Hong Kong’s 8 Best Bars With A View
Sights set high on Hong Kong? There’s no better place for an elevated getaway.
As well as a shopper’s paradise and a street-food lover’s heaven, one of Hong Kong’s greatest selling points is its incredible waterfront views. Victoria Harbour has to be one of the most spectacular vistas in the world, and thankfully Hong Kong is not short of amazing rooftops in which to take it all in.
After a day of intensive retail therapy and gastro-grazing the world’s best dumplings, hit up one of HK’s rooftop bars for a cooling aperitif and bear witness to one of Asia’s most dazzling vantages:
#1 Sevva Rooftop Bar
A seminal Hong Kong experience, Sevva delivers a unique menu of food and drink, drawing on a blend of Hong Kong’s traditional and colonial influences. Arguably home to the best high tea in town, it’s definitely one of the highest.
At 25 floors up, the stunning panoramic views of the city sprawl on the Sevva Bar terrace may induce more of a cocktail mood. This is without a doubt one of the most elegant and drinkable spots in town, with some of the best seats for taking in the city’s famous Symphony of Lights laser show.
Princes Building, 25/F, 10 Chater Rd, Central, Hong Kong
Any decent watering hole offers an evening happy hour, but Eyebar offers a nightly ‘Sunset Hour’ between 6-9pm, when you’ll get your martinis at a very sunny 30 per cent off, an added bonus to the venue’s already generous panoramic city views.
Located in modern iSquare in bustling Tsim Sha Tsui, Eyebar’s ceiling length windows, contemporary vibe, and stools by the glass barrier on the 30th floor terrace make it one of the most sought after ogling spots in the city.
If martinis aren’t your deal, try its signature beverage the ‘Suzie Wrong’, otherwise wrap your lips around the equal parts punny and quenching ‘Grape Expectations’: a gin, grapefruit, lime, vanilla and yoghurt liqueur house favourite.
30/F, iSQUARE 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
#3 Aqua Spirit
Thirty floors high up in Hong Kong’s Peking One skyscraper, the David Collins-designed Aqua Spirit remains one of the city’s most stylish and innovative hot spots. With its pricey fusion menu, clubby DJ soundtrack, and smattering of wealthy bankers and expats, it’s an acquired flair here. But there’s no beating Aqua Spirit’s top-of-the-world night-time views. The signature cocktail might be called ‘Anxiety’ (a fruity fusion of vodka, pomelo and pink grapefruit) but this high up you’ll be feeling anything but.
29+30F, 1 Peking Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
#4 CÉ LA VI Hong Kong
In Hong Kong, CÉ LA VI is indeed ‘the life’. The skydeck in this outpost of the CÉ LA VI group of venues certainly earns its capital letters with one of the most dazzling 360-degree panoramas in the region. Set in the commanding California Tower, CÉ LA VI’s stratospheric terrace even offers a jacuzzi with its breathtaking vistas. Coupled with world class, award-winning dining, this is probably the city’s number one place in which to flaunt, see and be seen.
25/F California Tower, 36, 30 D’Aguilar St, Central, Hong Kong
#5 Fu Lu Shou Bar
For something decidedly less swank (and effortlessly more hip) a night at the casual Fu Lu Shou Bar is as enjoyable as it is to say its name out loud. Don’t be put off by the grungy front door and the rickety lift within – Fu Lu Shou offers a top-notch food and beverage experience, slinging some of the city’s most delicious cocktails and Western-inspired Asian culinary favourites.
And while the views might not be as epic or glittery as some of the city’s finer options, its urban cool and unassuming vibe elicits a refreshing alternative. Enjoy an ice-cooled ‘Thyphoon Number 8.’ with a fresh cut cigar, and kick back in casual style.
31 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Classy, elegant, and in their own terms, ‘slinky’, at 32 floors up, EAST Hotel’s Sugar deck and lounge is a boon for the elevation inclined. Though positioned a little away from the bustling city centre, Sugar delivers with an incredible sunset vista over Quarry Bay and the eastern cityscape, not to mention world-class resident DJs and a cocktail list to die for.
32/F, EAST, 29 Taikoo Shing Road, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong
#7 Wooloomooloo Steakhouse & Bar
More dining den than bar, Wooloomooloo is actually a chain affair, with multiple braches in and around town. Nonetheless, the Steakhouse in Wan Chai is regarded as one of the best, and it’s not just the flame-grilled meat that has locals and visitors drooling in droves: The rooftop views from the Wooloomooloo bar are a real deal sealer (though the Australian-inspired meat and fish driven menu is nothing to baulk at either).
31/F & Rooftop The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
#8 Ozone @ Ritz Carlton Hotel
At a lofty 188 floors high in the ICC Tower’s Ritz Carlton Hotel (1,608ft above sea level) Ozone is without question one of the highest bars in the world, and by all means one of the most stunning. Enclosed in panoramic glass windows, we’re stretching the friendship by calling this one a ‘rooftop’, but we feel its vertiginous vantage demands a mention.
International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
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(Lead image: Aqua Hong Kong)
Sights set high on Hong Kong? There’s no better place than for an elevated getaway.