Header image courtesy of Kerry Hotel Hong Kong
Originally published by Grace Chan. Last updated by Jen Paolini.
With the sweltering summer heat and torrential rain upon us, we take to the cool, air-conditioned quiet of the indoors. Why not elevate the experience by enjoying it with a refreshing alcoholic beverage in hand, set out against Hong Kong’s breathtaking skyline? Here are some of the best hotel bars in Hong Kong so you can make the most of what this amazing city has to offer.
Located on the one-hundred-eighteenth floor of the ICC building, Ozone is recognised as the highest bar in the world—and as one of the best hotel bars in Hong Kong, too. A private lift will have you ascend into a bar of blue-hued, futuristic-looking interiors, with towering views of Hong Kong Island right across the harbour.
Most known for their delicately crafted cocktail list and small plates menu, with mixtures like the HK Skyline ($340) as signatures, Ozone will quite literally have you drinking in both the skyline and the irresistible tipples.
Ozone, 118/F, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2263 2270
Overlooking the expanse of Victoria Harbour, Cruise at Hyatt Centric poses as a recurrent choice for both day and night excursions. With a quiet and relaxed ambience, the outdoor oasis offers a panoramic views of the Kowloon side, best enjoyed with a side of well-crafted cocktails and modern, Asian-inspired bar bites. Come for their “Sunset Sessions” from 3 pm to 7 pm to take advantage of discount prices on selected wines!
Cruise, 23/F, West Tower, Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong, 1 North Point Estate Lane, North Point | (+852) 3896 9898
A contemporary bar with a wraparound terrace, Popinjays boasts a staggering view of surrounding high-rise buildings in Central and Admiralty. With an inspired drink menu, Popinjays creates a lively atmosphere that reflects the spirit of the cockatoos, which the hotel bar is named after.
Bespoke creations like The Blue Macaw ($150)—a mixture of Montelobos mezcal, Ancho Reyes liqueur, and yellow Chartreuse, infused with notes of fresh pineapple and lemon juice, served in a distinctive cup shaped like an actual blue macaw—are what make the bar so unique to its location and name.
Popinjays, R/F, The Murray, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central | (+852) 3141 8888
A notable mention goes to Skye at The Park Lane in Causeway Bay. This stunning rooftop hotel bar creates a picturesque alfresco experience for any of those looking to enjoy an unobstructed view of the harbour in the heart of the city. At night, the bar is cast in a blue-and-white illuminated hue that surrounds the sleek and modernistic décor.
Here, you can enjoy some delightful bar bites that pair well with their cocktails, such as their Skye fries ($110), which are served alongside a pairing of Japanese sea urchin sauce and “Plantin” black truffle sauce. A unique feature to take note of is how their drinks list is modelled after a passport, with each page highlighting a concoction inspired by different countries and cities all over the world. For an exotic trip, try their Guyana cocktail ($140), a mix of house-blended plantation rum, papaya milk, coconut syrup, and a fusion of lime and dried apricots, inspired by the Caribbean Islands.
Skye, 27/F, The Park Lane, 310 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay | (+852) 2293 8888
Located in Hung Hom, the hotel bar at Kerry Hotel houses eclectic designs and an outdoor terrace that steals the show, with a spacious deck that is cast out across the harbour and an urban vibe that can be enjoyed at any point during the day. Just like the atmosphere reflects, Red Sugar’s cocktail menu is tailored to explore a plethora of references to the old industrial times of Hong Kong.
With imaginative drinks such as A Golden Age ($128)—Beefeater gin infused with green Sichuan pepper, lychee liqueur and tomato and lemon juice—or Victoria’s Treasure ($108), a tipple of Havana Club rum topped with liquorice syrup, Angostura bitters, and candied ginger. There is a drink for every bygone era imaginable!
Red Sugar, 7/F, Kerry Hotel, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom | (+852) 2252 5281
Towering above the neighbourhoods of Wan Chai and Happy Valley, The Crown at The Emperor Hotel lays boundless city views at your feet, and is somewhat of a hidden gem even amongst Hongkongers. Swathed in romantic Art Deco accents and luxuriously gilded décor from ceiling to floor, The Crown’s sky-high lounge and rooftop terrace presents an extensive drinks menu with tempting and decadent pan-Asian bar bites.
Highlights include a specially curated wine and spirits list, and creative cocktails like The Emperor ($178)—a concoction of gin, ginger, ginseng, lemongrass, lime, and pineapple juice—and the Elixir ($178), with vodka, sage, passionfruit, lemon tea, and soda water. If you enjoy your nights and drinks with a side of music, swing back inside to enjoy to enjoy fantastic live performances and banging tunes from the Golden Era.
The Crown, 25/F, The Emperor Hotel, 373 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai | (+852) 2961 3399