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One of the nicer places in town for an oh-so-civilised drink...
Does what it says on the pint glass, with Carlsberg and Lion Lager on tap, a few cocktails and the occasional Saturday-night jazz gig...
This is the busiest dance show venue and in high-season it can be overwhelmingly crammed with tour groups. However, the auditorium makes it easier to take photographs than at other venues...
With views out over the lake, pool tables, premiership football, decent Chinese food and a 5pm to 6pm happy hour, this place is a winner on many accounts. It's a big British expat hang-out...
The modest Asgiriya Stadium, north of the town centre, hosts crowds of up to 10,000 cheering fans at international one-day and test matches...
Located 300m up Sanghamitta Mawatha, this place has arguably the best costumes of any of the venues staging traditional Sri Lankan dance shows...
This brightly coloured spot for fresh fruit juice, with pineapple, mint, mango and more, is popular with kids on their way home from school. At least they’re not getting hyper on fizzy drinks.
Southwest of the lake, the YMBA guesthouse is a low-key venue in which to see Sri Lankan dance, but the performance is the equal of the other venues and the crowds somewhat less.
On the top floor on the Hotel Casamara, this terrace bar offers views of Kandy’s exuberant traffic coursing around the throngs below. It’s more suitable for male travellers.
Look for the giant red neon sign above the Bamboo Garden Chinese restaurant and you’ve found this place with shared wooden tables and great lake views.
Beside Queens Hotel, this gloomy, dusty approximation of an English pub is a quiet escape from the diesel-infused intersection outside.
Located in the Swiss Residence Hotel, this is the only dance club within city limits. A three-wheeler should be around Rs 250 one way.
Thirty minutes’ drive southwest of town by three-wheeler (Rs 500), the Amaya Hills disco is open Saturday night only.
Bright and cool environment for a freshly ground, organic caffeine pick-me-up.
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