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Colombo Nightlife
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The popularity and life of Nightclubs can be limited. Please check locally for the most up-to-date hotspots. Some nightclubs may only open certain nights of the week.

The Blue Elephant

The Colombo Hilton, Echelon Square, Colombo 1, Fort.
Telephone: 249 2061/254 4644
The Colombo Hilton is renowned for its Blue Elephant. The trendiest and most famous club in town, it is a place with lots of activities throughout the week. You will not see much of a crowd till around midnight.
Tickets cost Rs.500/- nett and women are free of charge.

The Boom

Galadari Hotel, 64, Lotus Road, Colombo 1, Fort.
Telephone: 254 4544
It was recently renovated and redecorated with a new look. It has an appealing interior with top class entertainment. DJ music, live bands perform regularly here as well bands from the U. S and Canada.
Tickets cost Rs.1000/- per head.
Open Tuesday to Sunday.


The Colombo Plaza Hotel, Steuart Place, Colombo 3.
Telephone: 243 7437/242 1171
A pub from 4.00 to 8.00 pm and as nightclub from 8.00 pm to 3.00 am. More of a young crowd.

The Library

Trans Asia Hotel, 155 Sir Chittampalam Gardiner Mawatha, Colombo 2.
Telephone: 254 4200.
Only house guests or members can use the services. The Library is quieter than the other clubs and its atmosphere including music, food and drinks are of a very high standard.

My Kind of Place – also called The MIX

Taj Samudra Hotel, Galle Face Green, Colombo 2.
Telephone: 244 622.

Blue Leopard

Grand Oriental Hotel, 2 York Street, Colombo 1.
Telephone: 232 0391-3
A trendy and popular club.
Tickets costs Rs.500/- per head.

The Hut

Mount Lavinia Hotel, 102, Hotel Road, Mount Lavinia.
Telephone: 271 5221-7. Email:
Previously known as Little Hut. The Hut is the newer addition to the city’s line of discothèques. It offers 70’s reggae, 80’s disco, and the 90’s techno sounds. A live band is shown every Friday and Saturday from 9.00 pm to 4.00 am while DJs are available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 9.00 pm to 2.00 am.


There is plenty of nightlife in Colombo. Many casinos, also called clubs here, scream for your attention with flashing neon lights. The clubs offer gamblers roulette, poker, baccarat, blackjack, and other games as well as complimentary food and drinks, and sometimes music with live bands playing. Entrance is for those over 18 years and some clubs offer entrance only for foreigners. Be dressed in smart casual attire for instant admission.

There are about twenty casinos operating in Colombo. Opening hours are at least through the night and often for 24 hours. The more popular ones include the Continental Club, Fairline Building, 425 Galle Road, Colombo 3 and the Ritz Club, 5 Galle Face Terrace, Colombo 3. Some other casinos available in Colombo are Atlantic Club, Bally’s Club, Bellagio Casino, MGM Club, Star Dust Club and Star Club.

Pool Parlours

There are a couple of Pool Parlours for those who love this sport. Blizz, Park Road, Colombo 5; Potluck, 6, Duplication Road; Precious Pool Parlour, Millennium Park, Colombo 3; Q-Stick, 84, Green Path, Colombo 7 and Shooters, 31, Maitland Place, Colombo 7.


Colombo offers places where music lovers can relax and enjoy. Hilton Colombo, Echelon Square, Colombo 1; Hotel Empress, 383, R. A. De Mel Mawatha, Colombo 3 and Galadari Hotel, 64, Lotus Road, Colombo 1.

Music, Dance and Cultural Shows

Most hotels provide Sri Lankan music and dance where special performances of traditional Kandyan and ‘low country’ dancing and the famous ‘Devil’ dancing can be arranged by the management or a travel agent.

The Sri Lanka Philahrmonic Orchestra holds concerts at the BMICH. For live jazz, rock and reggae the Saxaphone Jazz Club on 46B Galle Road, Colombo 3 is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Local newspapers have information for the other latest events.


Sinhala theatre can be found at the Lumbini Hall in Havelock town and The John de Silva Theatre in Colombo 7. For English try the Lionel Wendt Hall and Gallery.


Colombo’s air-conditioned cinema halls show English (British and American), Sinhala, Hindi (from India), Tamil, East European and Continental films.

You can enjoy English language films at cinemas along Galle Road and the 2 other places are the Liberty cinema at Kollupitiya and Majestic cinema in Majestic City shopping complex on Galle Road, Barnbalapitiya. Local newspapers contain the best information for the most updated films that are showing.

Colombo Planetarium

Entrance is at Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7. English shows are performed at 2.00 pm on the last Saturday of the month. The Colombo Planetarium also arranges special shows for parties of 75 or more. Phone them on 586499 for more information.