There is so much to explore while travelling in Sri Lanka. Apart from the beaches and scenic greenery, the country offers an unforgettable experience of nightlife.

Beach Parties in Hikkaduwa

If you’re looking out for a vibrant party atmosphere then head straight to Hikkaduwa. This place hosts a variety of crazy beach parties throughout the year attracting party animals from all over the world. The beachfront has a promenade of swanky restaurants and bars filled with lively crowd grooving to loud music. While there are other exciting options like Funky De Bar and Long Beach Surf Café, here are the top three beach clubs that will transform you to a hippie partygoer while in Hikkaduwa.

1. Mambo’s Place

Mambo’s is a popular hangout for surfers in this area. They host energetic and dynamic weekend parties on Saturday nights inviting young tourists who want to dance and enjoy action-packed evenings. A wide range of music from reggae to house, electronic and dub are played here, making it a jazzy point for people to meet and party all night. With cocktails served at a reasonable price and free entrance for tourists, this bar is sure to attract nocturnal partygoers in the city. The sun-soaked beach vistas are beautifully decorated with wickerwork, bamboo and jute the highlight the venue during the stunning sunset by dusk.

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Highlights: Lively parties, Surf Point, Amazing Cocktails
Location: Galle Road, Narigama
Timings: 8 am – 4 am
Prices: Between Rs.555- Rs.2081

2. Vibration Music Bar

Planning to have fun on a Friday night? Vibration Bar is sure to uplift your party mood with some upbeat music played by the international Djs. The highlight of this jungle-themed bar is the unique percussion session performed by their in-house band called the “Vibes Tribal Drummer”. If you are craving some fresh Japanese food, Vibration music bar is the best place to relish an authentic Japanese cuisine prepared using fresh ingredients from local markets. Afterwards, relax in one of their Lounges or pools, have a hearty meal and retire in one of their contemporary rooms. It is the most happening bar in town that keeps the party culture alive without a beach front. Foreign tourists often come to dance, enjoy the cocktails and gorge on their delicious snacks even at 5 am.

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Highlights: Delicious Wraps, Fun Friday nights, Live music band
Location: Galle Road, Wewala
Timings: Open round the clock
Prices: Price for a standard room at Vibration Hotel starts from Rs. 1500

3. Top Secret

The best way to spend a laid-back Sunday evening is by joining the fun at Top Secret. Accommodating their guests inside the bar decorated with a lavish spread of paduru mats laid out in different hues with comfortable cushions, this bar always has a pulsating ambiance. The seats are designed typically like a beach-side restaurant with wooden structures sinking into the soft golden sands. Attracting crowd from different parts of the world, you can find party goers sipping their cocktails and enjoying the beats while the others play ping pong or even relax by the pool. This bar has some of the most tourist friendly staff that are always attentive to the needs of customers. Crash at this place for an early dinner and drinks as this bar offers a great variety of delicious food from different cuisines.

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Highlights: Eclectic ambience, Relaxed Beach bar, Creative interiors
Location: Galle Road, Narigama
Timings: Open 24 hours
Prices: Food costs around Rs. 850/person

Beach Parties in Unawatuna

This small coastal town in southern Sri Lanka offers some spectacular underwater activities like diving and snorkeling. After a long tiring day of exploring the magnificent coral reefs, head to Unawatuna beaches to enjoy beach parties with an increasing influx of locals and travelers during tourist seasons. Relax by the serene beaches at Kingfisher Beach Bar and Koha Surf Lounge while livelier places like Lucky Tuna and Pink Elephant invite tourists that want to make new friends and have a fun night. Dance away to the loud music and the blinding disco lighting at the Riddhim bar and Banana Beach along the beach road.

4. Kingfisher Beach Bar

Started as a humble beach shack way back in the 90s’, this hidden gem is located on the crescent-shaped beach of Unawatuna. This place turns into a party haven after sunset on all Saturday nights, when the club organizes parties with live music and an impressive lineup of Djs to set the floor on fire. Making it an ideal place to party as well as enjoy the serenity of the ocean, this bar creates the perfect atmosphere for a relaxed party by the beach. After the party, one can enjoy a hearty meal at the restaurant offering fresh dishes belonging to western and eastern cuisines. No meal at this restaurant is complete without trying their signature Thai green curry and the arrack prawns.

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Highlights: Beach Parties, Grilled Jumbo Prawns, Open bars
Location: Devala Road, Unawatuna
Timings: 7.30 am to 3 am
Prices: Between Rs.1000-1500/person

5. Happy Banana

The biggest parties in Unawatuna happen every Friday at the Happy Banana Beach Club. This club is so famous among the locals that it is often used as a landmark in case you find yourself lost in the city. Buzzing with locals and tourists, this bar allows party goers to lounge and peacefully unwind with family and friends. The beer and cocktails are served at a reasonable price with warm smiles from the tourist- friendly staff. Enjoy the euphoric aura and groove to the latest tunes from dawn to dusk with the patio turning into a discotheque during weekends. While in Unawatuna, do not miss the party at Happy Banana Bar where the entrance is free for tourists.

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Highlights: Live Dj, Beer Party, Reasonable prices
Location: Devala Road, Unawatuna
Timings: Every Friday starting 10pm
Prices: Free ladies entrance while stags have to pay Rs. 2000/person

6. Riddhim Club

Relax by the scenic charm of the Unawatuna beaches and enjoy the spectacular sunset by the dusk. Soak in the relaxed and refreshing ambiance by lazing around in comfortable bean bags while sipping chilled beer and enjoying great music, even during the day. This bar has a chilled-out vibe to it. A perfect getaway to enjoy a romantic sunset followed by a candlelight dinner with your loved one. Wait till Thursday to be a part of some real fun, as the floor is set on fire with a perfect mix of music, crowd and party vibes. This bar is open to tourists and locals alike, a great place to make a new acquaintance or spend an evening with family. Gorge on their signature Prawn burger served with a smile by a very- friendly staff.

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Highlights: Good vibes, Relaxed music, Value for Money
Location: Matara Road, Unawatuna
Timings: 11am to 9.30pm
Prices: Ranging between Rs. 278- Rs. 694

Beach Parties in Colombo

The best place to experience the perfect nightlife in Sri Lanka is at the capital city of Colombo. Offering a variety of budget-friendly entertainment options like Gambling, Live music bands and exotic cocktails accompanied by delicious finger food, this place is the perfect party destination in Sri Lanka For a lighter evening with subtle hangout options, check out lounges and cafes located on scenic clifftops or by the pristine beaches. Colombo flaunts the grandeur with some of its themed pubs filled with enthusiastic nocturnal crowd, energetic foot tapping music, Live music bands from all over the world and also some nerve gripping action at the casino while the roulette gets rolling.

7. ZAZA Bar

With a plush bar entirely covered with Glass tops and a trippy water decoration across the glass roof, this bar is one of the best places for nightlife in Sri Lanka. During the weekend, the bar swings open to tourists with their well-stocked varietiy of international wines and spirits. The cocktails are priced between Rs. 500- Rs. 700 while beers are available from Rs. 300 onward. The Islander’s Paradise is the most popular and a recommended cocktail at this bar. Relax in their chilled-out environment and try some of their unique drinks like the tea mocktail and enjoy an outdoorsy feeling while seated inside a glass parlor.

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Highlights: In-house Zaza band, Plush interiors, Amazing Service
Location: Galle Road, Colombo
Timings: 8 am to 12 am
Happy Hours: Avail Buy 1 Get 1 free offer on drinks from 5.30pm – 7.30pm all days
Prices: Rs. 3000 for 2 people

8. Honey Beach Club

Being a unique asset to the nightlife of Colombo, this beach club houses a swanky pool that gives fun party vibes to the city. Decorated with some sleek lighting, this chic lounge bar has some dramatic lighting, making it perfect for a weekend party. It houses an extensive variety of stylish outdoor furniture like the sunbeds by the pool, comfortable bean bags and a large group seating arrangement under beach umbrellas. The big open-bulb HONEY sign near the DJ booth is the epicenter of this club, attracting party goers. Get grooving to the loud music churned by the Djs and enjoy their innovative entrants like Honey’s Flower Crush and Honey’s Beach Crush.

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Highlights: Pool Bar, Amazing Cocktails, Shisha
Location: The Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo
Timings: Open until 12 am
Happy Hours: Between 5.30pm – 7.30pm avail 50% off on mojitos, beer and selected cocktails

9. Loft Lounge Bar

At Hotel Colombo Courtyard, one of Colombo’s favorite boutique hotels, lies the little watering hole called the “Loft”. The Loft Lounge guarantees a value for money experience through exciting discounts on cocktails and drinks when visited during happy hours. Relax amidst the dim lighting and the artistic interiors decorated with recycled material. Find yourself seated on the barstools resembling a tractor and enjoy their signature drinks and whipped cocktails. Experience a perfect night out with family and friends while enjoying the aerial view of the bustling city from the rooftop.

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Highlights: Aerial night view, Quirky interiors, Weekend music gigs
Location: 32, Alfred House Avenue, Colombo
Timings: Open from 5.30 pm to 12 am
Price: Starting from Rs.1500/person

Beach Party in Weligama

Lined with numerous bars and restaurants, the city of Weligama is sure to leave you spellbound with its exciting nightlife. While each of the restaurants has something unique to offer, enjoy the delicious spread of seafood menu here. When in Weligama do not forget to party and enjoy the night, drinking and dining.

10. Tiki Cliff Bar, Weligama

Do not miss the beach parties hosted by Tiki Cliff Bar every Wednesday and Friday if you are with your friends partying in Weligama. Inviting tourists to relax and enjoy the mystical starry night by the ocean, this bar serves some delicious seafood on their menu. Some of the popular dishes ordered are crunchy Papadum along with some hot Pumpkin Soup and Fish steaks that burst with authentic flavors of Sri Lanka. Witness the serenity and peaceful vibes at the clifftop while sipping their Moscow Mule by the bar. Allowing a 360-degree view of the breathtaking beaches, take pictures and they’re sure to leave your friends in envy.

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Highlights: Oceanic Experience, Tuna Steak, Clifftop Bar
Location: Kapparatota, Weligama,
Timings: 9 am to 12 am
Price: Costs Rs.3500 for 2 people

Pro Tip: Beach nights in Sri Lanka are fun but it is also equally important to be safe while partying in a foreign country. The local boys by the beaches sometimes indulge in over friendly conversations with tourists and create ruckus during parties. Hence, it is advised to stay away from them to avoid unnecessary attention and arguments.

Reveling at beach parties and enjoying the nightlife in Sri Lanka is a worthwhile experience. No beach party is complete on this paradise island without trying their local alcoholic drink called Arrack. Prepared by distilling the coconut palm sap, it has a strong and distinct flavor to it. Best suited for aggressive party lovers, this drink is sure to stir the moods for a vivacious night ahead.