Cheers for sports!
Type of food: Traditional British pub food Open: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. (daily) Reservations: (94) (11) 2 497373
Cheers Pub is one of the closet things we Colombian’s have for a Colonial British Sports Pub…. Its situated inside famous Cinnamon Grand which I spent hours and hours wondering around. We love all Cinnamon’s restaurants, because they maintain the star class service for a reasonable price tag. There’s not another place in Colombo which has so many hardcore sports clientele from Sri Lanka and around the world.
Stepping in to Cheers is like stepping in to another world of chronicles! You get the British Pub feeling from their wooden door and wall panels, and the Chelsea football jerseys brings out the ambiance of the place which is similar to an establishment in the colonial era. Cheers has two sections; one, more family oriented inner section and an outer section which is frequented by patrons watching Rugby and Football games while sipping a pint of Carlsberg or Irish Dark and cheering for their favorite team. Moreover, there is a huge glass which faces a wall saying Cheers Pub and also a pool table which people can play a game if the actual game on television is too boring 😉
To start off, Cheers is not your average Friday night spot or chick nightclub like KAMA, not even close. It caters to a more mature clientele so the food and the beverages they serve are also prepared accordingly. This does not mean that a group of teens can’t have a good time, but it might be a lil bit hard to see all those familiar faces you might see at a night club. Cheers serves a good variety of bar bites and beverages. They are reasonably priced (before the gov. tax though) and live up to the Cinnamon’s hype. We ordered a Chicken Burger with Chips (Rs.650) , Pork Chops (Rs.1320) , some tall Lion Lager Bottles (Rs.400+ each), and an Irish Dark (Rs.400 + ). They have a range of local and foreign liquor shots which starts from Rs. 300 and upwards… The food was good, I loved the Chicken burger and the patty was well marinated with the correct sauces. Furthermore, unlike most of Colombo’s offerings chef has actually cooked the chips with care and they were not dry at all.
The service is usually good, but we had a bit of a bad experience on a busy Saturday. It was All Blacks game day and Cheers was full of cheering fans so it took us some time to catch the attention of a waiter and it took them a good ten minutes to serve the beers.