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Piqniq
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The best rooftop bars in Hong Kong

Sky's the limit

By Time Out Hong Kong
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Hong Kong's skyline is legendary. Centred on Victoria Harbour, it's a nightly festival of neon and LED lights flickering against glass towers. But it's not ideal to huddle amongst the masses at the harbourfront to take in the views, especially in current times. Thankfully, Hong Kong has a bundle of rooftop bars that offer some jaw-dropping views of the city. Whether you're planning a date night or just looking for somewhere to get away from – or above – it all, one of these watering holes in Hong Kong is sure to have you covered.

RECOMMENDED: You can get the views without the tipples too. Check out these picturesque places to catch the sunset, or go for an adventure on one of these beautiful night hikes.

Hong Kong’s best rooftop bars

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Bars and pubs Aberdeen

Proving that the Southside can do great vistas too, Above sits on the top of Ovolo Southside hotel in Wong Chuk Hang. From this perch, visitors can take in stunning 360-degree views of the tranquil neighbourhood. The tipples here are quite impressive too, making it the ideal place to lay back and enjoy an evening with some close friends.

Cordis – Garage Bar (exterior)
Cordis – Garage Bar (exterior)
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The Garage Bar

Bars and pubs Hotel bars Mong Kok

If you think Hong Kong’s best rooftop bars are restricted to locations near the harbour, think again. The Garage Bar in Mong Kok, at the Cordis, boasts an impressive range of local and international craft beer and is also a good place if you want a bite to eat. There’s an attractive red and black theme that runs throughout the fourth-floor rooftop bar, which extends to two vintage Citroen trucks supplying a mix of western and Chinese favourites.

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Wooloomooloo rooftop bar
Wooloomooloo rooftop bar
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Wooloomooloo

Restaurants Steakhouse Wan Chai

Serving Australian and USDA beef, Wooloomooloo cooks up a mean steak. But, let’s be honest, there are better places to shred up some steak in town. What keeps patrons coming back to Wooloomooloo in Wan Chai are the jaw-dropping views which take in all of the local neighbourhood, the harbour, and Happy Valley. While you're up there, rifle through the impressive wine list, the choices are vast and worldly.

Ozone
Ozone
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Ozone

Bars and pubs West Kowloon

Ozone is the highest watering hole, not just in Hong Kong, but also the world. A narrow leathered elevator (which vaguely reminds you of a padded cell) shoots you right up to the 118th floor. Once inside, you’re immediately greeted by moody lighting, avant-garde seating, and walls of refracted swirling glass. What seals the deal for any guests, however, is the completely unobstructed view of western Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. And, with one of the finest wine lists in town and a great cocktail programme, the drinks here are almost as impressive as the view.

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Piqniq
Piqniq
Photograph: Courtesy Piqniq

Piqniq

Restaurants Central

This charming rooftop eatery is one of the coolest al fresco spaces in town. Sitting on the top floor of H Queen’s, Piqniq is fully decked out in beanbags, fairy lights, vibrant artworks (which include Yayoi Kasuma’s famous polka-dot pumpkin sculpture), complete with sweeping views of the surrounding Central area. Head up there to enjoy a variety of ‘piqniq’ baskets filled with international fares, as well as a curated selection of wines, champagnes, and classic cocktails.

Popinjays
Popinjays
Photograph: Courtesy Michael Weber

Popinjays

Restaurants Central

Accessible by a private elevator, Popinjays is a stunning restaurant and bar that makes it worth trudging up Cotton Tree Drive to reach The Murray. It's a real stunner, encased in floor-to-ceiling windows with a wraparound terrace that looks out in all directions to surrounding high-rises like the HSBC Building and Bank of China Tower. While most of the cocktails there do not come cheap, you'll quickly find that the prices are surprisingly reasonable for a five-star hotel.

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sevva terrace
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Sevva

Restaurants Contemporary European Central

Sevva is a pretty incredible space. A 360-degree balcony offers stunning views of the skyscrapers in Central and Admiralty, the harbour, and the opposing Kowloon skyline – perfect for sunset drinks and impressing visiting friends or clients. The furnishings, meanwhile, look as though they came straight out of a magazine and demand appreciation for their style and effortless elegance.

Skye Hong Kong
Skye Hong Kong
Photograph: Courtesy Skye

Skye

Bars and pubs Hotel bars Causeway Bay

Skye is perhaps one of the most underrated terrace spaces in Hong Kong. Sitting at the top of The Park Lane Hotel in Causeways Bay, the bar-restaurants boasts an eye-popping view of Hong Kong. Skye’s reception area is clinically white with sleek curvatures that are reminiscent of futuristic sci-fi flicks. With a stunning unobstructed harbour view that takes you all the way to North Point, along with a bar menu featuring well-made cocktails that don’t break the bank, Skye is definitely one of our top picks when it comes to picturesque rooftop spaces.

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Sugar Hong Kong
Sugar Hong Kong
Photograph: Courtesy Sugar

Sugar

Bars and pubs Taikoo Shing

Encompassing the entire 32nd floor of the 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. Go on, grab a drink and take it all in.

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Terrible Baby

Bars and pubs Jordan

Terrible Baby shakes up a cool selection of cocktails and boasts an impressive collection of rosés and gins. The bar also has a spacious outdoor terrace with beautiful views of the Jordan neighbourhood and is covered in an abundance of greenery that plays in contrast to the rigid surroundings. Head here if you're looking for that sweet escape above ground, and don't miss out on the bar's regular music events either, they're legendary.

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