Happy Hours in Colombo 2017.

You booze, you lose…money. With 10% service charge, 15% VAT, and 384940% assorted taxes, your friendly neighbourhood cocktail will now cost you a hell of a lot more. How to drink on the cheap then? Short of visiting one of Colombo's dodgier establishments (ey Randoli), you need to trawl for happy hours like a thrifty little elf. Here's an updated list of where to go, when to go, and what to expect to spend. 

If you know of any other great happy hours in Colombo, drop us a comment and we'll add them on!

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7 Degrees North (Cinnamon Lakeside)
Daily – Bottle promotions, 5-12

Head here for – Beautiful sunsets over the lake, live music on weekends


Asylum Lounge and Bar
Daily – 50% off, 5-8 PM

Head here for – Fairly good pizzas, super central location


Tue-Fri – 1 for 1 on all drinks and 30% off on food

Head here for – Boys' nights out, matches on TV, beer pong

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Cheers (Cinnamon Grand)
Daily – 50% off, 5-7:30 PM

Head here for – Cosy ambience, good pub fare, matches on TV/ big screen


Kaema Sutra (Shangri-La)
Daily – , 5-8 PM


Colombo Fort Cafe
Daily – Buy one get one free, 5-7 PM

Head here for – Chill post-work drinks at the Dutch Hospital, beer pitcher deals


TGI Friday's
Daily – 1 for 1, 5-7 PM on cocktails

Head here for – Family-friendly ambience, delicious ribs, strong cocktails

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41 Sugar
Daily – Buy one get one free, 5-7 PM

Head here for – Sexy date nights, sunsets over the fields, good wine list


Sugar Bistro
Daily – Buy one get one free, 5-7 PM

Head here for – Good drinks, great service


Lobby Bistro at The Kingsbury Apartments
Daily – 50% off, 5-7 PM

Head here for – Central location, discount cocktails


Weekdays – 5-7 PM

Head here for – Bustling Park St vibes, live music, good tapas


Verandah Bistro & Bar 
Daily – 5-7 PM

Head here for – Post work drinks, poolside ambience

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VU Restobar (Best Western Hotel)
Weekdays – 1 for 1, 5-7 and 10-12 PM

Head here for – Great views in Kirulapone


Honey Beach Club (Kingsbury Pool Side)
Daily – 5:30-7:30, 1 for 1 beverages

Head here for – Sunset and music, poolside.


The Kings (Kingsbury Lobby Bar)
Daily – happy hour on bottles, 5:30-7:30 PM

Head here for – Pub ambience, good food, post-work drinks


In On The Green
Daily – 50% off (local spirits), 5:30-7:30 PM

Head here for – Themed nights like quiz, open mic, and more. Cosy, dark, matches on TV

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Cloud Cafe & The Loft at Colombo Courtyard
Daily – 50% off, 5:30-7:30 PM

Head here for – Chic al fresco ambience, good crowd


Sky Lounge (Kingsbury)
Daily – 5:30-6:30, 11-12 PM Happy Hour

Head here for – Superb views of the city and the ocean, upscale vibes


Breeze Bar
Daily (except Friday) – 30% off, 6-8 PM
Friday – 50% off on selected cocktails

Head here for – Poolside chill, good cocktails, shisha, live uncle-type music on weekends

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Which Way West
Friday – Ladies Night – free cocktails, 6-9 PM

Head here for – A younger crowd, loud music


The Long Bar (Waters Edge)
Daily – 50% off on cocktails, local spirits

Head here for – Lovely golf course views, good live music


Weekdays – 50% off select items

Great view to watch everyone else stuck in traffic.


YUMI (Taj Samudra)
Daily – 50% off 6-7 PM

Head here for – Great sushi, upscale ambience

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Stella Karaoke & Lounge Bar
Daily – 7-8 PM
Thur – Ladies night, 50% off (regular drinks), 7-11 PM

Head here for – Karoake with way less smoke and exorbitant prices than Sopranos


Wed- Ladies night, 2 free cocktails

Head here for – Good crowd, great ambience, kinda loud music. Cheap & delicious tapas


Floor by O!
Daily – Buy one bottle, get 4 soft drinks and 2 bites free

Head here for – Loud post-work crowds, relatively cheap bites, and good Pol Adi cocktails


Zaza Bar (CASA Colombo)
Daily – 3 Spanish beers for Rs. 1,750

Head here for – Funky ambience, dates


As a general rule, your best bet for happy houring is right after work, around sunset. Have fun, drink responsibly, and please don't drive afterwards. Instead of boozing and cruising down the rickety roads of the big papol, get yourself a PickMe or Uber.

Special thanks to intern extraordinaire Shalini for calling up all these bars for info.

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