The Best Bars In Pettah, Colombo

ON14 | © Courtesy of OZO Hotel
ON14 | © Courtesy of OZO Hotel
Photo of Lena Blos
9 February 2017

The face of Colombo is rapidly transforming from the capital of a war-torn country to one of Asia’s most vibrant cities with a bustling nightlife scene. We have found the best places to enjoy a few drinks in Pettah.

Sky Lounge | © Courtesy of The Kingsbury

Sky Lounge

Colombo has a fair number of rooftop bars, however, few are as magnificent as the Sky Lounge. This place is located in the sophisticated Kingsbury Hotel. One of the trendiest establishments in the city, the bar features contemporary designs and touches of grandeur. This, together with the frontal views over the Indian Ocean are reason enough to come and have a drink here. The drinks menu consists of premium champagnes, Martinis, molecular cocktails and imported beers. These drinks plus the variety of sumptuous food options make for the perfect companions for the sunset. With its creative take on popular favorites and its mellow ambiance, the Sky Lounge has set itself apart from the competition. It has become an incredibly popular high-end hangout spot.

In on the Green

Part of the distinguished Galle Face Hotel, In on the Green provides a pub atmosphere where imported beers from all over the world are served. Next to live music, quiz nights and a range of sporting events, the pub offers the ideal environment for a casual get together or a reunion with friends. Should you get hungry, you can treat yourself to a variety of pub fare from tasty burgers to fish and chips. They have an extensive cocktail and wine menu as well as quality spirits. The setting reflects the decor of a traditional English pub. It contains wooden bar tops and stools, dim lights and an altogether cozy feel. If you have had your fill of upscale bars, come to In on the Green. Kick back with a glass of white wine or wash down a refreshing beer.

In on the Green | © Courtesy of Galle Face Hotel

The Floor by O!

The Floor by O! is one of the coolest hangout spots in Colombo. The place is a multi-functional venue offering sumptuous food, quality drinks and enticing music as well as providing quieter areas. On the outdoor terrace visitors can order a cool drink while enjoying the gentle breeze. Alternatively, they can take a seat at the ultra-chic bar with steel chairs and ambiance lighting. The L-shaped bar is long enough to serve all customers speedily. The professional service is an added bonus. The drinks menu consists of all the staples. Some unusual cocktails are served alongside international and national beverages. The comfortable and elegant furniture invites you to while away the night here. If you are looking for an engaging atmosphere and want to impress your friends, The Floor by O! is the place to be.


On14 is arguably the coolest rooftop bar in Colombo with its chic design, classy cocktails and adventurous food menu. Located on the 14th floor of the OZO Hotel, the trendy hotspot overlooks the Indian Ocean as well as the newly constructed port area. This, needless to say, makes for a truly beautiful panorama. While you can marvel at the setting sun from up there, this place usually gets busy after dark and fills up with a lively crowd. Comfortable couches are spread out around the pool area. There are also more cozy spaces available inside. The excellent staff mixes up some great cocktails and happily engages with customers helping with any requirements. Should you get any cravings, On14 provides sumptuous nibbles to accompany those quality drinks. On14 is an absolute staple in Colombo’s nightlife and a magnet for all trendsetters. Don’t miss out on its dazzling views and its magical ambiance.

ON14 | © Courtesy of OZO Hotel

Cloud Red

Cloud Red is the newest of Colombo’s rooftop bars and has brought some serious competition to others of its kind due to its marvelous 360-degree view over the capital. Visitors can soar up to the 26th floor of the Cinnamon Red Hotel to observe the glistening lights of the city at night while they enjoy numerous noteworthy cocktails. True to its name, the color red dominates the decor. The trendy bar has been lit up accordingly, enhancing the chic atmosphere. Comfortable seats and laid-back jazz music create the perfect setting to have some drinks with friends and leave the stress of the day behind. The select food menu consists of a variety of fusion dishes and tapas, the ideal option to accompany a glass of wine. Cloud Red may be Colombo’s newcomer but it has quickly gained popularity, and for good reason.

Cloud Red | © Courtesy of Cinnamon Red Hotel

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