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4/5

Sky Lounge (Kingsbury)

48 Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo 1


Kingsbury's rooftop bar serves up a stunning view and pricey drinks.



Colombo's newest bar/lounge has an impressive view, social buzz, decent if expensive food and drink, but mediocre service.

The Kingsbury Sky Lounge has a beautiful view, from the edge of Colombo Port to the Old Parliament and down the Galle Face Green. At sunset it's truly stunning, though most people seem to go there when the sea is dark, mainly to see and be seen. As the newest spot in the CMB the Sky Lounge is happening most evenings and if you show up at peak times you'll struggle to get a seat. Sadly, at any time you'll struggle to get good service.

The Scene



Sky Lounge is happening. Partly because it's the newest place in town but also because it's a really great location. The Kingsbury (formerly the Ceylon Continental) sits on prime real estate opposite the Galle Face Hotel and walking distance from the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct and World Trade Center. Of all the city hotels, it has the best sea view, and it's been neglected for far too long. So now it's open, and it is a beautiful sight.

As mentioned, however, the place is nearly empty around 6 PM (sunset) and packed when it's dark.

Drinks



Sky Lounge has an interesting if expensive drinks menu. They serve only imported beers and have a range of molecular shots (internationally these include foams and scientifically weird drinks, but here they are basically interesting and different shots). Also a lot of champagnes, martinis, etc. Which should give you an idea of the price range. Beers are around Rs. 700 and a shot goes for Rs. 1,000.

Food



The food is quite good, though on the menu we got half the stuff wasn't available. That will change we assume. The Japanese selections are quite good and basics like cooking the meat correctly are attended to. They have a range of seafood and meat items and some interesting veg. They also have a varied chocolate bar - from fondue to poached pears. Again, all expensive, easily pushing Rs. 1000 a dish, going above Rs. 2000 for meats and special treats.

Service



While the Sky Lounge waiters are nice enough, at various points we had to give an order three times (because menu items were unavailable) and were told we couldn't order because it was 10 minutes before the serving time (5:30 PM on the website, but he told us 6 PM). Problems arise, but how staff deals with them is the mark of good service versus bad. This service wasn't good.

Overall



You should check out Sky Lounge for the view if nothing else. It is expensive but it's a beautiful view of the sea and city, and one that will change as land is filled in to create new developments over the next decade. Yes, they're filling in the sea. Sky Lounge is a good use of space and for a certain clientele it's a welcome new place to go out.

Address

48 Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo 1

Directions

Head up the Galle Face Green towards the port (North). At the roundabout go straight, towards Dutch Hospital. The Kingsbury is on your immediate left. There's valet parking.

Contacts

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Report Inaccuracy

This place has closed down

Cuisine

Japanese

Price Range

More than Rs.1500

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
2
Quality Rating
2
Service Rating
1
Ambience Rating
5

User Reviews
Avatar for Milindu Panduka Yahampath
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Milindu Panduka Yahampath

This place is best, but they have to improve their customer service

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3/5

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Jay_Nicholas

If you are looking for an awesome place to hang out with your friends, this is the ideal place. If you are looking for an awesome place for food and drink however, you may want to move along as you will only be disappointed by their pricey drinks and okay food.

Avatar for Milindu Panduka Yahampath
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3/5

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Milindu Panduka Yahampath

This place is best, but they have to improve their customer service

J
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3/5

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Jay_Nicholas

If you are looking for an awesome place to hang out with your friends, this is the ideal place. If you are looking for an awesome place for food and drink however, you may want to move along as you will only be disappointed by their pricey drinks and okay food.

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