka. Tel:+94 320391-3

Aquamarine Bar
Intercontinental Hotel 48, Janadhipathi Mw, Colombo 01, Sri Lanka.
Tel:+94 421221

Karaoke Lounge, Lobby Bar
Galadari Hotel 64, Lotus Road, Colombo 01, Sri Lanka.
Tel:+94 544544

29, Maitland Crescent, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka.
Tel: 075 378017,8

Clany’s – Pub & Restaurant
29, Maitland Crescent, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka.

If 21st century styling and large screens are not your forte, and you want a more traditional pub with live bands, then Clancy’s is the place for you. Clancy’s is located at No. 29 Maitland Crescent, Colombo 7, and is as typical as bars and pubs get. Great prices, bands playing sing-a-long songs and crowds of people having a really great time is probably the best way to sum up Colombo’s classic pub. But pubs aren’t the only entertainment that Colombo has to offer. If you’re the sort of person who likes to shake a leg and dance the night away then Colombo has got just the thing for you.

Don Stanley’s
42, Navam Mw., Colombo 02, Sri Lanka.
Tel: 074 719192,3

Echelon Pub, Karaoke Bar , Thorana Lounge
Colombo Hilton – 2, Sir Chittambalam A. Gardiner Mw, Colombo 02, Sri Lanka.
Tel:+94 544644

Lobby Bar
Taj Samudra Hotel 25, Galle face Centre Road, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka.
Tel: +94 446622

White Horse
2 Navam Mawatha, Colombo 02, Sri Lanka.
Tel:+94 2304922

The White Horse has a long history. The new re-located White Horse has a more modern feel but the clientele remains young and lively, fuelled by inexpensive drinks and the excitement of a long night out. Gets very busy over the weekend when the crowd spills out onto the street. Quiet and moody during the week ? ideal for a private beer.

Inn on the Green
Galle Road, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka.
Tel:+94 2239440

A traditional English bar, leased from the Galle Face Hotel, Inn On The Green offers the only draught bitter in town as well as an impressive selection of imported beers. Walkers crisps also make a surprise appearance, but they burn a hole in your pocket. Despite being themed as an English Pub- it has avoided becoming a haven for expatriate bores and is well-worth a visit. The food has less to commend it.


Ballys Colombo
No: 34 D R Wijayawardena Mawatha,
Colombo 10, Sri Lanka.
Tel:+94 5556555

Interested in a game of chance? If the answer is yes then Colombo has a plethora of casinos for you too lay down your chips and take the chance to walk away with loads of money, or just generally have a good time. Bally’s Casino, is well-known for its lucky tables and great entertainment. An up market casino designed to reflect style and class, all you have to do is get lost in the world of roulette, black jack and professional poker, or just sit back and enjoy the live music and great food.

Stardust Casino
No. 9, 15th Lane,
Colombo 03, Sri Lanka

Stardust is a famous casino in Colombo, which has over 10 years of history, making it one of the oldest casinos in Sri Lanka. Stardust is also famous for its lucky tables and really good live entertainment. The food ranges from savoury short eats to full meals served buffet style. There is also the added advantage of being conveniently located close to the heart of Colombo – at No. 9, 15th Lane, Colombo 3 – surrounded by cafés, hotels, pubs and shopping malls.

The Bellagio
No. 430, Duplication Road,
Colombo 03, Sri Lanka.

The Bellagio is another up market casino, modernistic and outfitted with the latest equipment to ensure that your time spent will be an unforgettable experience. Like other casinos, The Bellagio spares no expense to ensure it has the finest entertainment and food, so guaranteeing you a great night out.

M G M Casino
772, Galle Road, Colombo 04, Sri lanka.

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Nightlife – Colombo Highlights

Prive Colombo

On the 4th of December 2009, Diablo Entertainment (Pvt) Ltd opened an exclusive and intimate lounge style nightclub, Privé Colombo. Operating on 2500 square feet of pure luxury and entertainment with an eclectic appeal this beautifully designed relaxed setting is intended to provide intimate corners for private chats and relaxed lounging and lots of space for dancing the night away. An alluring palette of colors complements the club’s intricate details creating a luxurious yet contemporary vibe the result is an extravagant intimate high end setting. The elegant bar is charming with contemporary detailing and an intimate feel. Privé Colombo also features one of Colombo’s most creative cocktail lists.

Our snug seating means there are lounges and tables that are separated enough that our VIP lounges have their own space, but don’t feel closed off the two lustrous and intimate VIP lounges are tucked away cosily for an evening of complete indulgence or for a luxurious private setting, equipped with its own privileged bar serving only the best on offer at Privé Colombo.

Some Colombo’s most experienced and sort after DJ’s accompany you into the night with a mix of Ol, Skool RNB, Hip Hop, Latin and a touch of disco house. State-of-the-art lighting and sound intermingled with brilliant visuals provide the ultimate combination of sophistication and cutting edge technology.
Simply stating, at Privé Colombo, the experience is all about you.

Holiday Inn Colombo

Multitude of Orbs or Spirits present on Valentines Night Celebrations at the Holiday Inn, Colombo.

Blue Leopard

DJ Nic at Bloc Blue Leopard Club. The crowd is enjoying it.