The nightlife in historic Galle is rather laid-back and relaxed, featuring a handful of great watering holes scattered across town – you just have to know where to loo to find them. If you’re lucky enough to be visiting this southern Sri Lankan gem, don’t miss out on our picks for the best bars in Galle!
1. Galle Fort Hotel
Galle Fort Hotel houses a chic bar and a restaurant, where you can sample amazing signature cocktails, fine wines, local or international beers in a relaxed and intimate setting. If you are feeling peckish, the hotel’s restaurant serves delectable seafood and contemporary Sri Lankan cuisine. The venue has a grand colonial design, with a turquoise swimming pool adding a tropical twist. Without a doubt, this is one of the most photogenic bars in Galle.
2. The Lady Hill
The Lady Hill is perched on top of the highest hill in the region, providing jaw-dropping vistas of the rainforest and emerald green valleys stretching until the turquoise ocean belting this tear-shape island. Serving fantastic craft cocktails and amazing appetisers, this hill-top venue is an idyllic spot for witnessing a mesmerising sunset and enjoying ultimate relaxation out on the cool open-sided veranda.
Housed in an old Dutch hospital facing the ocean, Taphouse is one of the most popular bars in Galle Fort. Featuring an unusual setting and offering a choice of indoor and outdoor seating, the bar serves a variety of beers and offers a wide selection of contemporary cocktails. Taphouse also offers some snacks and light bites to satisfy your appetite. A perfect end for a day of sightseeing!
4. The Tamarind Hill Bar
Located at the hotel bearing the same name, The Tamarind Hill Bar offers an elegant setting for closing the day in style. Featuring an impressive selection of wines and artisanal spirits, the bar also offers a classic cocktails and a soundtrack of lounge music playing in the background. Like most bars in Galle, The Tamarind Hill Bar oozes sophistication rather than rowdy vibes.
5. Dick’s Bar
Award-winning, trendy and just plain awesome, Dick’s Bar should definitely deserves a spot on your bucket-list. Featuring a stylish decor and cool outdoor seating, the bar will leave you speechless with the quality of their signature cocktails. You will also be struck by the of photos of celebrities patrons hanging framed on the walls.
Echoing the historic appeal of the town itself, the bars in Galle charm with their grand colonial design and amazing craft cocktails. While you won’t find rowdy mosh pits or all night raves in Galle, you will discover a unique world of nighttime entertainment served in a stunning, UNESCO protected setting.