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Happy Hours in Colombo 2017

How and where to drink fancy on the cheap

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You booze, you lose...money. With 10% service charge, 15% VAT, and 384940% assorted taxes, your friendly neighbourhood cocktail will now cost you a hell of a lot more. How to drink on the cheap then? Short of visiting one of Colombo's dodgier establishments (ey Randoli), you need to trawl for happy hours like a thrifty little elf. Here's an updated list of where to go, when to go, and what to expect to spend. 

If you know of any other great happy hours in Colombo, drop us a comment and we'll add them on!

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7 Degrees North (Cinnamon Lakeside)
Daily - Bottle promotions, 5-12

Head here for - Beautiful sunsets over the lake, live music on weekends

                             

Asylum Lounge and Bar
Daily - 50% off, 5-8 PM

Head here for - Fairly good pizzas, super central location

                             

Playtrix
Tue-Fri - 1 for 1 on all drinks and 30% off on food

Head here for - Boys' nights out, matches on TV, beer pong

                             
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Cheers (Cinnamon Grand)
Daily - 50% off, 5-7:30 PM

Head here for - Cosy ambience, good pub fare, matches on TV/ big screen

                             

Kaema Sutra (Shangri-La)
Daily - , 5-8 PM

                             

Colombo Fort Cafe
Daily - Buy one get one free, 5-7 PM

Head here for - Chill post-work drinks at the Dutch Hospital, beer pitcher deals

                             

TGI Friday's
Daily - 1 for 1, 5-7 PM on cocktails

Head here for - Family-friendly ambience, delicious ribs, strong cocktails

                             
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41 Sugar
Daily - Buy one get one free, 5-7 PM

Head here for - Sexy date nights, sunsets over the fields, good wine list

                             

Sugar Bistro
Daily - Buy one get one free, 5-7 PM

Head here for - Good drinks, great service

                             

Lobby Bistro at The Kingsbury Apartments
Daily - 50% off, 5-7 PM

Head here for - Central location, discount cocktails

                             

Curve
Weekdays - 5-7 PM

Head here for - Bustling Park St vibes, live music, good tapas

                             

Verandah Bistro & Bar 
Daily - 5-7 PM

Head here for - Post work drinks, poolside ambience

                             
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VU Restobar (Best Western Hotel)
Weekdays - 1 for 1, 5-7 and 10-12 PM

Head here for - Great views in Kirulapone

                             

Honey Beach Club (Kingsbury Pool Side)
Daily - 5:30-7:30, 1 for 1 beverages

Head here for - Sunset and music, poolside.

                             

The Kings (Kingsbury Lobby Bar)
Daily - happy hour on bottles, 5:30-7:30 PM

Head here for - Pub ambience, good food, post-work drinks

                             

In On The Green
Daily - 50% off (local spirits), 5:30-7:30 PM

Head here for - Themed nights like quiz, open mic, and more. Cosy, dark, matches on TV

                             
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Cloud Cafe & The Loft at Colombo Courtyard
Daily - 50% off, 5:30-7:30 PM

Head here for - Chic al fresco ambience, good crowd

                             

Sky Lounge (Kingsbury)
Daily - 5:30-6:30, 11-12 PM Happy Hour

Head here for - Superb views of the city and the ocean, upscale vibes

                             

Breeze Bar
Daily (except Friday) - 30% off, 6-8 PM
Friday - 50% off on selected cocktails

Head here for - Poolside chill, good cocktails, shisha, live uncle-type music on weekends

                             
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Which Way West
Friday - Ladies Night - free cocktails, 6-9 PM

Head here for - A younger crowd, loud music

                             

The Long Bar (Waters Edge)
Daily - 50% off on cocktails, local spirits

Head here for - Lovely golf course views, good live music

                             

ON14
Weekdays - 50% off select items

Great view to watch everyone else stuck in traffic.

                             

YUMI (Taj Samudra)
Daily - 50% off 6-7 PM

Head here for - Great sushi, upscale ambience

                             
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Stella Karaoke & Lounge Bar
Daily - 7-8 PM
Thur - Ladies night, 50% off (regular drinks), 7-11 PM

Head here for - Karoake with way less smoke and exorbitant prices than Sopranos

                             

RE.PUB.LK
Wed- Ladies night, 2 free cocktails

Head here for - Good crowd, great ambience, kinda loud music. Cheap & delicious tapas

                             

Floor by O!
Daily - Buy one bottle, get 4 soft drinks and 2 bites free

Head here for - Loud post-work crowds, relatively cheap bites, and good Pol Adi cocktails

                             

Zaza Bar (CASA Colombo)
Daily - 3 Spanish beers for Rs. 1,750

Head here for - Funky ambience, dates

                             

As a general rule, your best bet for happy houring is right after work, around sunset. Have fun, drink responsibly, and please don't drive afterwards. Instead of boozing and cruising down the rickety roads of the big papol, get yourself a PickMe or Uber.

Special thanks to intern extraordinaire Shalini for calling up all these bars for info.

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