Hong Kong's Best Rooftop Bars with Dazzling Views
During summer, urban dwellers pop up to Hong Kong’s best breezy rooftop bars to savour some refreshing drinks as well as spectacular views of the city’s bustling lanes and landmarks. From a swanky hangout just steps from Cheung Kong to a cozy outdoor nook in the heart of SoHo, Hong Kong boasts an increasing selection of rooftop drinking destinations for anyone wanting to let loose among the lofty sights. Here are our picks for summer 2017.
Ozone calls itself “The World’s Highest Bar” — 490 meters high, to be exact. They’re known for being pretty higher-than-thou, too. This is a classy joint, and that means $200 cocktails and small plates, with a $500 per-person minimum spend for tables table past 9 PM. At least you can guarantee those doll-size plates of steak tartare and crab gratin will be delicious, thanks to world-class Brazilian chef Rafa Gil. (Psst — the tapas are discounted during their 5 to 7 happy hour. Just saying.) Aside from the sky high prices, this is a place to say you popped by. Trust me, nothing sounds cooler than saying you knocked back a few at the highest bar in the world.
Level 118, International Commerce Center., 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Armani Privé. The self-boasting ‘glamorous rooftop terrace bar and lounge club’ is located in the heart of Hong Kong’s finance district. An obvious choice for young professionals to enjoy a post-work pick me up, Armani Privé sigantures include classics—but with a twist. Be on the look out for the sweet n’ sour Amazing Cherry Sour (it’s topped up with Hennessy VSOP, a squeeze of lemon, and more!) as well as Armani Jade, with a dash of Ketel One, honey, and sprinkle of fresh Italian basil leaves. Overall, this rooftop bar nails it with great views, and few good spritzers to boot!
3/F, Landmark Chater (Chater House), 8 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong
Eyebar is located on the 30th floor of the iSQUARE skyscraper, a space it shares with the Michelin-starred restaurant Nanhai No. 1. Eyebar’s not quite as accomplished as its neighbor food-wise (FYI, those complimentary-looking spicy peanuts are really $25 a bowl, whether you eat them or not), but they have a great cocktail list and killer views. If you time it right, you can even catch the daily Symphony of Lights from here, all while sipping your ginny Suzie Wrong. There’s a $500 minimum spend for the prime window seats, but you can get a decent view from anywhere in the airy space. Tsk Tsk. This place has been pretty under the radar among the magazines, and is still handled as an insider tip among locals. So tread carefully.
30/F, iSQUARE 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
SEVVA is technically not one bar but a handful of linked spaces, each with a slightly different theme and an overarching aura of glamour. If you’re a girly-girl with a taste for the finer things in life — or if you happen to be dating one — you’d be into the Harbourside space, where you can Instagram your towering cakes and afternoon tea under a ceiling of living flowers. Well-heeled expats flock to the Taste Bar, which serves up fusion small plates to a jazzy soundtrack. The best seats, though, are on the terrace, where you can sit among the glowing skyscrapers and gaze into the deep blue eye of the HK Observation Wheel.
25/F, Prince's Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong
CÉ LA VI bills itself as a place to “see and be seen,” and the fun-loving cosmopolitan clientele seems to agree. This is a place for conspicuous consumers who don’t mind dropping stacks of 1000’s for the right to party with the Lan Kwai Fong in-crowd. There’s even a hot tub for those nights that get really wet n’ wild. The indoor seating area is strikingly posh, featuring a chandelier hung all over with vines like something out of a post-apocalyptic country club, but the outdoor patio lets the view shine through. Looking for some post dinner libation? Fill up with The Kingsman – navy strength gin, vermouth, and Aussie red wine – c’est la vie, indeed.
25/F California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong
You probably know Wooloomooloo as a steakhouse, and its 4 Hong Kong locations are definitely meaty in focus. The Wan Chai outpost, though, has a special feature: one floor above the restaurant is an open-air roof terrace with stellar views of Happy Valley and Victoria Harbour. It’s a relatively small space, so it fills up fast, but pushing up against your fellow sweaty drinkers to reach the bar just adds to the atmosphere. P.S.: You’re on Hennessy Road, so go ahead and order a Hennessy. 2Pac would approve.
31/F & Rooftop The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Sugar’s not as high up as some of the more famous rooftop bars in Hong Kong, but this somehow makes the view even more impressive; the panoramic harbour looks close enough to jump into. The view’s especially good around sunset, when you can order from a “Sundowner Special” menu featuring cocktails and wine by the glass for just $60 a pop. The special is only available on weekdays, but even the regular cocktail menu rarely tops $100. That’s some pretty unbeatable bang for your buck in a city where rooftop cocktails regularly clock in at over $200.
32/F, EAST, 29 Taikoo Shing Road, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong
270 Degrees Rooftop Bar by Harlan Goldstein
The Harlan Goldstein name seal that stamps this bar may suggest the showy haute cuisine usually associated with the capricious celebrity chef, but 270 Degrees is surprisingly laid-back. The bar takes up a small corner of the rooftop patio, encouraging drinkers to spread out and enjoy the view. The cocktails don’t demand too much attention, either; they’re mostly classics renamed to reference Goldstein’s New York roots, like the Grand St Little Italy, a spin on a Moscow Mule. The view is just what it says on the bottle: a 270-degree panorama of Causeway Bay and Happy Valley. This is a rooftop bar for people who’d rather have a rooftop than a bar.
31/F, Soundwill Plaza II — Midtown, 1 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
After all the in-your-face fanciness of most of the rooftop bars in Hong Kong, you might be a little shocked by the entrance to Fu Lu Shou; it’s a sketchy-looking, unmarked wire cage off the street that won’t unlock without the right code. (The code changes weekly — just call ahead and ask.) Once you get up to the roof, though, you’ll find an industrial-chic bar bedecked with graffiti murals featuring distinctly — one might say stereotypically — Chinese motifs. The owners designed both the space and the menu to evoke their childhoods in the Chinatowns of Western cities like San Francisco and Vancouver. Anyone familiar with that world will recognize the kung pao chicken and the deadly Scorpion Dragon Bowl cocktail, which serves up to 6 (or 4, if you’re turnt).
7/F, 31 Hollywood Road, Soho, Central, Hong Kong