When it comes to nightlife, Nuwara Eliya is not exactly a primary destination on party-lovers’ itineraries. Featuring several bars, traditional English pubs and tea lounges, the nightlife in this small Sri Lankan hub is laid-back and relaxed, as most venues close long before midnight. Check out our picks for the best bars in Nuwara Eliya!

1. Coffee Bar

Catering to coffee-lovers, Coffee Bar exudes chilled out vibes and features a sophisticated yet unpretentious setting. Serving what is arguably the best coffee in town, this colonial-style red-roofed venue attracts visitors to savour hazelnut coffee, lattes and cappuccinos. Complete your elegant coffee break with a mouth-watering eclair or a slice of chocolate cake or other sweet treats of your choice.

Coffee Bar Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka

2. Tea Lounge

Tea lovers will swoon over Tea Lounge, where you can enjoy a cup of authentic Ceylon tea. Located within the Grand Hotel complex, this classy establishment features a chic modern decor and provides a fascinating choice of seating: either outside on the manicured lawn shaded by umbrellas (a la English aristocrats) or inside the well-ventilated dining room. Enjoy high tea with lots of delicious finger foods and snacks served with the high-quality drinks.

Tea Lounge Grand Hotel Bar Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka

3. The Pub

For a more vibrant evening out, head to The Pub, an atmospheric British pub with a distinct ambience and a wide selection of local and international beers and spirits. The Pub also serves good Western food, offering a refreshing break from curries and other local fare.

The Pub Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka

4. Lake View Pub

Lake View Pub is a part of the Alpine Hotel, a large eye-catching colonial building overlooking the lake. Inside the bar, you will find several comfy leather sofas fringing low-slung tables and beer barrel stools lining the bar. Grab a cold beer or sample a craft cocktail and chat with the friendly barmen or swap stories with your friends in this cosy ambience.

Lake View Pub Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka

5. Road Hole Bar

Road Hole Bar features wrought-iron furnishings, paring English bourgeois style with chic modern aesthetics. Offering a vast selection of amazing Ceylon teas as well as signature cocktails, the bar caters to all palates. Once you start feeling hungry you can sample the appetisers from the bar’s attractive menu.

Road Hole Bar Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka