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Colombo’s Fort area is home to one of Southeast Asia’s busiest harbors and remains one of the country’s most significant trading points. While the area is still partly closed to the public, a variety of bars have sprung up to accommodate the increasing stream of travelers. From magical rooftop bars to British pubs, we have explored the depths of Fort to bring you a list of the best bars in the area.
The Sky Lounge can be found in Colombo’s marvelous Kingsbury Hotel. Overlooking the Indian Ocean, it is one of the most magical locations from which to enjoy the sunset. The elegant bar attracts a mixed crowd of businessmen, travelers and trendsetters looking to socialize. As soon as the sun sets, the dazzling Sky Lounge quickly fills up with numerous visitors looking to enjoy its premium drinks. From imported beers and wines to quality spirits, this place offers all this and more within a sophisticated setting. Additionally, guests can choose from fabulous cocktails and a range of molecular shots and sumptuous nibbles to satisfy any food cravings. Whether you are having a casual meeting or a drink with friends, the Sky Lounge’s laid back feel and professional service continue to make it one of the best hangout spots in the area.
Address: 48 Janadhipathi Mawatha, The Kingsbury, Colombo, Sri Lanka, +94 (11) 242 1221
If you are looking for a lively venue in which to get your groove on, venture to Margarita Blue, a stylish cocktail lounge situated in the prestigious Galadari Hotel. The bar features a garden terrace from where you can marvel at the Indian Ocean, but the real attraction is the live music entertainment, which can be enjoyed from Wednesday to Saturday. Retro music lovers will not be able to stay in their seats for long, and for those who are not interested in dancing, the bar offers darts, snooker and pool as well as showing important sport games. Margarita Blue’s cozy atmosphere makes it a wonderful place in which to enjoy a few tasty drinks and kick back or get active and dance the night away.
Address: The Galadari Hotel, 64, Lotus Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka, +94 2544544
The Taphouse by RnR has set up its bar in the Old Dutch Hospital, one of the city’s most popular shopping centers. With its no-fuss interior, the bar serves cheap drinks, a range of bar snacks and international food. The drinks menu includes imported beverages as well as a good range of colorful cocktails. The friendly staff provide speedy and professional service and always remain attentive to any wishes. With the atmospheric setting of the Old Dutch Hospital, the outside area offers the ideal location in which to while away the evening hours or enjoy a night out with friends. The Taphouse by RnR is worth a visit for its reasonable prices and relaxed atmosphere as well as its tasty drinks.
Address: Canal Road, Dutch Hospital Complex, Colombo, Sri Lanka, +94 773773844
The previous Sky Bar has transformed into Glassé, an elegant lounge bar which serves an international selection of drinks and new age Japanese cuisine. Following its renovation, the bar has been designed in darker tones with numerous glass features but it still has a charming balcony from which visitors can overlook the city. Rumoured to mix up some of the best cocktails in Colombo, Glassé is a wonderful alternative to noisy nightclubs while still offering a dynamic atmosphere. Both food and drinks are of premium quality, and the bar attracts a large crowd of visitors.
Address: 42 Sir M.M.M Mawatha,, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka, +94 77 545 2773
Situated between Colombo’s Fort and Kollupitiya, this casual bar recreates a British pub atmosphere and features live music, sporting events and quiz nights. Its food menu features pub classics from burgers to fish and chips, and drinks include international and national favorites as well as tasty cocktails. With its dimmed lighting, wooden furniture and bar tops, In on the Green brings a piece of British culture to Sri Lanka. Due to its location in the priced Galle Face Hotel, you are guaranteed professional service and gentle breezes from the Indian Ocean. With its laid back atmosphere and classic look, this place invites you to kick back with a glass of wine and enjoy a comfortable evening within a familiar setting.
Address: 2 A2, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka, +94 11 2 541010