The Brewery By O! (RIP)

Canal Row, Colombo 1 



Posted by · Last updated on 1 July 2013


Brewery is closed replaced by Taphouse by RnR

The Brewery by O!, or O bar as it's more commonly referred to, is insanely popular. Go there any night of the week, even Sunday, and it's likely to be full to the brim with beer brandishing patrons.

Located in the back courtyard of the lovely Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, the bar itself isn't huge - there are two sections where you can sit down and a big square shaped bar at the back with stools around it. This area's packed on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights, but if you're sitting outside the chances of getting a waiter (or waitress - O! seems to be the only bar in Colombo to employ female bar staff, and we're proud of them for it) over to your table are slim - you'll have to go up to the bar to order (be sure to look up at the ceiling when you do, there's a very interesting gold scuplture).

Service is definitely slow, and getting a drink can be difficult. We've had friends who've disappeared into the bar only to emerge about 20 minutes later having spilt a gin jostling their way back. But no one really seems to mind too much. On popular nights there's a separate stand outside selling beer and towers - so this can make procuring your beverage a little easier.

Prices seem to be pretty standard. A mug of Lion is Rs. 140, a pitcher Rs. 650 and a tower Rs. 1300. They've also got some interesting beer cocktails like the Gun Slinger (Carlsberg, ginger and lemon grass - Rs. 300) and the Boys Thing (Orange, Lion and cinnamon - Rs. 300).

Spirit cocktails are all around Rs 400 - the Sea Breeze is good (gin, tonic and lime) - and the bites are fine but a bit pricy - we usually go for the Superspuds (wedges, Rs. 300) and cheese toast (Rs. 350). The better option would be to turn up on a Wednesday wearing your hem above your knees. Er, yes, they've got a rather strange promotion where anyone (men included) showing a bit of knee gets free food between 6 and 10pm - I'm torn between indignation and delight, but I guess it's better than paying Rs. 350 for cheese toast.

Why is O bar so popular? Maybe cause of the lovely big courtyard that gives you such a large area to mingle - as well as more breathing space. You get the atmosphere of being at a bar without literally being in a bar, if you know what I mean. The place has a great vibe - and it's crowded without being claustrophobic. If you do sit outside however, note that all the chairs consist of cement blocks - quite heavy and difficult to move around if you're trying to add more people to a table.

The only criticism we really have is that they tend to play extremely loud music outside. This is unecessary and unpleasant - it makes talking difficult and the music is rarely good.

But basically, O bar is a great place, we love it. See you there.


Tips

They don't serve alcohol between 2 and 5, so don't go there if you're planning on an afternoon beer.
Best time: Drinks



Comments

  • Sheela

    Is it woman friendly? I get the sense that it's pretty iffy for pubs. Otherwise the beer drinks sound very interesting and I hope to try them soon!

    21 September 2012
  • Ruvi

    @Sheela: yes. This place is very woman friendly. I have been there with my lady friends many times and it doesn't have a typical 'pub' atmosphere. The usual crowd is also very nice. Drop in there and have some fun!

    25 September 2012
  • l de silva

    Their grease yaka dish which also comes with pork, can definitely do better - taste and quantity-wise . Take a page outta their sister joint 'machang' for that matter. The quantities are pretty small at the 'O'!

    16 October 2012
  • SanjayaWijesinghe

    Do they have happy Hour promo?

    28 May 2013
  • sams

    Do they get the order at the table or do we need to go the the counter to give it? sounds creepy but to get ready with anything before we go .?

    30 May 2013

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Foursquare Tips

  • Rohitha: They have a ten percent discount at checkin on foursquare. Only true if you have 4 people with you but they don't say. A social media fail.
  • Kisholi: If you hate the smell/taste of beer like me try "Hunk on the Beach" which is Corona with lime and Worcestershire sauce which hides both very nicely. I usually ask for extra lime as well.
  • Danuka: wht a NICE plz .. .. ???
  • Sanduni: Horrible service since they opened floor!!! Short staffed. Have to wait for like 40 mins to get a drink!
  • Thilina: 10% discount is valid only for food. & make sure you show them the check-in before asking for the bill...Its sad that they dont mention any of that in the promo.
  • THE Z WORLD: The Brewery by O! Need to know how to do FSqur promos. I check in and was refused! 2nd time it happened. The attitude is "pay the bill and get lost" Done with recommending and drinks at O!
  • Dilupa: Try POL ADI, thatz OSM!



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