The biggest project yet by Hong Kong socialite and patissiere Bonnae Gokson, Sevva is, quite simply, an incredible space. A 360-degree balcony offers stunning views of the skyscrapers of Central and Admiralty, the harbour, and the 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.
One of the most highly anticipated openings in Lan Kwai Fong in some time, 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 hottest addresses in town. The rooftop bar features a pretty impressive view over Central and Mid-Levels that leaves you feeling like 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 matches the pulsating house mix that reverberates throughout the whole establishment.
A narrow black leathered elevator (which vaguely hints at a padded cell) shoots you up to the 118th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong where you find the highest bar in the world. You’re immediately greeted by low-lit moody green neon, avante-garde chairing, and stretches of refracted swirling glass walls, but you're really here for the completely unobstructed view of western Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. And, with one of the best wine lists in town and even a specialty gin and tonic menu, the menu is nearly as impressive as the view.
Pullman Hotels and Resorts is famous throughout the world 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 incredible view of our city. From floor to ceiling, Skye’s reception area is completely 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 features reasonably priced and very well-made cocktails.
Encompassing the entire 32nd floor of the spankingly swanky business hotel EAST, 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, 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. Crack open a bottle of wine from the more than tidy list and take it all in.
While we do have issues with the food here, there's no doubting just how impressive the two-level rooftop bar at Causeway Bay hot spot Seafood Room is. Perched on the 26th and 27th floors of the shiny new Tower 535, this expansive terrace is comfortable and puts you high above the heart of the actoon, with a 270-degree view of the harbour. Enjoy it with a cigar and cocktail whipped up by local mixing hero Match Chan, whose impressive CV includes well regarded stints at The Ritz-Carlton, Flint at JW Marriott and The Peninsula. There are live DJs on rotation every evening, too, making for a killer vibe.