As the final rays of the sun sink into the tumultuous waters of the Indian Ocean, illuminating the Galle Face Green in a multitude of golden shades, the city of Colombo seems to come alive. With the conclusion of the thirty year war in Sri Lanka, the night life in Colombo was infused with new vigour. Tourists and locals wishing to enjoy a drink and soak in the atmosphere will find themselves spoilt for choice.
Many opt to dine at a three star hotel Colombo prior to exploring the multitude of night clubs and bars that come alive at dusk. For a fun evening with a splendid view of the Indian Ocean, the Sky Lounge at The Kingsbury is an iconic place. Complete with a number of cocktails and a delicious menu, The Sky Lounge combines cool ocean breezes with gastronomic delights for an exciting night out. For those seeking a quiet evening with an amazing view of Colombo, Cloud Red at Cinnamon Red is a marvellous choice. For a hearty meal, great drinks and good company, the relatively new Manchester Pub located next to the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute is a commendable choice. Another pub that can be recommended is the Inn on the Green, almost a permanent fixture in Colombo’s night life, where one can enjoy food, booze and some quality live music.
Almost all the major hotels in Colombo also host a number of night clubs, and these clubs provide an attractive combination of mood lighting, loud music perfect to let your hair down and dance, and cocktails to suit every taste. For the few who wish to sing their blues away, Colombo is also home to a number of karaoke bars with Sopranos, located close to Independence Square being one of the more popular ones. A night out on the town in a city that never sleeps is bound to be an exhilarating experience. However, in Colombo, it can be as low-key or as exciting as you wish.
Intrigued by history, art and food, Shazzana Hamid is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary. Disguised as Lavinia Woolf she writes of the exhilarating and enchanting.