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.


Thursday – Hipsters, previously known as Funky de Bar.

Friday – Sababa Surf Cafe, Whiskey Point. See (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.

Peak Season

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.

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Hey 🙂 I’m coming last week of April, how will the party atmosphere there by then?


Hey! 🙂 I’m coming to Arugam Bay in the next few days. Is there something going on at this time in the evening?


Hey John,

Im planning on staying in late May/early June. How is the party vibe around that time? As well as surfing options?


We are coming in early October. Are there any parties happening then? x



Thank you for the response! We’d planned to stay for 4/5 days in AB – do you think we should shorten that if it’s going to be quiet?