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Originally published by Sophie Pettit. Last updated by Jen Paolini.
The sun is shining, the weather is sweet—it’s the 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? Here’s a toast to you!
Located on top of one of the city’s hottest new arts venue, Piqniq is a dining terrace that is open throughout the day, serving all-day dining and late-night bar menus. Putting a huge emphasis on design, the centrepiece of the whole venue would be the massive, polka-dotted pumpkin created by Yayoi Kusama, which is the first thing you see when you step out of the lift.
There are beanbags, wooden stools, greenery, and strings of lights that add to the adventurous outdoor atmosphere as well. Make sure you try one of their Piqniq baskets (starting from $198) or their signature Wagyu sando ($428).
Piqniq, Rooftop, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central | (+852) 5200 1683
Since the Eaton Hong Kong went through its rebranding and followed a collective co-living concept geared towards nurturing creatives under Eaton Workshop, the hotel has become the playground of choice for hipsters and the artsy crowd all over the city, and its resident bar Terrible Baby is no exception. The interior section of Terrible Baby features a beautiful mid-century design, but we also love their spacious outdoor patio which overlooks the Jordan neighbourhood. Kick back and sip on their innovative sustainable cocktails amidst a painfully cool arts and music-driven scene—this is worlds away from chaotic Peel Street!
Terrible Baby, 4/F, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan | (+852) 2710 1866
Nesting on the top of the Murray and overlooking the whole of Admiralty and Central, Popinjays is a contemporary lifestyle rooftop restaurant and bar that is a must-go for anyone who is on the hunt for beautiful aesthetics.
Their rooftop bar surrounds their entire restaurant, so you can move from city view to mountain view in just a couple of steps. Designed by acclaimed architect André Fu and his team, you can be sure that every corner of the hotel (including the rooftop) is an Instagrammable spot!
Popinjays, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central | (+852) 3141 8888
Right outside of Ichu Peru is a secret garden known as Ichu Terraza that rocks Peruvian vibes. Inspired by the mountainous terrain of South America, the design of the furniture mimics the natural rock formation of Peru’s scenic landscapes, adding in modern touches like a DJ set at the far end of the bar. This inner-city oasis is surrounded by lush greenery, so you don’t even feel like your in the heart of the financial district. Try their signature Ichu pisco sour ($120) and bounce along to some Peruvian beats!
Ichu, 3/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central | (+852) 2477 7717
Fancy a steak with your view? We cannot think of a better spot to tuck into some juicy beef than this dazzling thirty-first-floor restaurant and bar in the heart of Wan Chai. With jaw-dropping views, comfy lounge seating, and soft lighting, Wooloomooloo Steakhouse is an ideal spot to soak up city vibes, with a refreshing glass of wine and a delicious cut.
Don’t be put off by its location—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 Steakhouse, 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 hotspot boasts some of the finest signature cocktails Hong Kong has to offer, served alongside top-notch fusion cuisine. They have recently completed a four-month renovation and are back in business, more beautiful than ever. Life doesn’t get much better than this!
Sevva, 25/F, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central | (+852) 2537 1388
With stunning panoramic views of Hong Kong Island, 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 classic mojito ($120) on a huge thirtieth-floor terrace atop the iSquare shopping mall? If you’re more of a beer or martini drinker, though, head there for happy hour on weekdays and enjoy hefty discounts on your favourite tipples.
Eyebar, 30/F, iSquare Shopping Mall, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2487 3988
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 Hong Kong Island. Located on the thirty-second floor of the East Hotel, this 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 5.30 pm and 7 pm on weekdays to 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
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 delicious Polynesian-themed cocktails to get you in the summer spirit. Be warned though, they are devilishly moreish... and 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
Perched on the twenty-seventh floor of the Park Lane, Skye boats an impressive 8,000-square-foot space that includes three private rooms, an outside deck complete with an illuminated bar, and sweeping views of the city. Set against a backdrop of Victoria Harbour and Victoria Park, this vibrant nightlife 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 décor, 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 for those with more conservative tastes.
Skye, 27/F, The Park Lane Hong Kong, 310 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay | (+852) 2839 3327