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3/5

Chillax Garden Pub

11 Marine Drive, Colombo 6


An outdoor bar on Marine Drive with beer on tap from 11 AM to Midnight.



Chillax is an easy option if you want cheap beers and quick snacks. It's the ultimate post-work drinks spot if you don't have a club membership at CH&FC, CR&FC, SSC, or any other acronym. 

Drinks

Chill beer is on tap all day (no stopping from 2-5 PM since they're attached to a hotel), the alcohol is fairly cheap, and they've got a whole bunch of cocktails to choose from.

You honestly can't go wrong with a draught of Lion Lager, Carlsberg or Special Brew. A small 275 ML glass is Rs. 200, and 500 ML is Rs. 400. A pitcher is about Rs. 800+.

We also tried an unimaginatively named Arrack Cocktail which was not great at a steep Rs. 750+. A mix of arrack and cordial with a solitary lime piece, this was genuinely so saccharine and one-dimensional that we didn't finish it. We tried a Margarita on our last visit, and it was also not drinkable, so perhaps cocktails are just not their strong suit.

Food

You can choose from a whole selection of bar bites here, from their absolutely excellent Special Chicken Cheese Kottu (Rs. 750), to the usual HBC and French Fries. We tried a Devilled Chicken (a reasonable Rs. 500) and a Hot Butter Cuttlefish (Rs. 750). Both came out lickety-spit, and super spicy.

The chicken was a bit dry, in true Lankan bar food tradition, but came slathered in a nice spicy tomato chilli sauce with vegetables. We would have liked more meat, but otherwise this was satisfactory. 

The HBC was a gently battered dish of calamari topped with julienned carrots, capsicum, and leeks. The calamari was fresh and well prepared, but the batter was ever so slightly soggy. It was still a great dish, although Rs. 750 is on the steeper side. We've loved their Special Cheese Chicken Kottu in the past so tried to order that too, but unfortunately they're now only serving it after 6 PM.

Ambience & Service

The ambience is quite odd, with sand and beach cabana-style hay umbrellas and high stools overlooking a parking lot. The view of the ocean/ road is interrupted by a large pastry shop, so that's a pity. There is quite a large al fresco area, but it's marred by the often loud and jarring music they play on Friday/Saturday nights. We like it right after work, when the sun is setting and it's relatively quiet. 

The service here in our experience has been quite good, with quick and attentive staff who appear to be genuinely friendly. A special shout out to Kenneth, who has always been genuinely enthusiastic and nice to us. We do wish the management would bring in proper training to teach the waitstaff how to whip up a good cocktail though! 

Overall

Cold, cheap beer, good service, and excellent kottu. Honestly, that's enough for us to recommend Chillax to you even without a sea view.


TIP

You can send your drink back if you're not happy with it. The staff are happy to help.

Address

11 Marine Drive, Colombo 6

Directions

If you're coming from Wellawatte, it's to your left, just before you enter Bambalapitiya.

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Cuisine

Pub Food

Price Range

Between Rs. 500 - Rs. 1000

Dish Types

Alcoholic Spirits Bites

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