Dodgy Bar Tour, Colombo

After a very lazy yesterday which I have spend enjoying over the pool and rooftop bar I was ready to face Colombo. Batteries recharge, fresh after a proper night of sleep and some relaxing time at Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel I was excited to do a walking tour this afternoon.

I thought we gonna take ‘Old Colombo Walkabout’ tour by Trekurious. Start up company which offers the most experiential activities in Sri Lanka. Everything from carving your own Sir Lankan mask in Galle to watching sunset over Adam’s Peak from the plane!

You would have to see my smile when they said we gonna mix it with ‘The Dodgy Bar Tour’. First I’m Polish and I never say ‘no’ to alcohol, and second I love checking those kind of local weird places, which are so hard to find.

The Dodgy Bar Tour, Colombo, Sri Lanka

The tour started with great stories from Mark Forbes about Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial times that took me back in time. I could almost imagine all the streets filled with shoppers, cinnamon sellers and ox carts.

We started from the Dutch Hospital, which at the moment is a centre for fancy restaurants and sweet shops.

The Dodgy Bar Tour, Colombo, Sri Lanka

We walked through Chatman Street, where famous ‘Hungry Like The Woolf’ video was shot! I must admit that even for such a fan of Duran Duran like me it was something new! I had those words in my head for the rest of the day!

In touch with the ground
I’m on the hunt down I’m after you
Scent and a sound. I’m lost and I’m found
And I’m hungry like the wolf.

The Dodgy Bar Tour, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Than we walked through York Street to Cargills Building which is the oldest department store in Sri Lanka and Grand Oriental Hotel which is the oldest hotel in whole country.

The Dodgy Bar Tour, Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Dodgy Bar Tour, Colombo, Sri Lanka

The grandeur times of both of those buildings are long gone, but you get a feeling how splendid and fancy it was back in the nineteen century.

Dodgy Bar Tour of Colombo

We had first drinks at Tap Bar in Grand Oriental Hotel, but you can as well try old ‘Blue Leopard Bar’ now called B52 Night Club and Stallion Pub. The Tap Bar was a great place to start the dodgy bar tour exploration!

The Dodgy Bar Tour, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Encouraged after first few drinks we walked through Pettah to reach the oldest bar in town – The Colonial Bar. I know that it was your first guess ha ha ha

The Dodgy Bar Tour, Colombo, Sri Lanka

This place is a real institution of Colombo. We have been welcomed with very tasty arrack, served with my favourite drink EGB – Elephant House Ginger Beer! I got totally addicted from a very first sip! Some prefer old good Coca Cola but it is EGB for me, always and forever.

The Colonial bar is as well famous for its delicious and spicy fish cutlets, served with baked garlic which I couldn’t keep my hands away from! Yum!

Some people on out team were tired from arriving just few hours before so we headed back to the hotel via Fort Railway Station.

What stroke me was that all station signs had this weird ‘Fashion Hub” wording. I was super surprised that advertisement is allowed in such spaces, but been explained it means that the company in question sponsored the signs!

Nevertheless some kind of advertisement you would think :) I love those little quirky facts, maybe it will make to my ‘Things about Sri Lanka You didn’t Know’ post!

The Dodgy Bar Tour, Colombo, Sri Lanka

One thing I have learned on this tour, except all the great historical stories and anecdotes, is that Sri Lankan people really like to drink and go out. It seems like this island is very much my cup of tea! Ha ha ha Word play intended :)

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Disclaimer: My stay in Cinnamon Lakeside was sponsored by Cinnamon Hotels. The walking tour by Trekurious was a part of organized activity for TBCAsia conference I’m attending. Having said that, all thoughts, opinions and observations are always my own. 

14 thoughts on “Dodgy Bar Tour, Colombo

  1. Ohhhhh, this sounds interesting Marysia! Chloe and I are researching things to do in Sri Lanka for a trip there next year and this popped up – sounds very different! I really want to drag her along to a cricket game too but she’s not quite as keen on that idea…

    • Haha, the game sounds great but believe me, you will see people playing cricket everywhere :) As for the tour it was interesting way to see Colombo, the are some great stories hidden in the shadow of the night :)
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  2. Tom

    Great article on Colombo, I will recommand this blog to my friends who will visit Colombo. I liked special “Dodgy Bar Tour of Colombo”.

  3. paulbroad

    Wow, I’ve been living in Colombo for a long time and reading this felt as if you were travelling in another city! I think your writing is written from a unique and very fair perspective and you really have a way with words which is a breathe of fresh air as there is such a flood of travel blogs and sites these days.

    • Thank you so much Paul, for nice words and as well for a refreshing comment, something different from… great post :) I mean I love all the comments but it is nice when people take time and effort! Thank you!
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  4. I’m loving this #100 happy days posts, keep them coming! I wish I was there with you to take the dodgy bar tour lol
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  5. Sammi Wanderlustin'

    What a great surprise, who doesn’t love a good bar tour ;)
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  6. Alli

    Nice word play at the end :) Well I wouldn’t have guessed that Sri Lankans loved to party it up so much! I’d also love to try that ginger beer!
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  7. Sounds like fun! The bar tour sounds like a great surprise :)
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