Thirsty Thursdays: Beers at Sunset at Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Thirsty Thursdays – pouring an ice cold beer before watching the sunset in Colombo, Sri Lanka from the elegant Galle Face Hotel.

Today’s Thirsty Thursdays includes a fantastic sunset and a posh hotel. A bit abnormal for me to splash out or even visit a four star hotel, but this was a hot tip for any visit to Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital. And I kind of had a good excuse for breaking the backpacker mould for an early evening beer – my parents were visiting me in Asia for the first time since 2011, so we headed to the recommended Galle Face Hotel for drinks and sunset. It was outstanding.

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My Dad on the balcony where we sat and had our cold beers in Colombo waiting on the sunset.

The Galle Face Hotel is worth it, let me tell you that. A fine menu, classic music, professionally dressed waiters, a relaxed ambience, a grassy garden, a minute’s walk from the Indian Ocean and an approaching sunset. The scene was set.

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The Domestic Beer menu in Galle Face Hotel – much dearer than normal in Sri Lanka and odd to find a 3 Coins Irish Red on there!

On this particular thirsty Thursday I found an “Irish Dark” beer on the menu at the Galle Face Hotel, so that it was, while my Dad chose a Lion Beer. We sipped them and then watch the sun sink over the horizon by the Indian Ocean. The beer prices are a lot dearer here than in most of Sri Lanka – but you can always spare it for one. My 3 Coins Irish Dark beer was 400 Rupees. Even though that’s more extreme than normal, it’s still only just over $3 US Dollars so dive in!

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My parents – Dad and Mum relaxing at the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka. I don’t see my parents often enough so this was special.

This is a very relaxing place. You can sit back and relax. Not a care in the world. I love quiet relaxing moments on my travels just as much as I love the adrenalin rush of running for a bus that should have already left.

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With my girlfriend Panny relaxing in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

How to get to the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo

Take a tuk tuk, also known as a three wheeler. The best way to see Sri Lanka’s capital city of Colombo. Bargain the price down.

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Get a tuk tuk or a three wheeler to get around Colombo, Sri Lanka!

Where to sit at the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo

When you get to the Galle Face Hotel, head outside, a balcony view is best – we settled for the shade. When the sun starts to fade you can stand up and head to the ocean for your photos and viewpoints anyway.

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Our table for this Thirsty Thursday for sunset at Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

What time to head there

You don’t want to spend a lot of money as the menu isn’t cheap, even by Sri Lanka’s standards so half an hour before sunset is sufficient enough. Time of sunset will of course depend on the time of year you go, so check in advance. I think we got there around 5.15 pm and stayed for a couple of hours, relaxing. Then this…

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Sunset from the Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Inspiring.

What’s the Sunset Like?

Fantastic. In fact, here are a few photos on this Thirsty Thursday to wet your appetite…

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With Mum and Dad by the beach in Colombo, Sri Lanka around sunset.


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The girlfriend and I admiring the fantastic sunset from Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Admiring the Colombo sunset with my Dad. Extra special to have a beer with him here in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

And the videos…

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