32, Alfred House Avenue, Kollupitiya, Colombo 03
Open 5.30 PM–12 AM
The Loft Lounge and Cloud Cafe are Colombo Courtyard's two-in-one bar combo. The former is indoors while the latter is on the rooftop. As far as cocktails go, CC fares quite well, but the food leaves much to be desired.
Colombo Courtyard is one of Colombo’s favourite boutique hotels, with a nice little watering hole called The Loft. While our earlier visits found at least the cocktails to be great, our latest visit found things a little different.
Colombo Courtyard is the rare combo of a boutique business hotel. The Loft is generally pretty quiet with music and conversation at low volumes. Especially after dark, it feels like it wouldn’t be out of place in a cyberpunk movie set with its dim lighting tinged with the red neon hues off the bar.
However, room to stretch your legs is something you won’t get here. It’s just a thin strip of a room with only the large glass windows facing Duplication road giving some illusion of space. For seating there’s a couple of low couches on either side of the bar and the center of the room has some uncomfy high tables and chairs.
This is some expensive booze. If you feel like your wallet is weighing you down, this is your spot. The question is whether that weight loss would be well spent.
The Jamaican Breeze (Rs.1100) had Bacardi rum, red rum, orange liqueur, apricot brandy, fresh orange and pineapple juice. This looked like a tall drink of orange… and that’s pretty much what it was. The juice overpowered everything and you couldn’t taste anything else.
We had hopes for the Dark and Stormy (Rs.950) but it had as much impact as a citrus storm in a teacup. Supposedly this was made with dark rum, fresh lime, fresh ginger and ginger beer.
The Green Hornet (Rs.950) apparently won an award. So like the similarly named fictional fighter of injustice, we hoped it would save the night. It didn’t. It contained arrack, fresh Ambarella juice, fresh Basil leaves, fresh lime juice and sugar syrup. We can definitely say if you love Ambarella, this is the drink for you. Not really sure if the other components were in there though.
The Long Island (Rs.1200) however had a good boozy hit. With a good amount of Smirnoff Vodka, tequila, Rockland white rum, Gordon’s gin, triple sec, lime and Coca Cola combo it definitely lived up to expectations.
The food went down far better. We ordered a Pizza Romans (Rs 1500). That had pork ham, tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, bell pepper, onions, olives and topped off with mozzarella cheese. While you can get a far bigger pizza for this amount of money at a proper pizzeria, this tasted really good. No regrets here at all.
Chicken Pakora (Rs.700) is a dish of small chicken pieces, battered in a gram flour mix, deep fried and served with a garlic and chili sauce. Thanks to the gram flour giving an extra crunchiness, this was extremely addictive. We just couldn’t stop eating it and greatly lamented the miniscule serving that we received.
The club sandwich had bacon, chicken, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and fried egg with mayonnaise. It was alright. With better bread this might have been something remarkable.
The Loft Lounge generally guarantees a standard experience. However, with about Rs.2000 of taxes added on later, our bill came to about Rs.7000 for in total during happy hour. While it does have ambience, what it doesn’t have is value for money.
Colombo Courtyard has a nice little watering hole called The Loft. While our earlier visits found at least the cocktails to be nice, our latest visit found things a little different.
The Loft Lounge and Cloud Cafe are Colombo Courtyard's two-in-one bar combo — the former indoors and the latter on the rooftop. As far as cocktails go, CC fares quite well, but the food leaves much to be desired.
සිංහල තැන ලස්සන වුනාට සමස්ථයක් හැටියට ගත්තම නං ලොෆ්ට් එකට යන එක අතින් පාඩුයි.