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 many swanky rooftop bars our city has to offer. So we say get above it all and take wining and dining to new heights with our roundup of the best bars under the stars.
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 signature Ginger Storm
or Kaffir Margarita
and float off to some blissfully mellow beats under the stars.
2/F Chater House, 8 Connaught Road Central, (+852) 3583-2828
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 and sophisticated cocktails available on the menu helps too - who wouldn't love sipping on a Suzie Wrong
on the huge 30th floor terrace atop the iSquare Shopping Mall? If you're more of a beer or martini drinker, then head there for Sunset Hour on weekday nights and enjoy hefty discounts on your favourite tipple.
30th floor, iSquare Shopping Mall, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, (+852) 2487 3988
Cé La Vie
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 SkyBar in Cé La Vie
. This high-class hangout has attracted a storm of attention since opening its doors in 2015, and it's not hard to see why.
Come sundown, the city's glitterati flock to the terrace to lap up the stunning 360-degree view of Central and Victoria Harbour, relax by the hot tub, and kick back to some funky DJs beats. Those who prefer a more laid-back vibe can head there a little earlier to catch some chilled lounge house and happy hour cocktails during their Sundowner Sessions.
25/F California Tower, 36, 30 D'Aguilar Street, Central, (+852) 3700 2300
Where else could you find peanut butter, Myers’ dark rum, and a whole quail’s egg in your cocktail glass? The Pirate’s Breakfast
is one of many creative concoctions to be found on the menu at this stylish little getaway.
is the perfect venue for anyone with an appetite for cocktails with imagination and a love of nature, because the real star attraction is the lush 2,200 square-foot Garden Terrace. Leafy plants and comfortable, cushy seating transform the area into a serene, green paradise in the heart of the sprawl. What better location to enjoy your magical mixture among great company? Wicked!
3/F & 4/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, (+852) 2525-9191
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 vino and a delicious cut.
Don't be put off by its location though - despite being in busy Wan Chai, this popular spot has a much more relaxed atmosphere than other rooftop bars in the city - and a pretty good view of Happy Valley Racecourse too!
31/F & Rooftop The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, (+852) 2893 6960
Forget martinis and margaritas
and let the city's leading mixologist magicians conjure up potions beyond your wildest dreams. Tucked away in Central’s newest boutique hotel, The
Pottinger, The Envoy
is the perfect location to dabble in magic as you indulge in
beautifully crafted cocktails from the imagination of mixologist extraordinaire Antonio La.
Drift away with the Birds of a Feather
(a whiskey-laced blueberry and pomegranate concoction served in a dainty bird-shaped glass), or dare to defeat the Dinosaur
(a pile of Milo powder scattered atop an ice ball, with Godiva chocolate liqueur, milk and vodka). If you're feeling really brave, check out the
very medicinal True Blood
cocktail served on ice in a blood bag - definitely not for the faint-hearted!
3/F, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen's Rd. Central, Central, (+852) 2169 3311
If you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of central Hong Kong, but still appreciate a killer view, then slip away to this slinky rooftop bar on the eastern end of the island.
Located on the 32nd floor of the EAST Hotel, Sugar
boasts an enormous outdoor terrace, comfy lounge chairs, and some pretty chic cocktails to boot. What could be sweeter than sipping on an Georgia Bellini
while relaxing to some electronic beats and lapping up the breathtaking views of North Point, Quarry Bay, and Tai Tam?
32/F, East Hotel, 29 Tai Koo Shing Road, Tai Koo, (+852) 3968 3738
Step out onto the lush green tropical terrace at Honi Honi
and you’ll feel a million miles from Hong Kong’s urban jungle - not to mention your desk! Located in the heart of the city on Wellington Street, this cheeky Tiki terrace is the perfect spot to kick back to some live, tribal beats and escape the metropolis.
Honi Honi boasts perhaps 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, they’re devilishly moreish, but how could anyone resist a Honi Honi Kiss
3/F Sompteux Central, 52 Wellington Street, Central, (+852) 2353-0885
The prime location and spectacular views of Victoria Harbour make the spacious outdoor terrace of Isobar
an alfresco must-go. Located within Isola Bar & Grill at the IFC, this venue is one of very few in Hong Kong to offer waterfront open-air dining.
So gorge yourself on authentic Italian bites (the thin-crust pizzas are a delight), grab a glass of something chilled, and watch the sun set over the city in this chic, Mediterranean hideaway.
Shop 3071- 75 & 4011, Level 3 & 4, IFC Mall, Central, (+852) 2383-8765
Fu Lu Shou
This funky little Hollywood Road hideout has certainly earned a reputation that lives up to its motto, ‘Eat, drink and be prosperous’. Fu Lu Shou
provides a perfectly chilled outdoor terrace on which to munch on some western-style China Town faves and sip on some creatively cool cocktails (Sesame Prawn Toast
and a Suzie Wong Does Hong Kong
Decorated with colourful, inviting lounge furniture, the terrace creates the perfect setting for chilling out with colleagues or friends, and is cosy enough to make you feel like you’re hanging out at someone's flat. This air of intimacy is added to by the well-hidden location and the need-to-know changing door code for entry. So call ahead, get the magic numbers, and let yourself in on this quirky little secret.
7/F, 31 Hollywood Road, Central, (+852) 2336-8812
Lined with sleek sofas, high tables, and round-booth seating, this 1,800 square-foot outdoor terrace is ideal for larger alfresco gatherings, be it social or corporate. Crowning the L Place on Queen’s Road Central, Shore
boasts extensive space to enjoy a breath of fresh air and some relaxing downtime in the city.
And with a classic list of cocktails, mocktails, and wines, there’s a tipple to tantalise all taste buds as you relax in the ambient atmosphere of this urban oasis.
3/F & 4/F The L. Place, 139 Queen’s Road Central, (+852) 2915-1638
We couldn't complete our roundup without mentioning what is 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 restaurant terrace that oozes sophistication. Scattered with illuminated furniture and cushioned couches fit for a king, this popular venue is the height of elegance, taking glamour to a whole new level.
Perfect for schmoozing clients, impressing guests, or celebrating a very
special occasion, this stylish hot spot boasts some of the finest signature cocktails in Hong Hong, served alongside top-notch fusion cuisine. Life doesn’t get much better than this!
25/F Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, (+852) 2537-1388
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