From the crazy open shack parties on coastal beaches to luxe wild parties in the capital city and some chill vibes up in the hills – partying scenes in Sri Lanka has something or the other for all your party expectations. 

We’ve curated a list of best places to party at, while in Sri Lanka so you don’t have to work on it. Let’s get the party on, shall we?

1. Rhythm and Blues, Colombo

If loud music, good food, and jazzy lights are your thing, you’d have the time of your life at Rhythm and Blues in Colombo. It is centrally located in the heart of Colombo 04 and is a 5 minute walk from the Majestic City shopping mall. The bar by the dance floor has a huge ceiling to floor light display that will leave you enchanted for the rest of the night. People usually find themselves grooving to live music till the wee hours of morning and chilling over some delicious cocktails and drinks. Do note that the party doesn’t usually begin before 9 p.m. so be sure to head here only late in the night.

They do charge an entry fee of 1000 LKR for stags like any other nightclub in the city, but we promise it’ll be worth it! 

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Timings: 8 p.m. – 5 a.m.
Cost for 2: 3500 LKR with alcohol

2. Margarita Blue Pub, Colombo 

A favorite among the youth of Colombo, this night club is a great place to hang with your buddies at and spend the night grooving to some amazing music. They have live band performances most days of the week and if alternative rock and oldies are usually your thing, then a trip to Margarita Blue Pub in Colombo is a must. They also have darts and a pool table to keep you entertained.

Their menu boasts of good food and drinks at some really affordable rates so this makes it a perfect place to chill over drinks without burning a hole in your pocket. They also have Happy Hours every day from 5pm to 7pm when the drinks are available at 50% off. Do we need to convince you any further?

They do have a small entry fee over the weekends when the nightclub tends to attract all the young souls in the city, but nothing too steep. 

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Timings: 4 p.m. – 4 a.m. (Tuesday – Sunday) Monday closed
Cost: 2500 LKR for two with alcohol

3. Ceysands Disco, Bentota

Bentota is a small resort town by the beach in Sri Lanka, a place where pubs and discos are hard to come by. Enter Ceysands. A part of the 4 star Centara Ceysands Resort and Spa, this is a stunning floating disco right on the Bentota River, with the river on one side and the majestic Indian Ocean on the other. Accessible only by ferry, this is the perfect place to party the night away over some thumping beats, heavenly views and exotic cocktails. Don’t forget to look up at the sky between dances to feel one with the stars, owing entirely to the open air ambience. 

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Timings: 24×7
Cost: 5000 LKR for two with alcohol

4. Floor by the O!, Colombo 

The capital of Sri Lanka has no shortage of nightclubs and this list will prove exactly that. Situated at a pretty lively area in Colombo 07, Floor by the O! is another local favorite when it comes to nightclubs. Happening music, spacious dance floor and delicious food – this place has it all. 

This place charges 2000 LKR for stags as entry fee but is redeemable in whole inside. The entry charge makes sure that they attract only decent crowd and you’ll always find yourself surrounded by friendly party-goers.

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Timings: 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. (Mon – Thursday) 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. (Fri – Sun)
Cost: 3000 LKR without drinks

5. Le Garage, Kandy

Le Garage is a premium night club with the rugged looks of an actual run down garage up in the Hills. Famous for its themed nights – from retro themed nights to contemporary techno nights, this is a great option for party goers and is situated inside the famous Amaya Hills Resort in Heerassagala. 

Apart from great drinks, this Ave also offers some of the most lip smacking food that go perfectly well with the atmosphere. 

There might be a small entry fee so make sure you contact them in advance for the details.

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Timings: 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. (daily)
Cost: 2000 LKR for two

6. Sopranos Karaoke, Colombo

Located in Cinnamon Gardens, Colombo 04, Sopranos Karaoke is a local Karaoke bar, exactly as the name suggests. This is the best place for some drunken Karaoke with your friends while in the city. Do note that this place attracts the kind of crowd that like to have a chill evening so if you’re looking to party hardcore, this place isn’t for you. 

The interiors have a rustic charm to them – almost homely and you’ll find yourself having a chill time singing to old tunes. The drinks and food are on the affordable side, to help you have a great time, without having to spend a bomb on a night out.

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Timings: 7 p.m. – 5 a.m. (daily)
Cost:  2000 LKR for two with alcohol

7. Chiller Room, Colombo

The Chiller Room is the latest addition to Colombo’s happening nightlife and has quickly become a public favorite. This place is a simple 15 minute walk away from the Galle Face beach and is easily accessible by public transport. 

The amazing music and competitive pricing make partying here a complete win-win. The light system here is one of a kind, and is guaranteed to win you over.

We’d also recommend going to their famous Speakeasy, Ask for Fern for a delicious dinner, before you burn those calories off on the dance floor. Thank us later! 

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Timings: 9 p.m. – 5 a.m.
Cost: 3000 LPK for two with alcohol

8. The Love Bar, Colombo

If you’re looking for a premium nightclub with a beautiful ambience and decent crowd, then Love Bar in Horton Place, Colombo is the best choice for you. This is a rooftop bar situated on the top of Flamingo House. The shimmering lights and the floral wallpaper will win your heart and the good music will close the deal. You’ll always find the dance floor by the entrance fully packed, so make sure you go grab a table a little early in the evening. 

The signature cocktails are priced decently and the menu has some really good options for finger food. We definitely recommend calling in advance to ask about the entry fee for stags.

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Timings: 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. (can go on till later)
Cost: 3000 LKR for two with alcohol

9. Bally’s Casino, Colombo

How can this list be complete without us including the biggest casino Colombo’s nightlife has to offer? Known for its amazing hospitality, Bally’s in Colombo is a clear favorite when it comes to casinos. It offers free food for everyone and free drinks too for the playing customers. 

You can place bets for as low as 100 rupees and go as high as you can. The sky’s the limit, folks. But no matter how much you bet, Bally’s promises a slice of luxury for all its guests and is worth a visit on your next trip to Sri Lanka. 

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Timings: 24×7
Cost: Free food and drinks, stakes up to you

10. My Kind Of Place, Bentota

Situated within the premise of Vivanta by Taj, this place is majorly a restaurant which transforms into a nightclub post sunset. Groove to some of the best dancing tunes while gorging on a delicious array of seafood here.

The location of the place guarantees a decent crowd and is a good place to party in the otherwise sleepy town of Bentota.

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Timings: 24×7
Cost: 4500 LKR for two

11. Loft Lounge Bar, Colombo

With interiors done up to ensure a rustic industrial vibe, Loft Lounge Bar in Colombo is another great party haven in Sri Lanka. This place is located on top of Hotel Colombo Courtyard and is just a short walk away from The Majestic City Mall. This place has some of the best signature cocktail drinks in Colombo and you must take advantage of their Happy Hour (5.30 p.m. – 7 p.m.) to give these a try. Not that their usual pricing is expensive in any way.

The good music and the rustic ambiance will make sure you have a good time chilling with your buddies. Their seafood options are to die for, so make sure you order some for your tummies as well. 

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Timing: 4 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Cost: 4000 LKR for two with alcohol

12. Koha Surf Lounge, Unawatuna

Restaurant by day, nightclub by sunset, this is another cozy little nook placed beside the Unawatuna beach. You can either choose to watch the sunset while sipping on chilled beer, or dance the night away over some loud music and cocktails. The wraps here deserve a special mention, so make sure to grab one in between drinks to pace yourself.

Go here for the affordable drinks, good music and chill vibes. 

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Timings: 1 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Cost: 2000 LKR for two with drinks

13. Yula Beach Bar, Hikkaduwa

The Yula Beach Bar is exactly what the name suggests, a bar by the beach. You can choose to chill over some beer with friends and locals while grooving to some loud music by night. This is a great option for you if you’re looking to party by the beach, but don’t want to burn a hole in your pocket. You can also enjoy the Happy Hours every day from 5 – 7 p.m. and again from 9 – 11 p.m.

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Timings: 4 p.m. – 3 a.m. (daily)
Cost: 1500 LKR for two with alcohol

14. ON14 Rooftop Bar & Lounge, Colombo

A beautiful rooftop bar, ON14 is another party attraction in the heart of Marine Drive. It is situated on the 14th floor of the OZO Hotel, and offers beautiful panoramic views of the city. This coupled with the delicious cocktails available here, make this place a must visit if you’re in the mood to party. While the food can be a bit expensive, you can take full advantage of the Happy Hours (1+1) and try to set off the bill this way. 

It also has an infinity pool (only for hotel guests) on the same floor which adds to the charm of the place. Did we mention this is an open-air bar by the way? Go here for the fantastic views, breezy atmosphere and lively music and you’ll thank us for a wonderful night. 

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Timings: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. (daily)
Cost: 5000 LKR for two with drinks

15. Vistas Bar, Colombo

This rooftop bar is another big party attraction in Sri Lanka and is known to offer some amazing views of the city. If you’re looking to have a chill evening overlooking the sea while sipping on drinks and tripping on good music, this open air bar is definitely the place for you. Go here for the amazing hospitality and the views, you won’t regret, promise!

Its location on the busy streets of Colombo 04, make it easily accessible by public transport. 

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Timings: 10 a.m. – 2 a.m. (Thurs- Fri) 10 a.m. – 12 a.m. (Sat- We’d)
Cost: 3000 LKR for two with alcohol

16. In…On The Green, Colombo

Imagine a busy English pub in the heart of Sri Lanka, that’s In…On The Green for you. Blessed with some typical bar vibes, this place is a go-to for some downtime with your buddies. The live band performances are a great way to spend the evening singing along and the affordable drinks prove to be good accompaniments. This bar also has sports viewings with the bar filling up quickly with sports buffs, so make sure you grab a table early on sports nights. 

In…On The Green is located right on the busy Galle Road and is easily accessible by public transport. 

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Timings: 4 p.m – 12 a.m. (daily)
Cost: 3000 LKR for two with alcohol

17. Lake View Pub, Nuwara Eliya

While coming across a happening nightclub in the hills of Nuwara Eliya is a distant possibility, the Lake View Pub at the Alpine Hotel is your best bet for some chill time. The rundown and wooden interiors make for a cozy atmosphere and will remind you of a typical European bar. Chill over some beer in between a round of Pool or throw some Darts instead. There is also an attached balcony/terrace with views of the lake and those of the hills in the distance. 

The drinks and food here are very reasonably priced and we promise you’ll have a great time without spending a bomb.

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Timings: 4 p.m. – 12 a.m. (daily)
Cost: 3000 LKR for two with alcohol

18. Zephyr Restaurant And Bar, Mirissa

Mirissa is known to be a beach town and is famous for beachside shacks and for its nightlife. While you’ll find some really good beach parties post-sunset, Zephyr can be the best of the lot. Known for its delicious seafood and affordable cocktails, people go here to spend some laidback time by the beach. Is there a better way to spend your nights while in Mirissa?

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Timings: 10 a.m. – 11.45 p.m.
Cost: 3000 LKR for two with alcohol

And that concludes our list of the Best Places to Party in Sri Lanka. We get that Sri Lanka is primarily known for its magnificent beaches and temples, but with this list now, you know the right places to head to, with a party on your mind. What are we waiting for then, Christmas? (Actually, it wouldn’t be the worst idea to wait for Christmas, you know. Sri Lanka around this time gets exceptionally beautiful with all the holiday festivities around).