Colombo’s nightlife has certainly been given a jump start; it is now right on par with some of the most chic Asian cities. From stylish rooftop bars, promising amazing views, to classic pubs and hip restaurants the commercial capital of Sri Lanka certainly knows how to offer you a ‘good time’. Then there’s the culture, the modern residents and equally alluring vintage colonial factor, which seems to be present in small doses throughout the city. Yes! Colombo is a melting pot of old and new; do read on, and start planning your visit!
Plan A Night Out, There Are Plenty of Options
Located at OZO Hotel which faces the Indian Ocean on Marine Drive, this rooftop bar is regarded as one of Colombo’s trendiest hangouts. www.facebook.com/on14rooftopbarlounge
The Floor By O
Love hanging out, after dark? Then do plan a night out at Floor By O. A minimalistic no-fuss restaurant cum bar, Floor By O, has cool DJ or live music to mellow your mood, as do the variety of drinks. www.facebook.com/TheFloorByO
If you are looking to dress up for the night, that little black dress will fit right in at Sky Lounge, as will casual jeans. Located on the rooftop of the Kingsbury Hotel, this restaurant and bar is loved for its cocktails, good food and stunning views of popular Galle Face, the harbour and ocean. Sky Lounge at the Kingsbury
Other places to chill out with a drink and bite include Curve at Park Street Colombo 2, Inn on the Green in Colombo 2 for beer plus British grub and The Library located at Sir Chittampalam A Gardiner Mawatha. www.facebook.com/cinnamonlakeside
But, Before You Go Bar Hopping, Take In The Sights!
Let’s reverse our day and check out some must-visit attractions before you hit the amazing bars listed above.
The Old Parliament Building
Entrance is restricted, but you will be more than happy taking in the sights of this Neo-Baroque style building established in the 30’s. Parliament Building Colombo Western
Another place for some good selfies and social media updates, one cannot climb to the top of the antique lighthouse, but the layout is one to admire. Built in 1952, facing the Indian Ocean on Chaithya Rd, the 29-metre high tower has at its base a naval gun battery and four seated lions, a lovely spot to be, as the sun sets.
Located at Torrington Avenue in Colombo 7, Independence Square was built to commemorate the country gaining independence from the British in 1948. At the front is a giant statue of D. S, Senanayake the ‘Father of the Nation, while the huge hall like structure is held up by decorative pillars reflecting styles from the Kandyan era. Surrounded by huge grounds with cement lions standing guard, this is one place to visit when you need to get away from the hustle and bustle. Independence Square Colombo
The Old Dutch Hospital
A relic from Sri Lanka’s colonial era, this is believed to be Colombo’s oldest building, in existence since 1681. Built as a hospital by the Dutch colonists, the place now fully restored, to retain its vintage architectural styles, is now a stylish dining and shopping precinct located in Fort, Colombo. www.facebook.com/DutchHospital