Why is it that the booze shops have some of the most stylish shop interiors in Colombo? It’s one of those great mysteries. Alcohol is heavily taxed over here, so we advise you to make use of duty free shopping at airports when traveling in and out of the country. However, there are great places to buy decent wine and a good selection of spirits these days. Most supermarkets don’t have an alcohol section; a couple have a separate shop where you can buy alcohol and pay for it separately, e.g.Keells Super at Crescat Boulevard and Cargills Food City on Staple Street. You will also see the rather intimidating “wine store” on the side of the road. They may look grotty, but they are perfectly fine to queue up at to get your cans of Lion beer. On a side note, in recent years the gin and tonic available has massively improved with the importation of Fever-Tree and Bickfords tonic. As much as we want to support local Elephant House tonic, it does not cut the mustard for your perfect G&T, so when at a bar, ask for your preference and stock up in the supermarket.  Keep in mind, you cannot purchase any alchol after 9pm in Sri Lanka from shops.

Some great wine and spirit shops are listed below:

1. House of Wines

20 Flower Rd, Colombo 03 | Opening Hours: 9am-9pm | 0114 502 902
Gorgeous interior and a great selection of wines. They also bring in a selection of Ales and lagers, like Shepherds Neame and Stella. The staff are knowledgeable about their wines, so it’s worth consulting them.

2. Park Street Gourmet

33b Park St, Colombo 02 | Opening Hours: 9am-9pm | 0114 333 505
Another well thought out store offering a good range of wines from all over the world.

3. Fine Spirits

353 Dr Colvin R de Silva Mawatha, Colombo 07 | Opening Hours: 9am-9pm | 0112 303 273
They’re on a busy road so getting to them is quite tricky if you are driving yourself. They have very helpful staff and a fantastic selection of spirits.

4. Wines by VS

56A Horton Pl, Colombo 07 | Opening Hours; 9am-9pm | 077 354 0588
The latest addition to wine stores in Colombo, it has a sleek interior and a good selection of wines, beers and sparkling wines to put the fizz into any event!

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