In Sri Lanka, Colombo has a reputation being a no-rules kind of place. And while there are definitely some recreational activities that let you put your proverbial hair down, there are also some spots for quieter nights out as well. Here’s the best nightlife you’ll find in Colombo.
The Bars and Lounges of Colombo
Colombo is all about where to get the best drinks and be seen doing so. Sky Bar, for example, is a beautiful rooftop bar atop the Kingsbury Hotel. It’s an upscale establishment, so you’re more likely to find patrons who are ready to mingle and enjoy whichever drink strikes their fancy rather than down several shots and get on the dance floor. Colombo generally its partying indoors, making this a somewhat unique spot to experience outdoor conversation and people watching.
There’s also the Brewery by the O, which is inside an old hospital. There are plenty of shops and cafes within this converted space, but this place is the stand out if you want reasonably priced beer that hits the spot after a day of walking around. People here typically speak English, but watch out for the smoke as the air tends to get a little hazy. There’s also R&B for some good music and cold drinks, and it’s especially good if you want to dance.
Casinos in Colombo
Casino Marino, Bally’s, and Bellatio are just some of the spots to stop at if you want to try your hand at games of chance in Colombo. They’re all located in the same general area, too, meaning you have a few options if you’re not having much luck at one of them. Colombo does casinos right, with free food early on in the night and free drinks regardless of how late you stay. You’ll even get free cigarettes if you like a smoke with your roulette. Many are open as the Las Vegas casinos—at every hour of the day.
Dance (or Sing) the Night Away
Cascades in Colombo mirrors most Western clubs, and includes a variety of music to dance to into the wee hours of the night. However, you may have a hard time getting service or space due to its popularity. You can also find a variety of karaoke bars in Colombo. Sopranos is a highly recommended spot for belting out the tunes.
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