With all the human traffic clogging up the streets it makes perfect sense to dodge the hullabaloo at ground level and escape up when you want a relaxing drink – doubly so when you have rooftops, a skyline and a harbour as fantastic as Hong Kong.
While there are plenty of options for sky-high dining with amazing views in our city, not to mention some great hidden terrace dining spots as well, there are just as many bars offering views that’ll have your eyes popping like a Tom and Jerry cartoon. Whether you’re planning a date night to sweep your beloved off of their feet or just looking for somewhere in the clouds to get away from it all, here’s our guide to Hong Kong’s best rooftop bars.
Hong Kong’s best rooftop bars
Serving Australian and USDA beef, Wooloomooloo cooks up a mean steak. However, let’s be honest, there are better steaks in town at places like Morton’s and Beefbar. What keeps patrons coming back to Wooloomooloo’s Wan Chai branch are the jaw-dropping views from the 31st floor which take in all of the local neighbourhood, the harbour and Happy Valley, including the race course. While you're up there, rifle through the impressive wine list: the choice is vast and worldly.
One of the most highly anticipated openings in Lan Kwai Fong when it arrived on the scene, this restaurant, lounge and club takes up the top two floors of LKF’s California Tower. Like its Singaporean sister on the 55th floor of the Marina Bay Sands hotel, this Hong Kong outpost is one of the hottest addresses in town. The rooftop bar features a pretty impressive view over Central and Mid-Levels that leaves you feeling like you’re still in the city rather than above it. The interiors, meanwhile, are so sleek it seems like dust would spontaneously combust as soon as it touches the walls, with shimmering dark panelling and red lighting matching the pulsating house mix that reverberates throughout the whole establishment.
If you think you need to be alongside Victoria Harbour to get a great view, think again. Komune Above, within Ovolo Southside, sits quite literally above the hotel. From this perch it offers stunning 360-degree views of Hong Kong Island’s Southside. The drinks aren’t half bad either. Our recommendation is the Dirty Uncle ($103), the venue’s signature ‘beer version of a bloody Mary’, made with Corona, grapefruit juice, celery bitters, agave syrup, lime and smoked salt. A dirty little concoction, it immediately hits the spot.
A narrow black leathered elevator (which vaguely hints at a padded cell) shoots you up to the 118th floor of the ICC and to the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong where you’ll find the highest bar in the world. You’re immediately greeted by low-lit moody green neon, avante-garde seating and walls of refracted swirling glass, but what seals the deal is the completely unobstructed view of western Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. And, with one of the best wine lists in town and a great cocktail programme, the menu is almost as impressive as the view.
The biggest project yet by local socialite and patissiere Bonnae Gokson, Sevva is a pretty incredible space. A 360-degree balcony offers stunning views of the skyscrapers of Central and Admiralty, the harbour, and the opposing Kowloon skyline – perfect for sunset drinks and impressing visiting friends or clients. The furnishings, meanwhile, are straight out of Elle Decor and demand appreciation for their style and easy elegance.
Encompassing the entire 32nd floor of the spankingly swanky business hotel EAST in Tai Koo, Sugar is a soaring establishment that sells itself as ‘bar + deck + lounge’. It’s a tag that succinctly sums up the highlights of this ultra-cool space, except that it omits Sugar’s finest feature: the utterly breathtaking views. Enjoying sweeping vistas with a drink in hand is hardly a new thing to our spoilt eyes in Hong Kong but Sugar’s panoramas provide a new, eastern take on our urban jungle. The view dominates from every corner of the bar, such is the openness of the smartly designed interior. Grab a drink and take it all in.
Pullman Hotels and Resorts is well known for its bold designs and modern ambience. So when the group took over the Park Lane Hotel in Causeway Bay a couple of years ago, sparking a lengthy process of rebranding and refurbishment, there was an air of expectation. The rooms were remodelled floor by floor and one of Hong Kong’s most overlooked terrace spaces – 27 Restaurant – was given a complete facelift and has reopened as Skye, a bar and an eatery that boasts an eye-popping view of our city. From floor to ceiling, Skye’s reception area is clinically white alongside sleek curvatures that are reminiscent of futuristic sci-fi flicks like Gattaca. That stunning harbour view is unobstructed all the way to North Point, and the bar menu features well-made cocktails that don’t break the bank.
For a different perpsective on Hong Kong different from the usual Central-TST views, head to Causeway Bay’s ToTT’s. Situated by the Causeway Bay harbourfront, take in the westerly view straight down the harbour, all the way to the IFC mall and beyond. A more than handy list of wine and whisky will keep the party going, too.