In this sacred city, the legislation for pubs, bars and clubs is very strict (indeed, many establishments are not permitted liquor licences). Nevertheless, there are a few places for an end-of-day gin and tonic.


When it comes to clubbing, both of Kandy’s two nightclubs are in hotels: Blackout is by far the better option. At both, entry for women is free, for mixed couples Rs 1000 to 1500, and there’s usually no entry allowed for unaccompanied men from outside the hotel. Long trousers, covered shoes and a collared shirt are mandatory for the lads.