Top Choice Lounge in Colombo

Cloud Red

The rooftop bar high atop the popular Cinnamon Red hotel has the kinds of views you'd expect from the 26th floor, but for once the drinks at this kind of aerie match the sights, as do the snacks and small meals. It …
Lounge in Colombo

41 Sugar

Rise above it all at this stylish (low-rise) rooftop cocktail lounge. Long tables outside have views of the ever-changing Colombo skyline, while inside there's lots of low leather sofas for slouching and looking coo…
Coffee in Colombo

Kopi Kade

Fairtrade organic coffee, with many beans roasted locally, is reason enough to stop by this little coffee bar on the Stratford strip. Vintage carvings frame the doors, adding an artful air of class.
Cocktail Bar in Colombo

Cloud Cafe

The rooftop bar atop the three-storey Colombo Courtyard hotel is popular most nights for its breezy, sweeping views. Cute little chairs cradle your rump while you enjoy fine cocktails and upscale bar snacks. There's…
Lounge in Colombo


Once a colonial bar dating back to 1924, the facade may be the same, but the inside has been completely reborn as a stylish, modern lounge. The cocktail list is long and creative, and various tapas options are on ha…
Cocktail Bar in Colombo

7° North

The one compelling reason to visit this otherwise forgettable hotel is the posh sprawling bar that overlooks Beira Lake from a large deck. Catch the skullers out rowing at sunset and enjoy high-end cocktails under t…
Lounge in Colombo


No subtlety here; Asylum takes its name from the original use of its now upscale mall surrounds. The bar is dark and posh. Expect excellent cocktails made by talented bartenders and upscale bites to go with the drin…
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Shore By O

Feel the sand between your toes at this upscale beach club. Tables and loungers are set over two levels, the better to accommodate the sunset rush. There's a kiddie pool and a pizza oven cooking up decent pies.
Bar in Colombo

Travellers' Bar

The historic hotel has the iconic bar on the shady terrace and on the back lawn under palms. Popular with G&T-seeking tourists, everyone gets slack-jawed at sunset.
Club in Colombo


Somewhat cramped, this club draws a mixed crowd of locals, sailors and lost visitors who take to the dance floor to thump the night away till nearly dawn.