When the sun sets on the western coast of Sri Lanka, the enchanting city of Colombo basks in an electric fervor. As it is true for any metropolis of a similar stature, Colombo is blessed with a great nightlife that should not be missed at any cost.

Sri Lankans sure are party-loving people who love to revel in fun and sessions of letting their hair down, so be sure to join them in their casinos, bars and nightclubs. From glittering Colombo fort hotels and lighthouse by the sea, to rooftop bars and performance-packed cafes, here is a mini-guide to the best of Colombo in the night:

Beach sunset at Mount Lavinia

Beach sunset at Mount Lavinia

Located hardly 30 minutes from the city, Mount Lavinia promises a vast expanse of clean, sandy beachfront that boasts of an out-of-this world backdrop of the setting sun over the horizon. You can choose to enjoy a local dinner at a beach shack for the perfect night.

Roaming around in the Fort area

Roaming around in the Fort area

The Fort area is a busy intersection of financial skyscrapers, shopping districts, historical buildings, and the lighthouse at the port. If you want a glitzy night-out in the city, then this is the place to be. One major attraction is the Beira Lake which houses a landscaped garden, a suspension bridge to Lover’s Islands, and the Seema Malaka temple.

A trip to the Barefoot Garden Café

A trip to the Barefoot Garden Café

Barefoot Garden Café is a must-visit during the night as its art gallery plays host to the works of local artists amidst an eclectic garden setting. For an evening filled with tranquillity and dotted with scrumptious food including sandwiches, prawns and curries, this little café demands your attention.

Irish ecstasy at Molly’s Pub

Irish ecstasy at Molly’s Pub

The only Irish pub in Colombo, Molly’s Pub brings an essence of European evenings to Sri Lanka. If you’re travelling with your gang of friends, then head over to this place early in the evening for a round of drinks, merry and laughter.

Drinks at the Sky Lounge

For a more blissful indulgence in drinks and dance, especially with your significant other, the Sky Lounge in Colombo 1 will leave your floored with its open air ambience, late-night parties, a fancy beverages menu, and signature cocktails. Open till three in the night, the Sky Lounge’s primary charm lies in the spectacular views of the Galle Face Green, Colombo port, and the Indian Ocean.

Roulette at Bally’s Casino

Roulette at Bally’s Casino

Any nightlife experience in Colombo is incomplete without visiting the city’s captivating casinos, especially the extremely popular Bally’s. The old establishment is brimming with tourists from all the corners of the world, and its exciting array of buffets, complimentary drinks and gambling will leave you salivating for more!

Since most markets close early in the city, there is not much in way of night-time shopping. However, when it comes to dining, partying and sightseeing, Colombo’s nightlife is unbeatable. For the perfect experience, book a stay in the main areas of the city that are easily accessible in the night, like Colombo fort or Wellawatta hotels near the shore. For premium budget stays with a dash of the best local hospitality, we recommend booking via Yoho Bed. Their range of properties include bungalows, homestays and cottages as well, and come with the promise of free WiFi, air-conditioning, spotless linen and rooms, and free breakfast!