Machang (Bentota).

The Machang brand is touted to be Sri Lanka’s largest pub chain, which is not particularly commendable seeing as there are no other islandwide pub chains. However, their business model and their prices are superbly laudable. The Lion bars have been criticized for undercutting other bars, but I doubt their patrons are complaining.

We’ve already covered the famous Machang in Nawala last year, and found it pretty great. Looks like they’ve maintained this along the Southern coast.

Food & Drinks

The place is closed between 2 PM and 5 PM due to Government regulations, but we managed to slip in at 1:55 and they sweetly took us in. Unfortunately, they were out of the exalted hot butter cuttlefish. They apologetically suggested a rice fry-up, which we accepted. At Rs. 350, the seafood fried rice was very good and fed two people easily. The rice had obviously been cooked a few hours before, but they did a nice toss up on the open wok with chopped seafood so it was quite hot and fresh. Very cheap, very yum.

It was a nice hot afternoon so we ordered an icy mug of Lion, at a measly Rs. 100. The taste was super as usual, the price even better.

Ambience & Service

Machangs are not really the sort of establishment you go to for the interior decor. But you can expect simple, laid back and not ugly. The place was pretty deserted in the afternoon, but we can imagine it’s absolutely bustling in the evening.

The pub is right across the road from the beach, so the lazy afternoon coastal vibe was irresistible. The service added to the vibe, with a couple of sleepy looking barmen who grinned toothily at us and languidly took our order, but still served very quickly.


Uncomplicated, tasty food and fresh icy Lion beer in a sleepy coastal town.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp




A glistening night out at Colombo’s finest local bar!

By Shamrina Carim A Sri Lankan experiencing the magical inspiration of Sri Lanka in the


Ceylon Curry Club – Sri Lankan Cuisine With a Twist

By Janani Vithanage Ceylon Curry Club, located in the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, is a


The Delightful Indian Cuisine at Navaratna by Taj Samudra

Navaratna is an Indian Restaurant located in Taj Samudra Colombo. Taj Samudra is a 5-star


10 Places to Get Sushi in Colombo

By Janani Vithanage A Japanese dish most often presented as vinegared sticky rice, seafood or

Highlights Kamu Yamu Guide

An ideal dinner date spot in Colombo – Ward 7

By Shamrina Carim Are you struggling to decide where you could have a decent fancy


Reaching new heights at Virticle by Jetwing’s rooftop bar & restaurant

We were so excited to go to the highest rooftop bar & restaurant in Colombo

Highlights Kamu


Savor The Salt Of The Sea At Hilton Colombo

Fresh from the seafood markets to your table Colombo, Sri Lanka – 20th June 2022 – Partake


10 Types of Sri Lankans in Petrol Queues

By Janani Vithanage These days, spending time in the petrol queue is almost every Sri

Highlights Trending

Celebrating life with Perera & Sons

by Shamrina Carim Perera & Sons holds a privileged history of catering to the most

Highlights Trending

Before You Watch… Jurassic World Dominion

By Shamrina Carim The movie On a critic of honest opinions, Jurassic World Dominion is


Treats fit for a King at Ramada Colombo this Father’s Day!

Enjoy Father's Day special Grill, Lunch, Dinner, Deliveries, and Stays… This June 19th, we all


Celebrate Father’s Day with your Super Dad at Hilton Colombo!

Looking to express your gratitude for the superhero of your household this Father’s Day? Hilton


Yamu Guide.

10 Places to Get Sushi in Colombo

By Janani Vithanage A Japanese dish most often presented as vinegared sticky rice, seafood or

Highlights Kamu Yamu Guide

The ideal skin care routine with Bio Oil

By Shanali Fernando Feeling overwhelmed, confused, and/or frustrated by the multitude of competing messages about

Highlights Yamu Guide

5 common causes of Dry Skin

The general cause of itchy, dry skin might seem like a no-brainer: It's a lack

Highlights Yamu Guide

7 Places to Watch the SL Vs. AUS ODI Matches

By Janani Vithanage Sri Lankan cricket may ot have been on its best footing over

Highlights Yamu Guide

5 Cooking Tips from Knorr

By Janani Vithanage Being a mother in today’s world is no easy task. From waking

Highlights Yamu Guide

How Bio Oil reduces scars

By Shanali Fernando Still curious about this little pink bottle of magic and what it

Highlights Yamu Guide