To see some true East Coast wildlife you only have to visit one of the many weekly beach parties in Arugam Bay. While most people do go with good intentions, to have a good time and dance the night away an excess of alcohol and male egos often leads to bad vibes and fighting, especially among locals.
The 2017 schedule is still to be confirmed, but it is believed that it will follow the 2016 weekly party plan:
Thursday – Hipsters, previously known as Funky de Bar.
Friday – Sababa Surf Cafe, Whiskey Point. See whiskeypoint.info (opens in a new window) our other site for more info.
Saturday – Mambo’s, the longest running and most famous of the Arugam Bay party scene. It is free for tourists but 2000LKR for locals. They impose this charge to keep numbers of locals at a manageable level.
Sunday – Ocean Sky, a relatively new venue at the northern end of town near the bridge.
Expect other smaller venues to cash in and stage their own efforts during July, August and September. The music is deafeningly loud, usually starts shortly after sundown and continues until sunrise!
The two most popular hangouts are Siam View for beer and Hideaway Hide & Chill bar for cocktails. Both have regular live music during high season.
See Where to Buy Alcohol in Arugam Bay for info on where to get beers or a bottle before heading to the dancefloor.