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4/5

Mintage Restaurant & Pub

154, Kynsey Road, Colombo 08.


A chilled out place in the heart of Colombo for a nibble and drink after work with friends, which doesn't require you to dress up or shell out serious dough.



Mintage came as a very, very pleasant surprise. From the name and general facebook vibe, we expected a slightly tackier version of Rize - an expensive sports bar with lurid design and dubious crowd. In reality, it fills a gaping void in Colombo's watering hole options. It's a nice, chill place for a nibble and drink after work with friends, and it doesn't require you to dress up or shell out. It neatly fills the niche between the Machangs and the Sky Lounges of the city. And most importantly - it's cheaper than both.

Food & Drinks



The menu was a tad shocking at first glance. Firstly, all liquor is served by the 50ml or 100ml - no 25ml nonsense here. Secondly, all arracks go for Rs. 150 for a 50ml shot. WHAT? Local gin at Rs. 200, and even foreign vodkas like Smirnoff Apple go at Rs. 250. I have no idea how they manage these prices, since they don't appear to be owned by a brewery or anything. A mug of Lion is also Rs. 150, which is on par with the O!s, which are actually owned by a brewery. No complaints from their patrons I'm sure.

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The food prices weren't as amazing, but were quite decent nonetheless. This seems like a place that has a couple of staples like Chinese fried rice and hot butter cuttlefish that are probably ordered often and they've perfected by now. We decided to go a bit off the beaten path and ordered a 6 piece fried chicken wings at Rs. 400, and hot butter mushrooms at Rs. 300. The chicken wings were really not too great, consisting of about 50% of flavourless batter, and 50% flavourless chicken, but the vegetarian cousin of the renowned HBC was quite delightful. The mushrooms could have been a little spicier, but were great otherwise.

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Service & Ambience

The service lacked for nothing, the waiters were polite, friendly and efficient. Everything was brought post-haste, with a smile. They knew their way around the menu, and managed pretty good English (although the vernacular is an easier bet here). Ambience-wise, I was pleasantly surprised. The high wooden chairs and tables are spotlit by swaying circular lamps that fit the pub-vibe. There were also a couple of booth-esque areas created by large sofa groupings. The upholstery was a questionable red and brown pattern, but it kind of suited the general colour scheme. Overall, it's a chill non-fancy place with plenty of seating and space.

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The downstairs area is the restaurant, and the upstairs is the pub. They have TVs in every section showing the current match, which I'm sure is a hit. The pub is pretty popular especially with the post-work crowd, but it doesn't get dodgy. Be warned, their wooden seats have very little surface area, which could get a bit uncomfy for the chunkier folk.

Conclusion

There's nothing fancy or upscale here, but it's great. They've hit the winning formula: a standard sports pub, with a decent ambience and very very cheap drinks. It's perfectly nice for women too, there's no dodgy vibe at all. A solid recommendation for a post-work drink.

TIP

Parking can be an issue since they don't have an allocated space, so plan ahead.

Address

154, Kynsey Road, Colombo 08.

Directions

Mintage is at the very beginning of Kynsey Road when you turn in from the Borella Junction.

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NalinaSelvanathan

Came here for 31st office dinner. The ambiance was ok and the service was disappointing. The water was not served to everyone and also when asked about the dishes, the waiter didn’t know anything but still said something and when I ordered, it was completely different from what the waiter said.

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Rookie

Place was excellent. We watched the match between Germany & USA and the service we got from the staff was splendid. I would say the best food in the town without any hesitations. The only problem was the tax that we had to pay for our bill which was around 20% of the total bill.

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NalinaSelvanathan

Came here for 31st office dinner. The ambiance was ok and the service was disappointing. The water was not served to everyone and also when asked about the dishes, the waiter didn’t know anything but still said something and when I ordered, it was completely different from what the waiter said.

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Rookie

Place was excellent. We watched the match between Germany & USA and the service we got from the staff was splendid. I would say the best food in the town without any hesitations. The only problem was the tax that we had to pay for our bill which was around 20% of the total bill.

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KachalAdhi

Awsme plc… no 25ml nonsense is a big favor.>!! liquor is afordable… 5*

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oshan_6

Cheap drinks, Great food, Awesome service, Cozy place!!
TIPs:
-Try the HBC,
- Baked fish in Thai sauce
- Chliean wine at 1200 per bottle :)
- They show F1 on Sundays

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Busha

Awesome food, friendly staff, nice cocktails. Best hangout joint in Colombo!

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BIG_DADDY

The place is superb we hang out here after work .they have good Food Cheap Drinks & all sport channels plus they know how to treat there costumers.

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