The sun is shining, the weather is sweet – perfect time to hit the roof! One of the best things about living in Hong Kong is being able to sip on a cocktail (or three) at one of the city’s many amazing rooftop bars. So why not take wining and dining to new heights and head to one of these fabulous hangouts? Cheers!
Fancy a steak with your view? We can’t think of a better spot to tuck into some juicy beef than this dazzling 31st floor bar in the heart of Wan Chai. With its jaw-dropping views, comfy lounge seating, and soft lighting, Wooloomooloo is an ideal spot to soak up the city vibes, with a refreshing glass of wine and a delicious cut. Don’t be put off by its location though – despite being in bustling Wan Chai, this popular spot has a more relaxed atmosphere than other rooftop bars in the city – and a pretty sweet view of Happy Valley Racecourse too!
Wooloomooloo, 31/F & Rooftop The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, (+852) 2893 6960
Undoubtedly home to one of the best views of Hong Kong’s dazzling skyline and (if you get your timing right) the Symphony of Lights Laser Show, Sevva boasts an outdoor terrace that oozes sophistication. Scattered with illuminated furniture and cushioned couches fit for royalty, this popular venue takes glamour to a whole new level. Perfect for schmoozing clients, impressing visitors, or celebrating a very special occasion, this stylish hot spot boasts some of the finest signature cocktails Hong Hong has to offer, served alongside top-notch fusion cuisine. Life doesn’t get much better than this!
Sevva, 25/F Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, (+852) 2537 1388
3. CÉ LA VI
For a night of pure glamour, venture to the top of California Tower in bustling Lan Kwai Fong and mingle with the city’s most glamorous party-goers at CÉ LA VI‘s Sky Deck. This high-class hangout has attracted a storm of attention since opening its doors in 2015, and has recently undergone a major renovation to create more space and more greenery to keep the good vibes flowing. Come sundown, the city’s glitterati flock to the terrace to lap up the stunning 360-degree view of Hong Kong and kick back to some funky beats. With top DJs spinning Ibiza style house music every weeknight from 6pm, and Cuban Nights bringing Latin beats to the roof every Tuesday, this is the perfect spot to unwind and enjoy two-for-one cocktails during the daily Sundowner Sessions from 3pm until 9pm.
CÉ LA VI, 25/F California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar Street, Central, (+852) 3700 2300
4. Hunter & The Chase
Formerly know as Shore, Hunter & The Chase has recently undergone a huge makeover in L Place on Queen’s Road Central, bringing us a two-storey venue which boasts contemporary cocktails, American-inspired comfort food, and one of the city’s favourite al fresco dining spots. While Hunter offers a sophisticated restaurant on the fourth floor, The Chase on the level below provides a chic and playful 1,800 square-foot outdoor terrace on which to enjoy a breath of fresh air and some relaxing downtime in the city. Encompassing an elegant long bar, a dedicated cheese counter, warm timber decking, and comfortable lounge seating, this is the ideal spot to enjoy some casual wining and dining with friends. Make sure to try the incredible “liquid fruit salad” Raspberry Cobbler, the Fuego Manzana with tequila, Manzana Verde, lime and red chilli, or the super refreshing La Dolce Vita (all priced at $98) with gin, Aperol, Chartreuse, root syrup, and watermelon.
Hunter & The Chase, 3/F, The L. Place, 139 Queen’s Road Central, (+852) 2915 1638
5. ToTT’s and Roof Terrace
There’s a reason that ToTT’s stands for “Talk of the Town” – the views of Victoria Harbour and Causeway Bay down below are simply stunning! Plush seats, live music, and a killer list of cocktails – or “ToTT’s-Tails” – make this a prime spot for after work drinks and a great place to take visitors to the city. The Earl Grey Mar-tea-ni ($98) and Pornstar Martini ($118) are particularly delicious, but if you’re on a budget, head up there after 5pm and enjoy happy hour prices.
ToTT’s and Roof Terrace, 34/F, The Excelsior Hong Kong, 281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, (+852) 2837 6786
With stunning panoramic views of Hong Kong Island, and front row seats to the Symphony of Lights Laser Show, Eyebar earns a well-deserved spot on our list of the best rooftop bars the city has to offer. Of course, the range of gorgeous cocktails available on the menu helps too – who wouldn’t love sipping on a Suzie Wrong on a huge 30th floor terrace atop the iSquare Shopping Mall? If you’re more of a beer or martini drinker, though, head there for Sunset Hour on weekdays and enjoy hefty discounts on your favourite tipples.
Eyebar, 30th floor, iSquare Shopping Mall, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, (+852) 2487 3988
Rooftops don’t come much sleeker than this. The brainchild of fashion icon Giorgio Armani and Aqua Restaurant Group, Armani/Prive screams “exclusive”. Dress to impress and strut your stuff on the 5,000 square-foot terrace and you’ll feel like you just stepped onto the catwalk. A combination of chic lounge sofas, warm wooden decking, and jaw-dropping views of the city’s electric skyline promise to make this one of the most stylish nights on the town. Try the Pink Poodle or signature Tiger’s Eye and float off to some blissfully mellow beats under the stars.
Armani/Prive, 2/F Chater House, 8 Connaught Road Central, (+852) 3583 2828
If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of central Hong Kong, but still want a killer view, then slip away to the slinky rooftop bar at Sugar on the eastern end of the island. Located on the 32nd floor of the EAST Hotel, this recently refurnished venue boasts an enormous outdoor terrace, comfy low sofas and armchairs, and some pretty chic cocktails to boot. What could be sweeter than sipping on a Rosy Smile or Passionate Dragon as you relax to some electronic DJ beats and lap up the breathtaking views of North Point, Quarry Bay, and Tai Tam? Head there between 5.30pm and 7pm on weekdays and you can also enjoy $68 vodka cocktails and wine during the Sundowners happy hour.
Sugar, 32/F, East Hotel, 29 Tai Koo Shing Road, Tai Koo, (+852) 3968 3738
9. Honi Honi
Step out onto the lush, tropical terrace at Honi Honi and you’ll feel a million miles away from Hong Kong’s urban jungle. Located in the heart of the city on Wellington Street, this cheeky Tiki terrace is the perfect spot to kick back to some tribal beats and escape the metropolis with a cocktail in hand. Honi Honi boasts the most expansive list of rums imaginable, and more than enough deliciously exotic Polynesian-themed cocktails to get you in the summer spirit. Be warned though, they’re devilishly moreish … how could anyone resist a Honi Honi Kiss? Larger parties can opt for the Freaking Pineapple punch which serves up to eight people, or the insanely huge Around The World which caters for 12.
Honi Honi, 3/F Sompteux Central, 52 Wellington Street, Central, (+852) 2353 0885
Boasting perhaps the most poetic cocktail names of any rooftop bar in Hong Kong, Duddell’s is the perfect watering hole for those with an equal love of nature and art. Where else could you find a Frogs Start Singing or Dew Glistens on Grass on the drinks menu? Aside from the whimsical signature cocktails on offer, this stylish little getaway is home to a seasoned collection of art and a stunning 2,200 square-foot Garden Terrace. Leafy plants and comfy, cushioned seating transform the area into a serene tropical oasis in the heart of the urban sprawl. What better place to enjoy your poetic potion in the company of good friends?
Duddell’s, 3/F & 4/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, (+852) 2525 9191
11. The Envoy
Situated within the beautiful boutique hotel, The Pottinger, The Envoy is the perfect location to indulge in beautifully crafted cocktails derived from the imagination of mixologist extraordinaire Antonio La. This British colonial-themed bar invites you to drift away with elegant cocktails such as the iconic Birds of a Feather – a whisky-laced blueberry and pomegranate concoction served in a dainty bird-shaped glass, and the Dinosaur Roar – a heap of Milo powder scattered atop an ice ball, with Godiva chocolate liqueur, fresh milk, and vodka. The spacious outdoor terrace provides the perfect setting in which to kick back in the heart of the city – no wonder it made the cut as one of Asia’s 50 Best Bars in 2016.
The Envoy, 3/F, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Rd. Central, Central, (+852) 2169 3311
Perched on the 27th floor of The Park Lane hotel, SKYE boats an 8,000 square-foot space that includes three private rooms and an outside deck complete with illuminated bar. Set against a backdrop of Victoria Harbour and Victoria Park, this vibrant hot spot invites guests to sip on tantalising cocktails and soak up the ambience as the in-house DJ spins the decks. The drinks menu is just as playful as the decor, serving up delights such as the 50 Shades of Earl Grey and the Jade’s Dragon Breath, made with liquid nitrogen. There’s also an impressive wine list from the old and new world for those with more conservative tastes.
SKYE, 27/F, The Park Lane Hong Kong, 310 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, (+852) 2839 3327
From the award-winning hospitality group Le Comptoir, which brought us Bibo, The Ocean, Tri, and French restaurant Ecriture on the floor below, PIQNIQ offers comfy seating, beanbags, and an iconic polka-dot pumpkin created by Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kasuma. Unlike other rooftop venues around the Central area, which tend to sway more towards the swanky side in terms of decor and atmosphere, PIQNIQ instead offers a more whimsical and playful vibe, inviting guests to delve into a variety of ‘piqniq’ baskets filled with popular dishes from around the globe such as wagyu sandwiches, sushi, and dim sum. The bar also offers a curated list of wines, champagnes, and classic cocktails, making it an ideal spot for alfresco wining and dining with stunning views.
PIQNIQ, R/F (27th Floor), HQueens, 80 Queens Road Central, (+852) 5200 1683